Mark Spencer Hotel Home Away From Home, To The Stars
Waking up in downtown Portland!
Look in your concert programme, pretty much anywhere you go, and you will see a Mark Spencer ad. It's because they are the go-to hotel for artists traveling across the globe to work with Portland arts organizations, and it's been that way from the beginning. Originally built in 1907, the Mark Spencer Hotel hosted Louis Armstrong and others flocking to Portland thriving music scene. Today, actors for Portland Center Stage, bands playing the Crystal Ballroom (built just 7 years after Mark Spencer), and of course, our musicians all call Mark Spencer their Portland home.
They're a fixture, because they care about the arts, and have the flexibility to do that, as the only independently owned hotel in downtown Portland (as well as the oldest hotel still in operation).
Portland greets you!
So what does Mark Spencer Hotel greet its guests with? Kitchenettes with ceramic stove-tops or full stove and oven, growlers in every room, a passport to Ruby Jewel, Kure, Bamboo Sushi and other nearby delectables, daily wine hours featuring homegrown wines, postcards for each room that picture Portland fixtures (such as Hawthorne bridge street musician Kirk Reeves) that visitors can mail out for free. Any visitor will find walk-in tiled showers or luxurious baths, hardwood floors or new art carpeting, exposed brick and cozy courtyards, and some of the most comfortable beds in the city. Currently undergoing renovations, the hotel will have a different arts theme for each floor (a theatre floor, a music floor, etc) and will once again sport a rooftop garden like it did in its earliest years. "We're focused on service and a unique experience for our guests," says Cydelle which is part of what drew her away from corporate hotels to work there. Of the 45 hotel employees (serving a total of 130+ beds), many have worked there for years, sometimes 15 years or more. The clientele is changing, just as Portland is. "We used to see a lot of leisure travelers, weekend guests," Cydelle tells me, "Now we see a lot of business travel, corporate events".
Our touring musicians come because they are excited to play in Portland, for people who love the music they love, and to collaborate with the vibrant music scene in town. We're so grateful for Mark Spencer's continued support, providing a home away from home for our musicians!