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As part of my recent trip to Portland, Oregon, to drop off my son for his church mission, I stayed at two different PDX airport hotels.

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My first stay was for one night at the Country Inn & Suites Portland Airport, and after 3 nights on the road through southern Oregon and northern California, I returned for 2 nights at the Candlewood Suites Portland Airport. In this post, I review Candlewood Suites Portland Airport, detailing my experience with the hotel, what has likely changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and what you can expect if you stay.

a building with a parking lot

Candlewood Suites PDX Portland Airport location and pricing

The Candlewood Suites Portland Airport is located 11250 NE Holman Street, Portland Oregon 97220. It is right off of Airport Way and about 2.5 miles from PDX. There is a complementary[sic] airport shuttle that runs from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. It runs every half hour but also says it runs “on demand.” If you’re arriving at the hotel, I would plan on calling the hotel to let them know you’ve arrived.

a building with a sign on it

Parking is free, and they will give you a ticket to put in your windshield for the duration of your stay. I had a rental car my first night there, and it worked out just fine. The second day I stayed there, I dropped off my rental car and took the shuttle back to the hotel. The front desk staff said that they did the rental car dropoff run all the time. When it was time for me to head to the airport, I just went downstairs and I was the only one on the shuttle to the airport.

The lobby is open and spacious.

a room with a television and couches

Rates at the Candlewood Suites Portland Airport vary depending on the day you’re staying, but typically range between $90 and $120. IHG Rewards has been experimenting with dynamic award pricing, and the two nights that I stayed there were both 12,500 IHG points per night. Remember also that if you have the IHG credit card, you get the 4th night free.

Candlewood Suites Portland Airport room

I had a standard 1 bedroom suite on the 5th floor, which is the top floor of the Candlewood Suites Portland Airport. Immediately when you enter the room, the full kitchenette is to your left. There is a full refrigerator and freezer, along with a microwave, dishwasher and stovetop.

a kitchen with black appliances

Straight ahead is an L-shaped desk and the TV. I liked that the desk was so long and had 2 different chairs – if you were staying with another person, then you would both have a workspace.

a desk in a room

To the right was the queen bed, which was large and comfortable.

a room with a bed and a table

Immediately opposite the kitchen was the bathroom, which was also larger than many hotel bathrooms. You can see also in the picture that IHG has eliminated single-use toiletries and has the containers of shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

a bathroom with a mirror and sink

Candlewood Suites Portland Airport food

The Candlewood Suites Portland Airport does not offer any sort of complimentary breakfast or other food options.

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They do have the Candlewood Cupboard, where you can buy a variety of non-perishable, refrigerated and frozen snacks and meals for outrageous prices. Given that you have a full kitchenette, I’d recommend planning ahead and purchasing food to prepare.

a refrigerator with food in it

Candlewood Suites PDX amenities

The Candlewood Suites Portland airport has a variety of amenities on the ground floor. Directly off the lobby, there is a business center (keycard required) and 2 computers with a printer.

a desk with a computer printer and a printer

They also offer complimentary laundry. You can either provide your own laundry soap and supplies or purchase them in the Candlewood Cupboard.

a sign on a wall

I appreciate that they cater to longer stays and don’t charge for laundry like many other hotels that offer laundry do.

a washing machine and dryer in a laundry room

In the lobby, they also have the Lending Locker. This has several different kitchen appliances that you might use, especially if you were staying for a longer time. It also has a variety of games and things for entertainment.

a cabinet with different appliances

The fitness center is also on the first floor, though there is not a swimming pool.

a room with exercise equipment

COVID-19 at the Candlewood Suites Portland Airport

I visited the Candlewood Suites Portland Airport in September 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and so conditions were different than if you visited previously or are planning a visit after the pandemic dies down. It will die down at some point, right? right? 🙂

Masks are required for all guests, and all employees that I saw were wearing masks that covered their nose and mouth. The employees were all super friendly in my (limited) interactions with them. Since there is no pool or breakfast, there aren’t a ton of COVID-related changes at this hotel. As mentioned, the fitness center was open without restrictions, though personally I didn’t use it.

Candlewood Suites Portland Airport wifi speed

The Candlewood Suites Portland Airport does offer complimentary wifi, which you can access in a variety of ways. I found the wifi to be mostly fast enough to do work as well as watch videos / Netflix. There were a few times that the Candlewood Suites Portland Airport wifi speed dropped for a small period of time.

a screenshot of a device

Overall, this was a great stay for a great price at the Candlewood Suites Portland Airport and I would definitely stay here again if I was in the area.

Have you stayed at the Candlewood Suites Portland Airport? Leave your experience in the comments.

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