The Benson is a beautiful hotel in a very centrally located part of town. Forget your car because the valet service is $25 bucks a night, and walk to Burnside, just 2 blocks away, where all the action is. The rooms are small considering what you pay for one, but the beds are comfy and the bathrooms are elegant. They have a great New Year's bash in the lobby downstairs, but it's more formal than most Portlanders like to be dressed. Two great restaurants are right at your doorstep here, El Gaucho, a premiere Portland Steakhouse and the London Grill, another very nice place. The service at the Benson is great, from the valet to the front desk personel. The made to order breakfasts in the morning are nice if you dont want to wait for food in a restaurant, but arrive cold and are not very good for the 12-15 dollar price tags they carry.
Pros: Historic and beautiful, really great location to downtown
Cons: overpriced for what you get