The 2nd night we stayed in Portland at The Benson Hotel, which is part of the Coast Hotels Brand. This hotel is on the registry of historical buildings and is a vintage hotel that will take you back in time.
Many times these package deals that the hotels offer don't add up to value, but in this case, I scored!
I did all my usual research and at one point found a hotel on Hotwire for about $105. I actually thought if I took this, it might be the Benson, but then I stumbled upon their website while researching. and I knew with the Hotwire price, I would still have to pay for parking and breakfast.
Their "Shoppers Package" offered rooms starting at $179...(we took a King room for $189). It included Valet parking ($31), included breafast buffet for two ($30), a Macys gift card($50), a gift certificate for the hotel ($25), and some other nice perks like 10% off at Macys, cookies, and a shoppers tote ($10). So even if I dont count the value of tote and small stuff, I was getting $136 back in credits and gifts..and what I describe as very useable credits. This important in today deal world..dont count the credits unless you can and will use them!
So if I just booked the king room I could have gotten it for about $159. I would paid for parking($31), had breakfast ($30), maybe not the same one, but the hotel breakfast was one of the best I have seen! I probably at some point would have eaten or had drinks in the hotel ($25) so that alone without any hotel taxes would have been over $245. My hotel bill was $201, plus I still had the Maacys gift card and tote, and other stuff.
Even taking the hotewire route, I would have been over $190.
Then add in that we did most of our Christmas Shopping tax free of course, makes this a great trip!
PS: Don't forget to visit the abundance of food carts in Portland!