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Old 08-24-2008, 08:09 PM
 
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I was on hotwire trying to book a hotel room and it has two areas and I wanted to know the difference between the two. One is downtown portland convention center and the other is greater downtown portland. Which one is better to stay in?
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:20 PM
 
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Are you coming to town for business or vacation? Downtown is probably more fun, with more places to eat/see. If you stay somewhere near the Max line or the StreetCar, you can get to the convention center easily.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:29 AM
 
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Ok so greater downtown would be more fun then if we are vacationing and not on business?
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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The Convention Center is on the East side of the River and the Greater downtown would be on the West side. Both are fun and good areas. The majority of Portland is on the east side of the river (where the convention center is) and on the west side you would find a lot of forests and trails, etc...

Vacationing- what do you do when you go on vacation? Outdoor stuff or indoor stuff? Lloyd Center is a fantastic mall by the Convention Center. Greater downtown is mostly parks and rec. vs, shopping and business type touring.

I always suggest people check out Washington Park which would be greater downtown area. There is much more to do there than just visit the zoo. It is a beautiful park with Rose Gardens, Rhodedendron Gardens, Military Memorials, Arbortoriums (sp?) and just down right huge. And then from there cruise North to Burnside up on the hill and visit Pittock Mansion. That's a neat tourist spot, too. From there you could drop down into downtown Portland and check out the Pearl District, which is lined with shops, restaurants, and pubs, etc.
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