OryCon 19 Hotel
Well, some folks have been after us to change hotels -- so, in a way, we
did; the Red Lion Columbia River (and most others) is now a Doubletree.
As of June 9th, it's the Doubletree Hotel Portland -- Columbia
River. So far the change of ownership (the corporate merger was
approved during OryCon 18) is having little effect on OryCon 19 (we
already had a signed contract). Watch this space for updates. Two
rooms have new names -- the Red Lion Ballroom is now the Doubletree
Ballroom (not too big a surprise) and the Clackamas room is now the
Wilson room. So far no change in the coffee shop menu but we'll let
keep you posted.
As always we urge you to make your hotel reservations early -- as
the block has filled up each year (including the 50 rooms we now have
reserved at the nearby Doubletree Hotel Portland -- Jantzen Beach). The
best method is to call the local number (503-283-2111) or mail in the reservation form but the toll-free
800-733-5466 will also work.
Our rate is $83 for 1 to 4 people (each additional person adds
$15). The convention rate is guaranteed for all rooms available
even after the block has ended (October 16th). There's just no
guarantee that there will be any rooms left at either hotel at that
point -- so make those reservations soon. If and only if, you
specifically request a river view room, you will be
charged $10 extra.
PARTIES: If you plan to hold a party, you must reserve in the
Party Wing which is the Interstate Wing. The hotel will again be
requiring a $100 damage/cleaning deposit for open parties. Since
this started, all deposits have been completely refunded and the hotel
has been very happy with us. Please note that this policy is being
applied to all groups, not just OryCon. Your open parties will need to
be registered in the office so we can coordinate with the hotel and help
you get any extra trash bags and/or cleaning supplies from the hotel.
SUITES: It's easy -- there aren't any that are not in use as
function space. We keep asking the hotel to add on rooms but it hasn't
Please feel free to contact our hotel liaison, Ruth Sachter, with any
questions, special requirements, and hotel problems. You can reach her
at email@example.com or call
Click here for a hotel reservation form you
can print out and mail in.
Instead of a party supply service, OryCon provides a large Safeway with
extended hours within walking distance from the hotel. It has lots of
interesting stuff, including a sushi bar.
How to Get to the Hotel
BY AIR: The airport is about 6 miles from the hotel. There is a
free shuttle from the airport running every 30 minutes from 7 AM to 11
PM (it serves both the Doubletree Hotel Portland Columbia River and
Doubletree Hotel Portland Jantzen Beach). A taxi costs about $12. If
you are renting a car, take 205 South, take the Columbia Blvd. (1st)
exit, stay right when the road splits, follow Columbia Blvd. West to
I-5 North, and follow the By Car directions.
(The following is from the
PDX airport's website:)
Due to Expansion of Portland International Airport, construction delays
will affect air travelers and PDX visitors from September 1996 to April
1998. Plan on using one of the following shuttle or parking programs
and keep hassles to a minimum:
BY CAR: The Doubletree Hotel Portland Columbia River is nestled
next to the Columbia River, just as you cross into Oregon from
Washington on Interstate 5. (Click here for a
map (13K).) Traveling either northbound or southbound, take exit
#308 (signs will read "Jantzen Beach Center" and "Hayden Island").
(This exit is about 7 miles from downtown Portland.) Our hotel is the
one with the red trim, to the west of the freeway (on the shopping
center side). If you're traveling south, it's the hotel to your right
just as you enter Oregon; if you're heading north, bear left under the
freeway, and it will be to your right.
- Parking at PDX during your trip:
Use the Economy Parking lot near I-205. It has 7100 spaces and the rate
is $6 per day/$36 per week. Free PDX shuttle service to and from the
lot is offered every 10 minutes, delivering you directly to the
terminal's front door.
- Parking to meet passengers:
Park in the Temporary Short-Term lot (formerly Long-Term) and shuttle
or walk to and from the terminal. The Temporary Short-Term lot has 1200
spaces and shuttles run every 5-10 minutes. Rates are $2 per hour/$22
- Dropping off passengers:
Pull into either the Economy or Temporary Short-Term lots, let your
passenger off at the closest shuttle shelter, and drive out in less
than 10 minutes at no charge.
- Disabled Parking:
Vehicles displaying disabled parking permits may park in the disabled
spaces in the Parking Garage near the east elevators. Or, park in the
Economy or Temporary Short-Term lots for a shuttle to and from the
- Alternative Transportation:
When possible, take advantage of Tri-Met bus system, taxis, vans,
executive cars, limos and the Raz Trans Airporter to get right to the
BY BUS/RAIL: Union Station, the Portland Amtrak terminal, is
right next to the Greyhound station. From either, walk a couple of
blocks south (through the construction) to Everett St., and catch a #5
Jantzen Beach or Vancouver Tri-Met bus. The fare is $1.05, and
there's a bus stop in front of the hotel. (A taxi costs about $12.)
Note: It's actually more efficient to take Amtrak to Vancouver, since
that station is very close to the Jantzen Beach area.
Doubletree Portland Hotel Columbia River's home page.
Hotels' home page.
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