Stay Alfred – The Louisa Portland Review
Stay Alfred – The Louisa Portland Review
I was fortunate on a recent trip to Portland, Oregon to partner with a fantastic company, Stay Alfred, the first Nationwide urban vacation rental company. Stay Alfred was founded on the idea of offering innovative, reliable, and consistent short-term vacation rentals at a price that’s affordable, while making booking, checking-in, and checking-out quick and easy. Booking the perfect stay shouldn’t feel like taking a shot in the dark.
Stay Alfred has several properties that they manage nationwide in cities like Portland, Seattle, Denver, Boston, Nashville, and more. The key concept of Stay Alfred is that, while each property is unique, the Stay Alfred experience is consistent from one property to the next. The booking, check-in, check-out and customer service is consistent no matter what city you are staying in.
The booking process was really straight forward. The rentals are booked directly on their website, www.stayalfred.com, there you can search various cities and see the available properties. Stay Alfred often has multiple properties in each city.
The property in Portland we had the fortune of staying in was The Louisa, or on the Stay Alfred website is referred to as “2 Bedroom Northwest 12th Avenue Apartment.”
One thing that makes the Stay Alfred experience unique is that there is virtually no interaction with staff for check-in or check-out. Approximately 3 days before your arrival date you will receive an email with instructions accessing the apartment. This will have the code for the lockbox on the outside of the door which contains the apartment key. Once you gain access to the apartment the parking pass/parking transponder, information about the apartment, and additional keys. To check out you just leave all the keys and parking passes on the table and leave; super easy.
Not only is this apartment gorgeous, check the photos for the view, but location, location, location. This property is in the Pearl District next to Whole Foods and Powell’s Books. This is right in one of the most sought after locations in Portland.
We did arrive by car, the property was easy to find, and the underground parking was really convenient. It is nearly impossible to find parking around the apartment so having access to the underground garage parking for the building was really convenient. Parking can be booked for an extra fee. If you are coming via car I highly recommend it as I think trying to find a parking spot on the street would have been a nightmare.
If you don’t have a car, no problem. Everything you could want and need is either located right around the apartment complex or is only a short walk or MAX (light rail in Portland) ride away.
The apartment is on the 12th floor, corner apartment making for an absolutely stunning view of downtown Portland. The open concept living room meant that there were huge picture windows that wrapped all the way around the living room/kitchen area. You not only had views to the north of Mt. St. Helens but also out over the city.
There were two bedrooms in the apartment. The larger of the two had an en suite but both rooms were of significant size. The master bedroom has a king bed and the second bedroom has a queen. The beds were super comfy. There is a second bathroom located next to the smaller bedroom. The rooms are on opposite sides of the apartment.
Since it is an apartment versus a hotel there is a fully functioning kitchen, a washer/dryer, closets, large dining room table, full-length couches, media center, and loads of room for luggage storage. The apartment also had free wi-fi which was fast and adequate.
Also, there is a small balcony located off the living room that you can access. My one complaint about this Stay Alfred apartment is the balcony. The handle on the balcony was broken and being held together by duct tape. There were instructions on how to open this broken balcony door next to the door handle but even with the instructions, it was not an easy task.
My guess is the door handle was broke because it is confusing to figure out how to correctly open this balcony door. Perhaps it is like that for safety so that a small child could not easily open the door and go out? Not sure but it was a pain. However, I think Stay Alfred really needs to replace this door handle. Not only is it a pain to open, but it looks super tacky. A nice apartment shouldn’t have a duct tape door handle.
The majority of the other tenants in the building I am guessing either rent their apartments monthly or perhaps own them but they seem to permanently live in the building and this apartment is the only “rental” we saw on the floor. Everything was very quiet however and we hardly ran into any of the other tenants in the building.
One thing you do have access to is the community clubhouse, which includes an outdoor deck, tv lounge area, and bbq area. We didn’t spend much time there but it was a really lovely space. Also, you have to check out the lobby area because it is absolutely gorgeous and the decorations are so cool.
There is a coffee station and bowls with mints, chocolates, and dog biscuits that are free to building tenants. I thought this was a cute little extra touch.
This Stay Alfred property was lovely. I would definitely look to stay here again next time I am in Portland or looking into another Stay Alfred location. They have many apartments in different cities.
The two things that made this apartment really exceptional where the view and the location. It was a special treat to see the city at night in the apartment. Also to lay in bed looking out at all the twinkling lights.
Also, the location, honestly you can’t ask for a better place in Portland. If I could stay anywhere I wanted in Portland this is exactly where I would choose. Boutiques, restaurants, Whole Foods, the famous Powell’s Bookstore, public transportation, everything you could want is literally right outside your doorstep.
One thing I wish they would fix would be the balcony door handle. A broken, duct-taped door handle is just tacky in an upscale apartment rental.
Many thanks to Stay Alfred for hosting me. As always, all opinions are my own.