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Grand Hotel Bridgeport Gets Thumbs-Up on TripAdvisor!

Jul 05, 2013

large_7658149332Yes!  We did it again!

Last month The Grand Hotel Bridgeport received the 2013 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, an award that  honors hospitality excellence.

TripAdvisor® is one of the top trusted travel sites that features consumer reviews and advice on hotels, resorts, flights, vacation rentals, vacation packages, travel guides, and more.

Why is this a big deal to us?  

#1-Only the top-performing 10% of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

#2- This is the 2nd year in a row we have received this honor.  Our sister hotel, The Grand Hotel in Salem, has received this award for 3 years in a row….and we can’t let them have ALL the fun (a little sibling rivalry)!

#3- This means that we have consistently achieved outstanding TripAdvisor reviews by the people who matter most: YOU!

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five.   Our staff works hard to bring the best travel experience possible to our guests and we are extremely proud to be recognized for our sparkling-clean, well-maintained hotel. Click here to see our reviews on TripAdvisor.

From all of us at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport, Thank You again!

 About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

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Host Your Business Meeting or Company Training Session With Us!

Oct 26, 2012

There is as reason event and meeting planners love us.

The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport boasts over 2,150 square-feet of flexible meeting space in a convenient location (right off of I-5) with close proximity to Portland, Oregon and other local attractions.

Once you walk inside and see our inviting interior and interact with our professionally trained staff, you will understand why so many planners choose to host their events and meetings with us.

Consider the following when you look for the best place to hosting your event:

Exceptional Services and Amenities- Business, meeting and leisure travelers are frequently impressed with the level of service and amenities our hotel offers such as a pristine indoor pool and fitness center, spacious and warm hotel lobby ideal for meeting and socializing, free covered parking, free wifi, and a free breakfast buffet.  FYI: there is a reason we received TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence this year!

Ideal IT Classroom space and equipment- LCD projectors, screens, 55 inch flat panel display, wireless microphones and House Sound, DVD/VCR Players, Flip Charts and Whiteboards, and Speakerphones.  Check with our special events coordinator for more details.

Banquets & Catering Services- Our catering service is provided by Bentley’s Grill who uses local ingredients to bring the Northwest’s freshest seasonal offerings to the table. Our staff will work with you to create a customized meal that you and your guests are sure to remember.

 

We are a “Green Hotel”- Our company engages in sustainable practices in everyday operations. A few of our green operational practices include: Use recycled paper for printed material, earth friendly cleaning solutions, installation of earth friendly drainage system, Energy Star appliances used throughout the hotel, sleeping room towel and linen program, recycling in all guest rooms as well as public areas, and use of compact fluorescent light bulb throughout the hotel.

To learn more about our meeting space and event space, please contact 503-968-5757 in Tigard or toll free at 866-968-5757 and ask for “Special Events”.

It’s Tee Time Golf Package

Apr 01, 2011

Now that spring is in the air, it is time to hit the golf course- and The Summerfield Golf Course is the perfect place to play!

It is a well kept secret that Washington County, Oregon is an ideal golf destination; so we are offering the It’s Tee Time Golf Package featuring The Summerfield Golf Course.

Summerfield Golf Club is a semi-private, nine-hole executive golf course. Narrow, tree-lined fairways and challenging play previously earned this course an honorable mention by “Golf Digest” magazine for being one of the best executive courses in the State of Oregon.

We are excited to have partnered with this course because of its close proximity to The Grand Hotel (less than 3 miles!) and their challenging 9-hole, par 33 course will give any golf lover the ultimate Oregon golf experience! Click here to see the course

Please call the front desk at 866-968-5757 to schedule your tee time today!

More info:
Summerfield Golf Course
10650 SW Summerfield Drive
Tigard, OR 97224

Phone: 503-620-1200

Portland, Oregon Named Best Tax City for Travelers!

Sep 13, 2010

Image Credit: Travel Portland

USA Today recently announced the results of a study commissioned by the National Business Travel Association that identified the best and worst “tax” cities for travelers in the U.S….and topping the list for Best Tax City? PORTLAND, OREGON!

The study looked at 50 U.S. cities with the most air passengers and calculated that travelers pay not only local sales taxes on goods and services when they go to a U.S. city, but up to 144% more each day they rent a car, stay at a hotel and dine.

Everyone knows this is the place to come for tax free shopping and enjoyment and we are proud to provide a great value to travelers- especially during tough economic times.

The study found that travelers in the worst tax cities pay up to $101 in sales, hotel, rental car and other extra taxes aimed at them on an average three-day domestic trip- but in Portland, Oregon a traveler pays the least amount of taxes — an average of $52.49.

Be sure to read USA Today’s Article Chicago is worst tax city for travelers; best: Portland, Ore. for more information.

Play Golf! Oregon Has the Finest Courses To Choose From

Jul 13, 2010

With lush scenery, hills, and beautiful summer weather, Oregon is a truly golf lover’s paradise.   While it is enjoyable to play golf year round, summer is our favorite season to tee off and we invite visitors to check out our local courses during your stay.

It is a little known fact that we are located close to some of the finest 18-hole, championship courses and executive nine-hole and public courses in the region.  Here are a couple of recommendations for nearby course, but we recommend visiting the Washington County Oregon Visitor Association’s Golf Guide!  Enjoy!

Golf Courses Close to The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport

Summerfield Golf Club: Summerfield Golf Club is a beautiful executive golf course in a park-like setting with nine holes for a par of 33. The course features a chipping area, putting green, driving range, an on-staff pro, golf cart rentals, and a restaurant and lounge. (503) 620-1200

Tualatin Island Greens Features an impressive driving range, putting course, and Island Grill restaurant. Also offers golf instruction from our PGA Teaching Professionals, along with club fitting and repair services.(503) 691-8400

7 Reasons to Host Your Next Group Meeting at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport

Jun 24, 2010

It is a little known secret that The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport is one of the best options for Group Meetings and events in our area.   Our hotel is ideal for wedding parties, family functions, church, garden tour, wine tour, professional, convention and government groups.  Whatever your needs are, we have  over 2,150 square-feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate your event.

Here are 7 reasons why you should consider hosting your next event with us:

1. Exceptional Services and Amenities

Business, meeting and leisure travelers are frequently impressed with the level of service and amenities our hotel offers:

  • A luxurious indoor pool and Fitness center,
  • Our spacious and warm hotel lobby- ideal for meeting and socializing,
  • Free Covered Parking,
  • Free Wifi,
  • Free Breakfast Buffet.

2. Location Location Location

We are located across the street from the Bridgeport Village Shopping Center, the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent fashion and lifestyle shopping center. Endless shopping, dining and entertainment options are available for our guests.

We are also less than 30 minutes away from The Portland International Airport (PDX) and a 20 minutes or less to many of Portland, Oregon’s  top attractions.  We are located right off of I-5 and easy to find.  See our map for exact location.

3.  Our full-service, professionally trained staff:

We take a great deal of pride in our outstanding level of customer service.  At every turn, you’ll find uniformly friendly and professional service from our staff at every level.  From the front desk to catering to cleaning and hotel maintenance to management – we are here to serve you!

4.  Our Unique and Sustainable Approach to Banquets & Catering Services

Inspired by sustainable, local farms and ingredients, our on-site catering team brings the Northwest’s freshest seasonal offerings to the table. Select items from our extensive menu or work with our staff to create a customized meal that you and your guests are sure to remember.

4.  Guests Will Be Impressed and Comfortable with their Accommodations

The warm, inviting interior will let your guests know they are staying at a  distinctively different luxury facility.   Each of our over-sized rooms and suites comes standard with leather furniture in the living room area, a working desk and ergonomic office chair, complimentary high-speed Internet access (either hard-wired or wifi), refrigerator, microwave, coffee station complete with organic NW coffee and local teas and a double-sized bathroom complete with a separate shower and tub.

5.  Our New Technology Equipment and Outstanding Staff to Assist with all Needs

The Grand Hotel can provide:
• LCD Projectors
• Screens
• Plasma Television
• Wireless Microphones and House Sound
• DVD/VCR Players
• Flip Charts and Whiteboards
• Speakerphones

6.  Flexible and Impressive Meeting Spaces:

Here is a description of the meeting rooms we have available- click on the link to each room for additional  information:

Bridgeport Room
The Bridgeport Room offers 1,750 square feet of flexible meeting space, perfect for your next special event. In the summer months, open the French doors for access to almost 600 additional square feet on our stone patio.

Breakfast Room
Available in the afternoon and evening, our Breakfast Room is perfect for casual luncheons, dinners and social events. The Breakfast Room features 1,650 square feet of meeting space on an as-is basis.

Board Room
At 415 square feet, our Executive Board Room is ideal for board meetings, breakout sessions and workshops. Located past our lobby on the first floor, the Board Room offers natural lighting and plenty of privacy.

7.  We are a “Green Hotel”

Our company engages in sustainable practices in everyday operations, and strives to do business with other companies who share dedication to “green” business practices.  A few of our green operational practices include:

  • Use 100% recycled paper for all printed material
  • Utilize Earth friendly cleaning solutions
  • Installation of earth friendly drainage systems
  • Energy Star appliances used throughout the hotel
  • Sleeping room towel and linen program
  • Recycling in all guest rooms as well as public areas
  • Use of compact fluorescent light bulb throughout the hotel

Please contact our Special Events Coordinator for more information.  Call us at 503-968-5757 or toll free at 866-968-5757 and ask for “Special Events”….


Unwind From a Busy Day at Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa in Bridgeport Village

May 27, 2010

Bridgeport Village Recommends Relaxing and Pampering at Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa in Bridgeport Village

We love being a part of this unique and special community that attracts thousands of visitors each year. As members of the Bridgeport community, we are knowledgeable about the surrounding businesses and are happy to make recommendations to our guests to make their visit with us even better.

Many of our guests are here for special events such as weddings or reunions and/or business travel and they want to know of the best place to unwind and indulge in a little pampering after a long day. I usually recommend our indoor pool and spa of course, but sometimes a visit to Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa in Bridgeport Village will certainly do the trick! Their customers appreciate the soothing ambiance and their special attention to detail.

The spa is located across the street and around the corner from the Coldwater Creek store in Bridgeport Village…though we are just steps away, Bridgeport Village has abundant public parking.  Visit the Coldwater Creek ~ The Spa Website for a list of services or call 1-503-598-0524 to set up an appointment and enjoy your experience!

Got a local business to recommend that we share with our guests? Let us know! Email us at reservations@grandhotelbridgeport.com or share your idea on our Facebook Page!

Free Wi-Fi Should Be The Standard in Luxury Hotels- Agree or Disagree?

Feb 24, 2010

Free Wi-Fi at The Grand Hotel BridgeportSince opening in August of last year, many of our guests have praised us for providing Free Wi-Fi.  I have heard time and time again how they are fed up with being charged extra fees so they may access their wireless Internet (sometimes as much as $14.00 a day!!).   In fact, we are hearing more and more that Free Wi-Fi is one of the services our guests value the most.

The costs of providing wireless Internet have come down- it simply does not make sense to nickel and dime our guests….or make them join some Loyalty program or jump through hoops.  From the beginning, our hotel has been committed to providing our guests with the most luxurious and comfortable accommodations in the area- and this means Free Wi-Fi .

The article Business travelers winning battle for free hotel Internet access in USA Today by Barbara DeLollis posted last month addresses  this issue:

More business travelers are getting what they say they want most from hotels: free Internet access in their rooms……Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst at Forrester Research, says that it’s time for hotels to drop Internet charges. ”Hotels realize that companies and individuals are fed up with paying extra for Wi-Fi,” he says. “Consumers are smart enough to know the cost of providing it has come down.”

What Josh Thinks….Make the Most of Your Travel Plans By Combining Online Travel Sites & Published Guidebooks

Feb 17, 2010

The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport GM Josh SandersThoughts from The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport General Manager Josh Sanders….

An interesting article came out just this week in the New York Times that addresses a question that many of us in the travel industry get all the time!!   With the emergence of new technologies- is it better to plan your vacation or business trip online or by printed guidebooks?

I myself am an online planner kind of person…. I want access to the most current up to the second news and reviews on a particular establishment. I never leave to go to a restaurant before I check out reviews and see if I can find an online coupon.

But there is something to be said for checking out a trusted travel book from the Library or ordering a copy to keep. The article mentions Frommers Guides which has always been a beloved travel book for me- and the book often can serve as a souvenier- to remember your trip.

This article suggests there is value in utilizing both. So I encourage those of you who are strictly online people to also check out a guide book…or one of Portland’s many travel magazines to take with you on your journey. And those who only use guide books- you may be missing out on some very interesting information and deals when you ignore online travel sites like Yahoo Travel or TripAdvisor (one of our favorite sources!).

Read exerts from the article and let us know what you think! Tell us what tools do you use to plan your trips?

From: Travel Sites or Guidebooks: Why Not Dip Into Both?

By JOE SHARKEY
Published: February 15, 2010

WHERE do you turn when you’re looking for reliable, practical travel information? A printed guide with a well-established brand and a $19.95 price tag? An online review site with millions of opinions, mostly anonymous? Or an online site that hires reporters who visit hotels and post hundreds of photos?

The answer is all of the above, because none alone is enough, and each has unique virtues.

Most travelers I know use the sprawling TripAdvisor.com sites, which claim 30 million reviews and posts from everyday readers in all areas of travel, including hotels. But they don’t use them exclusively. The same person who may browse through 75 reader reviews of a particular hotel may then also click over to a competing site, IgoUgo.com, which is less expansive but offers user-generated travel blogs, reviews and forums, some copiously illustrated.

Of course, the online sites offer immediacy, a distinct advantage over traditional printed guidebooks, which contain hotel, restaurant and other service information that is usually at least a year old but which are written and edited to professional standards…….

In surveys, TripAdvisor found disdain for information in printed travel guidebooks, and not a lot of faith in the established travel media, he said. “When we asked the question, ‘Would you prefer the opinion of one professional travel writer or 100 ordinary travelers,’ almost without exception, everybody said they preferred the 100 ordinary travelers,” he said.

Is there a future for the general travel guidebooks, whether it’s the hearty veterans like Frommer’s or Fodor’s, or the younger guides like Lonely Planet?

Of course, said Jason Clampet, the senior online editor at Frommers.com. The Web site has carried the content of the print Frommer’s guides for about eight years, he said, along with unique online features. “We haven’t seen any cannibalization of our print product,” he said. Whether online or offline, readers “turn to both user-generated and professional content when making decisions.”

That is what Susan Toby Evans, an anthropology professor at Pennsylvania State University, said she does when traveling or planning a trip. The Web is the best source of hotel, restaurant and other timely, practical information, but she said she usually packed a DK travel guide. “They deliver insights about the landscape/cityscape and main features in a format that no e-reader could match,” she said in an e-mail message.

Mr. Seidman at Oyster said he had been thinking about the virtues of print guidebooks, and weighing them against the disadvantages, including that many were cumbersome to carry.

He said he figured a focused, custom-made guide with the features Ms. Evans likes in print should run about 50 pages. “Why couldn’t you just collate the information specific for any trip and put it in a PDF?” he asked.


Questions to Ask Before Selecting Your Event Venue

Jan 10, 2010

I was thrilled to discover MeetingsNet.com earlier this month, a wonderful resource for Meeting and Event professionals to network and find the latest industry news and information.  If you have not had an opportunity to explore their site, I highly recommend doing so.

I appreciate their articles for planners that provide sound advice and tips on locating and managing the most ideal venues for their event.  The first step is for planners to identify their objectives.  Here are is a list of excellent questions to ask directly from an article written by Wesley Harrington and Hugh K. Lee: Setting Objectives Before You Select a Site

There are 10 main things to consider when setting meeting goals:

1. What is the purpose of the meeting? Can we create a clear written statement of why this event is to be conducted? Does it agree with the top priorities of our organization?

2. Can we establish quantifiable goals for this event and clear thresholds of achievement by which we can determine its success? Make the objective specific, measurable, attainable and realistic, relevant, and time-based.

3. Whom are we trying to attract? Identify all stakeholders in the meeting (attendees, organization leaders, facilities professionals, etc.), and set priorities. Which group’s needs come first?

4. What do I want attendees to remember most about the event? Can we summarize the experiences our attendees should have?

5. What can prior history teach us about this meeting? Is there information that would be useful to us in determining the potential for success – or failure – of this meeting?

6. Who else has conducted the same type of meeting, and what can we learn from their experiences? Talking with meeting planning peers can be a big help in setting effective and realistic goals.

7. Do we have the resources necessary to achieve our goals? Can we successfully conduct the event with the staff we have, or do we need to consider outsourcing part or all of it? How much can we rely on volunteers, and how will we go about recruiting them?

8. Have we sought input and commitment from our staff? Have we asked previous attendees for their comments and suggestions?

9. How will we reach our intended audience? What type of marketing and promotion will we do to spread the word about the event?

10. How will we monitor and determine the success of this effort? Develop measurement tools that address the pre-meeting process, all on-site meeting elements, and the various post-meeting outcomes.


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