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Thursday, November 9, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Where to stay in Portland

We asked readers about their favorite hotels in Portland.

• "Inn @ Northrup Station (2025 N.W. Northrup St., 800-224-1180, www.northrupstation.com) is a beautiful, all-suites hotel that provides breakfast and free passes on the streetcar line out front. "

Ron Stout, SeaTac

• "The Mark Spencer Hotel (409 S.W. 11th Ave., 800-548-3934, www.markspencer.com) is reasonably priced, close to Powell's Books, the Pearl District and downtown. Kitchens, breakfast, The New York Times, and afternoon tea and cookies."

Mary Jo Gerst, Shoreline

• "Staying at Kennedy School (5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., 888-249-3983, www.kennedyschool.com) is like being wrapped up in a warm, cozy cocoon. The blackboards in the rooms and the art in the halls honor the building's prior use, yet the warm gold walls and eclectic furnishings provide the same sense of comfort one gets from a grilled-cheese sandwich and chicken-noodle soup."

Martha Patterson, Silverdale

• "The Benson Hotel (309 S.W. Broadway, 888-523-6766, www.bensonhotel.com) is the spot. It's fun to wake up early, go downstairs and read the Sunday paper in the lobby while sitting by the huge fireplace." — Bill Hemmenway, Issaquah

• "5th Avenue Suites (506 S.W. Washington, 503-222-0001, www.5thavenuesuites.com) provides a 'goodie bag' for pets at check-in and puts pets' names on a dog-shaped chalkboard in the lobby. The doormen keep biscuits in their pockets and become instant friends as well. Very large, quiet, comfortable, relaxing rooms."

— Harold Seaburg, Vashon

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