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Benson Hotel


Benson Hotel room







Explore all Portland has to offer from one of the city's most treasured historic landmarks. Founded in 1913, The Benson features elegant European design with a host of modern amenities. See why US presidents and CEOs have made The Benson their home away from home for a hundred years - and why The Oregonian voted it Best Portland Hotel in 2012. This downtown hotel’s superb location puts you within walking distance to all of the shopping, dining, and entertainment of the Pearl District, Pioneer Square, Old Town Chinatown, and downtown. Famous boutiques, bookstores, breweries, and performing arts are just steps away.

The Benson Hotel
309 Southwest Broadway | Portland, OR 97205
Group rate: $179/night + tax for singles/doubles
Reservations: Click here to place your reservation with our special code. (Group code: BEN-GF5708)
UPDATE: There is limited remaining availability at this hotel. For best results, please call 503-295-4120 or 503-228-2000 and ask for reservations, noting our group name.

Deadline for reservations: Monday, September 5, 2016

If the room block is sold out at the Benson, other nearby options (without a negotiated rate) include: Hotel Lucia, Courtyard Portland City Center and Sentinel Hotel.






MAX Light Rail






Portland International Airport (PDX) is located 9 miles northeast of downtown Portland and is conveniently connected to the city center via MAX light rail train.

Light rail: The MAX light rail Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport.

  • The trip between the airport and downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes.
  • An adult ticket costs $2.50. MAX ticket machines return change in coins, so small bills are recommended.
  • You can roll your luggage on board.
  • The first train of the day arrives at PDX at 4:45 a.m. The last train departs PDX at 11:50 p.m.
  • The MAX station and ticket machines are located on the lower level, next to the south baggage claim area (turn right at the base of the escalator).

To get to The Benson Hotel, take the MAX Red Line to Pioneer Square North (17 stops) and walk 0.2 miles to the hotel.

Taxicabs: The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown is approximately $35 before gratuity. The one-way trip takes 20-40 minutes. You can find taxis waiting in the center section of the airport terminal’s lower roadway outside of baggage claim; to get back to the airport from the city center, you can order a cab through the city’s main operators or from a hotel with a dedicated taxi stand.

Shuttles: The Downtown Airport Express by Blue Star runs every 30 minutes and costs $14 one-way and $24 round-trip to downtown. When leaving the airport, you can find the Downtown Airport Express and other hotel shuttle buses on the terminal’s lower roadway (outside of baggage claim) on the far side of Island #2, closer to the parking garage.


Pioneer Square


Portland by bike



All Conference sessions will be held at the Benson Hotel.

A variety of tours will be provided in the afternoons, including architectural walks, visits to artist studios, residency program tours and off-site workshops. Ground transportation will be provided for off-site tours and events not within walking distance. Portland is a very walkable city, with shops, restaurants, museums, and nightlife all a short distance from the hotel. Attendees who wish to explore other neighborhoods may choose to use the Portland Streetcar, TriMet buses or MAX light rail, or a taxi, Uber/Lyft, or rent a bike!

All conference sessions and event venues are wheelchair accessible. In addition, afternoon tours and workshops will include multiple options that are accessible. If walking is prohibitive, or you have other concerns about accessibility, please contact us and we will be happy to make arrangements for you.

Conference artwork: "Portland Skyline" by Walker Cahall