Mark Spencer Hotel

With our two original group hotel blocks closed, we have contracted a new block at the Mark Spencer Hotel, located 0.5 miles from the Hilton Portland Downtown (the conference venue). The Mark Spencer is offering Animal Law Conference guests 15% off their rack rates at time of booking. One of Portland’s historic, art-themed hotels, the Mark Spencer also boasts complimentary continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, evening wine receptions, a 24-hour fitness center and a claim to the lowest parking fees in town.

To book a room, please call the hotel directly at (503) 224-3293 or (800) 548-3934 and request the “Animal Law Conference” rate. Reservations must be made by October 2nd, 2017 in order to receive the group rate.

Hilton Portland Downtown

The Hilton Portland Downtown, the conference venue, offered Animal Law Conference attendees a special rate of $185/night plus tax for rooms with 1 King bed (note: reservations had to be made by September 22nd to receive this rate). Each newly-renovated room includes 1 King, a private bathroom, complimentary high-speed internet access, a work desk, a flat-screen TV with HD channels, a coffee maker, a hairdryer, iron/ironing board, room service, a safe and more. There is also a pool, fitness room, café and restaurant on-site. Valet parking is available for $45/day.

For additional parking options near the Hilton, check out the Hilton Parking list.

Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Riverplace

We had also reserved a group hotel block at the Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Riverplace, which is located near the water, approximately 1.2 miles from the conference venue. The Residence Inn was offering Animal Law Conference attendees rates of $169/night plus tax for a 1 bedroom Suite with 1 king bed and one sofa bed, or $189/night plus tax for a 2 bedroom suite, with 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed and 2 bathrooms (note: reservations had to be made by September 12th). Both room types include fully equipped kitchens, complimentary high-speed internet access, a work desk, TVs, a separate dining area and other standard hotel amenities. The Residence Inn also offers complimentary hot breakfasts. On-site parking is available for a discounted rate of $22/day.

Ground Transportation


It takes approximately 45 minutes by MAX light rail train to travel from the Portland International Airport to downtown Portland. From the airport baggage claim area, look for signs for “Light Rail Tickets.” You can purchase a MAX train ticket ($2.50 to downtown) and get information about the train schedule in the airport lobby. The train runs approximately every 15 minutes to and from the airport.

To travel downtown from the airport, catch the MAX Red Line towards “City Center & Beaverton TC.” Exit the train at the Pioneer Square North stop which is located at SW Broadway and SW Morrison in downtown Portland.

To get to the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower from that stop, walk along SW 5th Avenue towards SW Yamhill Street. Turn right onto SW Yamhill Street and then turn left at SW 6th Avenue. The Portland Hilton and Executive Tower will be located on your right at 921 SW 6th Avenue.

Car Service

If you would like to book private car service to/from the airport or a local tour, we recommend Northwest Concierge Services. The price from the Portland International Airport to the Portland Hilton (downtown Portland) is $53/direction, plus tip. Please call Lisa Strasburg to reserve service: (503) 866-0100. Cash is preferred.

Taxis, Lyft & Uber

Taxis, Lyft and Uber all operate from Portland International Airport. Depending on the time of day, it will take approximately 30-45 minutes to get from the airport to downtown Portland and fares will range from $25-$40. Click here for a list of Portland taxi companies.

Airport Shuttle

Blue Star Airport Shuttle offers door-to-door service from Portland International Airport to the Portland Hilton and other downtown hotels. Shuttles leave from Island #2, outside of airport baggage claim every ½ hour between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. and from the Portland Hilton between 4:20 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Their rates are $14 one-way or $24 round-trip per person. Reservations are possible, but not necessary, unless you would like to schedule a pickup outside of their regular schedule.