hotels: recently recommended, downtown, westside, Motel 6s
bed & breakfasts, hostelling
international hostels & others
Hmmm. I have never stayed in a hotel in Portland, but I do get asked about it a fair amount. Portland
Oregon Visitors Association lists member motel/hotels in its Portland Book. They can also be reached at 877/678-5263.
Here is a list of places that I might consider staying at.
My favorite place to refer people is the Mallory, but it is closed.
Another option, also not on the east side, is Inn at Northrup Station
(http://www.northrupstation.com/), on the streetcar line in NW Portland (trendy neighborhood).
The Jupiter (http://www.jupiterhotel.com/) is a new hipster hotel that opened in east portland, though not in the best neighborhood, and it's probably noisy on weekend nights.
A friend stayed here last summer and it seemed okay: Days Inn, (503) 221-1611, 1414 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201 -- again, downtown, but I think the price includes parking.
There is a holiday Inn in my neighborhood: Holiday Inn Downtown
Portland (http://www.hiportland.com/about), (503) 233-2401, 1441 NE 2nd Ave which, added bonus, is actually on the east side. It might be outrageous—and really, it shouldn't be.
There's also a Red Lion, Red Lion Hotel Portland(http://tinyurl.com/9xvuc), (503) 235-2100, 1021 NE Grand Ave, right on the MAX line. Parking is probably included. If you're a light sleeper, ask for a room away from the MAX line.
But first, car? Or no car?
You might want to ask about parking if you plan to have a car in town—parking is really expensive downtown (compared to say, Roseburg, OR), and a car isn't necessary if you don't mind public transport [and that's pretty good here], and aren't planning to go on a daytrip, say to Roseburg. But if you are planning to have a car with you, a downtown hotel that offers free parking may work out to be cheaper.
Most hotels listed offer room service, non-smoking rooms, in-room phones, restaurants, TV, and airport shuttle. Of course, YMMV—if there's something your little heart is set on, ask. And, while there is no sales tax in Oregon, there is a lodging tax.
If I had to choose my favorite budget hotel downtown, it's hands down the Mallory.
- Days Inn City Center
1414 SW 6th Ave, 97201, 800/648-6440 or 503/221-1611, fax 503/226-0447.
Amenities: valet, pool, lounge.
- Mark Spencer Hotel
409 SW 11th, 800/548-3934
appears very classy, and right in the gay ghetto, close to the Stark Street bar scene, the Bermuda Triangle of Portland record stores, and Powells'. Each room has a kitchen!
- Four Points Sheraton Downtown Hotel
50 SW Morrison, 97204,
800/899-0247 or 503/221-0711, fax 503/274-0312.
Amenities: Suites available, valet, exercise room.
- Silver Cloud
2426 NW Vaughn, 800/551-7207 x8.
Close to trendy Northwest district. Free parking
- Pepper Tree Hotel
10720 SW Allen Blvd, Beaverton,
- McMenamins Edgefield
2126 SW Halsey, 800/669-8610.
I know, you're saying to yourself, why on earth would I want to stay in Troutdale? Well, because this is an Oregonian's version of paradise: microbrews, local wines, decent grub, a movie theatre and beautifully garden grounds. The fact that it's in the old poor farm only adds to its charm.
They have a range of accommodations: a hostelling-style dormitory, rooms with shared baths, a couple suites with private bath, and a family room that will sleep up to 6. And, with the exception of the hostel, all include full country breakfast at the Black Rabbit Restaurant (on the grounds).
There are 3 (maybe more) Motel 6s in the Portland area (Troutdale, Tigard, Portland), all (but Portland proper) in the 'burbs. If
you have to stay at a Motel 6, the Portland one is the best one if you don't have a car, but it's on an ugly stretch of an ugly, busy street. Still, theoretically, you can walk up to hip and hip-and-coming neighborhoods like Clinton Street, Division Street, and Hawthorne -- if you really like to walk. But only if you like walking. (While I have often hit Motel 6s on roadtrips, I wouldn't want to hit any of these three.)
has a couple Portland hostels now. All offer dorms ($16-$22 plus tax) and private rooms ($30-62 plus tax) within walking distance of hip, happening neighborhoods and excellent bus access; both have lounges,
kitchens, laundry, & bike storage; both ask you to do a chore; both require reservations in the summer.