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Staying in Portland, Oregon at weekends can be pricey but it is possible to find inexpensive and fun places to rest


We often travel to Portland, Oregon from our home base of Bend. Whilst we don’t mind a bit of comfort and luxury we only use the hotels as a roof over our head so we try and find places that cost less than $150 a night at weekends.

Below, are four places that we have personally tried out. There are more places we have yet to try out – but we’ll get there.

1. Alberta Petite Hotel

I often travel to Portland, Oregon and am always on the lookout to try a new place to stop at. I had discovered the Alberta Petite Hotel, located on my favourite street in Portland – Alberta Street – a while back and had been looking forward to an opportunity to stay there. So, finally the day came and I was not disappointed.

Location: 2426 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Map: Google Map
Type: Small hotel with individual rooms
Website: Hotel Website
Prices: Around $120 per night

My full blog review

2. Travelers’ House

during our recent visit to Portland, Oregon I booked us into the Travelers House Hostel, a low-cost accommodation option on Portland’s east side.

We’re not bothered by staying in dorms but we did want to try and get some sleep so we decided to book the private queen bedroom on the first floor (the ground floor to my fellow Brits!). There are three floors including the basement. Our room was right off one of the sitting areas which made things a little noisy at times! The worst part was the sound of people tromping up the stairs late at night. Luckily, they provide earplugs. All this said this is a hostel so you have to expect some noise from the other guests.

The room was small, there was just about enough room to sneak around the bed. Beyond the bed, there was little else in the room but there were a couple of alcoves for storing bags and hanging clothes. This room is not en suite so you have to have to share the bathrooms with the other guests.

Location: 710 N Alberta St, Portland, OR 97217.   Tel:  (503) 954-2304
Map: Google Map
Type: Hostel
Prices:  $40/$45 for dorm – $90 for Private Queen (2 night min)

My full blog review

3. Caravan – Tiny House Hotel

There is something quintessentially Portland about the concept of a tiny house hotel – in the city has been in the vanguard of the tiny house movement. In the city is now looking to use tiny houses to partially solve its homeless problem.

The tiny house hotel (its official name is Caravan) is located on the east side of Portland just of the trendy Alberta Street, in a lot that in former incarnations had been a car lot for repossessed cars, a brick oven pizza food cart and an outdoor hookah bar. The space has been magically transformed by the addition of an interesting collection of tiny houses.

Location: 5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97203 T: +1 (503) 288-5225
Map: Google Map
Type: Individual tiny houses
Prices:  $135 for weeknights – $160 for weekend night (2 night minimum @ weekends)

My full blog review

4. Society Hotel

I had read about the Society Hotel located in the heart of Portland’s China Town. The building was built in 1881 by the Seaman’s Friends Society as a safe haven for sailors.  Several years after The Seaman’s Friends Society opened as a hotel, the business began to dwindle, and the building was eventually rented to the Portland Hospital for one year.  In 2013 a group of entrepreneurs purchased the building with the intention of revitalizing into something lasting and that would have a positive impact on the area.

The hotel is located in Chinatown and is only a 10-minute walk from the fashionable Pearl District and 20 minutes from the main downtown areas. The area around the hotel is colourful! Across the street from the Society is a well-known club famed for its drag queen shows. There are also a lot of homeless people in the area (as with most big cities nowadays this is a sad problem that we have to get to grips with). All that said it is not a dangerous area and we felt very safe walking around at all times of the day and night.

Location: 203 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97209 T: +1 (503) 4450444
Map: Google Map
Type: Small hotel with private and shared rooms
Prices: Starting at $120 for private rooms – $55 for the bunk rooms

My full blog review


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