A low cost place to stay in a hip suburb on Portland's east side
Temporarily closed due to Covid-19 pandemic as of 11th August 2021
Through my many years of business travel, I have been lucky enough to visit some amazing places around the world – and some not so wonderful. During these trips, I have stayed in some incredible hotels, many of which were very luxurious.
As my life is changing we have been travelling mostly now for pleasure and hopefully, retirement will be upon us soon. The sooner the better. We’re hoping to do a lot of travelling when we’re finally done with work. We don’t have a huge bundle of money to splurge on long, luxurious journeys so we are definitely thinking of spreading our money out and travelling on a budget.
Even now, when we are still working, we are being money-conscious when it comes to spending our spondoolies (the Urban dictionary defines this as “cash”, “money” and “dosh”) on places to stay and eat. Largely for us, a place to stay is mainly a roof over our head for the night as we tend to be out and about when we come to visit.
So, 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.
The bed was really comfortable. Being a hostel we had low expectations – but I have stayed in many high end hotels with a lot less comfortable mattresses. Whenever I travel I tend to take my own pillows as most hotels and bed & breakfasts we stay in have crappy pillows. This is not the case with the Travelers House – we had our own pillows with us but we ended up using theirs!
This is not a huge hostel. There are only a handful of rooms so there are only a few guests at a time. The shared spaces were great – there is a large kitchen and two large sitting areas. All of which is open plan. Our room was right off one of the sitting areas which made things a little noisy at times!
The bathrooms were all shared. There was a small bathroom on the first floor and in the basement there was an additional two toilets and a shower room. During our stay the hostel was quite full but we had not problems with getting to a bathroom when needed!
One of the best things about staying at hostels is meeting people. As you might expect most of the guests, with the exception of us, were young. We were probably the oldest by 25 to 30 years. That said it was great to hear the stories of these people who despite their youth had many interesting stories to tell. Everyone was very respectful and we didn’t have any major issues with noise, messiness and general naughtiness.
The Travelers House is ideally located, as far as we’re concerned. It is located on the west end of Alberta Street, which is one of our favorite areas in Portland. It is hipster, weird and very Portland!
Getting to the Moda Center and downtown Portland is easy and takes about 20 minutes and 30 minutes respectively. There is a bus stop yards away that goes down Albina/Mississippi and if you walk two or three blocks you can get the MAX light rail line.
It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to walk to the main part of Alberta Street where there is plenty of bars, restaurants and interesting boutique shops.