The Best Hotels to Book near Oregon Zoo, Portland

Youll be in the heart of the city and just a short hop from the animals with a stay at the Hoxton, Portland
You'll be in the heart of the city and just a short hop from the animals with a stay at the Hoxton, Portland | Courtesy of The Hoxton, Portland /
Julie Fanselow

Go wild at Oregon Zoo in the beautiful Washington Park, Portland, then hibernate in comfort at a nearby hotel where you can rest up for more explorations of the Pacific Northwest. Check out and book Culture Trip’s hand-picked selection of the best places to stay.

Oregon Zoo is wildly popular with visitors to Portland, especially those looking to entertain the kids, since it’s so well served by the city’s excellent public transit system, including the Washington Park MAX light rail station. Browse a selection of hotels convenient to transit connections and you’ll be on your way to a successful safari at this world-class zoo, which is open daily.

1. Hotel deLuxe


Hotel deLuxe
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A zippy six-minute ride from the zoo via the MAX light rail, Hotel deLuxe is a good base for any Portland visit. The historic inn has occasional pop-up movie screenings and a 1950s-inspired cocktail lounge. Wander the halls to see classic film photography, then head across the street to the 19th Hole, where minigolf and a beer garden ensure a fun evening outside.

2. Portland International Guesthouse


Portland International Guesthouse
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An old-school guesthouse with just a handful of rooms with shared bathrooms, this is an economical place to stay with the whole family in a locally beloved, close-in neighborhood with great restaurants. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, then catch the MAX at Providence Park for the quick trip to the zoo. Downtown is an enjoyable 20-minute stroll away.

4. Inn at Northrup Station

Boutique Hotel, Inn

An explosion of color in the playful lobby with seating and tables topped with candy jars at Inn at Northrup Station
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An independent hotel with spacious suites that feel like studio apartments, the Inn at Northrup Station offers high-spirited stays in funky northwest Portland. Decor is candy-colorful, and each suite has kitchen facilities, housewares and a bathroom. A parking pass and streetcar tickets are included to help you get around, and downtown is an easy walk away. Other perks include movie nights and plenty of coffee.

5. Royal Sonesta Portland

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Vibrant lounge space at Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown, with patterned carpet, brightly colored sofas and a feature fireplace
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Whimsical vintage decor defines this century-old hotel in the heart of downtown, from bird-bedecked wallpaper to tree-themed accents. Rooms are comfortably and artfully furnished, and a spa and fitness center promote overall wellness. Stroll to nearby Pioneer Square to catch the MAX light rail to the zoo and other Washington Park attractions, then choose from a wide range of restaurants nearby for a memorable night out.

6. The Society Hotel


The Society Hotel
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Take your crew to the zoo, then bed down at the Society Hotel in the Old Town Chinatown, where budget-friendly sleeping options include bunk beds in the hostel and private rooms with shared baths (ensuite rooms are available, too). Meet other adventurers in the lobby, which doubles as a bar and cafe with small bites, then head up to the rooftop deck for the city views.

7. Lolo Pass

Hostel, Hotel

Patio terrace at Lolo Pass with wooden seats and a view over trees on a sunny day
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An updated take on the European-style hostel, Lolo Pass offers a choice of private rooms (all with ensuite baths, blackout shades and countertop workspaces) or shared quarters with private bunks complete with bed lamps, privacy curtains and lockers. A cafe slings the caffeine each morning and, come evening, the rooftop and sidewalk seating are good places to enjoy a local beverage. The MAX light rail is a 15-minute walk away at Lloyd Center.

8. The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland


The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland
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What was once the grandest department store in Portland has been reincarnated as an upscale hotel. Guest rooms are luxurious, with tranquil blue and gold colors. A long soak in a rainforest shower is a welcome pleasure after a day exploring the zoo, especially with eco-friendly BeeKind toiletries that help fund honeybee research. The Nines is a two-minute walk from the MAX station at Pioneer Square North.

9. The Mark Spencer Hotel

Boutique Hotel

The Mark Spencer Hotel
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An older, low-key hotel that has been lovingly refurbished, the Mark Spencer is a short walk from the Galleria MAX stop and the Oregon Zoo. Rooms easily accommodate families, with a full kitchen and cookware plus comfy bedding, a fitness center and a copy of the New York Times delivered to your door daily. The public areas are delightful, including an outdoor courtyard.

10. The Hoxton, Portland

Boutique Hotel

The Hoxton, Portland
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The British accent is strong at the Hoxton, from the hotel’s London origins to the hip Roberts radio in each guest room. But Oregon flavor is abundant, too, in locally sourced art, woodsy decor and a basement speakeasy. The location is ideal for exploring downtown, checking out the Portland Saturday Market and getting to the zoo via the MAX station at Skidmore Fountain.

Alternatively, trust the weather with the best hotels in Portland with a pool, or opt for one of the more budget-friendly options – bookable with Culture Trip. Leave the city with no regrets by visiting the must-visit attractions in the area and check out the best free things to do in Portland for when you have a minute to spare.

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