It’s all about convenience at the Nordic Inn – you’re just minutes from Portland International Airport and the one-level building saves you from climbing stairs. All rooms are equipped with microwave ovens and mini-fridges, but opt for a suite and you’ll get a kitchenette and dining room table. In business since 1994, you won’t break the bank at this long-standing motel favorite.
This hybrid hostel-hotel has both private rooms and shared dormitories, and is home to an art gallery showcasing local artists, a fully stocked kitchen, a restaurant and a rooftop bar with unbeatable city views. The emphasis is on communal spaces, so solo travelers won’t feel lonely, while both the private rooms and four- or eight-bed dorms have blackout shades to ensure the deepest sleep.
This Portland mainstay dates to 1959 and has been run by the same family for several decades. The original neon sign hangs out front, but your stay will be blissfully modern. Viking is set in North Portland’s Arbor Lodge neighborhood, and has free off-street parking as well as bike storage, a testament to the area’s alternative transport spirit. There’s also a covered outdoor patio for year-round use.
If you’re in Portland for the Expo or need access to Portland Meadows racecourse, this is your best choice – both are just up the road. Renovated rooms feature microwaves, there’s an outdoor hot tub for soaking, and while downtown is 8mi (13km) away, it’s just a short walk to the MAX rapid transit system for easy access to everything Portland.
This 168-room boutique hotel is cutting-edge, with snazzy murals in the lobby and leopard print blankets, Keurig coffee-makers and walk-in showers in the modern rooms and suites. Don’t miss drinking or dining at the hotel’s Altabira City Tavern – a local favorite with sweeping Portland views and a selection of the best craft beers in the city. The streetcar and MAX transit being just outside the door is another reason to make this your top choice.
Active travelers will love it here – take advantage of the fleet of rental bicycles, outdoor pool and well-equipped 24-hour fitness center. You’re also only a quick walk away from the Oregon Convention Center and the Moda Center. Rooms boast ergonomic desk chairs and down pillows – but don’t head for yours until you’ve collected a complimentary warm cookie on arrival.
If you’re looking for a quick escape off Interstate 5, Comfort Suites fits the bill – it’s just off the freeway and 3mi (4.8km) from Washington Square mall. The spacious suites contain sofas, while elsewhere there’s an indoor heated pool and hot tub, along with a fitness center. A free grab-and-go breakfast is offered each morning, making this one of the most convenient and affordable Portland stays.
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