Keep Portland Weird! That’s the bumper sticker slogan of liberal, vegetarian-friendly, eco-friendly, progressive Portland. The largest city in Oregon is also known for its parks and cycling as well as its craft beers and cafes. It’s pretty much a chilled out hipster city!
But just where in this big city do you stay? And how can you stay somewhere so cool whilst sticking to a budget… is it even possible?
YES, it is! And to help you find somewhere that’s right for you, we’ve made a list of the best hostels in Portland to make life easier for you.
So let’s see what Portland has to offer, shall we?
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Quick answer: The best hostels in Portland
- Overall Best Hostel in Portland – Travelers House
- Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Portland – HI Portland Northwest
- Best Cheap Hostel in Portland – HI Portland Hawthorne
Best Hostels in Portland
Best Overall Hostel in Portland – Travelers House
– 24 Hour Security
– Bicycle Hire
– No Curfew
Cute, homely, well located – yep, this is pretty much the best overall hostel in Portland. It’s pretty cool design-wise, sorta like staying at a cool relative’s house rather than a Portland backpackers hostel. If you like that vibe, then you’ll especially love this place.
It may not be central, but the owners are super friendly and will explain to you (extensively) about Portland’s transportation system, meaning you can get to the more lively parts of Portland with ease. The welcoming atmosphere is great if you’re by yourself because everyone likes to feel comfortable, don’t they?
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Portland – HI Portland Northwest
– Free Breakfast
– Key Card Access
This place is set in a pretty cool old house, the type that’d probably be a spooky house in some American horror film, but, um, don’t worry about that. It’s not in any way a spooky house. Just has the exterior vibes, that’s all.
In fact, this place is probably the best hostel for solo travellers in Portland. The staff are super friendly, facilities super clean (and good), and in a good area of town that’s easy to hit up with a few new mates from the hostel. Easy.
Best Cheap Hostel in Portland – HI Portland Hawthorne
– Free Breakfast
– Common Room
This place definitely lacks the social vibe that other youth hostels in Portland might have, and sure it may be just a lil’ bit out of town (10 min drive, to be exact), but it is affordable. And that makes it our best cheap hostel in Portland.
Inside it’s nice and homely, pretty cool actually, which is great – but it’s also all about being eco-friendly. So they’ve got a living roof, water collection, composting… So if you’re into living sustainably and all that (and we ALL probably should be) then here’s a great Portland backpackers hostel for you.
Best Budget Hotels in Portland
But we all know that sometimes… you just don’t wanna stay in a hostel. And that’s cool. Because we understand – sharing a dorm with strangers for consecutive nights and then moving onto another dorm in another hostel in another hostel, just to do the same again… It all gets a bit much, eh?
So here’s a round-up of the best budget hotels in Portland so you can find somewhere private and comfy to call home for a few nights.
– On-site Restaurant
– Free Breakfast
– Very Near The Airport
Sure, it ain’t cool, it ain’t in the centre of town – but it IS right by the airport. Yep, this budget hotel in Portland is probably the best hotel near Portland’s airport, which is especially great if you need to catch an early flight or something. It’s also very cheap… for a hotel.
Convenience and stress-free travel is what we’re about, so it makes total sense to stay here, even if it’s just for a night on arrival or departure, you know? It’s easy to find in the dark, which is a plus when you arrive in a place you have no clue about. Rooms come with fridges and microwaves, helping you keep things nice and budget-friendly, too.
– Nice Garden
– Free Parking
– Free Toiletries
Well, we can definitely see why this place is called The Tropical Guesthouse – it’s set in one of those coastal sorta villa type houses you see in American towns and the garden is pretty lush and tropical. So there’s that. It’s also proper cheap.
Then there’s the interiors, which are all pretty stylish and funky and make it easily one of the coolest places to stay in Portland. It’s got dorms. And a kitchen. And places to hang out. So it’s definitely a cross between hostel and hotel. Best of both worlds at this top budget hotel in Portland.
– Free Breakfast
– Heritage House
– Shared Lounge
Yes, it’s set in a heritage house, but this budget hotel in Portland is a little bit weird. Then again, Portland is a little bit weird itself. There’s that whole ‘Keep Portland Weird’ thing, like they say in Austin, Texas. Anyway…
The eclectic decor at this guesthouse is something that will be interesting to anyone who’s into like, not run-of-the-mill stuff. Hipsters, maybe. ‘It’s so ironic!’ you could say, as you walked around snapping pics of everything. The free breakfast is a help yourself free for all, which is a definite plus.
– TV in Room
– 24 Hour Reception
– Fitness Centre
A standard sorta budget hotel in Portland, sure, but it’s a good place to stay if you’re looking to save money AND have a lil’ bit more comfort than a Portland backpackers hostel. The rooms here are dang spacious and come equipped with fridge and microwave, making it easy to fend for yourself and keep things nice and cheap. Another good thing about this place is COMPLIMENTARY LAUNDERETTE! Yep, value for money here we come! Definitely add this to your Portland itinerary.
– En-suite Bathrooms
– Free Breakfast
– Free Parking
We’re really not sure why this place has decided to name itself after Aladdin, but there you go – it has. Despite the weird name, this budget hotel in Portland is a great shout for anybody who likes their rooms to a bit a more… chic and modern than what you usually get at budget hotels. You know, that sorta cross between kitsch and outdated? Yeah, that. This place is pretty cool though. AND it serves up a mean free breakfast.
– Air Conditioning
– TV in Room
– Location Location Location
To find a budget hotel in Portland that’s actually pretty near to the city centre is a rare thing, so Eastside Lodge definitely fills a gap in that sense. It’s basically a motel that’s had a makeover in black and chrome and grey, which is sorta ultra cheesy but at least it’s been updated, right?
The location of this place is good – it’s close to town, which makes getting into Portland’s sights and nightlife easy. The staff are also super friendly and helpful, which always makes a HUGE difference.
– En-suite Bathroom
– Free Parking
Ok, so, this is pretty much a typical motel. Think slightly dated decor and you’ll have it right. To be fair though, it ain’t all that bad. It’s kinda homely in a way. And in fact, the bathrooms seem to have received a more recent update than the actual rooms, which is a bonus.
The best thing about this budget hotel in Portland is probably how easy it is to get into the downtown area. All you need to do is walk across the street and catch the metro. Direct. So it’s pretty decent value for money.
What to Pack for your Portland Hostel
We don’t often travel without these essentials.
1. Headphone Splitter: You’re the one with the Netflix account and your friend wants to watch too? But you don’t want to share headphones? And you’re good people who wouldn’t disturb your dorm mates? That’s not going to be a problem with this Headphone Splitter! Plug in two pairs of headphones at the same time, so both of you are able to listen to music or watch shows simultaneously. It comes in handy and won’t weigh you down.
2. Playing Cards: Name your ideal night: I’m for a few cheap beers and some card games. Oh, and you don’t even have to be drinking to enjoy a game – having cards with you traveling definitely helps out on those long airplane or beach days! Make sure to snag a waterproof deck to protect from the pool, ocean or Chang.
3. Active Roots Water Bottle: Sturdy and durable, the Active Roots water bottle survives the roughest adventures while keeping your drink cold or hot for at least 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed and made from stainless steel, the bottle can fit 25oz, which is plenty to keep you hydrated. Super cool bonus: the bottle isn’t just super useful, it helps to reduce the single-use plastic waste – save the planet by filling up your bottle.
4. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: Soap can be very useful on long travels, but it’s hard to carry around. It might get taken off you at the airport or leak in your backpack. This Sea to Summit Travel Soap is the perfect solution for every backpacker with a thought for hygiene. The dry soap is super handy, and it definitely won’t leak (there’s nothing to leak). One box contains 50 leaves of soap, making sure that you’ll be clean, even on longer adventures.
5. Padlock: Theft happens in hostels, so keep a padlock to clip on your locker. This padlock can also double to keep your pack shut while in-transit. No need for keys (which can easily be lost or stolen too), you just have to remember a three-digit number to unlock your travel essentials.
6. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: The Active Roots Toiletry bag keeps all of your bathroom essential items organized instead of flowing around your backpack. Having everything handy and accessible in one water-resistant bag is a bathroom lifesaver. This toiletry bag also helps from being that embarrassed person walking back to the dorm room, in a towel, to grab forgotten shampoo.
Why you should travel to Portland
So there you have it – the best hostels in Portland!
Though they maybe aren’t as cool or trendy as the city they’re located in, some of them definitely have some eco-friendly credentials that make them pretty cool places to stay.
And we’ve added a few budget hotels in for good measure since sometimes you don’t want a dorm, right?
But if you can’t decide where to stay, don’t you worry: just go for our pick for the best overall hostel in Portland, Travelers House. Now go enjoy the weirdness!
Travel Safety Tips for Portland
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Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Portland.
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Over to you
By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Portland has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!
If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!
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