Portland Walking Tours

Unique, Affordable, Hipster-Approved Lodging in Portland

January 8th, 2016

We’re seeing it more and more… people want to visit Portland — and who wouldn’t?! Portland has a city feel with a twist of nature thrown in the mix, and there is so much to do here. Of course when you come to Portland, you could stay in one of our many outstanding, conventional hotels around town. But to truly experience this one-of-a-kind city, we suggest you make your time here even more special by staying in a quirky spot outside the norm. Below are some unique lodging options in Portland to consider, located in historic neighborhoods where you are bound to get a true behind-the-scenes Portland experience.

Caravan: Tiny House Hotel
NE Portland, Alberta Arts District
Price Range: $145-$195 (*excludes lodging tax)


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Yes, this is a real thing! Not only for those who want a fun experience, but especially those thinking about making a huge change to this lifestyle. And, you get to say you stayed in a Tiny House! Guaranteed, you’ll feel like a kid again. With six different tiny houses, all including amenities you would find in a regular-sized house, it will feel more like a community gathering — fire pit included. Have a pet? Caravan: Tiny House Hotel takes them with only a $25 pet fee! This little place has made a big statement in national news and has even made an appearance on Portlandia. It may be a tiny house, but it’s sure to be a big adventure!


Northwest Portland Hostel
NW Portland, Historic Nob Hill
Price Range: $25-$69 (*excludes lodging tax)


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For you devout travelers on a budget, this hostel is the spot to check out. It is located in one of the most popular neighborhoods in Portland, and the prices can’t be beat. While staying here you can either choose dorm-style with roomies, or get a private room for some alone time. Either way you’ll have access to bathrooms, kitchens, and the common area. You’ll also be near what defines Portland, such as coffee shops, popular foodie spots, and nightlife. One of the best things they offer is events that bring together the travel community such as hikes, pub crawls, live music, and even movie nights.


Bluebird Guesthouse
SE Portland, Division/Clinton
Price Range:$55-$135 (*excludes lodging tax)


Photo courtesy of bluebirdguesthouse.com

This quaint bed and breakfast is a home away from home. Located in one of the most resturant-focused neighborhoods in Portland, this location is ideal for you foodies out there. While you’re there, check out Pok Pok, a restaurant that has made headlines as being one of the best Thai food spots in Portland. The Bluebird Guesthouse is also close to the Hawthorne, Belmont, and Downtown neighborhoods, so you are bound to find some cute shops for souvenirs and trinkets. There are seven guest rooms named after authors and one musician, and some rooms even include clawfoot tubs.


White Eagle Saloon (McMenamins Historic Hotel)
North Portland, Industrial District
Price Range: $75-$125 (*excludes lodging tax)


Photo courtesy of White Eagle on Facebook

This rock and roll style hotel is all of that and so much more! Thought to be one of the most haunted spots in town, make sure to keep one eye open. This place is definitely not for you early sleepers though — they have nightly live music which is unique in itself. If you want to upgrade your stay, they even have a Beer 101 overnight package available which almost ensures to get you a little tipsy. The saloon is literally underneath the hotel so thankfully you won’t have to worry about how to get home, just head upstairs. And did we mention the Moda Center is just a mile away…Go Blazers!


The Society Hotel
NW Portland, Old Town/Chinatown
Price Range: $35-$119 (*excludes lodging fee)


Photo courtesy of thesocietyhotel.com

This newly opened boutique hotel located in an up and coming district has more history behind it than any of the previous unique spaces. Originally known as The Mariners Building in the early 1880s, this site knows how to keep it classy by merging the unique history behind its walls with sophisticated contemporary charm. Private rooms or dorm-style with bunk beds are available, paying homage to the sailors who once stayed there lifetimes ago. With nightlife literally outside their doorstep and a gorgeous rooftop deck providing some of the best views around, joining their society may be one of the best things you do while in Portland.

Article by Adriana Bordea

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