The Hostels in Portland make traveling and staying here inexpensive and convenient.
The 2 Portland Hostels are both located central to the downtown area and are a big hit with people visiting our city and looking to stay without draining their bank account.
So what exactly is a Hostel and how is it different from a hotel room or a Bed and Breakfast?
Hostels are essentially dormitories for rent. They tend to have multiple beds to a room (often times, bunk beds) with central bathrooms and common areas for all guests to use, and come in all shapes and sizes (depending on your locale).
It's a lot more of a social arrangement, so if privacy is a very important thing to you, reconsider a Portland hotel.
Hostels in Portland are extremely accommodating and upscale and both are members of Hostelling International, a network of over 4,000 hostels in over 80 countries.
You can even purchase really inexpensive memberships good for a year that provide you access to all those hostels associated with HI at reduced rates.
Both Hostels in Portland are as far removed from a flophouse as you can get and sometimes stretch the definition of a traditional Hostel. Visitors to Portland enjoy their stay when they come and tend to not only come back again, but recommend them to their friends.
The most centrally located Portland hostel is in the Nob Hill area. At 425 NW 18th Avenue, the HI-Portland Hostel, Northwest is a lovely restored home that is surrounded by activity, cafes, MAX trains, the Greyhound bus station and is only a few blocks from The Pearl District.
You can reach a good deal of fun by foot, including Portland's Chinatown and Powell's City of Books (just to name a couple).
It holds 62 beds (both dorms and private rooms), has 24-hour access for their guests, a fully-functional kitchen, free wireless Internet access, free storage areas for your backpack or luggage, and a good deal more to make your stay comfortable.
For all the info, visit the HI-Portland Hostel, Northwest web site.
The HI - Portland - Hawthorne District sits over at 3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd. As with the other Portland hostel, this one is in a beautiful home built in 1909, has a lot of common areas, and tons of things to do around it.
With a total of 34 beds (both in dorms and private rooms), you'll be able to enjoy high-speed Internet access for your laptop, 24-hour access to the place once you're checked in, a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and other goodies.
One of the cool things about this particular Hostel is their offering of group tours to the Columbia Gorge, Mt. St. Helens, around Portland and other sights.
If you have the time and have never been to some of these places, I'd recommend catching one of the tours. To find out more, surf over to the HI - Portland - Hawthorne District web site.
Many people come to Portland to enjoy, investigate, get away or find themselves. The Hostels in Portland make any of that easy and inexpensive and a acceptable alternative to a Portland hotel.
You have no excuse not to visit us now, right? So throw a temporary home onto your back and come and stay with us for a while! ;)