When it comes to finding the perfect Portland digs, you shouldn't worry yourself too much about style. In this trendy city, quaint bed and breakfasts rub elbows with contemporary household names, while the über-quirky inns neighbor ultra-chic business-class hotels. Instead, begin your search by determining the perfect locale and your desired price range.
- In general, downtown presents the most lodging options, while Northeast Portland, near Lloyd Center and the Convention Center, offers another wide selection at somewhat lower prices, with convenient links to downtown by MAX light rail." -- Moon Travel Guides
- You'll also find that room rates are almost always considerably lower October through April (the rainy season), and large downtown hotels often offer weekend discounts of up to 50% throughout the year." -- Frommer's
- For hotels, last-minute lodging is available, but it's wise to book at least one month in advance for travel during the low or shoulder season and book at least three months in advance for travel during the high season to ensure availability." -- Smarter Travel
Downtown Portland is full of well-known high-rise hotels, but you'll also find a variety of luxury boutique hotels here, including the Avalon Hotel & Spa and the Heathman Hotel. And staying here will put you within walking distance to some prime sightseeing real estate like Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the Portland Art Museum. To fully immerse yourself in Portland's unusual identity, we recommend one of it's award-winning and independently owned hotels.
- Unless otherwise noted, you’ll pay to park at downtown hotels. Parking fees range $15 - 30 per night, so be sure to ask when booking a room, as these fees add up fast." -- Moon Travel Guides
- If you like to be spoiled while traveling, make your reservations at the Heathman Hotel, where you will find subtle elegance and a courteous staff. Room service food arrives from the kitchen of the renowned Heathman Restaurant." -- Travel Channel
For a taste of authentic Portland flavor, head northwest of Downtown. These neighborhoods -- primarily Old Town, Chinatown, the Pearl District and Nob Hill -- are home to some of the city's trendier properties. Hotels in these neighborhoods offer prime access to many of Portland's favorite art galleries and to Powell's City of Books, not to mention a variety of diverse restaurants and nightlife spots.
- An alternative to the standard city hotel scene is to stay at one of the several beautiful B&Bs spread throughout residential neighborhoods in the northwest … these are usually lovely homes, with unique and luxurious guest rooms, deluxe home-cooked breakfasts, and friendly and knowledgeable innkeepers." -- Fodor's
- Why not spend the night in a beautiful old home in the trendy Nob Hill area? The Heron Haus, a turn of the century English Tudor, has sweeping city views and a paneled library that is perfect for sipping from your brandy glass. You will be within walking distance of the Northwest galleries, restaurants and boutiques." -- Travel Channel
If you don't mind a bit of a commute, there are plenty of places to stay across the Willamette River from Downtown in the East Portland neighborhoods, such as the Lloyd and Hawthorne districts. These neighborhoods are perfect if you're heading to the city for nighttime fun and a bit of fresh air. Here, you can peruse the galleries along Alberta Street, sample the brews at local vineyards and breweries or take to the streets and enjoy the Hawthorne Districts numerous pubs. Mount Hood -- a popular hiking and skiing spot -- is a little over an hour's drive from East Portland. While you may be making a bit of a sacrifice location-wise (particularly if you're here to sightsee), this area's lower hotel rates are well worth it.
- You'll find the greatest concentration of bed-and-breakfasts in … northeast Portland. This area is close to downtown and is generally quite convenient even if you are here on business." -- Frommer's