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Portland, OR- first visit- what neighborhood to stay in?

Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 10:30 AM
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Portland, OR- first visit- what neighborhood to stay in?

We are first time visitors. We will be coming in mid June. We like to stay in small boutique hotels. Not super fancy, but not funky. We like to be able to walk to restaurants and sights. Need a safe neighborhood. We like to get breakfast at the hotel, or at least coffee and breakfast nearby. What neighborhoods and Or hotels would you recommend, and why?
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 10:43 AM
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Define "funky" please.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 01:01 PM
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As then Supreme Court said about pornography, I know it when I see it. Funky? Feeling unsafe. Looking like it could be cleaner.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 01:26 PM
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The word these days is "sketchy" that'll get you further in your Portland quest

....although, come to think of it, "could be cleaner" does describe a good number of the Portland dining establishments, so maybe that's a category all of its own...
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 01:50 PM
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Try The Inn at Northrup Station... funky boutique suites hotel right on the streetcar line near some cool eateries and shopping... you can ride the streetcar with passes from the hotel... great AM breakfast...
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It's a good funky...
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 02:35 PM
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Any of the Kimpton hotels would work - https://www.kimptonhotels.com/boutiq...ls-in-portland

And the McMenamins properties are terrific -

https://www.mcmenamins.com/kennedy-school
https://www.mcmenamins.com/crystal-hotel

And outside of town but oh so worth the drive, the Edgefield - https://www.mcmenamins.com/edgefield
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I visited Portland a couple of years ago anf chose to stay across the river in a neighborhood that looked very architecturally appealing. And it was. But wow does Portland have some bad traffic! If I did it over, I would stay downtown and just take the light rail straight on from the airport. No meed for a car and its a very walkable city.

Panhandlers are out of control and in your face!

I took a culinary walking tour one morning and just loved it. Highly recommend! I think it was called Portland Epicurean tour or something. Fun, tasty, and a good way to get a little familiar with the city.

Also enjoyed the Japanese Garden and the weekend market under the bridge. Although I got food poisoning from the middle eastern food truck I chose for lunch!
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I don't find the panhandlers to be that bad, actually. Maybe I just don't look like a likely target. Having a car is only advisable if there are day trips or suburb shopping in your itinerary.

Anyway, transit links are certainly better downtown. Max is the most efficient way to get around. There's a streetcar that goes to the northwest dristrict but it's slow enough that you may get there on foot faster and then there are buses. If you are determined to take transit from the airport, you'll be dragging your luggage a lot less if you stay in the Pearl.
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I was going to recommend the Pearl District too, but it is far from sketchy. Funky, cool but more high end. Excellent location, walkable.

The McMenamins are true old school Portland vibe. I've stay at Edgefield and Kennedy School and loved both. But both are not in good areas for getting to the downtown Portland areas where you'll want to visit. However, they all really great hotels.
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I meant to add I haven't stay at McMenamins (Crystal Hotel) in SW (south of Downtown and probably the best location) but it is funky and in a cool area with a rock and roll vibe. I would check that out.
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Oh dear sorry, you don't want funky -- then the Pearl District for sure.

And for downtown Portland (good location and excellent hotel) is now a Kimpton but originally called the Monaco

http://www.monaco-portland.com/?&utm...onaco_portland
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On your other thread I suggested the Mark Spencer Hotel. It's just south of the "alphabet district" and 3 blocks south of Powell's books.
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The Nines is in the heart of downtown and usually rated near the top of Portland hotels, but I'd choose either of Kimpton's Hotel Monaco or Vintage over it. Hotel Lucia, next door to the Vintage, would also be high on my list. Its restaurant, Imperial, is operated by one of the city's most highly acclaimed chefs.

Nanabee, Crystal Hotel has a SW address because it's south of Burnside and west of the river, but it's definitely not south of downtown.
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Travel Portland is a great website to help with planning.

https://www.travelportland.com/hotels-deals/

I like to stay in the down town area. The Paramount is nice, has a restaurant, close to everything.
I also like the Marriott on the Waterfront.

The Epicurian Walking Tour is fun- gives you a taste of the area.
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In 2006, while we were on the college tour circuit with our 16 year old, we stayed in what is now the Kimpton Monaco. Then, 2 adults and a teen, so we got a suite. Awesome hotel, fabulous rooms. Now a Kimpton, it still has the morning complimentary coffee and tea in the lounge at ground level, as well as the afternoon complimentary wine hour. Great location downtown, safe, walkable. Just costs a lot more these days because it is, after all, a Kimpton property.

In 2011, we went for a quick long weekend, and got through some Visit Portland website a fabulous room (with breakfast) at what was then called Hotel Fifty on Morrison. It's now called Hotel Rose, a "Staypineapple" property, whatever that means. Perfect location by the river and eating, shopping places downtown. Very close to many good pubs, gastro-pubs, and a nice walk to the Pearl District. We were there to meet up with friends who live in Portland and go to the Leonard Cohen concert at the Moda Center across the river.

This August, we're heading back to Portland for my son's 28th birthday celebration and going to the Green Day concert again at the Moda Center. Because at that time, hotel prices are pretty stiff, and we needed to book separate rooms or bedrooms, we opted for the Embassy Suites downtown, located by the Pearl District. Easy location to use public transport if we decide to not rent a car. I'm still on the fence with this, since if were there for just a couple days, it would be the practical thing to do. But because we'll be there for 5 days, we'll probably want to visit McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale for some local wine and music. The grounds there are fabulous!

Anyway, these are my picks and the reasons why we chose them, and although we love the funky vibe and humour of McMenamins (stayed at the one in Bend, Oregon!), I think any of these would meet your criteria.
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Hi NativeNewYorker,

It's been a few years but I stayed in the Alphabet District at the Portland International Guesthouse; I loved the leafy green neighbourhood with its easy access to downtown and the Pearl District by foot and bus/streetcar/foot combination. I thought the neighbourhood had a terrific, fun energy about it but it's indeed a funky area in the sense of lots of hipsters, creative hairstyles, hair colours and clothes/ tattoos (a definite pole of attraction for the young folk), but wasn't funky as in especially dangerous or smelled bad.

Have a great time in Portland--a fun city to spend a few days!

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Thanks for all the great ideas. We are checking each one.
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I love Portland, and this is making me want to fly there soon. I have family there so it is always an easy trip.

Have a great time NNY!!

Remember Portland is keeping it weird!
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