Sometimes when you travel, all you want is an inexpensive place to lay your head at night--no frills, no fuss. Which is what you’ll find at Monticello Motel. This motel delivers on the essentials and has a great location, and as long as you’re not expecting anything fancy or high-end, you should be comfortable during your stay.
The building, rooms, and furniture at Monticello Motel are all definitely on the older side--and it shows. The decor looks like it’s straight out of 1974, but each room comes equipped with a few modern amenities like microwaves, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Monticello Inn does offer cable TV and DVD players, but some of the TVs are as old as everything else in the room. If you want a reliable television-viewing experience, request a room with a flat-screen.
The bathrooms are also pretty bare-bones, but they’re clean and the shower has plenty of space.
This motel is a lobby-free zone; once you check in, you go straight to your room.
The only food you’ll find on-site at Monticello Motel comes from the vending machines.
Some of the upgraded rooms have kitchenettes (including a stove), so if you don’t want to eat out every meal, request one of those rooms and stop by the store to stock up on a few groceries and snacks.
Monticello Motel is just a few blocks away from a MAX Light Rail station that will take you right downtown. Or, if you’d rather bring your own wheels, they offer free parking on-site.
The motel is just a block from Alberta St, which is home to some of the best eateries in Portland. Try Aviary (11-minute drive), an Asian fusion restaurant with an inventive menu of small plates, including an impressive range of vegetarian options. Also be sure to check out Pine State Biscuits (12-minute drive), a Portland staple where you can enjoy fresh-baked biscuit sandwiches (make sure to try The Reggie, a fried chicken-bacon-cheese creation smothered in gravy).
Check out Alberta Street Pub (8-minute drive), a local hangout with an impressive beer list and great outdoor patio that often hosts local bands. If you’re more in the mood for a cocktail, head to The Knock Back (11-minute drive), a laid-back spot known for slinging incredible craft and classic cocktails (stop by during happy hour to sample their “Punch of the Day” for $5… and trust us when we say it packs a serious punch).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Monticello Motel isn’t what we’d call an upscale experience, but it does the job, and if you’re looking to save money, you won’t find a better deal in Portland.