If you’ve ever stayed in a hostel, you might think of Portland International Guesthouse as an upscale hostel with private rooms. This comfortable and well-maintained property is located in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city and is a great option for budget travelers who don’t mind a more communal hotel experience.
There are six rooms at Portland International Guesthouse, each with a queen-sized bed (a few rooms have more than one bed if you're traveling with a group). And while the rooms won’t win any style awards, they do feature comfortable beds and nice linens.
If you're coming to Portland for an extended stay and want a little more privacy than the main house provides, Portland International Guesthouse also has a 1-bedroom apartment they rent out to guests.
The bathrooms are a good size - especially the glass-enclosed shower, which is especially spacious.
YOU SHOULD KNOW True to hostel form, the bathrooms at Portland International Guesthouse are shared, so be prepared to split bathroom time with the other guests.
There’s no lobby at Portland International Guesthouse, but there is a small sitting area with a fireplace.
The kitchen at Portland International Guesthouse is stocked with free coffee, tea, juice, and cereal and the fridge, microwave, and toaster oven are available for guests to use during their stay.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The kitchen doesn’t feature a stove, so keep that in mind when you’re buying groceries.
Portland International Guesthouse is in the Nob Hill neighborhood, which is extremely walkable. There’s also a MAX station just a few blocks away (which will take you directly to the airport) and easy access to the Portland Streetcar. If you do decide to bring a car, there’s metered street parking available (the hotel has a limited number of parking passes that can help you avoid paying parking fees).
Thai Bloom! (3-minute walk) is a great neighborhood Thai spot serving up classics like drunken noodles and Pad Thai. If you have dietary restrictions, you’ll definitely want to check it out - just about everything on the menu can be made gluten-free. The Fireside (6-minute walk) is another can’t-miss. Stop by this American restaurant during happy hour to enjoy delicious small plates like beet chips and fried brussel sprouts around the restaurant’s indoor firepit.
Check out Bartini (2-minute walk), where you can choose from a laundry list of inventive martinis and specialty drinks (try the Lavender Cosmo for an interesting twist on the Sex and the City classic). Pope House Bourbon Lounge (3-minute walk) is another great neighborhood bar. Housed in a classic Victorian, sample one of their classic bourbons while you people watch on the outdoor patio.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Portland International Guesthouse has all the charm and convenience of a European hostel right in the middle of one of the best neighborhoods in Portland.