On a tip from a friend, we read reviews, and decided to book a room for two nights. Had we not received the tip, we likely would not have discovered this gem. Ordinarily we would have defaulted to known 'budget' brands, that are still higher in price than The Viking Motel. The bottom line for us is that it met our priority criteria: secure, and very clean. The fridge and microwave were handy as well.
Yes, it's dated, and we're fine with that. We value relationships and small family businesses over sterile, corporate settings.
Other bonuses include the MAX light rail that is right in front of the motel (going north), or just past the light (going south), that took us into the Pearl District for $2.50 each person/each way, the Arbor Lodge Coffee & Community Space just around the corner, and New Seasons grocery (similar to Whole Foods), which rocked our culinary taste buds. Also, it is incredibly close to Interstate 5 - so convenient!