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Portland Hotels Location

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Portland Hotels Location

We are going to spend 1-2 weeks in Portland in Sept. Wonder if we need to pay more to stay right downtown for convenience, or stay "out" a bit and use the MAX. Have you used MAX? Would you do that again or rent a car?

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1. Re: Portland Hotels Location

It depends on what you plan on doing while you're here. Are you here for a conference or work that is downtown and leaves little time for sight seeing? Are you visiting family/friends that will have access to a car? Or are you planning on spending all 1-2 weeks exploring the area? If it is the last option, you will need a rental car, as exploring downtown Portland proper will only take up one maybe two days at the most. The other attractions worthy of a visit, such as the Columbia River Gorge or the coast will require use of a car.

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2. Re: Portland Hotels Location

Hi montezuma30115 and welcome to the forums :-)

When we go to Portland on business, we prefer to stay "out" - usually by the airport or Jantzen Beach. We pay less and don't pay for parking, plus we prefer having more room around us, in more of a "suburb" setting than within a congested "city".

We've used MAX many times. It's about 40 minutes from the airport station to downtown. Most of the airport hotels have a free shuttle, which is handy, although the MAX stations have parking lots, of course.

PDXLadie brings up some good points about which may be better for you, depending upon the type of trip you are planning?

Edited: 8:24 pm, August 15, 2013
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3. Re: Portland Hotels Location

We stayed in town at a hotel and explored the city by foot and streetcar.

We rented a car for 2 days to go to Cannon Beach one day and see the Falls/Gorge the next.

This was for a 10 day trip .. it worked fine for us.

Edited: 9:27 pm, August 15, 2013
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