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Bluebird Guesthouse
Reviewed April 3, 2013

This guesthouse is tucked away on a small property on Division St in SE Portland. It is not the traditional B&B as there is no one preparing breakfast for the guests--they are on their own though bagels and muffins, coffee and tea are available. (First one in the kitchen turns on the coffee.) People feel free to buy food, store it in the refrigerator and cook as they please. Judging by our stay there recently, the upstairs rooms with shared baths are small but comfortable; the downstairs suite with private bath was more to our liking. The property itself is early 20th century, with dark wood inside. The outside is nothing to write home about. There is free internet access on the guest house computer. If you are looking for a low-key comfortable rental in SE Portland, you might want to check out Bluebird Guest House.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

I have to disagree with Homey Haven. I stayed in the Beverly Cleary room and even with earplugs it was very difficult to sleep because of the street noise. They should really put double glazed windows in that room. If you are a heavy sleeper, it would be perfect; otherwise maybe try a room not facing the road. The room is lovely, though, spacious and nicely decorated, with a bright and comfortable bathroom and the breakfast is generous and coffee good.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We've stayed here numerous times, usually upstairs, since the Gabriel Marquez room is under the stairs and sleep is nearly impossible there. The Beverly Cleary, upstairs in the front, has it's own bath, a very comfy queen bed, and is quieter than you'd think, right on Division St. The price is right if you want to be in SE Portland, near the good food and funky shops, but not too far from downtown. Good coffee and breakfast pastries are included, plus a paper on the doorstep and a common area to read it in and lounge around. We go there once a year or so.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Jan K
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Could it be from being over caffeinated? On the plus side, this guesthouse is well located and my field trip today is a walk to the original stumptown coffee. Unfortunately for me, my room is sandwiched between a sitting area and the kitchen (Marquez room). I could hear every word of conversations and early birds getting breakfast woke me up before my normal waking at 7AM. Too bad because the mattress was very comfortable. The guesthouse seems very clean however there is an odor that greets you when you come in (mildew/mold)?
The kitchen is well stocked with fruit, cereals, coffee, tea, baked goods and more. I am fine with fixing my own too. A computer is available to use.
Definitely a mixed experience. I might return and stay in an upstairs room.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank milissa g
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Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

This is such a well kept b&b. The owner is super friendly and there is breakfast laid out every morning. We stayed in a room with a bathroom in it, which was nice. It was a quite stay in se Portland. Some great places are in walking distance to eat drink or snack upon. I felt very safe and relaxed staying at location. Wonderful stay!

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Centrally located near all the tempting food alternatives of Division street, this guesthouse has the feel of a family home. We stayed in one of the two basement rooms, which had a window without a view. The downside of being in the basement is of course that everybody walks on the floor above you, which was not helped by the wooden floor. If you suffer from light sleep like I do bring earplugs or take one of the rooms on the first floor. 

The guesthouse is nicely furnished, there is a spacious area to sit in, including two porches - one on either side of the house. 

Breakfast is available in the fridge as you wake up - you are welcome to help yourself to a variety of bread, fruit, oatmeal, muffins and bagels. If you fancy pancakes there is pancake mix available - although you have to cook them yourself. 

There are several jams and spreads available to have with your bread. 

The bathrooms are located on several floors - there is a toilet near the kitchen, as well as a bathtub/shower on first floor. I have to say that I was not really happy with the water pressure the shower had. I have fairly long hair and it took me quite a while to get rid of all the shampoo in my hair. 

There is a computer and phone near the kitchen, which can be used by guests. 

All in all, this was a nice place to spend to nights at. However, next time I would definitely choose an upstairs room to avoid all the guests walking on what felt like my head. 

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

I stayed for a week in January, when Portland is pretty cold and cloudy, if not rainy, and really enjoyed this beautiful old house. Division street is a great neighborhood, with lot's of interesting places to eat nearby. It is convenient for going into the city or visiting in the suburbs. Great wine shop just down the street. The rooms are comfortable and the place is very well run; manager was accomodating and helpful, but not intrusive. Loved the big kitchen with everything you could want to cook a few meals. Although continental breakfast is provided (including a fresh pot of coffee and fresh fruit), I enjoyed keeping some eggs and cheese in the refrigerator and making an omelet in the mornings. I need decaf and there is a coffee place right next door where I got my decaf latte every morning. I started my mornings with an omelet, latte, toast and the Oregonian to read. Just as good, if not better, than home. Besides the breakfast nook in the kitchen, there is a large dining room, inviting living room and comfy den with a fireplace, so even staying in an economy room in the basement was OK. The place was not that busy while I was there, so the limited bathroom facilities was not a problem; I can see how sharing the bathrooms could be a bit of problem if the place was full. However, they provide a nice bathrobe and the other guests I saw were all very polite so I think it could be worked out. Another nice feature is the availability of a washer and dryer; it was nice not to bring home a lot of dirty clothes.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Address: 3517 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202-1567
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Portland
Price Range: $58 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An authentic Portland experience in one of Southeast PDX's most visited neighborhoods. Intelligently combining Old Portland warmth with modern amenities, we offer a stay blending the best of a boutique hotel with a modern bed & breakfast inn. Forget any antiquated notions of over-bearing hosts, while friendly staff are available for any requests and to chat you will feel like it is your space... an optimal balance of hospitality and privacy. Well reviewed, clean and a short walk to the amazing Division / Clinton restaurant scene. Close by are Hawthorne & Belmont, while Downtown, Sellwood, Reed College, Eastmoreland / Westmoreland, Woodstock, Stark, etc. are 10 - 15 minute drives. Some of the included amenities: fast gigabit wi-fi, guest computer, laundry facility, continental breakfast & use of the kitchen. Visit our website for more details and to make instant reservations. ... more   less 
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