My girlfriend and I visited my sister in Portland for a week, so my folks treated us to the "best room in the house" -- the Beverly Cleary room -- at the Bluebird Guesthouse in Portland's Hawthorne district. Our room was upstairs, directly above the house's front entrance, and it had its own bathroom (which is a MUST, in my opinion!). The staff was very friendly, and kept the house spotless and in good working order. The house has an upstairs and a basement, both with several bedrooms and bathrooms. They have a shared/common area kitchen, fully equipped with all the appliances, pots, pans, silverware, dishes, etc. that you'd need to cook your own food. (You're responsible for washing your own dishes, though.) They also offer complimentary fruit, muffins and bagels (bought fresh daily!). You can store your own groceries in their fridge and shelves, and eat/cook it as needed during your stay. They also have several chairs/couches/tables/lamps throughout the house, if you want to just sit and relax/read/play cards/chit-chat for a bit.
Old architecture, friendly staff, peaceful "homey" environment, lots of comfortable furniture, free street parking, free snacks, free WiFi, lots of plants/flowers/trees, and walkable to anywhere in the Hawthorne district. If you get the Beverly Cleary room upstairs, you can open/close your windows and adjust your room's temperature as needed.
Because it's an old house, there's a chance you'll hear EVERY squeaky floorboard / door hinge / stair step. If someone decides to roll in at 3:00 AM, you'll likely hear the front door open and close, and you'll hear that person's footsteps across the floors and up/down the stairs. (I visited in the dead of winter, so thankfully there weren't many people coming and going.) Some fool tugged on the dumbwaiter-style pocket door rope near the stairwell in the middle of the night and woke me up out of a dead sleep. If you don't have a room with your own bathroom, then you might be competing with other guests for one. Maybe it's available, maybe it's not -- roll the dice! You can always go upstairs or downstairs to another bathroom, though. Although we had our own bathroom with a pedestal sink and toilet, our shower was SMALL.
- 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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