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Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel
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Stockholm, Sweden
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135 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A bit too expensive for what you get”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

We stayed in the guesthouse, which is a separate house from the hostel. The house was in a rather good condition with good common spaces to relax and prepare snacks. The toilet were also clean and in better condition than the average hostel. Our room was unfortunately a bit warm and damp with only a thin door to the nearby room. The bed was very hard and also a bit small for two persons, which significantly reduced the sleep quality. Having a room next to the kitchen and toilet also means some noise that you cannot really escape from. In spite of this we had a good stay at the guesthouse; the location is in a lovely residential area not too far away from restaurants and other action. Nevertheless, the price is a bit too high given the quality of the accomodation...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

I had never stayed in a hostel before my Portland trip which made me a little nervous. This hostel was in a very neat house and in prime time location for whatever you wanted to do in Portland.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

I stayed at the hostel as my first location during my first trip travelling alone, and it was great. It was safe, super clean, and had an inviting and friendly atmosphere. There was a good common space to meet people near both of the kitchens, and in the main lobby too.
If cleanliness is important to you, definitely stay here, it was spotless! It was reasonably quiet for a hostel (actually more quiet than most), and the staff I interacted with were lovely.
The best part was the amazing location! It was within the free rail zone, and only a 10 minute walk from the street car stop. Aside from transit location, it was also just a fun area. There are tons of shops, and places to eat close by that are great. Having seen the other hostel options in Portland, I would recommend this one to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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BC
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Recently enjoyed a stay at the 'Guesthouse' part of the hostel. Hostel remained quiet despite being fully booked, comfy bed, super clean bathrooms that were always available despite being shared. Never used the kitchen (SO many delicious and cheap restaurants within 10 min walk) but it looked clean and was large enough for a couple of groups to cook simultaneously. We found the coffee shop across the street was great for a hot breakfast!
We biked everywhere during our stay - about 5 min to the river/downtown - and found navigating the city a BREEZE. Lots of useful info (shopping, concerts, restaurant recommendations... etc) lined the walls of the hostel which really added to the value of our stay.
Perfect location in Portland!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Stayed in the guesthouse. Really clean and at an excellent location!
The downside was that my room is at the first floor near the exit. Anyone walking down the stairs and the loud noise generated from the door can be clearly heard. The room was not very well sound-proofed. Lucky there wasn't much movement at night.
Overall a pleasant experience. Great price with beautiful room in the guesthouse~

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed May 11, 2012

This was a clean, safe and affordable place for a couple of nights. They have a full functional kitchen and a trader joe's close by, it was great to cook our own meals. We were in te guesthouse, not the main building. Rooms are a great size, showers are always available and clean. We chose to walk everywhere even though there is apparently a free streetcar down the street.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed May 2, 2012 via mobile

Stayed in a private room, what a gem! The room was spacious and comfortable, kitchen was well appointed, nice little courtyard, bathrooms clean, staff friendly and accommodating.

Well positioned to explore the Pearl district and 21st and 23rd streets. A Trader Joes is close by for all your grocery needs, as are some nice little dives, perfect places to sample the local micro brews. Downtown isn't too far, esp if you jump on the free street car.

Only thing that could be better would be more laundry facilities. There was one washer and one dryer. Although it was open 24 hours, it was usually being used by staff, making it difficult to get the laundry done.

Overall a great hostel to stay at for budget conscious couples.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Property: Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel
Address: 425 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-2217
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland
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Kitchenette
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Ranked #4 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Portland
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Number of rooms: 14
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