Best Areas to Stay in Portland, Oregon

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Where to stay in Portland – A guide to the main city of Oregon

Portland is the most populous city in Oregon, in the northeastern US. Thanks to its numerous bridges, Oregon is known by many as the “Bridgetown”.

Portland is bordered by the Columbia River and the Willamette and is known as one of the greenest cities in the United States.

Portland is home to many startups, technology companies and a large hipster community, as well as a “green city” that many tourists prefer for being a center of art and culture.

When deciding to visit Portland, it must be taken into account that, most of the year, Portland has rain and cloudy skies, with temperatures of 81ºF (27ºC) in July and 46ºF (8ºC) in January.

Hence, for travelers who want to enjoy blue skies and a hot climate, the best time to visit Portland would be from the beginning of July to the end of August.

Those who visit the city can reach it through the Portland International Airport, located within the city limits, and, to move inside its different districts, opt for the bus service, tram, light rail and specialized lanes for bicycles.

In the culinary field, Portland stands out for its street food stalls, food trucks, local coffee shops and gourmet restaurants that position it as one of the best gastronomic destinations in the United States, a dream place for foodies.

The best areas to stay in Portland are the Downtown for its restaurants, shops and excellent public transport connections (See accommodation in Downtown Portland) and the Pearl District for its lively nightlife and hipster vibe (See accommodation in the Pearl District)

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Portland.

The best areas to stay in Portland, Oregon

1. Our favorite area: Downtown

Downtown Portland offers attractive green spaces, art centers that reflect the culture of Oregon and various street food stalls to taste traditional food.

From theaters, the Portland Art Museum and parks where several festivals take place such as the Roses and the Brewery, Downtown includes a wide range of entertainment for all tastes.

Downtown communicates with other areas of Portland through several light rail lines, buses, and taxis.

This is also the best area to stay in Portland for business travelers since, in Lloyd’s Districts and the South Waterfront area, you’ll find the city’s main and tallest buildings, in addition to Courthouse Square Park, the main park of the Downtown.

Downtown is the best area to stay in Portland for its many accommodation options, as well as the good connection to other areas via public transport.

Where to stay in Portland - Downtown

Where to stay in Portland – Downtown

Accommodation in Downtown Portland - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this areaº

Accommodation in Downtown Portland – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Portland:

  • Central location
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Best area to stay without a car

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Dossier

The Dossier, located in downtown Portland, offers accommodation with a variety of exclusive amenities, such as a fitness center and pet amenities. The city of Powell’s books is 5 minutes away on foot.

from US$119
Budget

Portland Downtown Value Inn

Located in downtown Portland, Oregon, this hotel is a 15-minute walk from Portland State University. It has a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi.

from US$79
Luxury

Sentinel, a Provenance Hotel

This luxury hotel offers a full range of first class services and is within walking distance of downtown Portland, within walking distance of various theaters, restaurants and shopping centers.

from US$179
 

 

 

2. Pearl District

The Pearl District is located in northwestern Portland, north of downtown.

Pearl District used to be the epicenter of stores and industries of the city, but, nowadays, its numerous art galleries and stores give it a hipster and alternative atmosphere.

Since the Pearl District is the liveliest area of the city, the nightlife abounds in its bars and restaurants, most of which are frequented by a youthful community.

When it comes to transport options, the Green and Yellow lines of the light rail and several bus lines pass near Pearl District to connect it with other areas of Portland.

Pearl District is recommended as one of the best areas to stay in Portland for those young travelers who want to go shopping, go to clubs or bars and enjoy the bustle of the city.

Best areas to stay in Portland - Pearl District

Best areas to stay in Portland – Pearl District

Accommodation in Pearl District - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Pearl District – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Portland:

  • Hipster area
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Near Union Station for long distance trains
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Connected by public transport
  • Central location

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Canopy By Hilton Portland Pearl District

Canopy By Hilton Portland Pearl District offers air-conditioned rooms in Portland, a 4-minute walk from Powell’s City of Books. This hotel is located in the Pearl District, within a 8-minute walk of Voodoo Donuts.

from US$149
Budget

Overton Street Apartment by Stay Alfred

Overton Street Apartment by Stay Alfred is located within a 12-minute walk of Powell’s City of Books and 1.1 km from Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland. It offers accommodation with free Wi-Fi.

from US$99
Luxury

Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown/Pearl District

The Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown / Pearl District is located in downtown Portland and features an indoor pool and fitness center. The property also offers free daily breakfast and free WiFi.

from US$299
 

 

 

3. Southeast Portland

Southeast Portland is located, as its name indicates, southeast of the city.

This district has long been considered as the middle class and commercial district of Portland, thanks to its old houses, industrial environment, cafés and vintage clothing stores.

Southeast Portland is home to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, boutiques, bookstores, restaurants and micro-pubs that give the area a cheerful touch.

Those staying in Portland’s Southeast have transportation options such as tram lines, buses and the cable car to travel from Southwest to the Oregon University of Health and Science.

The Southeast is a recommended area to stay in Portland thanks to its offer in budget hotels, restaurants, bars and some of the attractions of the city for entertainment during your stay.

Best areas to stay in Portland, Oregon - Southeast

Best areas to stay in Portland, Oregon – Southeast

Accommodation in Southeast Portland - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Southeast Portland – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Portland:

  • Commercial area
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Well-connected area to stay in Portland

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Bluebird Guesthouse

Located in the Southeast Portland district, in a building dating back to 1910 and 1,8 miles from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Bluebird Guesthouse offers a garden and rooms with free Wi-Fi.

from US$74
Budget

Econo Lodge Portland – I-205

This East Portland hotel is 7 miles from the Portland International Airport and offers free Wi-Fi and a daily breakfast with coffee and pastries. All rooms have microwaves and compact refrigerators.

from US$65
Luxury

Jupiter NEXT

Jupiter NEXT is located just 1 mile from the center of Portland and offers modern accommodation close to various attractions. The International Rose Test Garden is 3 miles away.

from US$129
 

 

 

4. Southwest Portland

The Southwest of Portland is, for the most part, a quiet and residential area.

It houses several attractions of Portland such as the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Gardens, the Children’s Museum and the Oregon Zoo.

In the environs of Southwest, there are several natural areas and the Oaks Park, an amusement park to entertain the youngest travelers.

The Yellow line and the Red line of the light rail and buses cross the Southeast, giving you different options to move to other districts of Portland.

The Southwest includes four-star hotels for demanding travelers, as well as some cheaper accommodation in the city, so it is recommended as one of the best areas to stay in Portland.

Best areas to stay in Portland, Oregon - Southwest

Best areas to stay in Portland, Oregon – Southwest

Accommodation in Southwest Portland - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Southwest Portland – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Portland:

  • Peaceful area to stay in Portland
  • Parks and recreations
  • All kinds of accommodation

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Aladdin Inn & Suites

This hotel in southwestern Portland, Oregon is conveniently located off Interstate 5 and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and serves a daily continental breakfast. Downtown Portland is 10 minutes away by car.

from US$86
Budget

Travelodge by Wyndham Portland City Center

Featuring free WiFi and free dog parking, Travelodge Portland City Center is located in Portland, a 8-minute walk of Portland State University. Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers, is 1.2 miles away.

from US$64
Luxury

Hotel Deluxe, a Provenance Hotel

This hotel is located in downtown Portland, just a 3-minute walk from Jeld-Wen Park. It has a restaurant and spacious rooms with a flat-screen TV and seating area, and offers free passes for fitness classes.

from US$157
 

 

 

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