Accommodation on a Budget – Portland, Oregon

The following is a list of the cheapest hostels, bed and breakfasts, and RV/tent parks in the Portland area.


HI-Portland, Hawthorne House
3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
URL: Hawthorne Hostel
Prices: $16-19/night

The HI-Portland, Hawthorne House is set in south east Portland close to shopping districts and the mass transit system. Travelers have access to a washer and dryer, a full kitchen, lounge, off-street parking and bike storage. Internet stations with DSL are available for $1 per 16 minutes. For those toting laptops on their travels, take advantage of the free wireless internet. Every morning they provide a self-made pancake breakfast for $1 and offer complimentary pastries and bread. During the summer months, stroll through their fruit and vegetable garden for a healthy snack, hang out at the barbeque, partake in a potluck or test your vocals during open mic night. There is no curfew and no lockout.

Owners of the HI-Portland, Northwest also operate the HI-Portland, Hawthorne hostel on the East side of town in the Hawthorne District.

From Greyhound/Amtrak Station: Take Tri-Met bus 14 – Hawthorne on Fifth Avenue directly behind the Greyhound station. Get off at the 30th Avenue stop. Look for the big white house with green trim.

From Portland International Airport: Take MAX Light Rail train to downtown and transfer to bus 14 on Fifth Avenue. Take bus 14 until 30th Avenue stop, which is across the street from the hostel.

Driving South on I-205: take I-84 West to the 43rd Avenue exit. Turn left at exit ramp stop light and go to 39th Avenue. Turn left on 39th Avenue, which will take you over the freeway and down to Hawthorne. Take a right. The hostel is located between 30th and 31st Avenues.

Driving South on I-5: Take exit 300B toward OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). Follow the OMSI signs down the left fork on the exit ramp. Drive straight following the signs for Belmont Street. Take Belmont Street to 30th Avenue and turn right. Follow 30th Avenue to Hawthorne Blvd. and turn left. The hostel is on the left on the first block.

Driving North on I-5: Stay in the left lanes and take I-405 (exit 299B) to Front Avenue (exit 1A). Turn right onto Front Avenue/Naito Parkway and drive down to Hawthorne Bridge. Take the Hawthorne Bridge across the river to 30th Avenue. The hostel will be between 30th and 31st Avenues.

HI-Portland, Northwest
1818 NW Glisan
Portland, OR 97209
+1 (503) 241-2783
Toll free: +1 (888) 777-0067
URL: HI-Portland, Northwest
Prices: Dorms $16; Private rooms $30 to $59; weekly rates available; add 12.5% county hotel tax; non-HI members add $3 to room rates

The HI-Portland, Northwest offers dorm-style rooms, private rooms, some with a private bath, in a restored turn-of-the-century historic home located in Portland’s popular Northwest Nob Hill Neighborhood. This hostel features free wireless internet, common room with TV/VCR and complimentary bagels and pastries donated by local bakeries.

Travelers will find themselves in the heart of the Pearl District where nearby cafes, shops, brew pubs, theaters, galleries and nightlife create a locale where “hip meets historic.” During the summer months, visit the free weekly music concerts in neighboring parks. The City Center, Amtrak/Greyhound station, Washington Park featuring the Oregon Zoo, Rose and Japanese Gardens and Forestry Center, Saturday Market exhibiting arts, crafts and food vendors, museums, Forest Park, the nation’s largest natural city park, and Chinatown’s Classic Chinese Gardens are all within walking distance or a short bus/MAX Light Rail ride away. The Guesthouse’s helpful and friendly staff will give travelers great information on things to see and do as well as set up van tours to Mt. St. Helens Volcano, Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Mountains and the Oregon Coast.

From Airport: Take red line MAX train to PGE Park, walk north on 18th Avenue 6 blocks to Glisan Street.

From Train or Bus Station: walk south 1 block, then right on Glisan, 12 blocks to hostel (10 minutes) or ride #17 bus free by exiting at 15th & Glisan and walking 3 blocks west.

From South: Take I-405 (exit 299B), exit on Everett St., left on Glisan St., and three blocks to hostel.

From North: Take I-405 (exit 302B), exit on Everett St., follow signs around block to Glisan, hostel is 3 blocks, on left.

Century Plaza Hotel
415 SW Alder
Portland, OR
Prices: $15/night for hostel bed; $27.50/night for private room; $33/night for private room with bath; $5 key deposit; refrigerators available for extended stays for $5/week.

This hotel was built in 1902 and offers “the basics” to travelers. It is located in the heart of downtown Portland near Pioneer Square Mall, many caf�s, restaurants, bars and clubs. Ask about their 5- and 6-night stay specials.

Driving North on I-5: Stay in the left lanes and take I-405 (exit 302B). Immediately get into the right hand lane and take the Fourth Street exit. Follow Fourth Street down to Alder.

Driving South on I-5: Take the I-405/St. Helens (US-30 W) exit toward Beaverton/Ocean Beaches. Merge onto I-405 and take the Couch Street/Burnside Street exit (exit 2A). Turn left on NW 15th Avenue, and follow it until you get to Alder Street. Follow Alder until you get to Fourth Avenue.

From Greyhound/Amtrak station: take MAX Light Rail south to the Third and Morrison Avenue stop. Head north one block to Alder, then turn left and go up to Fourth Avenue.

McMenamins Edgefield
2126 SW Halsey
Troutdale, OR 97060
+1 (503) 669-8610
+1 (800) 669-8610 toll free
Theatre Info: +1 (503) 225-5555 ext. 8834
Rates: private rooms are $50 to $130/night; hostel beds in the men’s or women’s quarter are $20/night; family rooms are available for $200/night

McMenamins Edgefield provides European-style lodging on a 38-acre estate just 20 minutes east of downtown Portland, 15 minutes from the Portland International Airport and 5 minutes from the Columbia Gorge. The estate is also on the bus/MAX Light Rail line.

The Edgefield estate was originally built in 1911 and served as the Multnomah County Poor Farm where people who were down on their luck could work for room and board. Edgefield is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its renovated rooms still send travelers back in time. Walk the hardwood floors and view the original artwork that covers most of the walls in the buildings. The expansive grounds and buildings include a vineyard and wine tasting room, brewery, distillery, 18-hole, par-3 golf course, restaurants, specialty bars, gardens, a gift shop and a theatre. Other amenities include licensed massage therapists and several events throughout the year. Private rooms include a complimentary breakfast in The Black Rabbit Restaurant, and ask about their special package deals.

Joyce Hotel
322 SW 11th
Portland, OR

Port to Port Hostel
3325 NE Wasco St.
Portland, OR
Prices: $13/night

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RV & Tent Sites

Mt. Hood Village Family Fun Resort
RVs & Tents
65000 East Highway 26
Welches, OR
40 miles east of Portland
+1 (503) 622 4011
Prices: (Rates are for September through December) RV sites are $18/night Sunday through Thursday, and $30/night Friday and Saturday; tent sites are $17 on weekdays and $27 on weekends; cottages are $99-185, cabins are $30 on weekdays and $45 on weekends; cabin suites are $65 on weekdays, $45 on weekends.

Mt. Hood Village is a popular resort for skiers during the winter and hikers year-round. They are located approximately 25 miles from the ski areas on Mt. Hood and 45 miles east of Portland. The Cabin Suites were recently added last Memorial Day weekend and now come complete with a small kitchen and private stand-up shower. Other cabins are rustic rooms for sleeping and require use of the communal restroom and showers. Travelers must bring their own bed sheets. The resort also provides a recreation room complete with pool tables, ping pong, foosball, big-screen TV and a playground for the kids.

From Downtown Portland: Take I-84 East to Exit 16 (Wood Village, Gresham, Mt. Hood). Stay to the right as you head south 6 miles, then turn left (east) onto Burnside Street. Burnside turns into Highway 26 East after about a mile. Take Highway 26 through the town of Sandy. About 15 miles east of Sandy, you will see the Mt. Hood Village sign on the right.

Driving north on I-5: Take I-5 North to I-205, then to the Hwy 212 exit. Stay on 212 until it intersects with Hwy 26. Bear right (east) to Sandy. Take Highway 26 through the town of Sandy. About 15 miles east of Sandy, you will see the Mt. Hood Village sign on your right.

Driving south on I-5: Take I-5 South to I-205, then to I-84 East toward The Dalles. Continue on I-84 East to Exit 16 (Wood Village, Gresham, Mt. Hood. Stay to the right as you head south about 6 miles, then turn left (east) onto Burnside Street. Burnside turns into Highway 26 East after about a mile. Continue on Hwy 26 through the town of Sandy. About 15 miles east of Sandy, you will see the Mt. Hood Village sign on the right.

Vancouver RV Park
7603 NE 13th Ave
Vancouver, WA
+1 (360) 695 1158
Prices: $25/night, $135/week

Vancouver RV Park is located across the Columbia River in Washington. It is just a quick 15-minute drive to downtown Portland.

Driving from Downtown Portland: Take I-5 North across the Columbia River toward Seattle. Drive for about 9 miles, then take the NE 78th Street exit (exit 4). Turn right on NE 78th Street, then right on NE 13th Avenue.

Woodburn 1-5 RV Park
115 N. Arney Rd.
Woodburn, OR
Prices: $25/night

Woodburn RV Park is located just off the I-5 freeway in Woodburn, which is about 30 miles south of Portland. They offer a seasonal swimming pool, laundry and shower for travelers. Adjacent to the RV park, travelers can shop at the Woodburn Company Stores, an outlet mall featuring names such as Gap, Banana Republic, Levi, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren and more.

Driving South on I-5: Take I-5 South toward Salem. Travel about 30 miles, then take the OR-214 exit toward Silverton/Woodburn (exit 271). You will see the Woodburn Company Stores on your right. Turn right on OR-214, then turn right on N Arney Rd.

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