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Where to Stay in Portland
Whether you’re traveling for business, taking a family vacation or just want to experience one of the most vibrant arts and nightlife scene in the country, Portland can accommodate you. Those flying in for work should search for hotel suites in the Old Town district, a historic area of the city that’s close to the Oregon Convention Center. Those traveling with children should stay near the city’s expansive Washington Park, which is home to a number of kid-friendly attractions including the Portland Children’s Museum and the Oregon Zoo. If you want to sample the best in Portland cuisine and boutique fashion, book reservations at a cozy Nob Hill bed and breakfast.
Portland Hotel Tips
Summertime travel to Portland can get pretty busy. If you’re planning to book your flight to Portland during the peak tourist months from June through September, make your reservations as early as possible. Hotels can fill up fast, especially during the city’s annual Rose Festival in June. If you want to get some of the best last-minute hotel deals, search for rooms in the early spring or late fall. The weather can still be comfortable, and the rates are usually much lower. Despite Portland’s northern locale, the city’s winters are quite bearable and offer budget travelers some of the year’s steepest discount rates. Snow rarely sticks in the city but accumulates nicely atop the nearby mountain ranges, making it a perfect destination for skiers.
Portland Hotel Recommendations
Among the national discount chains located in Portland’s historic Old Town district, you can find some of the city’s best boutique accommodations. Book a stay at the swank Hotel Monaco and experience the best in Portland luxury. This pet-friendly hotel prides itself on its private art collection of Northwest artists, which it displays on each floor. You can also schedule a private tour of the Portland Art Museum through the hotel’s Curator on Call service. Parents will appreciate the hotel’s extra efforts to accommodate children through its KimptonKids program, which includes a complimentary welcome gift for all children and a list of local kid-friendly activities.
If you want to be among Portland’s hip and trendy, make reservations at the Inn at Northrup Station. Conveniently located right along the Portland Streetcar line, this funky all-suite hotel provides guests with easy access to the city’s Northwest District. Here, it’s just a short walk to the area’s art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and breweries. Spacious rooms provide guests with such furnishings as a microwave oven, dishwasher and wet bar.
For couples and those traveling solo, consider booking a room at the Portland International Guesthouse. Located a short walk from beautiful Washington Park, this European-style lodging in the vibrant Nob Hill district offers visitors warmly furnished rooms at very reasonably prices. Due to city regulations, only two guests are allowed per room. If you’re traveling in a group, call in advance to inquire about availability.
Portland has a number of public transportation options for travelers to choose from. Take a ride on the city’s MAX light-rail system to get around town and to the nearby suburbs. If you’re traveling throughout the downtown area, hop on the Portland Streetcar, which runs north and south in the city’s bustling urban center. For a scenic treat, ride the Portland Aerial Tram to Marquam Hill.
If you’re a cyclist, you’ll definitely want to tour the city on two wheels. Portland has a reputation as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world.