Explore local restaurants and outstanding bookstores with a cheap Portland hotel or funky downtown accommodation as a base.
While in Portland, Oregon, lounge in a coffee shop reading a local magazine, savor tastes from the Portland farmers’ market at Pioneer Courthouse Square, or walk the trails in Nob Hill’s Couch Park. Visit Portland on a budget by staying at the Jupiter Hotel, with its simple but modern and well-designed rooms. Or, love the service and location at the pet-friendly and downtown Hotel Monaco Portland.
Funky and Cheap Portland Hotel: Jupiter Hotel
800 East Burnside St., Portland; 503-230-9200
An affordable option due to its just-out-of-downtown location, the Jupiter Hotel features a fun, modern-Portland vibe. The hotel is a re-imagined motel, replacing bedspreads with down duvets, scented soaps with eco-friendly toiletries. Think iPod docks, simple textiles, and quirky character placed in a typical-motel structure.
An on-site bar and restaurant, the Doug Fir Restaurant & Lounge, serves almost as a common room for hotel guests. In the hotel rooms the local magazines, free Internet, and great coffee free the Portland hotel from its motor inn history.
Ask about stellar discounts when checking-in late (after midnight).
Downtown Portland Hotel: Hotel Monaco
506 Southwest Washington St., Portland; 503-222-0001
This four-star Portland hotel wows with location – it’s situated just blocks from the best downtown shopping and the Portland waterfront. The hotel décor is modern and vibrant, with bold patterns that exude luxury with a touch of antique playfulness. Rooms tend to be spacious and well equipped with large flat-screen televisions and self-service bars. Hotel features include a fitness center, 24-hour front desk, Internet access, on-site restaurant, and room service.
For a special treat, arrive in time to enjoy the complimentary wine hour. The hotel is a short distance from Portland staples such as Powell’s City of Books, coffee shops, and Pioneer Square.
Hotel Monaco is a pet-friendly Portland hotel, welcoming dogs with dog beds, treats, and no additional room charges. Ask for recommendations on local dog walks and other dog-friendly businesses.
Things to Do in Portland, Oregon
Within downtown Portland, find lots of things to do, be it shopping at a market or perusing a bookstore:
- Pioneer Courthouse Square: Visit for concerts and festivals, or to see the bustle of the city at the Monday farmers’ market.
- Tom McCall Waterfront Park: See historical memorials, fountains, and art while strolling along the Willamette River.
- Powell’s City of Books (1005 West Burnside St.; 503-228-4651): Browse the shelves at the shop known as the world’s largest independent bookstore.
- Pearl District: Explore the famed district with its much-lauded restaurants, historic buildings, and art galleries.
These many options for dining, shopping, and entertainment, make a lovely reason for a Portland vacation.