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HI - Portland, Hawthorne Neighborhood Hostel

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Cob structure on the corner of our property.
Side yard with stage.Our green "living" wall
Our common area.The house.

Hostelz.com's Review
A cool little hostel located on Hawthorne, a young progressive area of Portland known for its bead stores, crafts shops, and coffee shops. It's located in Southeast Portland, which is on the other side of the river from downtown. It takes about 20 minutes by bus or 30 minutes by bike to get to downtown from the hostel.

The hostel was converted from an old house and it still feels like a house. Out front there is a nice big porch. The living room area has places to chat with people or sit and read. There's also a big kitchen. It's all brightly decorated with art and info about Portland all over the walls. The rooms and bathrooms are as nice and colorful as the rest of the hostel.

The guests are usually young and friendly, and it's a fairly quiet, but social hostel. There is a computer for internet access, but it's not cheap so you're better off using the free computers at the library. They do offer free wireless internet if you have a laptop with a wireless card. There's also a phone for free local calls. They don't allow locals and they require that you have a passport or proof that you traveled from somewhere else.

by David O.
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
February 2004
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HI - Portland, Hawthorne Neighborhood Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Great vibe best location, great eco heart, great bike rentals, the staff member 'Happy' was awesome!! could do with another/better shower (the second one is very cramped). could do with power plugs or separate lamps near each bed.  , age 23, australia ()
4   Friendly staff, great location Eco friendly house turned hostel. Very friendly and helpful staff. Large rooms for a hostel. Multiple bathrooms, large communal kitchen. No complaints!  , age 22, USA ()
5   The budget place to stay in portland, weird in a nice way location, staff helpfulness, bathrooms, bed and sheets. quite charming and good value. highly recommend even for oldtimers like me (I'm 72 years young/old).  , usa ()
4   A Great Choice Location - It's obviously not in the center of town, but the Hawthorne area is fun and for that neighborhood, it's well-located. Also, the bus stop is about 40 feet away and the bus runs straight downtown. Staff - Very nice and generally very helpful. Accommodations - the beds are fairly comfortable, the showers are oddly located and the bathrooms could generally be cleaner, there are a few places to lounge, there are free bagels (very good), but it's a bit chintzy to make guests pay for the internet (time limits make sense, but to pay for it?) and the computer was pretty much crap. Atmosphere - laid-back and pleasant. All in all, it's a bit ramshackle, but the staff are great and it's not a bad place to stay.  , USA ()
5   A home-away-from-home This is one of my favourites and is set in a clean and safe neighbourhood.The staff have always been both polite and helpful and there is an excellent sports bar across the road with comfortable bar stools and a good range of micro brews. The hostel itself has a home-away-from-home feel and with the addition of a cat, i felt as though i was in a house more so than a hostel. In all the times i have stayed there i haven't noticed a piss head-type clientele which suits me fine, drunk yobs staggering in at 2 a.m. gives me the shits. The Hawthorne district offers a wide variety of shops, pubs, and restaurants and is only ten-odd minutes from the city. The only drawback is if you get put down in the basement, which, whilst it is clean and cozy, is far too hot in the winter due to its proximity to the heater.  , Australia ()
3  This hostel feels like staying in someone's house, as it is very friendly and communal. It also has a roof covered in grass, which is quite cool. It seems to book out quickly, as we ended up in a tent. This is ok though because they provided mattresses and bedding and it's cheaper. Wasn't too impressed with the bathroom, then on the last day found out there is another upstairs that is kept much cleaner, although there are often queues. It's a good place to meet people, if not the most shiny, spacious hostel ever.  ()
3  I only stayed one night. The staff were friendly, it was clean, there were lots of good recommendations posted, and there was free wireless. BUT, the beds were open-cell foam slabs on plywood, and the place was seriously overheated — there were no fans or windows in the basement, and no thermostatic control. I can sleep pretty well in most hostels, but the combination was too much. Most hostels at least have cheap mattresses. Also, there were signs prohibiting the storage of alcohol in the kitchen, so I had to sneak drinking a little wine, like I was in high school.  ()
5  I stayed here with my partner and two little girls and we had a blast! It was great for families, although I don't think many take advantage of it. Expect lots of day-old baked goods. Yum!  ()

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