HI - Portland, Hawthorne Neighborhood Hostel

Photos

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

Description

The Hostelz.com Review

HI - Portland, Hawthorne Neighborhood Hostel is an unique, eco-friendly hostel located in a quiet but pleasantly quirky neighbourhood of Portland.

The Location

This hostel is located near a bus stop that has buses connecting to the trams that reach the airport. There is also street parking available for those who wish to reach the hostel by car. It is located away from the downtown core, which is easily accessible though, by bus, or on foot. In our opinion, the downtown of Portland isn't the most interesting part of the city, and the Hawthorne neighbourhood is more vibrant and appealing.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are spacious and are kept clean by the staff. The beds are comfortable; each has an outlet. The one drawback is that the lockers are located in a separate room, near the back entrance, which can be inconvenient if repeated access is needed during the day. There are two bathrooms in the hostel, both on the ground and first floor. The bathroom on the top floor is typical of what you would find in a residential house, with a shower and bathtub in the same room as the toilet and sink, whereas the shower on the ground floor is separate from the toilet and sink. The latter is more practical in a hostel setting; however, the former looks much nicer and is more spacious as well, although the shower also had a small dry area for hanging clothes and shelves for toiletries.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a few common areas, both indoors and outside. There is a nice, relaxed vibe throughout the house and it feels very welcoming. Oftentimes you will find people socializing and the owners are also very present and helpful. The Wi-Fi is good throughout the hostel, as well as outside on the patio. It is worth mentioning that this is a green hostel that has several recycling areas throughout, as well as a rain-water trapping station on the roof that is used for the toilet water.

One day a week, there is a free guided tour that starts at the hostel and good free doughnuts are also available that day. The tour guide first talks to the guests about the city and answers any questions that they might have; the guide is very passionate and knowledgeable about the city, which make the experience very interesting.

Summary

HI - Portland, Hawthorne Neighborhood Hostel is an excellent little hostel that has a great atmosphere and is well located in a quirky neighbourhood. We definitely plan on going back the next time we visit Portland.
by Monica
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2017-08-04
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Location/Contact

Address
3031 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Southeast, Portland, Oregon, USA
Coordinates
45.512308, -122.634072 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.portlandhostel.org
Telephone
Toll Free +1 (866) 447-3031, Local +1 (503) 236-3380
Fax
+1 (503) 236-7940
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How is HI - Portland, Hawthorne Neighborhood Hostel rated on other websites?

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

  I had a great stay, and everyone was warm and friendly.
Karen
Age 35, usa
2015-07-13
 
Nice place!
I really enjoyed this hostel. The staff was nice, and they let me check in the morning after my arrival since my plane was delayed. Can't beat a free breakfast. Nice porch and outdoor space to relax. Bathrooms and room was clean. It gets a little warm at night if you are going to be there during the summer time. Good location, right next to a bus stop that will take you directly downtown. No complaints, would stay here again.
Sara
Age 26, USA
2015-07-06
 
Good place to stay
This hostel is a gread place for both a good nights rest and to make plans for your next steps. The hostel is easy to reach from city center, and there is an area with shops and lots to see just further down the street.
AJ
(Germany)
2014-10-30
 
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.
sarah
Age 23, australia
2013-08-24
 
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!
Josh
Age 22, USA
2013-08-07
 
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).
jerry
(usa)
2013-01-16
 
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.
Lily
(USA)
2008-06-09
 
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.
MR T
(Australia)
2007-04-22

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