HI - Northwest Portland Hostel



The Hostelz.com Review

Located in the Alphabet District in Portland, Oregon, HI - Northwest Portland Hostel provides free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast. You'll be welcomed by knowledgeable staff who will assist in making your travels easier.

The Location

While Northwest Portland Hostel is located in a more residential area, you'll be able to relax once you get in the door. It's a quiet environment and easy to get to from the airport or train station. Within a block or two radius, there are some restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. It's a quick, ten-minute walk to downtown or the Pearl District. Navigation is so easy in this area. You'll never get lost!

Rooms and Bathrooms

All rooms have shared bathrooms. The room options are all male, female, or co-ed. The sizes of the rooms all vary; from what we observed, this hostel has about five to eight rooms upstairs and five to eight rooms downstairs. Upstairs, the bathrooms are very small and consist of stalls rather than your own private space. Downstairs there are two large, private bathrooms with a shower/bath. It's very cozy downstairs and using this space is our personal preference.

The female bedroom with three bunks downstairs is spacious, clean, and secure. The doors lock automatically and you access your room with your own key. The beds are soft, but the pillow provided is a little too soft so we requested one more. A great feature is the lockers -- one per person in the room. You have to bring your own lock, or you can buy one from the front desk. There's also a large desk and chairs; full-body mirrors; and plenty of light options, including a big window for natural lighting.

The bathrooms downstairs feels like home. Everybody cleans up after themselves and the staff contributes largely to the cleanliness of each bathroom. There is a hairdryer for the public, a bucket full of clean hand towels (once they're used, they get tossed into the "used towels" bucket), and soap dispensers in the shower.

Common Spaces

The first lobby on the main floor when you enter the front door has your usual information-filled walls and few couches. It looks like a nice place to read, study, or make a phone call. But then down the hall, the main kitchen seems more of a space to make friends. This hostel does not seem like a "party" hostel, but rather quiet and tame. This may be ideal, especially after a long night out downtown.

The kitchen is filled with everything you need and could possibly think of. There are often people cooking for a large group, and you may be offered some free tasty meals! The kitchen in general is clean enough, but some items look like they need another round of washing.

In the lobby downstairs, there are shelves full of interesting books and some classic board games to play. There are plenty of cushioned chairs and a big table. There's a kitchen downstairs, but a sign indicates that staff prefer you to use the upstairs kitchen. Perhaps when it's more crowded, the downstairs kitchen will be available to use. Still, the refrigerator and sink downstairs can be used. A plus for having a room downstairs is that you have your own exit door that leads to the "secret garden," where you are allowed to smoke, hang out, or drink. From there you can access the street easily.


Northwest Portland Hostel will enhance your visit to Portland, so you may even forget that you're in a hostel! Usually you do not associate the word "privacy" with "hostel," but here, you do get a sense of privacy. Now if you're looking for a highly upbeat, party hostel, this is not the place. You will meet wonderful travelers and it seems everybody has the same intention.
by Juuli
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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Front of the beautiful hostel
Lobby upstairs near kitchen
Full kitchen upstairs
Female 3 bunk room
Lounge area downstairs
Full bathroom downstairs with shower


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "HI - Northwest Portland Hostel" at 425 Northwest 18th Avenue.)


425 Northwest 18th Avenue, Northwest, Portland, Oregon, USA
45.526102, -122.689669 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+1 (503) 241-2783
+1 (503) 525-5910
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

I didn't have a great experience staying at this hostel. The bathrooms were only cleaned once a day so they were pretty trashed. The beds are really crunchy, squeaky, and uncomfortable so it was very hard to get any sleep between moving around and others doing the same thing. The breakfast only consisted of toast. I wouldn't recommend anyone staying here.
Great spot!
Beautiful building, helpful front desk, very affordable rates. Great experience! Only complaint is that i was on the top bunk of a creaky, shaky bed.
Age 27, Usa
Better than what i expected!
I was caught off guard with what it was we had purchased. I was expecting some cheap motel looking like place. Little did we know we were in for a treat. Upon our arrival we were treated very kindly by the person in the front desk. She took us on a tour of the hostel and showed us all their is to do. I was very pleased with our stay and miss it so much that i cried before i left. Not to mention everyone in Portland is so lovely and caring. I was overwhelmed with Love. Thank you for all the hard work!
Age 23, California
It was great and affordable part of my trip
It was clean and most of the people working there were friendly and helpful. It is a great location for connecting to downtown Portland. When I stayed there at the beginning of the peak season, it was full every night, so reservations needed to be made a few weeks ahead of time.
Age 30, U.S.
Nice place, convenient location
It's located in a very nice 19th century building in an attractive neighborhood. Great location for walking around the city, near grocery stores and the Amtrak station. Staff were not very friendly though, so this place had a less welcoming vibe than many hostels I've stayed at. But maybe that's Portland culture.
Age 33, USA
Definitely one of the better hostels I've stayed in.
A really nice looking old building. They were in the middle of some renovations, so I can only imagine it will look even better soon enough. The Secret Garden was definitely a nice feature as well. Only improvement I could suggest is a common area for lounging. I find it way easier to meet other travelers while sitting on a couch. Also, it'd be nice to have a couch to sit on in general after a long day of walking and sightseeing. The location is pretty much perfect. I love to walk over taking transit when I'm in a new city and this hostel is really in an ideal location for that. It also probably helps that Portland is very walkable. The staff has taken the time to post a lot of suggestions and information around the hostel to help you find things to do. They are also pretty knowledgeable and friendly, so don't hesitate to ask what you should do if you can't decide. I've done a lot of backpacking and hosteling; I've probably stayed at over 100 hostels. This one is definitely one of the better hostels I've stayed in. Also, there were 3 different infant babies (with parents of course) staying at the hostel during the 4 nights I stayed. So you have to be comfortable with that possibly happening. Also, even though there was a no pet policy, there was definitely a guy with a dog staying in the hostel for 3 of the 5 days I was there. He had the dog in the kitchen, common rooms and one of the bedrooms that I witnessed. I am hoping it was a guide dog of some kind, but there was no evidence of that and the hostel staff was aware of the animal. So be warned of babies and pets at this hostel.
Great location, kitchen, staff, nearby activities.
I have stayed here twice visiting local colleges, once in 2009 in the spacious pvt room at the front of the bldg next door, and in 2/2012 in a tiny pvt room in the newly added bldg that faces Glisan St. We had a great experience both times; walked to local parks, dining, and groceries; took advantage of free tours (art walk) offered through the hostel; enjoyed the delicious free bread; and appreciated the helpful staff and clean rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. The bathroom sink was "under repair" with no visible work done the 3 days we were there. Would have been nice to have hand sanitizer available.
Great location, good service, excellent facility!
I spent 3 nights at this hostel in August 2010. I have no complaints. It was a 5-minute walk to the Max Red Line which goes directly to the airport. Convenient walking distance to downtown and other neighborhoods. Safe location, in an historic house that has been well cared for. Spacious and well-equipped kitchen and dining area with free bakery bread in the a.m. and pastries on the weekend. Helpful staff. Two outdoor patios, including a non-smoking patio. Scheduled activities. What else could a traveler ask for? And all at a very reasonable price. I'd recommend it and stay there again.

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