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Old 07-22-2010, 09:28 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC/ West Palm Beach, FL
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I am going to be visiting Portland for a few days and would like feed back as far as hotel stays. Since I am looking for bargains in hotels ($80 and under) I am not planning on staying near downtown Portland as it seems more expensive than what I am willing to pay. However, I would not mind driving 20-30 minutes to get into downtown since I will be driving in from Seattle.

I have found some good rates for hotels in the Portland airport area as well as hotels in Vancouver, Wa. Any recommendations as far as proximity to downtown in the 2 areas. Pros and cons in staying in the airport area as well as Vancouver, Wa is greatly appreciated.

Also, I have been informed that while in Portland depending where I am staying I could either 1)drive to downtown and park and walk and take public transportation or 2) Take a cab into the city and walk and/or take public transportation. Any advice or recommendation is greatly appreciated as I will be driving into Portland tomorrow.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:30 AM
Location: Portland, OR
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If this is your 1st visit, don't plan on a commute from Vancouver, WA to downtown Portland. The commute is a nightmare. Don't even think about it. Long, Long story, and it won't get fixed (the traffic logjams) for some time to come.

When you drive to downtown in a rental car, with a map or what ever, just remember you have to park your car once you get downtown. (Think $$$) That is the basis for a few of us to recommend stay downtown, or near the Convention Center (large hotel cluster grouping), When there is nothing going on at the Convention Center, bargain room rate in the nearby hotels / motels abound on the internet discount places.

From the Light Rail stops near the C.C. hotel "pod' to downtown is part of the 'Free Rail' zone. But, and this is a very big part of that, the MAX line don't go everywhere downtown. Most likely, not where you want to get to.

A very strong word of caution, the very inexpensive hotels downtown, and explicitly in Old Town / Chinatown, are places homeless families are put up, and not conducive to business travelers.

have you been to this site?
TriMet: Public Transportation for the Portland, Oregon, Metro Area
The interactive map of the Portland area is pretty good.

Occasionally, you can find some discounts on the Internet for a few motels out just off I-205 and SE Stark Street area, I don't know if I can recommend Motel 6 on SE Hawthorne for a business traveler. Bus line # 15 can get you downtown, or you can drive a short distance to the Main Street Green Line MAX station for a quick trip downtown. $2.30 all zone ticket machine on the platform, a time-stamped ticket is valid for 2hours of riding and bus or light rail. Trust me, green line will almost always require a transfer, unless PSU is your destination.

I can recommend the ACE hotel in downtown Portland on SW Stark between SW 10th and SW 11th. Maybe not the most inexpensive, but good location as it just south of the Pearl, and short distance to Powell's bookstore on W Burnside (there are two downtown, main and science & tech.) Good staggering home distance to some great micro-brewpubs.

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Old 07-23-2010, 11:08 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I agree with Phil... if you want to visit Portland don't stay in Vancouver or on the island just south of Vancouver off I-5.

There is a decent motel between Hgy 30 & St. Helen's Road, a La Quinta Inn. I don't know if they have anything in your price range, howeveer.

Can anyone recommend a Hostel where parking isn't a pain?
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Old 05-17-2015, 09:47 AM
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I am coming down today to spend my first week at the new job and look for housing. We decided on the Howard Johnson's near the airport, we have a dog so it was 70 a night. It has good and bad reviews. We will see how it goes.
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