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Old 08-07-2011, 10:38 PM
 
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My girlfriend and I (26/27) are going to be visiting Portland in early October. We would like to know where near downtown would be best to stay. We are cyclists and want to experience the best of biking around the city. We are not into clubs, but like good beer at bars. During the day we would like to explore and check out historical spots, and basically just be in the center of the 'action'. The food trailers are also something we are interested in.

What general area or neighborhood should we be focusing on? We are hoping to find hotels for under $100/night.

Thanks
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:08 AM
 
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You might want to check out the McMenamin's new hotel (in a historic property), the Crystal Hotel, in downtown. Downside is, it's "European style" where there are no in-room bathrooms.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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My girlfriend and I (26/27) are going to be visiting Portland in early October. We would like to know where near downtown would be best to stay. We are cyclists and want to experience the best of biking around the city. We are not into clubs, but like good beer at bars. During the day we would like to explore and check out historical spots, and basically just be in the center of the 'action'. The food trailers are also something we are interested in.

What general area or neighborhood should we be focusing on? We are hoping to find hotels for under $100/night.

Thanks
Ace Hotel should be under that price too.

Anywhere in downtown is walking distance to the two big food cart pods - 5th and Alder and 9th and Alder.
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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If you need to securely store your bikes be sure to check with the hotel first.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:03 PM
 
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Try the Jupiter Hotel. They actually have bikes for use by guests I think.

Anywhere in inner SE Portland or inner NE Portland will have great bike access.
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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While they're already been suggested, I'll just throw in with everyone saying Ace, Jupiter, and McMenamin's (if you want to save money, the White Eagle is generally the cheapest of the McMenamin's and while it isn't downtown it is walking distance from downtown, cycling distance easily, and more than that it's next to a light rail stop within the free rail zone and you can bring your bikes on MAX trains).

All three of these options are fun, relatively affordable, and offer a somewhat uniquely "Portland" experience while also affording you the bike-friendliness you'd want.

Oh and free bonus fact...when you stay at McMenamin's locations you sometimes get free cover to any bands playing there (this is definitely true at the White Eagle, for example).
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:16 AM
 
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Plus the added bonus is that the White Eagle is an old haunted bordello!
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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I stayed at the Ace Hotel this summer. It was $90 a night for the cheapest room, but the bathroom was down the hall. Which isn't that bad, since there was more than one bathroom on the floor. They had bikes for customers as well. It's very trendy...and even though I'm youngish (I'm 30), I felt kind of old there. It was nice & clean and quiet enough for me. Powell's is nearby and it's in a good neighborhood.
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:39 PM
 
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I stayed at the White Eagle for 5 nights last fall. CHEAP, clean, and fun. The bathrooms are down the hall, but I never had an issue with this. I liked that I could walk downstairs, get a jar of beer and head back to my room...or stay and get a bite to eat and listen to bands. I am 30 and a female, and felt perfectly safe there.
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Portland, other times LA
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I stayed at the White Eagle for 5 nights last fall. CHEAP, clean, and fun. The bathrooms are down the hall, but I never had an issue with this. I liked that I could walk downstairs, get a jar of beer and head back to my room...or stay and get a bite to eat and listen to bands. I am 30 and a female, and felt perfectly safe there.
And one of the most haunted places in Portland!
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