Portland has a broad range of lodging choices, many of which represent good value—but few are particularly cheap. The good news is that many of the best lodging options are in the central city, close to the arts, restaurants, and nightlife.
In general, downtown presents the most lodging options, while Northeast Portland, near Lloyd Center and the Convention Center, offers another wide selection at somewhat lower prices, with convenient links to downtown by MAX light rail.
Unless otherwise noted, you’ll pay to park at downtown hotels. Parking fees range $15–30 per night, so be sure to ask when booking a room, as these fees add up fast.
Between downtown Portland and Lloyd Center are the Portland Oregon Convention Center and the Rose Garden sports arena, along with a number of good-value hotels. There are often deep discounts on these Northeast Portland hotels at Internet hotel reservation sites. Note that some of these hotels have free parking while others do not. This neighborhood offers easy access to downtown and the airport on the MAX light-rail train—in fact, the train is free between Lloyd Center and downtown. Most of the hotels below are no more than five minutes’ walk from the MAX line.
The rates quoted are for double occupancy summer high-season rooms. Winter off-season rates are usually about 25 percent lower. Shopping for rooms on Internet discount lodging sites such as www.hotels.com can yield unexpected discounts even in high season.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel