3 Best Hostels in Portland, USA
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3 Best Hostels in Portland, USA – Green Living and Homely Vibes for Couples & Female Solo Travelers

A complete guide and overview to the best hostels in Portland, USA for solo travelers and couplesIt’s time to pack your bags and head to the state of Oregon and discover the best hostels in Portland.

Couples and solo travelers that love microbreweries and coffeehouses, will love Portland.

The largest city in the state is shadowed by snow-capped Mount Hood. It’s full of parks, bridges and great bicycle paths.

Your shortcut:

  1. Traveler’s House – top pick for solo female travelers
  2. HI Portland Northwest Hostel – great for couples
  3. HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel – perfect for groups

This collection of hostels represent cosy home-away-from-homes in the United States.

We’ve also included a social hotel ideal for couples. It’s pretty cool and definitely worth a look.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

Exploring the East Coast of the USA? Check out:

Go crazy and discover the 45 best hostels in USA here.

What we cover in this article?

You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks and all guides to “Best Hostels In” here.

Quick Introduction to Portland

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Portland cost 21€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 53€ up to 67€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Party Hostels in Portland: Portland might not be the destination for you if you’re looking for party hostels – there aren’t any! Instead, we recommend staying at Traveler’s House for a quiet rest, and join their staff-led pub crawls for a good time.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Portland Oregon

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Portland. This is your guide to finding a great Oregon hostel.

  1. Traveler’s House
  2. HI Portland Northwest Hostel
  3. HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Traveler’s House

Sometimes all you need is a homely place to wind down and lay your head.

It doesn’t get much more homely and friendly than Traveler’s House. Even the name is welcoming!

This is an excellent example of backpacker hospitality that is well designed with community vibes.

It’s certainly an international hostel, welcoming people from all around the world.

Don’t take our work for it. Have a look at what to expect:

  • Free parking & exceptional public transport
  • Free breakfast (DIY pancakes, coffee)
  • Staff hosted activities (bar crawls, drag shows, bonfire)
  • Lounge & backyard
  • 24/7 hostel security

It’s really set apart from chain hostels.

Instead of hundreds of people, you can enjoy a small hostel with strong family vibe.

Good to know: this hostel is LGBTQIA friendly.

Have a bike with you or love cycling? The staff here has access to routes, maps, tools, rentals and books.

These guys like to have fun, yet strike a good balance with fun and those wanting to have a good night’s sleep.

Small hostel equals small dorms – woo!

Mixed and female-only dorms come with just 4-beds. For couples, we suggest the queen private (with shared bathroom).

Walk around and explore the rooms. Notice that each one, kitchen included, has that homely vibe.

This is a Portland backpackers definitely worth considering.

Location: It’s within walking distance to Historic Mississippi, Alberta Arts and William Districts in the city centre.

Travelers House Portland is one of the best hostels in Portland for

  • Female solo travellers
  • Backpackers
Book Traveler’s House here

Compare prices and check availability at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. HI Portland Northwest Hostel

Set inside a clapboard building, HI Portland Northwest Hostel is as all-American as you can get.

It started out as a cute 36 bed hostel. Now it has become a 6 building village, all in the same block and most built in the late 1800s.

So now you can choose from 160 dorm beds, 32 private rooms and 2 apartments!

Let’s have a look at the main highlights:

  • Outdoor courtyard & garden w/ BBQ
  • Hostel cafe
  • Free breakfast (bagels, locally roasted coffee)
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • 24-hour access

Of course there is also free WiFi and laundry facilities. Added perks we know you love.

What’s also handy to know is that there is free luggage storage on the day of arrival and departure if you need it.

For every guest there is an array of fun and social events to get involved in.

From walking tours and music in the cafe, to tap tasting and communal pasta dinners.

Because of the nature of these calmer, more intimate activities, we rate this a great stay for couples and families.

Location: In a quiet neighbourhood in the Nob Hill District. It’s an Instagrammer’s dream with artisan cafes, craft breweries and picture-perfect streets. The nearest Greyhound staton is a 15-minute walk. It’s also the closest hostel to Pearl District.

This is one of the best hostels in Portland for

  • Couples
  • Families
Book HI Portland Northwest Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel

Cosy stay #3 is in the form of an eco-friendly home-away-from-home at HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel.

This converted house is the perfect base for exploring the culture, art, food and music of Portland. Sorted.

Hats off to their Eco efforts.

Check out the living roof, rainwater collection system and green cleaning practises.

No matter what the weather decided to do during your stay, it’s impossible to feel bored or trapped.

Stay inside and enjoy the TV room and kitchen. And when the sun in shining, rent a bicycle or sit on the porch and watch the world go by.

Personally, we vote for reading a book in the backyard with a complimentary cup of tea!

Other things to enjoy:

  • FREE breakfast (DIY pancakes)
  • Free (and cheap) activities

Sometimes in the evenings the backyard transforms into a movie theatre. Other times there are open-mic nights and story-telling soup nights.

What about the rooms, we hear you ask.

Choose from:

  • 6-bed mixed dorm
  • 8-bed male dorm
  • 8-bed female dorm
  • Double bed private (shared bathroom)

Note: Groups are accepted, just make sure you contact them in advance.

Each room is spacious and basic in design. And luckily for you, each bed has a socket to charge your phone.

Location: Situated in Portland Hawthorne district, it’s just a quick bus or bike ride to the downtown sights.

This is one of the best hostels in Portland for

  • Groups
  • Solo travellers
Book HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Portland?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. Forget hotels!

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.


The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Portland.

  1. Open Hostelworld Portland with full list of budget places to stay
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Here a couple of cheap Portland hostels you may consider:

Best Hostels in Portland for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Portland for solo-travellers?

For ladies going solo, we have to say that Traveler’s House is the best option for you.

They offer lovely cosy 4-bed rooms for female solo travellers, and the atmosphere is super friendly and intimate. Getting around is easy, and the activities will make it even easier to meet people.

HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel is another good option for solo travellers in general.

This hostel even has a male-only dorm which is unusual. Get involved in their activities or relax in the garden with a book. It’s not too sociable and there’s no pressure to get involved.

Traveler's House is one of the best hostels in Portland, USA

More Hostels Worth a Mention

When we came across The Society Hotel Portland, we couldn’t NOT include it in this guide.

Initially, the word hotel deterred us – you came here to get social and meet other travellers, right?!

Well, you’re about to be pretty impressed with this hotel slash hostel.

This boutique hotel has redefined what it means to stay in an upscale, modern hotel in the USA.

Alongside gorgeous private rooms and a very temping cafe & bar, Society houses a gorgeous dorm room that includes:

  • Rooftop access
  • 3-level bunks
  • Privacy curtain & personal inclusions
  • Earplugs

The common areas pose a great place to mingle with others. Otherwise, enjoy anonymity and hide in your cosy bed.

It’s a perfect social hostel for couples.

Location: Conveniently in the Downtown Portland district. The Rose Garden is 2km away, the airport just 14km from the property.

Book The Society Hotel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

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How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Traveler’s House: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. HI Portland Northwest Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Portland best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Portland. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.

All 3 Hostels put on a Map + Sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Portland hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Washington Park
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Portland Saturday Market
  • Powell’s City of Books

Flights to Portland?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Portland.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over North America and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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More Guides

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Portland.

Read our ultimate guide to the best hostels in USA here.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations in the USA:

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We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

Over to you

So there you have it; the best hostels Portland has to offer!

Which Portland Oregon hostel is your favourite?

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Portland hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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A complete guide and overview to the best hostels in Portland, USA for solo travelers and couples

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