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.
- Traveler’s House – top pick for solo female travelers
- HI Portland Northwest Hostel – great for couples
- 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:
- Best hostels in Seattle
- Best hostels in San Francisco
- Best hostels in Los Angeles
- Best hostels in San Diego
Go crazy and discover the 45 best hostels in USA here.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Portland
- best hostels in Portland for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Portland
- more hostels
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
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.
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:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
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.
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
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
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.
- 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
- Solo travellers
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.
- Open Hostelworld Portland with full list of budget places to stay
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Here a couple of cheap Portland hostels you may consider:
- The Tropical Guesthouse – very basic with nice gardens
- AAE Portland Hostel – basic dorms and privates available
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.
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
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.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
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:
- Traveler’s House: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- HI Portland Northwest Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- 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.
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?
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.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Portland.
Read our ultimate guide to the best hostels in USA here.
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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?
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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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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries