The hotel scene, like every other scene in Portland, has changed dramatically in the last quarter-century. For one thing, Portland now has one. The city used to be plain Jane when it came to lodging, but now there is a raft of stylish, comfortable hotels of all levels of sophistication, including three brand new (the Hi-Lo downtown and Hampton Inn & Suites in the Pearl District) and two dramatic makeovers (Hotel Vintage and the Dossier, both downtown) in 2017, with more scheduled to open in 2018. The large, classic hotels are all downtown, but so are a wide range of mid-size and smaller boutique hotels. Most of the downtown hotels have well-known and popular restaurants and lounges attached to them, and from downtown it’s easy to get everywhere by public transportation. I’ve included a couple of excellent B&Bs  that give a good perspective on different Portland neighborhoods, and a great hostel in northwest. The prices listed are for a double room in low season (winter) and high season (July–Aug).

Travel Portland, 701 SW Sixth Ave., Portland, OR 97205 (www.travelportland.com; [tel] 877/678-5263 or 503/275-9293) provides a hotel reservation service for the Portland metro area. For information on B&Bs in the Portland area, contact the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild (www.obbg.org; [tel] 800/944-6196). And, of course, there are many rental options in private homes to be found on Airbnb (www.airbnb.com). HomeAway (www.homeaway.com), and VRBO (www.vrbo.com) and other rental sites. These websites, offering rooms in private homes and sometimes entire apartments, are legal to use in Portland. A check of available Airbnb properties for early 2018 showed 18 private rooms ranging in price from $55 to $100. HomeAway listed some 150 apartments (not rooms) throughout the city, including some very desirable neighborhoods, for prices ranging from $65 to $135 a night. These prices are typically at least $25 to $50 less than what you’d pay for a hotel room just about anywhere in Portland.

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.