Northwest Portland Hostel

Portland , , 479 Northwest 18th Avenue (Show on Map)
8.9
Excellent


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Summary of reviewsNorthwest Portland Hostel, nestled in a charming and eclectic neighborhood, boasts an excellent location that appeals to urban explorers and those seeking a quieter, picturesque setting. Centrally situated with easy walking access to popular destinations and notable eateries, it's close to lively areas like the Pearl District and Nob Hill. The convenience of being near must-see attractions like Powell's Books and the city center, along with simple connections via public transportation and a 15-minute walk to Union Station, makes getting around a breeze. Guests appreciate the area's blend of safety and tranquility, suitable for evening walks without disturbances found in busier locales.

The breakfast experience at the hostel is generally well-received with guests appreciating the complimentary bagels and locally sourced coffee. Despite some remarks about limited options and small portions, many find the breakfast a light yet satisfying start to the day. The on-site café stands out for its diverse and tasty menu with quick, affordable meals, craft beers and vegetarian/vegan options. The café’s cozy dining area and live music events enhance the dining experience, although some note the service can be slow and portions small.

The hostel's rooms receive praise for their size, comfort and cleanliness. The historic charm of the buildings, featuring large windows with beautiful views, adds to the appeal. While some guests mention minor inconveniences like rooms getting hot or insufficient sound insulation, the general sentiment is positive, highlighting well-maintained spaces and comfortable beds. The hostel’s emphasis on cleanliness extends to both private and shared areas with facilities often described as spotless and modern, although occasional lapses are noted.

The staff at Northwest Portland Hostel are highly praised for their friendliness and helpfulness, significantly enhancing the overall experience for guests. The team is often highlighted for their accommodating and attentive nature, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Despite a few mentions of needed improvements in staff training, the overall sentiment is one of admiration for the hospitality and reliability displayed.

The WiFi at the hostel is consistently reported as strong, reliable and fast, making it convenient for those needing to stay connected. Guests also appreciate the vibrant nightlife scene, both within the hostel and the surrounding neighborhood. Regular activities like live music sessions, trivia nights and open mic sessions create a lively atmosphere, complemented by the variety of bars and cafés nearby.

While the beds receive mixed feedback, many guests find them comfortable enough with privacy curtains on bunk beds adding a nice touch. Some report issues with squeakiness or discomfort, but overall, the hostel manages to provide a satisfactory night's sleep for many.

In summary, Northwest Portland Hostel offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern comfort, paired with an excellent location, friendly staff and a variety of engaging activities, making it a highly recommended choice for travelers.
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Room Types
Double Room with Shared Bathroom This room includes linens.

Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room This shared room includes 6-8 beds. Including linens, this dormitory room comes with individual lockers.

Single Bed in Male Dormitory Room This shared room includes 6-8 beds. Including linens, this dormitory room comes with individual lockers.

Single Bed in Female Dormitory Room This shared room includes 6-8 beds. Including linens, this dormitory room comes with individual lockers.

Single Bed in 4-Bed Male Dormitory Room Including linens, this dormitory room comes with individual lockers.

Single Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room Including linens, this dormitory room comes with individual lockers.

Queen Room with Shared Bathroom This double room features a shared bathroom and a carpeted floor. The spacious air-conditioned double room provides a washing machine, a seating area and tumble dryer. The unit offers 1 bed.

Family Room with Shared Bathroom Featuring air conditioning, a washing machine and a seating area, this family room includes a shared bathroom. The family room features tumble dryer, a carpeted floor and heating. The unit has 3 beds.

Deluxe Double Room with Shared Bathroom This room includes linens and access to a shared bathroom.

Deluxe Queen Room with Private Bathroom The spacious double room features air conditioning, a washing machine, as well as a private bathroom boasting a walk-in shower and a hairdryer. The unit has 1 bed.

Guest Reviews
8.9
Excellent
Location
Nestled in a charming and eclectic neighborhood, the Northwest Portland Hostel boasts an excellent location that appeals to both avid urban explorers and those seeking a quieter, picturesque setting. Centrally situated, it offers easy walking access to numerous popular destinations and notable eateries around Portland. The proximity to lively areas like the Pearl District and Nob Hill ensures guests are never far from interesting shops, vibrant bars and diverse dining options.

The hostel is only a short stroll from some of Portland’s must-see attractions, including Powell's Books and the city center, making it a convenient base for both leisurely walks and quick rides via public transportation. A 15-minute walk to Union Station grants simple connections for those traveling by Amtrak, while easy access to buses and light trains makes getting around the city a breeze.

Guests particularly appreciate the area’s blend of safety and tranquility, noting its suitability for evening walks and its absence of disturbances typically found in busier downtown locales. With an array of grocery stores, coffee shops and the famed Washington Park just a few blocks away, everything one might need is within a comfortable walking distance.

Overall, Northwest Portland Hostel’s location is consistently lauded for its convenience, centrality and accessibility to an array of urban activities, all nestled within a safe and beautifully maintained neighborhood.

Breakfast
The breakfast experience at the Northwest Portland Hostel has received mixed reviews with several positive remarks and some areas noted for improvement. Many guests appreciated the complimentary breakfast, which typically includes a bagel with a choice of coffee, tea or juice. The bagels have been described as delicious with some highlighting the everything bagel and the use of locally sourced ingredients adding to the charm. The free breakfast was a welcome start to the day for many travelers, offering a light yet satisfying meal.

However, some guests felt the breakfast options were limited and basic, pointing out the lack of variety and the small portion size. Additionally, a few reviewers suggested that having more hearty or substantial options, such as fruits or additional spread choices, would enhance the breakfast experience. The efficient service and cozy ambiance of the on-site café were generally appreciated, although some found the waiting time for breakfast to be long and the process a bit awkward.

On the whole, while the breakfast at Northwest Portland Hostel was considered a nice touch and a convenient perk for many, there remains room for enhancements to cater better to diverse tastes and to make the meal more fulfilling.

Dinner
Nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Northwest Portland, the Northwest Portland Hostel offers guests more than just a place to rest their heads. One of its standout features is the on-site café, which has garnered positive remarks from visitors for its diverse and tasty menu. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the café is a convenient option for travelers. The food at the café has been described as great with particular praise for its craft beers and vegetarian/vegan options.

Guests appreciate the quick and affordable meal options, making it easy to grab a bite without leaving the premises. The attached café ensures that dining is a hassle-free and pleasant experience with many relishing the variety of food and drinks available. Additionally, the café also provides a cozy dining area and hosts live music events on Mondays and Thursdays, adding an entertaining twist to dinner time.

The hostel itself is unique, comprising six different buildings, each adding to the quirky charm of the place. While the café's popularity is evident, some guests noted slow service and small portions. However, the overall dining experience remains favorable, supported by the option of a small bar and restaurant on-site, as well as a backyard barbecue setup.

Notably, the hostel’s common areas and frequent entertainment events such as open mic nights and trivia sessions create a lively and engaging atmosphere, enhancing the communal experience for all who stay there.

Rooms
The Northwest Portland Hostel offers guests a pleasant and comfortable stay with many praising the spacious and clean rooms. Private rooms are especially highlighted for their size, comfort and modern amenities. Many guests enjoyed the cozy, historic charm of the buildings with large windows and beautiful views adding to the appeal.

Cleanliness is a strong point with rooms and shared facilities consistently noted as spotless. Guests also appreciate the good-sized lockers and functional furniture, such as chairs and tables. The hostel's rooms provide a welcoming atmosphere with comfortable beds, which contributes to a restful stay.

However, some guests did experience minor inconveniences, such as rooms getting hot due to a lack of air vents, inadequate sound insulation and occasional issues with heating. Despite these, the hostel's friendly vibe, modern facilities and well-maintained spaces leave a positive impression.

Overall, the Northwest Portland Hostel offers a mix of historic charm and modern comfort, making it a great choice for travelers seeking a clean, spacious and friendly environment.

Beds
The beds at the Northwest Portland Hostel received mixed feedback from guests, though several positive aspects were highlighted. Many guests found the beds to be very comfortable with some describing them as super comfy or cozy. The availability of curtains on bunk beds added a nice touch of privacy for some. The establishment was also praised for its security and well-thought-out amenities such as ample bathrooms, bedside lamps, plugs and fans.

However, there were frequent mentions of issues with comfort and noise. Guests reported that the beds and bunk beds could be squeaky, bumpy or wobbly, which detracted from their overall comfort. Some noted that the mattresses could be thin, worn out or stiff, leading to discomfort and back issues. The pillows received criticism for being flat or having an unpleasant smell.

A few guests mentioned that the beds might be too small for two people and some desired a larger bed. Suggestions for improvement included updating the beds, linens and furniture to enhance the experience. Despite these points, the hostel still managed to provide a satisfactory night's sleep for many with several guests considering the beds to be comfortable enough for a hostel setting.

Cleanliness
The cleanliness of the Northwest Portland Hostel has received a mix of reviews from guests with a dominant emphasis on positive experiences. Guests frequently highlighted the hostel and its facilities as very clean, updated and well-maintained. Both private and shared areas, including kitchens, bathrooms and common spaces, were often described as spotless, tidy and comfortable. The environment is noted to be clean, modern and cozy, which extends to spacious rooms that guests found very clean and cozy.

Many guests appreciated the cleanliness of the bathrooms, noting they were warm and had good water pressure. The hostel’s cleaning practices and the attention to cleanliness with multiple checks daily, were acknowledged. However, some guests encountered issues such as inconsistent cleaning, dirty carpets, unpleasant odors and occasional lapses in maintenance in both shared and private spaces.

Despite a few negative remarks about cleanliness, the majority of guests agreed that the hostel met their expectations for cleanliness, often describing it as exceptionally clean and a positive experience overall. This balance of feedback suggests that, while generally well-kept, the hostel may benefit from more consistent cleaning routines to address occasional lapses.

Staff
The Northwest Portland Hostel is highly praised for its exceptional staff, who are consistently described as friendly, helpful and welcoming. Guests frequently highlight the accommodating and attentive nature of the employees, noting their willingness to provide support and promptly address any queries. The front desk team is often mentioned for their courteous and knowledgeable service, creating a familiar and inviting atmosphere for visitors. The proactive and efficient approach of the staff, including reception and housekeeping, significantly enhances the overall experience.

Guests appreciate the kindness and conviviality of the hostel team with several reviews mentioning specific instances where staff members went above and beyond to ensure satisfaction. The café area is another noted feature, complementing the excellent customer service and contributing to a sense of community. While occasional mentions of needed improvements in staff training are present, the overwhelming sentiment is one of admiration for the hospitality and reliability displayed.

Overall, the Northwest Portland Hostel's team of dedicated and enthusiastic employees plays a significant role in making it a highly recommended place to stay, offering a combination of great service, friendly interactions and a warm, welcoming environment.

Wi-Fi
Northwest Portland Hostel delivers strong, consistent WiFi throughout the property. Guests consistently report that the WiFi is good, reliable and super-fast, making it an excellent choice for those who need to stay connected. Whether in the common room or other areas, the high-speed internet access ensures smooth browsing and streaming. Free WiFi is readily available, contributing to the convenience of staying at this hostel. Overall, the internet experience at Northwest Portland Hostel meets and often exceeds expectations for fast and reliable service.

Nightlife
Nestled in the vibrant heart of Northwest Portland, this hostel is a haven for those looking to immerse themselves in the local nightlife scene. Guests frequently praise the array of planned activities and leisurely events that fill their afternoons and evenings with entertainment. The hostel itself hosts live music sessions, including weekly performances and musical jams, bringing local talent right to the doorstep. Trivia nights, open mic sessions and board games provide great opportunities for socializing and enjoying the hostel's lively atmosphere.

The courtyard also becomes a hub of activity with mini concerts that guests find particularly enjoyable. Beyond the hostel walls, the neighborhood brims with nightlife options, from numerous bars and nightclubs to delightful cafes. Guests appreciate the proximity to these lively spots, as well as the affordable beer and wine tastings held at the hostel. Public transport makes it easy to explore even more of Portland’s dynamic nightlife.

With events held almost every night, from trivia games to live acts, the hostel ensures that there’s always something engaging to do. The vibrant local scene combined with the hostel’s own entertaining activities create a dynamic and enjoyable experience for all who stay here. Whether you're keen on a night out in downtown bars or prefer laid-back evenings with live fiddle music and friendly guests, this hostel offers the perfect base for nightlife enthusiasts.


No, Northwest Portland Hostel doesn't have any pool.

No, a spa isn't available at Northwest Portland Hostel.

No, Northwest Portland Hostel doesn't allow dogs.

No, parking facilities aren't available at Northwest Portland Hostel.

No, Northwest Portland Hostel doesn't have a gym.

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