Inexpensive and cheap hotels in Portland can save you a bundle of money. It is possible to stay in the heart of downtown Portland in a decent room for the same or less than a hotel in the suburbs.
You won't have all of the amenities that a luxury hotel offers but do you really need Italian sheets, your bed turned down, or a whirlpool tub in your room?
Another thing to consider is that many of the top-rated hotels in Portland charge for parking especially in downtown. This can be as much as $35 added on to your bill per night. These parking fees are not included in the quoted price per stay when you visit their web site. So the price of that hotel in the end is even more expensive than you thought it was going to be.
Here are my tips about the best cheap hotels in Portland. They are divided into separate areas of Portland and include some suburban areas as well.
This is a hidden Portland gem known mostly to business and university travelers. It is close to Portland State University and the Keller Auditorium. You can easily travel around downtown Portland on bus or lightrail. In fact, you can ride MAX lightrail all the way from Portland International Airport to within a 5-minute walk of the hotel. Plus the complimentary breakfast includes eggs, bacon, sausages, potatoes, as well as pastries and cereals. Lincoln Station Grill is the hotel's restaurant and bar. It opens at 4:30 pm for dinner. If you simply must bring your car, the good news is that parking is only $15, a good deal for downtown Portland. Rooms are spacious and furnished with standard hotel type furniture. Suites are available. Avis has a desk in the lobby if you need to rent a car.
The location of this hotel couldn't be better. It is just around the corner of the SW 5th and Montgomery MAX station which means easy travel from the airport and as far as Gresham on Portland's east side, Hillsboro on the west side, and Clackamas south. You are a "stone's throw" from PSU, Keller Auditorium, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the Portland Art Museum, and Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The rooms are basic with standard amenities. There is an on-site restaurant and a choice of other nearby restaurants. The real downside to this hotel is that free parking is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Paid parking is nearby.
This is a 1950's style motel -- nothing fancy. The rooms are clean and good size with refrigerator and microwave. The location is exceptional. You can walk to PSU, Keller Auditorium, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the Portland Waterfront Park. Public transportation is nearby. There is a $10 charge for parking. The free breakfast is fruit, bagels, and muffins and of course coffee, tea, and juice.
These hotels are located on the east side of the Willamette River and are convenient to the convention center and the Rose Quarter which includes Memorial Colliseum and the Moda Center. You are still in an area served by Portland's excellent mass transit system which makes it easy and fast to get into the main Portland downtown area on the west side of the river.
You have easy access to downtown Portland from this hotel which is on the east side of the Willamette River in the Lloyd District. You can hop on MAX at the Convention Center Station just two blocks away and be at Pioneer Courthouse Square in no time. The hotel is a short walking distance from the Convention Center, Moda Center, OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), and the Lloyd Center which is a large shopping mall. Because it is so close to the lightrail line, it is easy to travel to or from the airport without a car. If you do have a car, there is a $15 parking charge. The hotel offers a free breakfast but does not have a restaurant/bar. There are a number of fast food restaurants nearby plus a pod of food carts on the corner of Multnomah St. and NE 9th Avenue. Your best bet for a nice dinner close by is to cross the river into downtown proper.
Don't expect a lot of amenities but enjoy the convenient location and clean rooms. It is an easy bus ride, drive, or even walk across the Burnside Bridge into Old Town/Chinesetown Portland where you can enjoy the Saturday Market. It is a short drive to the Convention Center, OMSI, Moda Center, and the Lloyd Center. The Burnside Brewing Company is a couple of blocks away where you can sample craft beer and have a bite to eat. There are plenty of other places to eat nearby as well. A big plus for this older hotel/motel is the free parking.
This Shilo Inn is nicely located for walking to the Moda Center, the Convention Center, and the Lloyd Center. The rooms are on the small side with standard hotel furnishings. A free breakfast is included but it also is a rather basic offering of bagels, yogurt, beverages, and breakfast bars. There is a Coffee People outlet a couple of blocks away on Martin Luther King Blvd. and a Wendy's one block farther on on Grand. Both MAX lightrail and the Portland Streetcar stations are a short walk away. Both can get you into the west side of downtown Portland within minutes.
Both of the hotels below are located in the Clackamas area just outside of Portland. It is a good area to stay in if most of what you are going to do is south of the city or if you are just traveling through.
You pretty much need a car to stay at these hotels but you are also a short distance from the Lloyd Center where the MAX green line ends. It travels into downtown Portland and with only one transfer, you can also travel to the airport.
The hotel is actually located in Gladstone south of Portland on the banks of the Clackamas River at High Rocks. High Rocks is a favorite swimming hole of the locals. It is a convenient location if you are visiting Clackamas, Oregon City, Milwaukie, West Linn, or Lake Oswego. It is an easy drive from the airport on Highway 205. They offer a free hot breakfast and free parking. Some rooms have a kitchenette and the rooms overlooking the river have a balcony. There is a lounge/bar. Clackamas Town Center shopping mall is nearby where you can take the MAX lightrail into downtown Portland.
The Hampton Inn is located just north of the Holiday Inn at High Rocks mentioned above. It is just off Highway 205 and for quiet you need to choose a room away from the traffic noise if possible. The hotel is well situated if you are planning on driving to the Mt. Hood area. All you have to do is drive Highway 212 east through some beautiful countryside. It hooks up with Highway 26 which takes you directly to Mt. Hood missing all the city traffic. They serve a free hot breakfast or you can get a breakfast bag to go if you are in a hurry. Parking is free. The hotel is of course just south of Clackamas Town Center from where you can take lightrail into Portland.
North Portland hotels are close to the airport but still a distance away from it. They are close to the Columbia River and the Interstate Bridge if you plan on visiting Washington State and you can still travel into downtown Portland in a short amount of time.
This north Portland hotel is located near the Delta Park Sports Complex, the Multnomah EXPO Center, Portland International Raceway, and the Jantzen Beach Shopping Mall. They serve a popular free hot breakfast. There are two restaurants nearby, Elmer's and Shari's. Elmer's has a full bar. Parking is free. They operate a shuttle to and from the Portland airport.
The hotel is a 15-minute walk to the Delta Park MAX lightrail station. There is a park and ride lot if you drive your car. You can take the yellow line straight into downtown Portland and be there in half an hour.
When they say on the river, they mean on the banks of the Columbia River. On the other side is Washington State. There is a shuttle to and from Portland International Airport. Parking is free. The three restaurants at the hotel include the Jantzen Beach Bar and Grill which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and JB's Night Club & Lounge. Both have a wonderful view of the river. Get your favorite coffee and snacks at the Expresso Lounge.
The hotel is in the same neighborhood as the Inn at the Meadows mentioned above. The closest MAX station is at the EXPO Center and the hotel provides a shuttle to and from the station.