I unfortunately did not get to fully experience this hostel since I was only briefly in town to attend a wedding but I appreciated its (relative) proximity to the airport and to Whole Foods and Safeway. Since I knew that I'd be staying late at the wedding (I didn't get to bed until after 3am), I checked in mid-morning before heading to the wedding site west of downtown. The woman at the front desk was very cheerful and efficient. The front door and the women's dorm room both have keypads to allow 24-hour access. After testing both codes, poking my head into the still-occupied dorm room in order to determine the location of my bunk, and taking a few photos of the well-documented and aesthetically pleasing green roof I headed out of town. The bathroom with a toilet and sink was a little cramped for changing and washing up but appeared clean. The upper bunk was easy to get into - in some hostels the upper bunks require some serious climbing to access - which was fortunate given that I was maneuvering in the dark. The light on my cell phone provided just enough light to make my bunk. The mattress and sheets were okay for the four hours that I used them but I doubt that I would have found them conducive to sleeping comfortably for a full night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HI-Portland Hawthorne Hostel is a non-profit travelers lodge that offers an affordable, clean and fun place to stay. It has recognized been around the world as being a sustainable and green business. Also known as "Your Eco-Home Away From Home". Our mission is "To Help All Especially the Young Gain a Greater Understanding of the World and it's People Through Hostelling". Free wi-fi and internet access, free long distance phone use, free parking, free kitchen use, free coffee/tea, free all-u-can make pancake breakfast and bagels/bread and cream cheese(when available), free towel and lock rentals (with deposit).We have men's, women's, and coed dorm room as well as 2 private rooms. Reservations are recommended. Must have out-of-town i.d. to stay to here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International Portland Hawthorne Hotel Portland