Looking for a "cheaper" option for somewhere to stay while in PDX visiting from the UK we stumbled across the McMenamins chain of pubs and hotels. What looked like a complete bargain (we would rather spend money on beer than a bed) was the bunk option at the White Eagle.
I booked this online with no trouble although I accidently booked for one person rather than two. I only mention this as I then e-mailed the central e-mail address to tell them of the mistake. I didn’t actually hear anything back (weeks) so just before travelling e-mailed the White Eagle directly instead. I got a prompt response within hours which was good just to confirm no issues with that and it was changed and also an apology from central reservations so all good there.
On arrival the lady (sorry forgot name) who checked us in was very helpful not only with checking in but advice on local nightlife and the sampling of a couple of early drinks behind the bar. In our 4 nights staying we came across various staff and all where pleasant and helpful.
The pub/hotel itself is both quirky and full of character. Yes we stayed in a small bunk room but for me that was better than some hotel chain that would look the same if you where in Portland or Pittsburgh. Location wise its not downtown but you are a 2 minute walk from a MAX stop. There is a joint that services breakfast near the stop (not available at the Eagle) that also does take away coffee. A couple of local pubs are nearby and pubs/shops/food of the up and coming Mississippi area a 15 minute walk under a nondescript freeway flyover area. Its quite a surprise to suddenly stumble across that area.
The beer in the pub was good and we ate just once. A decent burger and no complaints there.
So the negatives. Well none really for us. The room was small. And nowhere to hang your gear. You have to share bath rooms and toilets. Bands play pretty much every night until 10 or 11 I guess and if you are above them its boom boom boom. However all of this is mentioned on the site. We knew what to expect so it was no problem. We drank in the bar until the bands had finished at the very least. So the only reason to complain would be if you didn’t expect any of the above I would say.
The only concern I ever had was with the warning about no staff on site after pub closing. So IF you manage to wipe your key card by leaving them next to your phone for instance you would have to ring one of the managed hotels. Never happened but worth knowing.
Overall good price, good location and friendly staff. And very good beer. We certainly couldn’t complain!
- Also Known As:
- Mcmenamins White Eagle Saloon And Rock And Roll Hotel