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Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel

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425 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-2217
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#4 of 57 Speciality lodging in Portland
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Private rooms and dorms, common kitchen, outdoor courtyard and gardens. Central location in NW Portland near the Pearl. Portland's best bargain!
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Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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BBQ facilities
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24-hour front desk
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Self-serve laundry
Street parking
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Non-smoking hotel
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Robert Vaughan wrote a review 20 Jul
Marietta, Georgia, United States138 contributions179 helpful votes
I have stayed in a number of HI Hostels in the USA(Holollu, Boston, Chiago, San Diego, DC, Seatle, etc.) and this is the best one by far far. I stayed here for 5 nights in mid-July of 2021 in Room 5. The address associated with this location by Tripadvisor is wrong. Its official address is 479 NW 18th Ave..I am guessing the owner of this or the other took over the other at least several years ago. The hostel is located virtually at the intersection of NW 18th Ave and Glisan St.. The hostel is in a very nice neighborhood with lots of trees arounds. It is very safe at nice. There is a convenience store nearby that has drinks and snacks. If you walk out the reception area onto NW 18th Ave you turn left and go 10-20 feet and cross Glisan St. at the intersection and then turn right. Keep going until you reach the next intersection. Turn right at the corner(do not cross the street) and the door for the convenience is about 20 feet around the corner from the intersection. The convencience sstore is on NW 19th Ave. It is about 50 yards between NW 18th Ave and NW 19th Ave. The convenience like I said will have various drinks and snacks but nothing else. There is a supermarket about 1/3 mile away called Fred Meyer at 100 20th Ave Place. This place is huge. More like a warehouse. You will find everything here. Roughly go two blocks to the right out of the reception door to Everett and turn right. You go about 1,000 feet(not sure how many blocks) and then turn left and the store door(should say one of them) will be there as you walk by. The place is so large it has doors on several dies of it. Fast food restarunts are located on Burnside St.. Turn right from the reception door and go about 5 blocks until you come to a very wide both way traffic. It is a very busy street and you can not mistake it. Anyway there is a McDonalds about 100 feet on your right. You do not cross Burnside. There are others here. The Amtrak train station is almost a mile away. When you exit the sation you go straight down the street, not right. Go down the street and turn right at the first intersection that is about 80 yards away from the station entrance. Afgter you turn right go to the next intersection(about 70 yads) and turn right. Then turn left at the next intersection. You keep going straight in this general direction to reach the hostel. You will have to make a few minor adjustments to finally reach the hostel and Siri or Google Map can help with the rest. A rarety for a hostel is that it has a cafe right next to the recption area. It provides breakfast to hostel guest consisting of a gagel(plain/cinnom-raisin) with creame cheese/peanute butter/jam along with either coffee/orange juice. they serve breakfast from 7?-1100 in the morning. They also serve other meals and not just breakfast. This place is not a meat and potato place. I had carrot/ginzo soup and caesar salad one night and sniztel another night. They do not serve Coke or Pepsi drinks hbe ere but instead locally made soft drinks. I like their giner beer. The cafe may not be for budget oriented people. My giner beer cost $4 a bottle for example. This place has lots of places you can sit at and meet other people. They have area they call the Secret Garden. Hence, it can be socially active when there are a number of people. The room I was in had 3 double beds. There were lockers in the room for each bed. The lockers were big enough for sure a medium size pack and probably a large backpack. You can use your own lock which I had one. The hostel I think can provide you one but not sure if yu have to buy it or not. At least a deposit if not buying. The room was spacious enough with a very large area in the middle of the room since hte bunk beds were alongside the walls. My bunk had its own reading light and several plugs for electricity. The room had A/C in it though did not really need it. There are communal bathroom as well as private bathrooms around the hostels. Looked like people primarily use the private bathrooms. The kitchen has the full set. Sinks, oven tops, refrigs, etc.. along with the cooking stuff. It is a good setup. The staff at the hostel was very helpful as well as the cafe staff. They helped a great deal. A taxi fare from the airport was $40 and a Uber fare from the train station was like nothing or $5 or something. Forgot to mention there is Wifi at the hostel and it was good from my room. They will provide you a password to access it. The bathrooms have soap dispensers at the sinks and in the shower..
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Zora DS wrote a review 20 Jul
Macon, Georgia136 contributions79 helpful votes
I stayed at a 4-bed female dorm for 3 nights. I had the room to myself the first two nights. It was very easy to take the MAX line from the airport and then walk 10-min to the hostel. Rooms and bathrooms were clean. The cafe was great, and had vegan options. The last day when I checked out, they let me put my bag in a locker because I had a red eye flight and didn't want to carry my bag around all day. They gave me a day pass so when I came back in the evening to get my bag, I was able to take a shower before going to the airport.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Experience631640 wrote a review May 2021
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My wife and I just met friends in Portland. We had heard such good things about the NW Portland Hostel, we decided to stay. It was an excellent bargain and the two rooms we had would compare with any hotel. They were clean, quiet,queen size beds and ensuite baths. Covid precautions were clear and helped us to feel very safe. The staff in addition to being efficient and courteous were friendly and weht far above to make our stay pleasant It will be our place in Portland and our friends are planning another stay next month..
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Fox M wrote a review Nov 2020
Winchester, California92 contributions43 helpful votes
I have no idea what that negative reviewer is talking about. Its a hostel. You bring your own stuff or buy theirs. He probably went into it expecting a 5 star hotel. Regardless, I've stayed in many Hostels, and this was a nice one. It's not a party hostel so at around 10pm, things sort of die down. The place is really big. It has a nice garden to eat in, multiple buildings depending on where you're staying, a café, a common room with plenty of seating, and a place to cook and do your own laundry. Things are sanitized regularly and they place a sign down when they are. Its a really nice place to stay. The bunks and rooms are clean and each bunk has a fan, a light, and multiple electric outlets you can use. As well as the standard locker. Bring your own lock or use theirs. The bathrooms are nice and spacious age the showers have hot and cold water. Honestly I have no complaints at all. Justin the manager, is a really great guy and was really nice to talk with. He can give you lots of reccomendations on things to do. The other staff are also very kind and helpful. I had a very pleasant experience staying here. Thank you to everyone who works here, you guys are great.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Philanthropist4Life wrote a review Oct 2020
Portland, Oregon46 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed in a HOSTEL for the FIRST time EVER on Tuesday October 7th, 2020, and BOY was it a TREAT (Sarcasm!) let me TELL YOU!!!!! 
 I definitely hands down want a FULL REFUND. This was the WORST experience of My LIFE. I was NOT provided with the very BASICS: -ZERO WASHCLOTH -ZERO SOAP -ZERO SHAMPOO -ZERO CONDITIONER 
When I inquired about this, I was told they cost $1 EACH, on *TOP* of the $75 (BEFORE TAXES - And mind you, in PORTLAND, OREGON for some crazy reason, hotel / lodging taxes are 15%!) nightly stay (By the way, it was $36 when I first checked, and then Justin, the manager, gouged the price up to $75 2 hours after I called) -ZERO Internet Instructions and/or PASSWORD given / provided 
The FIRST thing I noticed on My Way up to My Room right when I got off the elevator was the MUSTY SMELL *EVERYWHERE* — Not just in the room (Which was HORRENDOUS), but *~EVERYWHERE~*

The room itself was BAD — MUSTY / HUMID (Yes, EXTREMELY humid). -The FANS (Each one for every person in the room) were MOLDY!!!!!!!!! Are you serious?!!!! And these FANS are LITERALLY sitting slightly right ABOVE and *NEXT* to your HEAD / MOUTH!!!!!!!!!! MOLDY & FILTHY!!!!!!!

-The bathroom is FREEZING (And the window was completely OPEN?! SERIOUSLY?!)
-ZERO HEAT IN THE BATHROOM (NO HEATER PERIOD)
-ZERO SHAMPOO / SOAP - COMPLETELY OUT (And we’re in COVID-19 SEASON!!!!!)
-NO PAPER TOWELS IN THE BATHROOM (Only a dryer with a mediocre motor) -Dirty nasty stinky smelly FULL AND BUSTED UP (Literally, cracked / falling apart) laundry basket sitting right outside My Room! -BEDSHEETS KEPT FALLING OFF THE CORNERS so I ended up sleeping on the dirty stone cold cheap MATTRESS -I was FREEZING (and SWEATING, d/t the HUMIDITY) ALL NIGHT. -STREET NOISE WAS OUTRAGEOUS -ZERO FREE PARKING ($40 TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!) -NO ONE AVAILABLE or even in SITE at 7AM when I checked out………. Couldn’t / didn’t take a shower due to the FREEZING TEMPERATURE IN THE BATHROOM (Again, ZERO HEAT / HEATER, and on top of that, the hostel keeps the WINDOW OPEN (Likely due to MOLD / MIST — Which again, the ENTIRE hostel REEKED OF)

-Greedy — Upping prices from $36 to $75 PER PERSON BEFORE TAXES and the gigantic 15% OREGON HOTEL / TRAVEL FEE!!!!! -SLAMMING DOORS from other rooms (LOUD AS HELL)

Oh MAN, do NOT GO HERE. I WILL NEVER AGAIN BE STAYING IN A HOSTEL AGAIN, and CERTAINLY NOT AT THIS ONE

*WILL UPLOAD PICTURES WHEN PHOTOS FROM MY IPHONE PHOTO STREAM ARE DOWNLOADED TO MY APPLE MAC. UGH………….. NO WAY
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Jim Kennett, Owner at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel
Responded 12 Oct 2020
Wow, what happened to make your experience so terrible? As you can see from all our other reveiws, people love our hostel and have great experiences here. Our staff, cleaniness, location and atmoshpere are all rated extremely high. They also love our on site cafe featuring a full menu of house made American Classics and 12 local beers, ciders and kombucha on tap. In fact, we were rated the 3rd best mid size hostel in the world based on 1.1 million travelers reviewing 18,000 hostels! You mention it was your 1st time in a hostel. We know hostelling isn't for everyone and it seems it really isn't for you. The people that really enjoy hostels tend to be those who enjoy social atmospheres and getting to meet other travelers and having a unique lodging experience outside of cookie cutter hotels. We take all reviews serious and look to see if we can bring our hostel to an even higher level from the critiquing from others. But I have to tell you that your reveiw is so far off base from what our hostel really is all about, that it's hard to take your review serious. Also, the things you said to our manger attempting to get a free overnight, offering a tarot reading and a 5 star reveiw, makes it appear that this is "reveiw extortion". From reading reveiws you wrote of other places, this seems to be your style. It's a shame when small family owned businesses put so much into creating a great place, to have this happen... I can tell you that I have spent 40 years of my life creating this home on the road for travelers. It's been my wife and I as the leaders, and many dedicated staffers and supporters that have gotten us here. I will address your issues here as best I can. We have a very good internet system, one used by the larger hotels, because it is important to our guests. And it's free! Yes, all of our dorm beds have their own reading light, personal fan, outlets to charge your devices, a large locker, and a cubbie right at your bed to store your phone, water, book... Guests love this! You were in our newly constructed building, purposely designed as a hostel. Each room has it's own heater and heat control and openable windows. You mention being charged $75, but our records show we charged the dorm rate of $38 plus lodging tax and gave you the 4 bed dorm as a private room due to covid-19. All our bathrooms are new tile and cleaned daily. There is not a trace of mold. We provide free Dr Bronners Castile Soap at the sinks and in the showers. It's an "all in one" high quality soap that can be used as shampoo, but if you desire a different shampoo or conditioner, we sell it at the front desk for $1. This is typical at hostels. Our rates are kept low and we don't build in a lot of extras that are typical at hotels. Parking is metered during the day, but we offer our guests a parking permit for only $5 per day. Evenings and Sundays are free. Lastly, you mentioned people coming and going, slamming doors...the night you stayed. We checked the hall cameras for that night to see if there was a problem guest and found only 2 people quietly going to their rooms during the entire night, other than yourself coming and going 4 different times in the middle of that night. So yes, if this is how you feel about one of the highest rated hostels in the world, you should really choose a hotel in the future. All the best!
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US$77 - US$126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Cinema 21 (0.4 km), Benson Bubblers (0.4 km), and Mission Theater & Pub (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and self serve laundry.
What food & drink options are available at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Andina Restaurant, Mediterranean Exploration Company, and Ken's Artisan Bakery.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Portland Center Stage at The Armory (0.7 km), Old Church (1.3 km), and Japanese American Historical Plaza (1.5 km).