Hotel Recommendations for Portland Brewery Trip

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  1. Krumb

    Krumb Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2008 Texas

    We'll be in Portland in March. Can anyone give a good recommendation for hotel(s) nearby/close to breweries, good pubs, etc?

    Any helpful info would be greatly appreciated from this Texas BA.

  2. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon

    Is your goal to walk / use public transit primarily?

    The hotels downtown or in Lloyd Center are the most central (but sometimes pricy although March might not be too bad).

    Assuming you're reasonably fit, you can walk from Downtown to Bailey's, Deschutes, Bridgeport, Henry's, Hair of the Dog, Cascade, Green Dragon, maybe The Commons, Beermongers, and Apex too.

    Upright is in the Lloyd Center district, and from there you are a short bus or MAX ride into downtown or SE to hit everything listed previously.

    If you wanted to look for something cheaper, but still rely on public transit, you might look for something near the airport where you can take the Red line MAX in, or north along the Yellow line. Either option is only ~15 minutes from downtown.
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  3. Krumb

    Krumb Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2008 Texas

    Great info. Thanks kscaldef.
  4. sherm1016

    sherm1016 Initiate (198) Aug 10, 2009 Wisconsin

    I've stayed at the Park Lane Inn & Suites when visiting family in Portland. It's not super fancy, but it's clean and adequate, especially if you are not going to be spending much time in your hotel. It's near Burnside and SW King Ave. Public transportation in Portland is very easy to use, so getting around shouldn't be a problem.

    Definitely visit HotD, Cascade, Laurelwood, Amnesia, Horse Brass Pub, Belmont Station, Rogue Public House, etc., etc.
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  5. leedorham

    leedorham Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    We've used airbnb for Seattle trips and it is a great website. Depending on your comfort level, there's everything from dirty flophouses to nice private condos.
  6. Colloby

    Colloby Initiate (85) Sep 19, 2009 Arizona

    I would second the recommendation of airbnb, having just done the reverse of your trip. I flew out from Portland and spent four days in San Antonio, followed by four days in Austin. Stayed in two converted garage apartments, for less than $80 per night. Beats a hotel any time. Portland is small enough that you can easily get to the majority of the good brewpubs using leg power or public transportation
  7. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon

    Another option for budget-conscious folks is the Banfield Motel on NE Sandy and 37th ave. It's not fancy, but it's only 5 blocks from the Hollywood Transit Center on 42nd and Halsey. From the HTC you can take an easy MAX, bus, and/or streetcar ride to just about anything worth visiting.
  8. Krumb

    Krumb Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2008 Texas

    A very helpful bunch here.

    Many thanks.
  9. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    I also say airbnb

    and with the new Streetcar line you can get from upright, to cascade, hair of the dog, commons and within about 10 blocks of apex and beermongers, all on the east side.
  10. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois

    Just spent 4 nights at the Hotel Monaco. They've got great rates, and free valet parking if you're a AAA member. Also a rental car was only $15 per day out here. Fantastic trip.
  11. MykelJH

    MykelJH Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2011 California

    Does anyone know about the Kennedy School? Was planning on making a trip up there on the fly, curious if its fun and how far/close you are to the breweries?
  12. msubulldog25

    msubulldog25 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2005 Oregon

    I live around the corner from Kennedy School... it is a very fun place (hotel, several bars, a restaurant, movie theater - great old building, too). The brewery on-site is just ok (don't make that alone a destination), but the experience as a whole is worth the effort.

    The best brewery in the vicinity is Breakside (about 1-1/2 miles west on NE Dekum); it's a terrific 'neighborhood pub with about 8-10 house beers, some standards & some rotating/seasonal & good food, too. Also in the area, brewery-wise, is Alameda (a place I like and always has solid beers & a cheap happy hour) and, if you're desperate for another choice, The Mash Tun (very disappointing to me that this place doesn't make more & better beers, such a good location mid way on Alberta St). Finally, 1 block from Kennedy School is Concordia Ale House, a place that was once among the top couple of taprooms in Portland 6-7 years ago IMO - now others have caught up & passed it. CAH is still worth a visit, however, if you do go to KS.

  13. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,316) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Not much to add to what Brian told you (I also think it a fun place, though I haven't been in some now). However, definitely do make a reservation before heading up. As it's the off season, you may not have much problem getting a room, but in the past I know I had to make a reservation at least several months in advance if I planned to stay there on a weekend. Also, when you call them (I'd call, rather than using McM's online reservations system), tell them you want a room on the NE Jessup St. side of the hotel. The rest of the rooms front NE 33rd Ave., which tends to be a very busy, very noisy street. Unless you are a VERY sound sleeper, you'll be a lot happier on the NE Jessup side of the hotel.
  14. MykelJH

    MykelJH Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2011 California

    Cool thanks for the info. How far from there is hotd, deschutes, rogue, cascade? Public transportation work or will we need to drive
  15. msubulldog25

    msubulldog25 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2005 Oregon

    Thanks for reminding me of this, John! My dad & brother are visiting us this weekend and I'd forgotten to ask for a quiet room for them (we don't have enough guest space in our house). Just called a minute ago and talked to 'Cynthia', who set them up in a 'quieter' Jessup St side room - she was super-friendly & helpful. By the way (for MykelJH), I learned that the room rate at KS includes access to the movie theater and the soaking pool, but no restaurant or drink credits anymore. Still $125/nt isn't too bad...
  16. msubulldog25

    msubulldog25 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2005 Oregon

    May need to drive... but maybe not. There are 2 bus lines (the #70 and #72) nearby. #70 runs N-S on NE 33rd, past Lloyd Center and along SE 11th/12th. It would drop you within about 2 blocks of Cascade and the walk is kinda reasonable from there to HotD. #72 takes you west and connects with MAX Yellow Line, which would bring you to downtown.

    For Rogue and Deschutes (both are in Downtown/Pearl District), you'd need to catch another bus (#15) if heading over from HotD or Cascade).
    (Rogue is about 4 blocks from Deschutes, at NW 14th & Flanders)
  17. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon

    It depends on your dedication to the cause, but you'll probably want to drive to/from the Kennedy School.
  18. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,316) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    HOTD and Cascade are pretty close to one another; roughly 4 or 5 miles from Kennedy School I'd say? I'm sure you can take public transportation over there, but I'm not sure what number bus to use. Rogue and Deschutes are both over in the Pearl District, on the other side of the river. Figure they're about 5 or 6 miles away. Again, I'm sure they're accessible by bus, but I don't know the liines.

    As for Brian's comments about Kennedy School, at one time the lodging price included a voucher for breakfast (in fact, I think the hammerhead package during the week also included a voucher for dinner). It was truly a great deal, and I can only assume the McM's discontinued it because they were having no problem filling the place, with or without breakfast included. My understanding was that the vouchers were also a hassle for the staff, as folks would try to double up vouchers (getting two vouchers, even though there was only one guest), and also trying to use it for items that weren't supposed to be included in the voucher deal (beer, wine, etc.). Anyway, I think it's been at least 3 or 4 years since the lodging price included breakfast. The rooms are good size, and there's a lot to see and do at kennedy school, so I'd encourage you to visit if you have a mind. Good luck.
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  19. MykelJH

    MykelJH Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2011 California

    You guys have been more than helpful. Thanks! I think if we do end up coming we will be there for Zwanze day :slight_smile: if not ill be here in Oakland. If anyone is interested in some plinys just message me and I can haul some up if I do end up coming there. Still joy sure though but if I do I have no problem bringing them
  20. msubulldog25

    msubulldog25 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2005 Oregon

    If Zwanze Day is your goal, then Kennedy School is a great choice; you can hop on that #72 bus and be at The Hop & Vine in about 20 minutes, no transfers required.

    Also, that first weekend of December is Holiday Ale Fest at Pioneer Courthouse Square, one of the BEST fests of the year. The Yellow line MAX (if going from H&V) drops you in downtown at Pioneer Place, 1 block from HAF.
  21. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,316) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    It's a generous offer, but both draft and bottled pliny are distributed in Portland. Bottles tend to disappear pretty quickly once they hit the bottle shops around town each month, but usually draft pliny can be found around town during the month. Usually...
  22. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    Here is a map I put together of breweries, bars, restaurants (many vegan places) and coffee places I like... still a work in progress, but a decent place to start
  23. kbutler1

    kbutler1 Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2008 Minnesota

    Have visited several times and really enjoyed both Kennedy School and The Crystal Hotel. Kennedy is great if you want to just chill, bounce around the bars there, and then catch a movie.
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  24. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,761) May 12, 2005 Washington
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    Sipping a CaFTW in the Hotel Monaco right now - I'm not footing the bill but would recommend the multitude of complimentary robes and in-room stuffed animals
  25. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,761) May 12, 2005 Washington
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    I like your style.
  26. goodbetterbestbested

    goodbetterbestbested Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 California

    i stayed at hotel 50 when i went. great location right on the river downtown, walking distance (right across the bridge) from hotd, short bus ride from cascade. not terribly close to upright but the public transportation in portland is amazing and it's a like 30 minutes by bus and tram. the room was pretty nice, you can get a river facing room if you ask. food carts nearby, pretty good all around.
  27. MykelJH

    MykelJH Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2011 California

    Well if your interested in other nor cal stuff just let me know.
  28. goodbetterbestbested

    goodbetterbestbested Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 California

    also, find somewhere with boneyard beers on tap and drink them. RPM specifically, of all the amazing beer i had on my trip i think that was the best (aside from adam from the wood). they seem to be on tap at a lot of places but try to find RPM specifically, i had it right after pliny and it was as good at worst.
  29. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon

    Hop Venom > RPM
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    guajolote Disciple (315) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

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  31. goodbetterbestbested

    goodbetterbestbested Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 California

    disagree, but hop venom was very good too. suge knight was the other one i got to try, delicious as well.
  32. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,316) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Agreed, but there's just something about the RPM that I really, really like. It just seems a lot more drinkable than the Hop Venom, for all that the abv. is still over 7%.
  33. suncrust

    suncrust Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2011 Washington

    Agreed. Love them both, but I find Hop Venom to be a bit more consistent & balanced batch to batch. RPM is great, lighter body but has more of a resonous piney thing sometimes where Hop Venom tends to get a bit sweeter and more of that passionfruit element. Both have that dank Boneyard backbone though. No love for Bone-A-Fide? I dig that pale...

    Anyone noticing a difference in the lower ABV version of Hop Venom? That booze was hidden so well to begin with, but for some reason I feel like the punch is off now.
  34. sfbeer1

    sfbeer1 Initiate (44) Jul 19, 2012 Oregon

    It's sounds like you're leaning toward the Northeast, but thought I'd mention that I stayed at The Jupiter in the Southeast, and while I loved the location, I found it to be overpriced. My friend thought our room looked like IKEA threw up all over it. I plan to use Airbnb on my next trip.
  35. hannont

    hannont Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2008 Oregon

    Hotel 50 would be my choice based on its central location proximity to public transportation
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