Northwest Portland Hostel

Centrally Located – in the Heart of Portland

Our Staff


Welcome! I’ve been operating hostels most of my life (see Our Story). I started this hostel in 1998 after seeing a need for more hostel beds in Portland. Born on the east coast in our smallest state, Rhode Island, I moved to my father’s homeland, the Pacific Northwest, when I was 15. With a degree in counseling from The Evergreen State College and training as a carpenter, what better credentials can one have to create and operate hostels. So here I am enjoying an incredible life! Some of the things I enjoy are traveling, hanging out with my staff and travelers, and playing soccer on our team.


Guten Tag! I visited Portland for the first time in 1998, the year we opened the hostel.  After spending six months in South Africa, and many trips within Europe, this was just another travel adventure. Little did I know, that I would call Portland and the hostel my home. After graduating from college, I moved here from Germany in 2002.  I love what Oregon has to offer: hiking along the Oregon Coast or in the Columbia River Gorge with its many waterfalls, skiing on Mt. Hood, biking around Portland, watching $3 movies at the Mission Theater, free concerts in parks all summer long, great local micro-brew beer, … I hope your experience in Portland and Oregon will be memorable, too!


Welcome to Portland!  I was born in NY and grew up in Connecticut before being forcibly moved to Virginia at 14.  I graduated from the College of William and Mary before moving to NYC to pursue a life on the stage.  I’ve traveled in Ireland, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela and would love to return to…continue reading »



Welcome!  I was born and raised in Inverness, CA, but spent much of my twenties playing in a band and working in bars and restaurants in NYC.  I moved to Portland for the laid back pace and affordability and am having a great time exploring and learning all that Portland has to offer. I have lived in Kaneohe, HI and Taos, NM and…continue reading »

Mary Liz

I am a native of Brooklyn, NY, but after living there for eighteen years, I decided it was time to see what it’s like to exist in other places outside of New York City.  I’ve lived in small town Ohio where I earned a BA in Art History and Film Studies, and from there I decided to head further West. I lived in Seattle for a few years, but Portland kept calling…continue reading »


Meghan_Northwest Portland International HostelGreetings! Hello! I have lived in Portland for the past 20 years, most of my life. I love this town and learning about it from the perspective of people not from here. I think it is so interesting to hear about the place you are from through different eyes! Some things I love about Portland: really amazing food made with intention and great ingredients from cart-pods all over the city. I think it is really exciting that opening and operating a food service business is getting easier and easier for people to achieve without the huge (comparatively) financial stress of a building-business. I love that… continue reading »



Hey there! I was born and raised in that somewhat large yet inconspicuous country, Australia- which is also where I studied painting and glass, poured beers and completed my Bachelor’s degree whilst squirreling away pennies to go a-traveling. I did not have a pet Kangaroo. Now I live in Portland, because it’s real nice and I like it very much. I recently backpacked around…continue reading »


Hello! I’m Catherine and I’m from the wine region of Temecula in Southern California.  I just left the wonderful California sun for Portland in October of 2010, and other than the unpredictable weather, I’ve fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest!  I recently finished my Masters degree in Archaeology at…continue reading »


Hello all! I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. After spending 22 years there I realized it was the last place I wanted to be, so I sold all my belongings, packed my necessities into a backpack and headed for Oregon! I spent half a year volunteering, hiking, and thoroughly enjoying what life has to offer, then moved into Portland to get my city fix. I love Portland because it seems to be the perfect mix of nature and the city life. I love being outdoors, hiking, camping, and biking, especially in the rain….continue reading »


Hey there!  I am an Oregonian, born and raised.  I grew up in Eugene, a small college town south of Portland.  I moved up here about 10 years ago, and I hope you enjoy your time here in the city I’ve grown to love.  I love traveling and second only to that, meeting people from around the world to share stories.  So, please come say hi!….continue reading »