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 »


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 »


moiHello! I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and lived in Chicago for two years before coming to Oregon in 2013. Milwaukee is not that different from Portland in a lot of ways. Of course we have a lake instead of a river to orient ourselves in the city, and a severe lack of mountains – but both MKE and PDX have a little over half a million people, lots of quirky little cafes and shops, plenty of outdoor spaces and activities, and masses of underpaid service workers, young artists, travelers, students, and condo-dwelling yupsters. So naturally, I felt at home here from the first day…continue reading »



Hello! I’m a Portland native, born and raised just a few blocks from Rose City Park. I traveled quite a bit after high school, mainly in Europe and Hawaii, and I lived in Chicago for a year, but Portland is always calling my name! I moved back eight years ago and finished my Bachelor’s at Portland State University. These days I consider myself a stay at home mom who works a few days a week at this really wonderful Hostel! I have lots of favorite Portland spots, for kids and adults, so stop me in the halls and say hi anytime!