We are located in the historic Nob Hill/Northwest district, a very popular and trendy area in Portland’s city center. From the hostel, you can walk to downtown and many attractions, including NW 23rd Avenue, Powell’s City of Books, Washington Park with the Rose Garden and Japanese Garden, the Mission Theater (brewpub movie theater), the Pearl Art District, Oldtown/Chinatown with the Lan-Su Chinese Garden and Saturday Market (& Sundays, too), Pioneer Courthouse Square, Voodoo Donuts, Food Carts, and more.
Portland is known for its great public transportation and it is easy to get around town. Take the streetcar to Portland State University, Farmers’ Markets, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, and the South Waterfront, or hop on the MAX lightrail to explore the Lloyd Center District.
It is easy to get to the hostel with public transportation. The Greyhound/Amtrak stations are 12 short blocks away, about a 10- to 15-minute walk. Or catch bus #77 and get off right across the street from the hostel. The light rail MAX train from the airport stops 5 short blocks from us.
Nob Hill’s two active streets are lined with many restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, brew pubs & bars, and an independent film theater. Cafes with sidewalk seating and storefronts housed in old Victorian buildings invite to shop, dine and hang out.
The Pearl District, a thriving art community with over 25 galleries was once an uninviting industrial area. The warehouses and factories have been turned into mixed-use commercial and residential buildings, and the Pearl is now marked by cobblestone streets, historic water towers, brick buildings, modern residential buildings, and three parks. A wealth of restaurants, bakeries, wine bars, coffeehouses and retail stores make it one of the most popular districts in Portland.
The hostel is housed in the historic Elliston, a landmark building on the National Register of Historic Places. Turn-of-the-century Victorians line the narrow streets in the Northwest/Nob Hill district (also referred to as the Alphabet district) and the wealth of historic buildings helped earn a historic designation in October 2000. The streets are named in alphabetical order from East to West (Burnside, Couch, Davis, Everett, Flanders, …,) and make it easy to find your way around. Lovejoy and Pettygrove streets are named for the two men who flipped a coin to see who gets to name the city after their respective hometowns: Boston, Mass., or Portland, Maine.