[Portland Filter] Can you help me find a decent hotel near the MAX?
March 28, 2015 5:22 PM   Subscribe

Hello Portlanders - I'll be coming to your fair city in mid-April and although I've visited a few times previously I don't really have a go-to hotel near the city. Can you recommend some good options?

I will have a car, but for convenience, gas/parking savings, traffic avoidance, etc. I'd like to take the MAX light rail line as much as possible. My visit will bring me to the Rose Quarter area which, if I remember correctly, is on the yellow line.

In terms of a hotel, my needs are:

1) Clean/safe
2) Good value for the price (and not ridiculously expensive)
3) Walking distance to/near MAX line
3) Free parking (to leave the car - this tends to rule out most downtown accommodations)

Would you happen to have any personal recommendations of hotels or other accommodation options I should consider? Granted, I can certainly search Trip Advisor, Yelp, etc. but I would really appreciate your "insider" recommendations, if you have any. Thanks so much!
posted by karizma to Travel & Transportation around Portland, OR (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The Rose Quarter is near the yellow, green, red and blue lines so any one will work. I wonder if a hotel near Lloyd Center or up Interstate would be ok? I can't think of any hotels near Lloyd Center with free parking tho.
posted by fiercekitten at 5:46 PM on March 28, 2015

The Inn at Northup Station. Free parking, free breakfast, all the candy you can eat, kitchenette and free light rail tokens!
posted by jennstra at 5:56 PM on March 28, 2015 [5 favorites]

McMenamins White Eagle is right off the Yellow Line. Relatively cheap, and (purportedly) haunted!
posted by mumkin at 6:33 PM on March 28, 2015

Doubletree - Lloyd Center
Years ago, when I had to plan a conference in Portland, this is the hotel I chose. Right on the Max line and across the street from a 3 story mall. I do not know the parking situation . . .

Alternatively, the Embassy Suites at PDX. Near the airport, but convenient access to the red line (Max).
posted by ainsley at 6:47 PM on March 28, 2015

You may want to consider just finding a cheap parking garage to use that is walkable from the hotel. It's not free, but if you'll be there over the weekend, it shouldn't cost very much extra and then you would get to stay downtown where everything is walkable and all the action is. Through Priceline, I stayed at the Portland Marriott City Center for $120 a night. I'm sure there is overnight parking you could walk to from there, but I didn't have a car for that trip. I did stay at a Hilton in San Francisco and parking at the hotel was like $50, but there was a garage across the street for $20 that I used instead.
posted by AppleTurnover at 7:29 PM on March 28, 2015

Last June, we stayed at the Residence Inn near Lloyd Center. It was the perfect accommodation for our two groups and I would highly recommend it. Great Wi-Fi, kitchenettes in rooms, free off-street parking, a weight room, laundry facility, swimming pool in season, free Continental breakfast and the MAX station with access to all 3 lines is right across from Lloyd Center, about 4 blocks away from the Residence Inn. There's also a movie theater next door.
posted by Lynsey at 11:42 PM on March 28, 2015

While there for a conference recently, I stayed at the University Place Hotel for something like $80 per night. It is not the fanciest place, but it met my needs nicely and has easy MAX access to the Rose Quarter. You do have to pay to park in one of the Portland State parking lots/garages but their prices didn't seem outlandish to me--I think $12 per day.

On preview, I have also stayed at the Lloyd Center Residence Inn while there for a conference, and it was a nice place and pretty convenient to everything.
posted by hydropsyche at 11:49 PM on March 28, 2015

I had a very pleasant stay, given circumstances, at the Crowne Plaza at Lloyd/Convention Center in 2012. Super handy to MAX. I got food poisoning (unrelated to Crowne) and so spent ample time in the room - it was clean, quiet and felt like if I needed medical attention, the staff would help, but otherwise they would ensure my privacy.
They also had free bicycles for touring but I didn't have the opportunity to try them out.
posted by gingerest at 2:26 AM on March 29, 2015

Response by poster: Does anyone have any experience with the Viking Motel?
posted by karizma at 8:11 AM on March 29, 2015

I don't know about the Viking, but if you are interested in a motel on Interstate, I would recommend The Palms. It's close to some great restaurants and bars.
posted by ohisee at 1:29 PM on March 29, 2015

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