Where To Stay In Portland

where to stay in portland


Our Picks for the Best Places to Stay in Portland

Portland, the City of Rose, Stumptown, Bridge City, or whatever you want to call it is known for its quirk-tastic hipster-filled local coffee shops, eclectic boutiques, yearly naked bike ride,  unicycle riding, bagpipe blowing Darth Vader (yes, we’re serious), and months of grey and rainy skies (enthusiastically embraced by Portlanders who refuse to use an umbrella, no doubt).

The city’s got character. So where should you stay in order to soak up all Rose City has to offer? (And yes you do have to stay somewhere because no amount of locally roasted coffee beans will keep you from crashing, eventually.) Well you’ll want to stay in a Stay Alfred (duh) because they’ve got tons of room, gorgeous views, and the perfect location. But what location is perfect for you? We’ve profiled two happening Portland neighborhoods: Southwest/ downtown and Northwest/ The Pearl so you can find which ‘hood is the perfect place to call your home during your time in PDX.

But…. before we begin, let’s explain the basic geographic layout of Portland.

Portland is divided between the east and the west by the Willamette River which runs through the city. There are a number of bridges straddling both the east and west side, making it easy to travel between neighborhoods, whether this be by foot, bike, public transit like the MAX or streetcar or by car. Burnside Street divides the north and south part of the city. These bifurcations result in four quadrants: Southwest, Northwest, Southeast, and Northeast. The two gems of a neighborhood that we’ll be focusing on in this post are both found on the Westside. The Westside is generally considered slightly less “weird” than other niche areas of Portland, however we think that their vibe is perfect for tourists who might find the full-on weirdness of PDX a little much. Another great bonus about the westside neighborhoods of the Pearl and downtown is that it’s not necessary to have a car. Between public transit, your own two feet and ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber you can get by without your own set of wheels. Given Portland’s current traffic situation, we’ll consider ourselves #blessed.

Downloadable Portland City Guide



Now that we’ve got some basic geography under our belt, let’s dive into the first neighborhood. “Downtown” is a busy neighborhood on the southwest side of the city that’s considered the commercial heart of Portland. You’ll find a variety of both local, one-off, and international shopping opportunities in this borough so you can fully take advantage of Portland’s lack of sales tax. In fact, the ground floor of our 9th Avenue Stay Alfred is home to the much-loved brand Pendleton.

Hungry? Stop by Portland’s famous food carts for a bite of just about any cuisine you can imagine. In downtown, you’ll find Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Willamette River: both great spots for people watching and taking a bite out of Portland. Follow Broadway south and you’ll find yourself in the Cultural District, an area rife with art galleries and home to the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society Museum. Stroll along Tom McCall Waterfront Park or stop by the Saturday Market and shop for locally made good.
Downloadable Southwest Portland City Guide


What Stay Alfred’s will you find in this neighborhood?

Park Avenue (Ladd Towers) 

Portland Vacation Rentals Park Avenue (Ladd Towers)Stay Alfred Park Avenue (Ladd Towers)

What’s Nearby

Portland Art Museum – 4 minute walk
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – 4 minute walk
The Keller Auditorium – 6 minute walk
Pioneer Square – 6 minute walk

Our Local Recommendations:

Raven & Rose – Upscale pub grub, British cuisine
The Rookery Bar – Cocktail bar, whiskey bar, gastropub
Love Belizean – Latin American, Caribbean cuisine – 2 minute walk away
Revolucion Coffee House – Cafe, Coffee & Tea, Desserts – 2 minute walk away
The Picnic House- American style food – 4 minute walk away


9th Avenue (Park Avenue West)  

Portland Vacation Rentals 9th Avenue (Park Avenue West)Stay Alfred 9th Avenue (Park Avenue West) 

What’s Nearby

Director Park- 1 minute walk
Powell’s City of Books- 7 minute walkthe
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall- 5 minute walk
Keller Auditorium- 14 minute walk

Our Local Recommendations

Kalé- Japanese curry – 1 Minute walk away
Brunch Box- Burgers, Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches – 1 minute walk away
Case Study Coffee- Coffee & Tea – 3 minute walk away
Tasty n’ Alder- American style food, Breakfast & Brunch, Bar – 6 minute walk away



If you head north of downtown, along the west bank of the Willamette River, you’ll find yourself in Northwest (how surprising) and the charming Pearl district. You’ll find a number of “classic” Portland haunts in the Pearl like the famous Powell’s Books which takes home the impressive title of largest independent bookstore in the world and has aisles upon aisles perfect for wandering between. The Pearl is a formerly industrial era that is remarkably walkable and offers a central location that makes it perfect for business and pleasure travelers alike. While during the day the numerous boutiques and galleries of the Pearl make it the perfect place to wander around, the area comes alive at night with a number of sophisticated wine bars, brewpubs, and upscale eateries.
Downloadable Portland City Guide



Overton Street (Block 17)

Portland Vacation Rentals Overton Street (Block-17)Stay Alfred Overton Street (Block 17)

What’s Nearby

Moda Center: – 6 minute drive
Washington Park: – 12 minute drive
Forest Park: – 5 minute drive
Portland Japanese Garden: – 12 minute drive
Pittock Mansions: – 13 minute drive
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): – 10 minute drive

Our Local Recommendations

The Fields Park- local park and gathering spot – 1 minute walk away
Nossa Familia Coffee- coffee & tea, local – 6 minute walk away
Daily Cafe – breakfast & brunch, American style food, mimosas – 5 minute walk away
River Pig Saloon- Sports bar, cocktail bar, American style food – 9 minute walk away


Marshall Street (ASA Flats) 

Portland Vacation Rentals Marshall Street (ASA Flats)Stay Alfred Marshall Street (ASA Flats)

What’s Nearby

Fields Park: 4 minute walk
Oregon Convention Center: 7 minute drive
Tanner Springs Park: 2 minute walk

Our Local Recommendations

Olive or Twist- Lounge, bar, cocktails, small bites – 3 minute walk away
Sister’s Coffee Company- Coffee & Tea – 1 minute walk away
Cider Bite- Bar, Gluten-Free options, Cider – 6 minute walk away
Irving Street Kitchen- Breakfast & Brunch, Wine


NW Overton St (NV)

Portland Vacation Rentals NW Overton St (NV)Stay Alfred NW Overton St (NV)

What’s Nearby

Fields Park- 2 minute walk

Our Local Recommendations:

Oven + Shake- Pizza, Italian, Gastropubs – 11 minute walk away
Tanner Spring Park- small urban park – 5 minute walk away
Tilt- American, burgers, fries, happy hour, beer – 11 minute walk away


Portland has undoubtedly won the competition for being the most “hipster” town in America. But aside from it’s most hip facets, it’s also a geographically interesting and gorgeous city that has a number of boroughs ready to be explored. Downtown and the Pearl are our personal favorites given their walkability, proximity to popular tourist destinations, and accessibility to the perfect amount of classic Portland weirdness. Take a trip to Rose City and find your favorite thing.