Upside: Great location. Steps away from many train and bus lines of Portland's excellent public transit and right in downtown. Downside: Isn't really a hostel. It's a 1 bdrm aprt in a hotel with 10 cramped beds. The bedroom alone had 6 beds in it. I had to climb over someone to get in and out of my top bunk. The bunks themselves are not sturdy, squeaking incessantly from just normal breathing. It was clean enough, but the bthrm looks like it has some H20damage/mold issues. Was told being fixed.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (7 reviews)
This is hands down one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. The building is simple but beautiful, the facilities are impeccably well maintained, and the staff was wonderfully helpful and friendly. I and my travelmates stayed in a private room all three nights there. The rooms are well set up and roomy. A/C is a huge plus. Others staying there were similarly warm. Excellent atmosphere all around. Can't say enough good things about this place! Wouldn't hesitate to come back.
- Novice Nomad
- Mixed Group, 18-24
- (7 reviews)
I and two others showed up right at the time I had set when making the booking and before the office was supposed to close, but absolutely no one was there, no key was left for us, and the place was dark. I met two other travelers who similarly had made reservations and arrived to find no one there earlier in the day. Rincon is not a 24/7 town, so we had to scramble to find another place to stay. Owner called back 3hrs later. Offered apology and refund. Wouldn't even consider staying here again.
Staff was fantastic, accommodations were solid, and the other travelers were fun. There are a lot of good restaurants around and the proximity to Union Square and public transportation is great for the price of a bed there. Some reviews were concerned about the neighborhood: there are quite a few homeless people and panhandlers in the surrounding neighborhood, but I never felt unsafe walking around, even at night. Of course one should be smart and vigilante, as in any big city.
This is definitely more of a superbasic hotel than a hostel. While it has the good parts of a hotel (very clean, ensuite bathroom and cooking facilities), it lacks all the good parts of hostels: common rooms, other travelers, character. The rooftop terrace was closed for renovation while I was there, but the interior is very sparse and neutral beige toned. Some people will love it for these reasons; some will not for the very same reasons. Just know what your getting into.
The staff was absolutely fantastic. I've nothing but good things to say about them. (His name escapes me at the moment but the one guy's fondue was an absolutely fantastic treat. Kudos to him). The only negative comment I have is about security. I noticed that there was a door access swipe thing on the outside door but no matter what time I came back to the hostel (whether it was 4 am or 4 pm) the front door was always open. Other than that I had a fantastic time.
I've stayed at better; I've stayed at worse. Security definitely needs improvement., though. The only lockers available are only accessible with a key from the office, and the office is only open 8-12a and 5-8p. Having to track down an employee and only during office hours just so I don't have to leave my valuables out all day is incredibly irritating. It wouldn't be a big deal if all of the room and building doors leading to the street weren't perpetually propped open and left unlocked.