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Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel

425 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-2217
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#4 of 56 Speciality lodging in Portland
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Private rooms and dorms, common kitchen, outdoor courtyard and gardens. Central location in NW Portland near the Pearl. Portland's best bargain!
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Paid public parking nearby
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24-hour front desk
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Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking hotel
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Fox M wrote a review Nov. 2020
Winchester, California92 contributions42 helpful votes
I have no idea what that negative reviewer is talking about. Its a hostel. You bring your own stuff or buy theirs. He probably went into it expecting a 5 star hotel. Regardless, I've stayed in many Hostels, and this was a nice one. It's not a party hostel so at around 10pm, things sort of die down. The place is really big. It has a nice garden to eat in, multiple buildings depending on where you're staying, a café, a common room with plenty of seating, and a place to cook and do your own laundry. Things are sanitized regularly and they place a sign down when they are. Its a really nice place to stay. The bunks and rooms are clean and each bunk has a fan, a light, and multiple electric outlets you can use. As well as the standard locker. Bring your own lock or use theirs. The bathrooms are nice and spacious age the showers have hot and cold water. Honestly I have no complaints at all. Justin the manager, is a really great guy and was really nice to talk with. He can give you lots of reccomendations on things to do. The other staff are also very kind and helpful. I had a very pleasant experience staying here. Thank you to everyone who works here, you guys are great.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
3 Helpful votes
Philanthropist4Life wrote a review Oct. 2020
Portland, Oregon46 contributions2 helpful votes
I stayed in a HOSTEL for the FIRST time EVER on Tuesday October 7th, 2020, and BOY was it a TREAT (Sarcasm!) let me TELL YOU!!!!! 
 I definitely hands down want a FULL REFUND. This was the WORST experience of My LIFE. I was NOT provided with the very BASICS: -ZERO WASHCLOTH -ZERO SOAP -ZERO SHAMPOO -ZERO CONDITIONER 
When I inquired about this, I was told they cost $1 EACH, on *TOP* of the $75 (BEFORE TAXES - And mind you, in PORTLAND, OREGON for some crazy reason, hotel / lodging taxes are 15%!) nightly stay (By the way, it was $36 when I first checked, and then Justin, the manager, gouged the price up to $75 2 hours after I called) -ZERO Internet Instructions and/or PASSWORD given / provided 
The FIRST thing I noticed on My Way up to My Room right when I got off the elevator was the MUSTY SMELL *EVERYWHERE* — Not just in the room (Which was HORRENDOUS), but *~EVERYWHERE~*

The room itself was BAD — MUSTY / HUMID (Yes, EXTREMELY humid). -The FANS (Each one for every person in the room) were MOLDY!!!!!!!!! Are you serious?!!!! And these FANS are LITERALLY sitting slightly right ABOVE and *NEXT* to your HEAD / MOUTH!!!!!!!!!! MOLDY & FILTHY!!!!!!!

-The bathroom is FREEZING (And the window was completely OPEN?! SERIOUSLY?!)
-NO PAPER TOWELS IN THE BATHROOM (Only a dryer with a mediocre motor) -Dirty nasty stinky smelly FULL AND BUSTED UP (Literally, cracked / falling apart) laundry basket sitting right outside My Room! -BEDSHEETS KEPT FALLING OFF THE CORNERS so I ended up sleeping on the dirty stone cold cheap MATTRESS -I was FREEZING (and SWEATING, d/t the HUMIDITY) ALL NIGHT. -STREET NOISE WAS OUTRAGEOUS -ZERO FREE PARKING ($40 TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!) -NO ONE AVAILABLE or even in SITE at 7AM when I checked out………. Couldn’t / didn’t take a shower due to the FREEZING TEMPERATURE IN THE BATHROOM (Again, ZERO HEAT / HEATER, and on top of that, the hostel keeps the WINDOW OPEN (Likely due to MOLD / MIST — Which again, the ENTIRE hostel REEKED OF)

-Greedy — Upping prices from $36 to $75 PER PERSON BEFORE TAXES and the gigantic 15% OREGON HOTEL / TRAVEL FEE!!!!! -SLAMMING DOORS from other rooms (LOUD AS HELL)


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Date of stay: October 2020
Trip type: Travelled on business
Response from Jim Kennett, Owner at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel
Responded Oct. 12, 2020
Wow, what happened to make your experience so terrible? As you can see from all our other reveiws, people love our hostel and have great experiences here. Our staff, cleaniness, location and atmoshpere are all rated extremely high. They also love our on site cafe featuring a full menu of house made American Classics and 12 local beers, ciders and kombucha on tap. In fact, we were rated the 3rd best mid size hostel in the world based on 1.1 million travelers reviewing 18,000 hostels! You mention it was your 1st time in a hostel. We know hostelling isn't for everyone and it seems it really isn't for you. The people that really enjoy hostels tend to be those who enjoy social atmospheres and getting to meet other travelers and having a unique lodging experience outside of cookie cutter hotels. We take all reviews serious and look to see if we can bring our hostel to an even higher level from the critiquing from others. But I have to tell you that your reveiw is so far off base from what our hostel really is all about, that it's hard to take your review serious. Also, the things you said to our manger attempting to get a free overnight, offering a tarot reading and a 5 star reveiw, makes it appear that this is "reveiw extortion". From reading reveiws you wrote of other places, this seems to be your style. It's a shame when small family owned businesses put so much into creating a great place, to have this happen... I can tell you that I have spent 40 years of my life creating this home on the road for travelers. It's been my wife and I as the leaders, and many dedicated staffers and supporters that have gotten us here. I will address your issues here as best I can. We have a very good internet system, one used by the larger hotels, because it is important to our guests. And it's free! Yes, all of our dorm beds have their own reading light, personal fan, outlets to charge your devices, a large locker, and a cubbie right at your bed to store your phone, water, book... Guests love this! You were in our newly constructed building, purposely designed as a hostel. Each room has it's own heater and heat control and openable windows. You mention being charged $75, but our records show we charged the dorm rate of $38 plus lodging tax and gave you the 4 bed dorm as a private room due to covid-19. All our bathrooms are new tile and cleaned daily. There is not a trace of mold. We provide free Dr Bronners Castile Soap at the sinks and in the showers. It's an "all in one" high quality soap that can be used as shampoo, but if you desire a different shampoo or conditioner, we sell it at the front desk for $1. This is typical at hostels. Our rates are kept low and we don't build in a lot of extras that are typical at hotels. Parking is metered during the day, but we offer our guests a parking permit for only $5 per day. Evenings and Sundays are free. Lastly, you mentioned people coming and going, slamming doors...the night you stayed. We checked the hall cameras for that night to see if there was a problem guest and found only 2 people quietly going to their rooms during the entire night, other than yourself coming and going 4 different times in the middle of that night. So yes, if this is how you feel about one of the highest rated hostels in the world, you should really choose a hotel in the future. All the best!
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Annie M. wrote a review Mar. 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia12 contributions15 helpful votes
One of the better hostels I've stayed in, nice and cozy and the staff is friendly. Location is pretty good and it's very convenient that they have a coffee shop on site if you ever get thirsty or hungry. Free baggage storage and you can even borrow a lock for free to store your items in the locker. Would stay with again!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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TheScrapper wrote a review Dec. 2019
17 contributions19 helpful votes
A “no frills” place. Clean, quiet and friendly. Had a reservation at the Hilton down the street, but after a 206 mile one day bike ride, and only using the place for about 9 hours, paying nearly $150 at the Hilton wasn’t worth it, vs $35 for a bunk at this Hostel. (About a $100 for a private room and film sized bed) Very friendly staff.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
1 Helpful vote
Suziiiii wrote a review Dec. 2019
New York City, New York55 contributions19 helpful votes
Location for proximity to attractions is outstanding. Everything else, meh. The private room/private bath, $139 including tax, was almost as spare as a dorm room. Thin rough unpadded carpet but good desk and upholstered chairs. Had to ask for blanket, drinking glasses for bathroom, and two more (worn) towels to put on bare cold bathroom floor. Promptly provided. No soap or Kleenex not to mention any other toiletries. Breakfast is a fat bagel, all the cream cheese or peanut butter you can slather on it, and coffee (no decaf available) or juice. Fine for one day but not for successive ones or you’ll waddle out of there with high cholesterol. Byzantine system of using breakfast cards for $2 on something else but it must cost at least $6. Ceiling lights in ramshackle dining/community room so dim to be depressing. This place not so inexpensive but the proprietor appears to be cheap.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Cinema 21 (0.4 km), Benson Bubblers (0.4 km), and Mission Theater & Pub (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and self serve laundry.
What food & drink options are available at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Andina Restaurant, Mediterranean Exploration Company, and Ken's Artisan Bakery.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Hostelling International - Northwest Portland Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Portland Center Stage at The Armory (0.7 km), Old Church (1.3 km), and Japanese American Historical Plaza (1.5 km).