We're planning to be in Portland first week in October and are debating where to stay. Thinking about turning in the rental car (arriving week prior for coast/Mt. Hood exploring first) and going without while in Portland. Looking at McMenamins Crystal Hotel or Kennedy School. Kennedy School is appealing due to the residential neighborhood, although a little more $. It would also be a little more effort to get to downtown where many of the things of interest are. Crystal Hotel looks interesting, but downtown has it's pluses and minuses . . . any concerns about the streets later in the evening? If we stay at Kennedy School we would get day passes for the light rail, which I understand is accepted on all buses and the streetcar, correct? Looked like there are restaurants and microbrewery/brewpubs within walking distance to Kennedy School so it would serve as a neighborhood location. Any thoughts?