Portland, Oregon embraces its quirkiness, and it shows through its Airbnb rentals. The city goes out of its way to advertise it. Whether it’s the eclectic food scene, music, weather or an overall laid back vibe. And if you’re into visiting the top travel cities of 2017, the city made the Lonely Planet list at 10:
“Portland doesn’t try to impress anyone and so impresses everyone,” Lonely Planet explains. “It’s America’s city of the future: a friendly, sustainable, ethical place that values good living and leisure over acquisitiveness and ambition.”
That last bit sounds like a dig at its west coast neighbors. Landing at 10 puts it in good company: Bordeaux, Cape Town, Los Angeles, Merida, Mexico, Ohrid, Macedonia, Pistoia, Italy, Seoul, Lisbon, and Moscow are the only cities outranking it. If you want to travel and don’t want to sit on a plane for ages, Portland is a solid bet.
But, where to stay? Hotel? Or live like a local through Airbnb?
Best Portland Airbnb Rentals
This is the value option at $75 per night. Perfect for couples, it’s a guest house on an established property complete with a kitchenette and puts you in the middle of the action. Two blocks from Whole Foods and a short walk to some of the best bars and restaurants in the area.
It’s a quaint property, featuring an L-shaped couch that turns into a full-sized bed. Make sure you really enjoy the company of your partner. A private patio allows you to take in the great Pacific Northwest weather, while the garden is a communal area shared with the owners.
Those not wanting to rent a car can get rent a bike for a 15-minute trip downtown. The Garden Oasis is located near two bus lines, and taxi services can get you downtown in less than 15 minutes.
You’re not honest with yourself if you haven’t dreamed of a weekend in a treehouse. The Saul Zaik Treehouse is relatively cheap at $189 per night, and it’s been dubbed “The Coolest Treehouse in the World.” The price gets you a private room instead of the entire residence, so be aware of that if you’re looking for privacy.
The lower level is reserved for guests, while the owner lives on the upper level. Nature lovers can rejoice in the fact it’s located in the 175-acre Marquam Nature Park, but still within miles of downtown Portland. Anyone else thinking this is the spot to see the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017?
3. Cozy mud hut
What? Portland embraces its quirkiness and what better way to experience it than in a mud hut. And spotty wifi and general lack of electricity. At $75 per night, it’s about a technology detox. Besides, the idea is to relax. And it’s a short drive or taxi to downtown. You’ll live without Netflix.
The mud hut was hand built by the owner and his neighbors for a little piece of tranquility. You’re free to roam the property, pick berries, start a fire, etc. As you can see in the gallery, you should check the Four Seasons expectations before you book. It’s definitely not a luxury getaway. But if you want to get away and have an eccentric sense of style, you have your option.
It wouldn’t be a list about Portland without serious environmentalism street cred. It’s a private bedroom at the O2Haus at $89 per night. Those wanting to limit their carbon footprint will be impressed with its NetZero rating. Most of the heating and cooling is done passively. What isn’t high efficiency is powered by solar panels installed on the roof.
While it’s a private room, the hosts are busy people. While they love interacting with guests, if you choose privacy, you’ll get it. Amenities include a sunset balcony, lofted dining & living room, modern kitchen with induction stove, heated towel racks, charcoal BBQ, broadband wifi, and garage parking for bicycles. The paver driveway doubles as a patio surrounded by drought-resistant native foliage watered via a rain chain.
Downtown is a short 10-minute trip away, and restaurants and shopping are within a 10-minute walk. Staying here will make Al Gore smile, and who doesn’t want that?
5. Zen Loft
The people I want to do my garage conversion. Not wanting a private room but an entire place to yourself? Welcome to the Zen Loft, a two-car garage converted into one hell of a loft at $199 per night.
Everything you need is included. A loft style bed, fireplace, a better kitchen than my house. And a walking score of 86. If you prefer not to walk, the score gives away the fact public transportation is not an issue.
Business travelers can take a look too with the included WiFi, office area and again, the proximity to everything Portland.
Maybe not the best in terms of location to downtown, but a cabin overlooking a 40-acre vineyard more than makes up for it at $200 per night. Soak in the views of Willamette Valley and if you’re a wine fan, is there a better spot?
You’ll need a car because public transportation is zero, but you’re close to all the local wineries including WillaKenzie Estate, Penner-Ash, Solena, Soter Vineyards, Shea Vineyards.
Here are the details of my favorite:
- 1 bedroom (queen size bed w/plush linens) located on 2nd floor w/360 view of property
- 1 full bath (downstairs detached) complete w/large shower and on-demand hot water
- Small kitchenette equipped w/microwave, small fridge, coffee maker, toaster, electric burners and cooking utensils
- Cozy living area with large screened sliding doors that open up to the deck – open them up and let the fresh air in
- HUGE wrap around deck w/built-in benches & gas BBQ grill – perfect setting to end the day and enjoy a local bottle of wine
- Electric heaters in every room and wood burning fireplace to warm up on cool evenings
- A/C is also included for the warm summer days
And the views. You’d be hard pressed to tire of the views.
Be sure to sign up to Airbnb for $40 off your first booking. We will keep updating the post with our favorite listings or head over and search for what suits you.