The Northwest Portland Hostel & Guesthouse is located in the heart of Portland, within walking distance to most attractions. 

In 1998, we opened our small 36 bed hostel. Over the years, we have grown from that original building, to a village of 6 buildings, all in the same block. Each building has its own character and special features with most built in the late 1800’s. You’ll find common areas, outdoor gardens and courtyard, 2 kitchens to prepare your own meals, 32 private rooms, 160 dorm beds in small dorms, and 2 apartments. In the spring of 2017, we completed construction of our 5th building, designed and built from the ground up! Here we added the final touch to our hostel, the Hostel Café

Our complimentary breakfast includes a freshly baked Blackheart bagel with toppings (cream cheese, jam, butter and peanut butter) and locally roasted coffee, locally crafted tea or juice. Or receive a discount on any breakfast menu item at the Hostel Cafe

Other amenities: 

  • free in-room lockers

  • free WiFi

  • 24 hours access

  • free luggage storage on the day or arrival and departure

  • laundry facilities

  • fully equipped self-service kitchen

  • outdoor courtyard and garden with BBQ

  • bike storage room



(503) 241-2783



479 NW 18th Avenue
(on the corner of NW 18th Avenue & Glisan Street) 
Portland, OR 97209




C e n t r a l 

We are located in the historic Nob Hill/Northwest district, a very popular and trendy area in Portland’s city center. From the hostel, you can walk to downtown and many attractions, including NW 23rd Avenue, Powell’s City of Books, Washington Park with the Rose Garden and Japanese Garden, the Mission Theater (brewpub movie theater), the Pearl Art District, Oldtown/Chinatown with the Lan-Su Chinese Garden and Saturday Market (& Sundays, too), Pioneer Courthouse Square, Voodoo Donuts, Food Carts, and more.

Or take the streetcar to Portland State University, Farmers’ Markets, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, and the South Waterfront, or hop on the MAX lightrail to explore the Lloyd Center District. 

It is easy to get to us with public transportation. The Greyhound/Amtrak stations are 12 short blocks (0.7 miles) from the hostel, about a 10- to 15-minute walk. Or catch bus #77 and get off right across the street from the hostel. The light rail MAX train from the airport stops 5 short blocks away (Providence Park (the MLS Soccer Stadium) stop). Walk the 0.3 miles or catch bus #24 to the hostel.

V i b r a n t 

We are in the midst of two vibrant areas: Nob Hill, with NW 21st Avenue & NW 23rd Avenue, is a few blocks to the west, and the Pearl District is east of the hostel.  Nob Hill’s two active streets are lined with many restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, brew pubs & bars, and an independent film theater. Cafes with sidewalk seating and storefronts housed in old Victorian buildings invite to shop, dine and hang out.

The Pearl District, a thriving art community with over 25 galleries was once an uninviting industrial area The warehouses and factories have been turned into mixed-use commercial and residential buildings, and the Pearl is now marked by cobblestone streets, historic water towers, brick buildings, modern residential buildings, and three parks. A wealth of restaurants, bakeries, wine bars, coffeehouses and retail stores make it one of the most popular districts in Portland.

The hostel is a village of 5 buildings. All but our newly constructed main building are on the National Register of Historic Places. Turn-of-the-century Victorians line the narrow streets in the Northwest/Nob Hill district (also referred to as the Alphabet district) and the wealth of historic buildings helped earn a historic designation in October 2000. The streets are named in alphabetical order from East to West (Burnside, Couch, Davis, Everett, Flanders, …,) and make it easy to find your way around. Lovejoy and Pettygrove streets are named for the two men who flipped a coin to see who gets to name the city after their respective hometowns: Boston, Mass., or Portland, Maine.

H i s t o r i c 

Dorms & Private Rooms 


Please inquire about our apartments per email at or call our front desk at 503.241.2783.

E v e n t s 

community events

Community events are open to travelers staying at the hostel and locals alike. 

Regular scheduled community events:

Mondays, 6:30pm: Board Game Night
Tuesdays, 7pm - 10pm: Live Folk Music
Thursdays, 7pm - 10pm: Traditional American Old Time Music Jam
Saturdays, 6:30pm: Communal Pasta Dinner

Find more info on our featured musicians, the Timbers Soccer Team’s game schedule, and more, on our Community Events calendar.

hostel events 

We offer free events for registered hostel guests every day. Here's a general overview. Please check our Events for Hostel Guests calendar for more information: 

Mondays Game Night
Tuesday Walking Tour (morning) and
Live Folk Music in the Cafe (evening)
Wednesday Tap Tasting (sample the Hostel Cafe's local beers, ciders, wine & kombucha on tap, as well as local sodas and root beer)
Thursday Walking Tour (morning) and
Brewery Tour (evening) as well as
Traditional Old Time Music jamming in the Cafe
Friday Tap Tasting (sample the Hostel Cafe's local beers, ciders, wine & kombucha on tap, as well as local sodas and root beer)
Saturday Communal Pasta Dinner
Sunday Walking Tour (morning)

fun things to do nearby 

This calendar gives you ideas on things to do while in Portland. 

Ask our staff about discounted tours of Portland, Columbia River Gorge & Waterfalls, Mount St. Helens Volcano, the Oregon Coast. 


The Hostel Café is a place for our travelers to experience a variety of American classic meals and sample Pacific NW brews on tap.

A place where travelers get to know one another, share stories and learn of life in another land. A place where the world gets a whole lot smaller. A place where travelers and the local community can intermingle: It's the neighborhood's common room!


BOOK DIRECT for the best rates!  
Call  or email us with questions:
503-241-2783 * 

* If the room type you are interested in is not available online, give us a call. We don't put all rooms and beds online to avoid overbookings. 

CHECK-IN: Our office is open 24 hours.  Rooms are available after 3pm. You can store your bags in the luggage storage room free of charge on your arrival and departure day. Check-out time is 12noon. 

Please note that as a hostel intended for travellers, we are unable to accommodate residents of the Portland/Vancouver Metro area. Government-issued ID showing residence outside of this area is required upon check-in. 

CANCELLATION POLICY: We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Any reserved dates must be cancelled 24 hours before your date of arrival. We charge the full amount of the first night of your reservation as a late cancellation fee. 

cancellation policy