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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-01-24 05:58
Subject: [help] A friend is looking for a residential hotel in Portland
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This is pretty much for the Portland (or Pacific Northwest) element, but a friend-of-a-friend is looking for residential hotel in Portland. Not the Hampton Inn, but one of those old style places with a cheap room and a hot plate at reasonable weekly rates -- what they used to call a transient hotel. That's a view of the city and its economy I've never had to dive into, so I don't really know much about this.

Any suggestions?
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User: maryrobinette
Date: 2008-01-24 15:02 (UTC)
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There are several on Interstate. I'm afraid it's been awhile so I can't recommend a specific one and conditions might have changed anyway. The only way to find a good one -- if no one comes up with a recommendation -- is to drive up, ask to see a kitchenette and evaluate. Strangely, the better the neon, generally, the better the room.

There are also some listed in the phone book, but again, you really have to go physically look at them.
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User: irismoonlight
Date: 2008-01-24 16:51 (UTC)
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You might try the lodging section of the dirt cheap guide to Portland. Don't know how up to date it is, but it's got more useful info than I do. The snark can be amusing, or wearing, depending on your point of view.
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User: irismoonlight
Date: 2008-01-24 16:52 (UTC)
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i think there's also a portland or portlandia LJ community where you could ask that question.
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User: ext_52171
Date: 2008-01-24 18:36 (UTC)
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When I was in Portland, I stayed in the Homestead Suites in Tigard. It's not downtown Portland, but it was less expensive than a hotel, had a functional kitchen, decent sized bathroom, wireless internet, and not-horrible beds. It's about a 5-minute jaunt to the train station, and about 2 minutes from a grocery store.

It also looks like there's an ExtendedStay America in Gresham. They're owned by the same company. Hope this helps!
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2008-01-24 20:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This inquiry somehow reminded me the boarding house in "The Day the Earth Stood Still." (My favorite SF film which, by the way, is being remade. Heresy!)
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User: djonn
Date: 2008-01-24 21:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmm. Much depends on the precise definition of "reasonable"; I think there are still a couple of city-subsidized residential hotels downtown for the "one step above homeless" demographic, but that's the entire extent of my knowledge, and I suspect that there are hoops one must jump through before getting into one of those.

It is probably well out of the friend-of-a-friend's range, but you might have a look at the Mark Spencer Hotel downtown; that one I'm aware of because an actor/theater friend used to stay there when in town doing a show. The rate structure looks not too dissimilar to a Hampton or similar, but it looks remarkably reasonable for what's offered (and where it is), there are definite price breaks for weekly/monthly stays, and any hotel that offers a rate package including a Powell's gift certificate has to be worth at least a first glance.

There are also two or three cheap-looking motels out my way in Beaverton that may fit your parameters; one's close to the Beaverton Transit Center on Canyon, west of US 217, and another is across from the old Cedar Hills Shopping Center next to a strip club (just SW of the rat's nest that is the intersection of 217 and 26, not next door to the Beaverton Powell's). I've never set foot in the one on Canyon, and it's been probably 30-odd years since I've been in the one at Cedar Hills, which I think is still called the Lamplighter -- at that time, the building next door was a Denny's and our basement had flooded.
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