Portland has an awesome Airbnb scene with plenty of options that go above and beyond that of other cities. Expect homemade guidebooks, local treats and A+ hospitality. It’s a creative, community-centered place, so many of the Airbnbs reflect that with hip décor and roots in the local neighbourhood. You have to have a license to open an Airbnb in Portland, so you can rest assured that the impact on the local community is being managed.
Here’s our pick of the best Portland Airbnbs and where to stay in Portland.
And here’s a guide to how to find the best Airbnbs.
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The Best of Portland Airbnb
South East Portland (Hawthorne/Division/Laurelhurst)
This trendy architect-designed studio sits between Hawthorne and Division, close to many of the city’s best culinary and creative hotspots. Everything handmade, from the steel and reclaimed wood cabinets to the barstools and art on the walls. And the doors open wide to create the ideal indoor/outdoor living space.
What the guests say: “This space is amazing! It is clean, modern, hip, stylish, and comfortable. The shower is what you would expect to see in a movie or magazine, and the rest is not far from that. This is what I want my dream home to look like!“
Sun-filled detached studio
This lovely garden studio in southeast Portland is a cosy but bright space, including a queen bed, kitchenette and small sitting area. It’s only 240 square foot, but has all you need for a comfy stay, including a coffee maker, microwave and wireless Bluetooth speaker. Plus it’s in walking distance of plenty of Portland’s most famous restaurants, bars and food trucks.
What the guests say: “Melissa’s studio is so modern and well designed. It provides everything that you need in a really modern and stylish environment. The location is also a massive plus. It is within easy commute to downtown Portland but more importantly the area is über cool, such a nice environment with the best dining options available in the city. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Portland!.“
Vintage-modern Hawthorne suite
This is where we stayed during our trip to Portland. Many homes in the city rent out their half-basement level as an Airbnb and this is a great example of that, decorated in a fun, retro style complete with a giant vintage gumball machine. There are still windows, so you get a good amount of light and it’s nice and spacious, including a kitchenette, bathroom, large living/dining area and bedroom. It was ideal for travelling with a nine-month-old. The apartment is just off Hawthorne Boulevard in walking distance of lots of great restaurants, food trucks and shops.
What the guests say: “We loved Chrystal’s stylish apartment. It’s so beautifully done and the price is really reasonable. Added to that, it’s in an amazing location, close to loads of shops, restaurants and cafes. And we appreciated all the things for our baby too (high chair, cot, bedding and toys).“
Modern, Light-filled Laurelhurst Guest House
The quiet Laurelhurst neighbourhood is a good option if you’d like to stay somewhere peaceful but still close to all the action of southeast Portland. The modern one-bedroom cottage is an ideal choice with lots of little luxury touches like a full bath tub, fluffy towels and extra comfortable bedding. It’s just a five-minute walk from Laurelhurst Park and walking distance from Hawthorne and Belmont, so there’s plenty to do in the local area.
Other good option in Laurelhurst is this chic two-bedroom guesthouse.
What the guests say: “Excellent accommodation. Good location near food carts and coffee shops on Belmont Street. Parking was easy and the styling of the accommodation is great. Would definitely recommend and stay again. Very helpful host too.“
Lovely Clinton Street Guesthouse
The bright and airy guesthouse is in the heart of arty southeast Portland, just steps away from Division Street, home to some of the city’s best restaurants including Pok Pok and Salt & Straw (best ice cream ever!). Also close to Clinton Street where you’ll find lots of interesting boutique shops, and in walking distance to Hawthorne and all its trendy shops, bars and restaurants.
What the guests say: “This is the gold standard Airbnb! A lovely designer space. The guesthouse is incredibly well equipped with everything thought of, as well as personal touches such as the welcome coffee beans and cakes. The neighbourhood is great and to get around Portland we used Uber. Ed’s local tips were also very good and we enjoyed Stella Tacos and Blue Star Donuts. If you are visiting Portland, you could not do better than this property.“
North East Portland – Alberta Arts District
Portland Tiny House
As you know, I love a tiny house and this one is gorgeous – plus it’s in one of my favourite areas of Portland, the Alberta Arts District. The cosy styling is spot-on with white walls, warm wood floors, ceramic tiles and colourful vintage touches. And it doesn’t compromise on comfort with a full bathroom, kitchenette, counter seating and luxury queen-sized bed. And as a bonus, you can have fresh eggs from the owner’s backyard coop!
What the guests say: “The tiny house is absolutely perfect with thoughtful touches including a fab book of recommendations, easy check in, comfy bed, soft linen and towels, beautiful toiletries…I could go on! If you are exploring Portland I doubt you could find anywhere lovelier to stay than this. Thank you so much for such a memorable stay (with the easiest blinds to use in the world!)“
This extra stylish home is a chance to experience local Portland life in a neighbourhood that’s “a bit like Portlandia before Portlandia”. But it’s not the place to stay if you want the trendy restaurant scene on your doorstep (go to Hawthorne, Division or Alberta Arts for that). The 515 square-foot high-ceilinged guesthouse is filled with natural light and designed with impeccable taste inspired by a trip to Iceland. It’s been featured in a few design magazines and has high-end décor and appliances. I’d quite like to live in a space like this!
What the guests say: “The Arborhouse had all the charm that was advertised. The hosts were very attentive to detail and the house was in great shape, packaged with good coffee, local art, and cozy furniture. Would highly recommend.“
Lady Bluebird Converted Bus
Stay in a converted 1984 Bluebird Bus at this fun Airbnb in North Portland. It has a bathroom and kitchenette as well as a sitting area, queen-size bed, and sleeper sofa. It sleeps two comfortably, but can stretch to up to five guests. Air conditioning units/heaters keep you cool or cosy depending on the weather. The owner offers spa and wellness services on site, and there’s also a peaceful outdoor seated area and fire pit.
What the guests say: “This bus is fantastic. Really comfortable, with a great bed and lovely shower. It feels really spacious, and it’s decorated so beautifully. The location was really convenient for us, we could walk to get brunch and to the bike rental place. Amy was really friendly and communication was great. We can’t recommend it enough!“
Boise / Mississippi
Lemon Door Micro-Loft
This custom-built tiny home has an open-plan layout and mezzanine bedroom, decorated with rustic wood and industrial touches. There’s access to a shared garden patio with a BBQ. In the historic Mississippi neighbourhood, the home is just a 10 minute bike ride from downtown.
The same owners have a similar loft for rent nearby.
What the guests say: “Beautiful house, great neighborhood – we knew we’d love it when we drove past the brewery just round the corner. The house is great, really comfortable, safe and a nice neighborhood. Would love to stay again, a really positive experience!“
Bohemian sunny abode
In northeast Portland’s Boise neighbourhood, this arty one-bedroom retreat is stylishly decorated with hanging plants, bold patterns and local artwork. You can bike into the centre of town, and the local area is also filled with restaurants, breweries and food carts, especially around Mississippi Avenue and Williams Avenue.
Another similar option nearby is this one-bedroom boho chic hideaway.
What the guests say: “I really enjoyed my stay at this guest house. It is beautifully decorated, comfortable and cozy. Although this guest house is at the back of the owner’s house, it is extremely private with a separate side entrance. The guest house is spotlessly clean and modern with big windows and natural light. There are plenty of towels and thoughtful touches throughout. The bed/mattress was like nothing I’ve slept in before, it literally enveloped me almost as if in a cocoon. Top notch bedding and sheets, a fully stocked kitchen and a great host made this a most enjoyable stay.“
The ArtHaus bungalow is a nicely crafted space with lots of bright pops of colour against a neutral background and natural hardwoods. It’s in the Mississippi neighbourhood, which is known as one of the city’s best foodie areas. Local restaurants include Por Que No, Tasty and Sons, Ox, Gravy, Samurai Blue, and Mee Sen, plus lots of breweries and boutiques.
What the guests say: “Beautifully stylish studio place a short walk to lots of nice bars and restaurants. (Great coffee table book on Gustav Klimt that I read from cover to cover too!)“
Outside the city
Forest in the city
This is an ideal place to stay if you want to be out in nature but close to the city (about a 10-minute drive away). It’s a private room in a family home in the exclusive Sylvan Highlands neighbourhoods, close to the arboretum (the 200-acre forest is just a 10-minute walk from the house). There are lots of hiking opportunities nearby and guests have access to the yard, patio, kitchen, living and dining rooms as well as your own private bedroom. The bathroom is shared with a second Airbnb guest bedroom.
What the guests say: “David provides the perfect Airbnb experience! His home is in a fantastic location in the forest (perfect if you like hiking or running), yet only a few stops by public transport to get downtown. The room is extremely comfortable and well equipped and David provides a wealth of information about Portland. He is friendly, interesting and really helpful, providing those extra touches such as coffee and fresh fruit that really make his place stand out. Not to mention the fact he has a beautiful dog called Buddy. I really can’t recommend highly enough. Thanks David.“
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