Saturday, February 24, 2018

Lodging Tax Increase

Attention all future guests: The State of Oregon has increased the lodging tax from 12.4% to 13.3%. This will go into effect July 1, 2016. This is a bill that is necessary for Travel Oregon to be able to better support the world games coming to Oregon in 2021. The lodging tax will decrease to […]

$5 Columbia Gorge Express bus (May-Sept)

Great news for travelers looking to visit the Columbia River Gorge via affordable transportation. The new Columbia Gorge Express bus route will run on weekends only (Friday-Sunday) for $5 RT during the summer months. No rental car needed, what a deal! The bus departs from Gateway Transit Center 12 times each day with round trip […]

Marijuana Regulation

There have been lots of questions sprouting up regarding what is and is not legal in regards to marijuana possession and use in the city of Portland and on the hostel property. To be clear, neither drugs nor alcohol are not allowed on the Hawthorne Hostel property, which is a policy that has continued even […]

Meet Leah!

Leah has joined us from HI-Madison after completing a degree in Community and Environmental Sociology. She is looking forward to taking over the hostel blogging, meeting people from around the world, and learning about the great city of Portland! Name: Leah Hometown:  Madison, Wisconsin Year moved to Portland: 2016 Has Worked at the Hawthorne Hostel […]

Now with new mattresses and bedding!

We are proud to say we recently got all brand new mattresses and bedding at the hostel. The new mattresses were actually locally made in Oregon with the top two inches of memory foam. The driver (pictured here) who delivered them helped to make them himself! All of our sheets are now at least 250 […]

Fare thee well, Leah!

We’re saying goodbye to another co-worker, Leah Rainer, as she goes on to bigger and better things. We thought we’d sit down with her and ask about her time here at the hostel to honor her contribution. Why are you moving on? I am currently 2 years through a 4 year Master’s program in Chinese Medicine. […]

There’s a New Tour Co. in Town

Our hostel has been booked solid for months now. And we keep getting the same question: why is Portland so busy? Uh, because it’s summer in Portland. And you’re not the only one to discover how cool this city is. I don’t say the last part, but I want to because people don’t seem to […]

Hostel Makeover!

2014 has been a busy year at the hostel. We’ve been getting a makeover! Everything from new lighting to new carpets, we’re renovating to make sure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. Here’s a list of what we’ve done recently: Electrical work on the top and ground floor =outlets everywhere, including by beds self-timed lights […]

Our new bike station is complete

Now bicycle travelers and the local community have the tools on hand to work on their bikes.