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- Portlanders' homes are often well-decorated, thoroughly-gardened, and an outward display of the city's unique personality.
- We rounded up affordable Airbnbs in hip neighborhoods across the city, ranging from $70 to $175 per night.
- Read more: Are Airbnbs safe? We spoke to experts, a company representative, and an Airbnb host on everything you should know before booking someone's home.
In Portland, Oregon, it's nearly impossible to drive through a neighborhood without spotting a front-yard vegetable garden, wind chimes, Tibetan prayer flags, or some other quintessential city quirk. To see the best of Portland, consider branching out from downtown to some of the city's coolest neighborhoods like Alberta, Hawthorne, or Mississippi, where you'll typically find the best restaurants, food trucks, doughnuts, and locally-roasted coffee the city has to offer.
Because much of Portland's food and shopping centers are so decentralized, it's often better to book an Airbnb in a hip neighborhood than a hotel in a tourist hotspot to experience a more fulfilling taste of the local life. Additionally, Airbnbs are an especially appealing option right now since experts and the CDC have noted that private vacation rentals are a safer option during COVID than hotels.
However, it's vital to keep in mind that there is still no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel right now. Many states are currently experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases. We always recommend following guidelines from the CDC, checking local and state guidelines, practicing social distancing, washing hands frequently, and wearing a mask in public areas. Additionally, you should exercise additional caution depending on your personal risk factors and whether you're traveling to or from a current hot spot.
With all that said, there are numerous affordable Airbnb options for those who do plan to visit Portland. We combed Airbnb for the highest-rated listings and narrowed it down to appealing options from renovated school buses to luxury condos.
We chose Portland Airbnbs based on the following criteria:
- Airbnb listings are for the entire home, so you don't have to worry about sharing a bathroom or keeping your distance from others.
- Each Airbnb is affordable, ranging in price from $55 to $175, with availability to book at publishing time.
- All are highly-rated Airbnb listings with a review score of 4.9 or higher.
- Each listing has committed to Airbnb's Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, which sets a high standard for cleanliness between guest visits.
- Properties are unique and modern near a popular neighborhood.
These are the best Airbnbs in Portland, Oregon, sorted by price from low to high.
The Lady Bluebird is a real school bus that dates back to 1984. It has been fully converted into a quirky private rental. With just 320 square feet, the space is compact, but incredibly cozy and filled with the comforts like a kitchenette, Queen bed, a full bathroom, and a dining nook with built-in wooden benches.
The host warns that the bus can sometimes be too hot or cold depending on the season, but supplies A/C and space heaters to help you combat the weather for the sake of the experience. In addition to a private entrance and patio, guests will have access to the fire pit and are free to borrow bikes. The bus is parked outside the host's home and also mentions that the family cat is quite friendly and may try to enter the bus if you leave the windows open, which may be a pro or con depending on whether you're a cat-lover.
You won't be able to book this popular bus until June 2021, but the calendar is fully open on weekdays and weekends for a summer or fall stay.
COVID-19 cleaning procedure: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.Minimalist tiny home in Southeast Portland, $66
Warm, inviting, and larger than it would seem with notably high ceilings, this minimalist tiny home is a standalone structure located in the host's backyard. The interior is brand new with a sleek bohemian design style with spacious places for relaxing from the corner couch in the living room to the kitchen nook.
For a touch of fun, sliding doors separate the bedroom from the main living space, which is equipped with a washer, dryer, and closet with many bins for staying organized over a long stay. With stainless steel appliances and geometric tiling that carries from the kitchen into the bathroom, tasteful textures and splashes of color keep the design in sync. Located in Southeast Portland, the neighborhood offers plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops within walking distance.
A few weeks in January and February have already been booked up, but there are still a lot of available dates. At the time of writing, the calendar is not yet open for bookings after April 1, 2021.
COVID-19 cleaning procedure: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.Bright guesthouse with private patio in Kenton, $70
Straddling the neighborhoods of Kenton and Arbor Lodge in North Portland, this newly-built guesthouse offers a lot of space, light, and privacy near neighborhood businesses and the Max train. The fully-stocked kitchen has a blender, coffee grinder, and stovetop, but there is no oven. The living area is small, but sharp decor pieces like the glass coffee table and huge windows make it feel more open.
Although it's a studio, the bedroom is tucked away in the back corner of the home, separated by a tasteful screen, and gets plenty of sunlight. The bathroom is modern and bright with chic white tiling. Next to the bed, a glass door leads out to a private enclosed patio with a small seating area.
There are plenty of available dates for most of the year currently.
COVID-19 cleaning procedure: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.Chic mini house in Rose City Park, $74
In the Rose City Park neighborhood, you can live our your tiny home dreams. Within walking distance of great coffee shops, a brewery, an independent movie theatre, and other well-loved local businesses, this is a great spot to base your trip to Portland.
A small studio ideal for one or two guests, this home has everything you need for a short stay with a full kitchen, bathroom, and small dining space. Olive and white are the colors of choice in this abode, from the green pillows on the white duvet in the bedroom to the green wine glasses lining the shelves of the white-tiled kitchen. And with two skylights filling the rooms with light, the modern midcentury decor can really shine.
The kitchen is compact, but equipped with modern appliances and plenty of shelf space for a short visit. Vintage furniture pieces like two velvet armchairs and brass accents tie the look of this home together.
There are scattered open dates for this listing in late January and early February, but the calendar really opens in March.
If you need a bit more space and privacy, but don't want to stretch the budget too far, consider this one-bedroom garden suite that can sleep up to three people. Located in a quiet neighborhood on a dead-end street ten minutes from downtown, this 600 square-foot suite has a King-sized bed, fully-tiled bathroom, large living and entertainment area, and a spacious outdoor deck with a ping-pong table and fire pit.
On the property, the well-manicured garden features walking paths, a flowing creek, and a chicken coop. Inside, fun touches like a geometric accent wall and funky rugs give the home personality, while the lofted bedroom area keeps everything feeling open and spacious. The kitchenette is small, sharing a vanity sink with the bathroom, but with a mini-fridge and a microwave, it's suitable for a short-term stay.
Availability: This home is only bookable on weekdays from March to June. At the time of writing, the calendar is not accepting bookings after July 2, 2021.
If you want to stay in a place that feels more like a true artist's version of Portland and less like a design catalog, this studio home is overflowing with detailed art pieces and unconventional touches like the hanging abacus and fire hydrant decorating the bathroom.
While it may not be everyone's cup of tea, past guests rave about the home's whimsy and the host's hospitality, all for an exceptional price. The real value comes in the bonus amenities, which include two bikes for exploring the neighborhood, a record player, a ping-pong table, and complimentary welcome treats.
While this is a basement apartment, it has a private entrance, is fully secluded from the upstairs unit, includes a kitchenette with a few basic appliances like a toaster, and a private backyard.
Availability: This home is fully available, but at the time of writing the calendar is not open for bookings after July 3, 2021.
Full of color from the floor tiles to warm tones of the kitchen cupboards, this tiny home is lively and bright with vaulted ceilings and windows that let in the light from all sides. The space is small, but the booth-style dining area that sits across from a flatscreen TV is offers plenty of space for stretching out and relaxing.
At the front door, a small electric fireplace heats the home efficiently in the winter and adds a lot of character. Upstairs, the lofted bedroom is drenched in natural light from the large airy windows and a separate laundry closet with washer and dryer is just across the hall from a sizable bathroom with a tub. The home is located in an exciting neighborhood near Mississippi Avenue and past guests rave about the host's hospitality and thoughtful touches.
There are a lot of weekdays and still a few weekends available in January and the calendar is completely open from February through July.
For a more hotel-like experience, this Airbnb Plus listing in the Boise neighborhood comes fully-equipped with all the amenities you need, from luxurious linens and room-darkening shades to high-end bath amenities and a hairdryer provided for guest use. The all-white color scheme helps the space feel extra clean and spacious.
In the living room and kitchen area, a sofa bed makes this one-bedroom large enough for four people, and with a modern kitchen, you'll have enough room to do some cooking during your visit. In the main bedroom, a unique roll-up glass garage door amplifies the natural light and can be opened fully to create a unique indoor/outdoor space with a private patio.
Outside, you'll also be able to enjoy a thoughtfully landscaped garden complete with a running fountain, outdoor dining area, and barbecue grill.
Most weekdays are still available in January and February, and the calendar is wide open from March through September.
Near the Alberta Arts District, this spacious loft has eye-catching accents like a spiral staircase and exposed beams made of repurposed railroad cars. Not to mention the original flooring that dates back to 1910 and has been well-preserved.
The home is hyper-functional, with a lofted bedroom on top of the kitchen and bathroom area leaving plenty of room for a small dining table for two and a sectional couch in the living area. All the appliances are brand new and there's even a washer and dryer located in the kitchen. Recessed lighting and glass windows that stretch up to 30-feet high keep this home well-lit throughout the day and night. Outdoors, you'll find a small and private patio with a seating area.
This listing is mostly still available for January and completely open, except for a few days, from February through June.
Up to five people can sleep comfortably in this luxurious penthouse that overlooks Mississippi Avenue. Hidden away in a courtyard, the entrance to this condo is outside and the private access also features a bamboo garden with hanging hammocks for residents and guests to enjoy.
With two full bathrooms, a washer and dryer, and all the appliances you could need to take full advantage of the kitchen, the home is well set up for convenience. It's decorated in a modern minimalist style, with pinewood trimmings and a slim fireplace in the corner that adds sophisticated charm. The long outdoor balcony offers a nice view of the tree-filled neighborhood and the busy street down below.
One bedroom is much larger than the other, but there is also a lot of room to stretch out in the living and dining area, plus the kitchen has plenty of space for congregating.
The calendar is already filling out for January and February, but is completely open in March. Dates past April 2021 have not opened up yet.