Lodging at the Portland Airport

by T.L. Chancellor

Portland, Oregon, has developed a national reputation for diversity, culture and environmental awareness. The city has a full-service light rail system, features bike lanes on many roads and has a cross-section of antique stores, hip bars and outdoor activities. For those flying in and out of Portland, several hotels are less than three miles from the terminal.

For Business

The Hyatt Place Portland Airport is less than two miles from the airport. Perhaps more importantly for those traveling to Portland on business, several major corporations are within a short drive of the Hyatt, including Toyota, Rentrak and Boeing. The hotel also features a business center (Hyatt calls it an e-room) with computers and printers for complimentary use. Guests also have access to free wireless Internet throughout the hotel. This Hyatt offers a Starbuck’s coffee shop, grab-and-go meals for busy travelers, self-service check-in and check-out kiosks and a complimentary airport shuttle.

For Hip Travelers

The Aloft Portland Airport is part of the W brand of hotels and puts an emphasis on technology, urban architecture and modern amenities. All rooms have what Aloft calls a connectivity station for all technology devices, including a device that allows some of your electronics to be used with the room’s 42-inch LCD TV. The hotel’s lounge has touch screen stations that provide information on Portland and the area, and there is a light rail station a short walk from the hotel that goes straight to downtown. For travelers that are homebodies, the Aloft has its own bar, indoor pool, fitness center, and even provides amenities for pets including food bowls and snacks. The entire hotel is wired for complimentary wireless Internet.

For Sports Fans

The Red Lion Hotel Portland Airport is just a couple miles from the Portland Airport terminal and features its own sports bar, the Sky Jockey Sports Lounge. The Sky Jockey has an open floor plan with tables and a bar, along with plenty of TVs so you can follow your favorite team while you’re on the road. If you like to gamble, the bar features off-track betting for simulcast horse and greyhound races, along with video lottery machines. Guests can access wireless Internet in the bar, along with anywhere else on the hotel property. Guests without a car can take advantage of the complimentary shuttle, and the Red Lion offers guests with a car a park and fly package in which guests can receive a number of free nights of parking, based on the length of their stay.

For Budget Travelers

The Howard Johnson Portland Airport is less than three miles from the airport and rooms can be had for less than $50 on many nights. The hotel is an easy launching point into Portland’s top attractions, and rooms are furnished with coffee makers, high speed Internet, refrigerators and microwaves. The Howard Johnson also has a unique restaurant, the Namaste, which provides a daily Indian buffet. The hotel also has park-and-fly packages, along with a complimentary airport shuttle.

About the Author

T.L Chancellor has more than 12 years of newspaper reporting and editing experience. She has written extensively about education, business and city government. She has also worked at a public relations firm, focusing on environmental issues with clients.