Zen Modern Alberta Basement Studio

House - Entire home/apt · Northeast Sumner Street, Portland, OR 97211, United States
Spencer And Erika

Our basement studio is located a couple of blocks off Alberta street, in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, and within walking distance to the up and coming North Williams area, and some of Portland’s finest restaurants and bars.

Your host, Spencer And Erika
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Our basement studio is located a couple of blocks off Alberta street, in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, and within walking distance to the up and coming North Williams area, and some of Portland’s finest restaurants and bars.

The Space

Our studio has a private kitchen and bathroom with:
* Refrigerator
* Microwave
* Hot plate
* Electric kettle
* Coffee maker
* French press
* Toaster, and all the other kitchen essentials

The bathroom comes well equipped with:
* Towels
* Hair dryer
* Shampoo and conditioner.

We also provide an iron and ironing board.

There is a very comfortable queen size bed (reviews will lead you to believe it may be the best thing about the Zen Den) that will put you right to sleep. The leather euro lounger also folds out into a full size futon bed with a pillow top. The 42-inch plasma and our sweet selection of DVD's will keep you entertained (not that you will ever run out of things to do in Portland).

If that is not enough our beautiful back yard with blueberries, figs, apples, and tomatoes, sprinkled between bamboo and Japanese Maples is a zen retreat in it's own right.

We do have 2 cats that live in the main house and backyard. They will never be in your private studio. If you do like cats, they would be more than happy to get a belly rub from you, if you are so inclined.

Guest Access

Guests can spend time in our Japanese style backyard with fire pit; washer and dryer, and plenty of street parking with no time limits.

Interaction with Guests

Feel free to hang out with us in the back yard anytime! We are also happy to give you directions or recommendations to local restaurants, bars and attractions.

The Neighborhood

If you are looking to stay in the Alberta Arts District, you probably already know we are a hub for creativity. We have some of the best food, coffee, beer, spirits, and handmade goods made right here in our neighborhood. We also have much history, being one of the oldest neighborhoods in Portland. Our neighborhood has gone through many transitions, but has withstood the test of time. Most houses here were built before 1910.

Located 2 blocks off Alberta and the same distance from the 6 bus line to downtown, the river and the Pearl District, our remodeled basement studio is the perfect zen-base for your Portland visit. A five minute drive to New Seasons market (a local, organic grocery store), and a 10 minute walk to the Alberta Street Co-op grocery. We are only 10 minutes to the airport, and downtown Portland. Basically you will be so close to everything, no time will be wasted on this trip!

Visit on the last Thursday evening of any summer month to experience the street-party atmosphere of the neighborhood’s art gallery walk.

If you are coming to Portland to eat and drink, our home puts you within walking distance of some of Portland’s finest restaurants, including: Beast, Pine State, Aviary, Podnahs, Bernie's, Branch Whiskey Bar, Yakuza, Autentica, Tasty and Sons, Kenny and Zukes, La Bonita, Natural Selection, Grilled Cheese Grill and more; coffee houses including: Barista, Ristretto Roasters, Caffe Vita, Extracto; bakeries: Tula (gluten free) Dovetail, Random Order, Le Petit Provence, Back to Eden, and the Sugar Cube; bars including Alberta Street Public House, The Box Social, Radio Room, and The Bye and Bye; and one of Portland's famous farmers markets just 2-bocks away. Oh, and don't forget Salt & Straw Ice Cream! You will want to go back everyday :-)

Our studio is also within easy walking distance to the up and coming North Williams area with restaurants like Kenny and Zukes, Box Social, Tasty and Sons, Lompoc, Ristretto Coffee, and Lincoln.

Getting around

We are within 15-minutes of the airport for a cost of $20. Trimet transit will take you East, West, North or South and is within 2 blocks of the studio. There is also a great zipcar location on 6th and Alberta, and 21st and Alberta with plenty of cars to choose from. And last but not least If you are interested in renting a bike Everybody's Bike Rentals is only 4-blocks away.

Other Things to Note

EXTENDED STAY -We try to keep our prices as low as possible, so we are unable to offer weekly pricing. We do however offer a monthly price for stays over 30-days.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Erika was very kind and accommodating from booking to checking out. The actual space is so clean and cool and bright; we couldn't ask for a better way to end our vacation! Oh and that bed is indeed amazing. The area is ideal distance to plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars with great bus lines close by. Thank you for a wonderful stay, Erika and Spencer!! By the way, your cats are amazing.

    July 2014
  • Everything was as we expected and Spencer and Erika were friendly and helpful hosts. No complaints at all; overall we were very pleased and will definitely stay here again on our next visit to Portland.

    July 2014
  • I was lucky to stay in such a nice place with friendly hosts. When I asked for a pot and bowl, they gave me right away. You can cook there and ride a bus #6 too. So go and enjoy your stay in Portland!

    July 2014
  • Staying at The Zen Den was an absolute joy! It was such a pleasure to meet Spencer and Erika. They received me with a great smile and always made me feel right at home. The house is located in a very nice and quiet location in NE Portland and it's close to all things cool in the Alberta area. The bed was my favorite part and I was also very thankful they added a little desk for me upon my previous request since I had to work during my last week there. I'd definitely come back again and I highly recommend The Zen Den if you want a perfect stay in Portland.

    June 2014
  • Me and my friend stayed at Erika and Spencer place for 5 days and was really great! We enjoyed a lot! Nice bed and the shower was great!
    For us the location was really good! Close to Alberta St where there's a lot of nice place to look around and have some coffee/drink! Erika was really kind to us about our questions and doubts!
    Hope next time we can make it again!

    June 2014
  • Great space in a great neighborhood! Spencer and Erika have their place extremely well set up with everything we needed for our Portland vacation.
    Can highly recommend!

    May 2014
  • A great stay! Comfortable, well equipped and clean space. Perfect location, easy on street parking. Erika and Spencer were lovely hosts.

    May 2014
  • a great place to stay in a cool neighborhood. very clean and very comfortable. can come and go as you please. also a short walk from Alberta St, which offers a lot of cool/fun bars and restaurants. would stay there again and recommend it when in Portland. thank you? Erika and spencer!

    May 2014
  • Looks exactly like the photos. The floor is painted concrete which makes the room nice and cool. Quiet room. There's a fully-equipped kitchen: mini fridge, microwave, coffeemaker and more complete with utensils, plates, bowls, cups, etc.

    May 2014
  • This place was great! Clean and inviting like the pictures indicate. The Erika was very friendly and made us feel very welcome.

    The only downside was that their kitties are super cute and charming, but we couldn't let them into the room for the pets.

    May 2014
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Portland State University
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Hello! We are a husband and wife team who very much enjoy making our studio available to people visiting Portland. We love to travel and love nothing more than staying with a great Airbnb host. We love the way it makes you feel right at home in a new location. Plus, it is a really fun way to meet new people. We have been quite a few places, such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Spain, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Hungry, Croatia, Belgium, Germany and of course Canada. Living in Portland, we love all types of food, and great local beer. Spencer likes IPA's, and I love Sour Beers. We also both love live music, and enjoy going to festivals such as Music Fest NW in the Fall, and Bumbershoot in Seattle. We enjoy being around positive, fun people, and simply doing the things that makes us happy :-)
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