Our basement studio is located a couple of blocks off Alberta street, in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, within walking distance to North Williams area, 2.5 miles from downtown, and surrounded by some of Portland’s finest restaurants & bars.
Our studio is constructed with reclaimed materials and has many handmade accents. It has a private kitchen and bathroom with:
* Hot plate
* Electric kettle
* Coffee maker
* French press
* Green Tea and Coffee
* Toaster, and all the other kitchen essentials
The bathroom comes well equipped with:
* Hair dryer
* Iron and ironing board upon request
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 48-inch plasma, our sweet selection of DVD's, basic cable, and a Roku player with a streaming Netflix account and many Roku stations, 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.
Because we believe in being as sustainable as possible we took great care to use as many reclaimed and green materials as possible. We also kept the original structural accents. We believe in clean air and used no VOC paint throughout, as well as water based sealers for the wood accents.
Guests can spend time in our Japanese style backyard with fire pit; use the washer and dryer; and enjoy 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.
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 artisan 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. Houses were originally built here in the early 1900's and 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 (another local, organic grocery store). We are only 15 minutes to the airport, and downtown Portland. And even if you want to spend time outdoors Forest Park is a 20-minute drive and Multnomah Falls is 45-minutes drive. 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. This is a circus of art, music, performance, and great street food!
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, Case Study; 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.
We are within 15-minutes of the airport for a cost of $25. Trimet transit will take you East, West, North or South and is within 2 blocks of the studio. There are also Zipcar locations on 6th and Alberta, and 21st and Alberta with plenty of cars to choose from; Car2Go is also available. 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
CHILDREN-We are sorry but due to insurance and the fact that the Zen Den is not childproofed we are unable to accept bookings with children under 15.
PETS-Sorry but we do not allow pets.
EXTENDED STAY-We try to keep our prices as low as possible, however for stays of 7-days or more we offer a 10% discount.
RENTAL AGREEMENT (PLEASE READ)-When accepting a booking through Airbnb the Guest expressly agrees to abide by the following Rental Rules at all times while at the property and shall cause all members of the rental party and anyone else the Guest permits on the property to abide by the following rules at all times while at the property:
1) Smoking is allowed outside only. All waste generated as a result of smoking should be disposed of properly.
2) People other than those in the Guest party may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of Guest.
3) The Homeowners of the property are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, the Guest must agree that I the Guest are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from I the Guest's use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
4) Only use appliances for their intended uses. Guest is responsible for any damage incurred by misuse.
HOUSE RULES-Just think, "what would Buddha do" and you will be just fine ;)
Seriously, we do have a couple things that we ask of you. Due to insurance considerations we do not allow guests to bring friends over during their stay. We are sorry for this but due to insurance, and safety issues we can not allow you to have guests during your stay. Please do your best to respect both us and our neighbors by trying to observe a quiet time after midnight. What we mean by this is being respectful of the noise you make both inside and outside our home after midnight. Just think would my neighbors be okay with what I am doing after midnight? If the answer is yes then all is well.
Man...this place was fantastic! Really well appointed. Nice details. We had a great time. Highly recommend.
Thing that surprised us was how cool the Alberta neighborhood was. Walkable. Great coffee. Great pubs and beer and food. Didn't hurt that it was unseasonably sunny.
Great character all the way around.
Thanks. We will do it again.
Very pleasant and straightforward hosts. The beds were comfortable. Just lovely all round.
We had the absolute best time in the Zen Den. Erica and Spencer were nothing but helpful and the place was easily the best we had been in so far on our travels across the states. The bed was by far a highlight. First time visiting Portland and the location was wonderful with lots of shops and restaurants an arms reach away. Can't wait to stay there again in the future.
I was in town for a work trip and Erika and Spencer made me feel at home for two days in their clean and cozy studio. I got in late the first night, and the house was easy to enter with the door code - no fussing with exchanging or hiding keys. A sense of calm and clarity came over me immediately upon entry. It's a simple apartment, but everything is accounted for, and there's no mess or clutter to get in the way. There are some very nice touches, like complimentary tea and coffee, a stereo, plenty of magazines and local guides, a comfortable leather sofa, and even a mini fridge. The bed is heavy and comfortable and made for two nights of solid sleep.
The studio is located below the main house, which is gorgeously designed and landscaped with a clean and modern zen aesthetic. The backyard is absolutely beautiful, and a nice place to sit and relax. There's also a very friendly cat on site, if you're an animal person.
Erika and Spencer were easy to communicate with and immediately responsive whenever I messaged them. I was so busy this week, I didn't get a chance to meet them in person, but because they're such great hosts, I felt taken care of the entire time.
I'd highly recommend Erika and Spencer's place, especially if you're looking for a quite and private space to come home to while traveling.
A very clean place in a great location. Lots of good restaurants nearby, and the suite is as shown.
My stay with Erika and Spencer was great! The Zen Den was exactly what I was looking for my vacation away from home. It was totally equipped with everything that I would need. I only saw them each once but when I did see them they were both super kind and helpful. They had a great list of places that I should check out that were literally 5 to 15 minutes away from home which was nice, definitely made things easier. Portland was beautiful and staying at the Zen Den was definitely a great experience.
GREAT location for food, bars, coffee, shopping, leisurely strolls. . .tucked away yet super-convenient to major thoroughfares. Thoughtful, comfortable amenities and decor. Easy in-and-out and plenty of street parking, if needed. I wish we could've spent more time in the lovely backyard around the firepit! We usually do some cooking, even on vacation, but with all of the great food to be had in Portland, we had everything we needed to store and heat up our leftovers! A very zen place to come home to, indeed.
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 like 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 :-)