The Aloha Studio is a 400 square foot comfortable and private studio for 2 but can accommodate up to 4 using the futon couch. We are located within a 15 minute walk to the Alberta street shops, Kennedy school and New Seasons.
Welcome to the Aloha Portland Studio! Just behind and completely separate from the main house in front, follow the path past the urban chicken coop to find this 400 sq. foot one bathroom studio. The studio is one big area divided into a bedroom, living room and kitchen using 6 foot tall walls that don't touch the ceiling but are still able to give you the feel of privacy within a big and open area.
Located in the lively and popular neighborhood of the Alberta Arts District, this is the perfect home base that will satisfy all your needs if you are a single, couple or family visiting Portland. We also ask that children over 5 are included in the guest count.
This studio has air conditioning, internet access, a DVD player, netflix, hulu plus (at this time we do not get any actual television channels, sorry) microwave, refrigerator, washing machine but no dryer, toaster, dishes, coffee maker, there is a kitchen sink and an electric hot plate. An outdoor table and chairs on the patio provide a lovely sitting area.
Check in/Check out:
*Check-in is at 4pm and can normally be performed by yourself at any time and without additional assistance, as you will be emailed the code to open the door. Please let us know if you have any early check-in requests. If there is no one before you on the day you arrive, it might be possible for you to check in early. We would be able to send you an email the night before confirming an early check in. In addition to that, if we can't get you an early check in, then we are happy to store your bags for you as we live in the main house in front.
* Check-out is 12 pm simply because the cleaner needs time to refresh the studio
Guests will have full access to the side of the house, the chicken coop, the back yard and fire pit.
Interaction with Guests
The Aloha Studio is a self service stay and so getting into the studio can all be done with the door code you are given once you book your stay. If you accidentally freeze up the lock box by entering the wrong code too many times, we do have an actual key which you are welcome to. Simply call or text us and we will let you know how to get the key.
We encourage you to text or call us any time you have any questions or need anything during your stay.
Nearby places to explore:
Alberta Street- (10 minute walk to get to the start of the shops): So much to do here! Unique shops, tons of cafes, yummy food (Bollywood-Indian, La Bonita (vegi options) or La Sirenita- both have inexpensive burritos, ChaBa Thai, Vita Cafe-(great vegan gravy but also caters to meat eaters), Bernies Southern Bistro (good fried Chicken), DarSalam- Middle Eastern, Petite Provence-pastries (wonderful croissants) and breakfast, Pine State Biscuts-(yum for veggies and non) and ending for dessert at Salt and Straw (Ice cream) or Garden of Eden (Vegan Ice cream). Be sure to check out the Last Thursday celebration during the summer months.
Concordia neighborhood (10-15 minute walk): Here we have New Seasons (only 5 blocks away, this great grocery store has tons of organic/healthy food options), McMenamins Kennedy School (fun for kids, low cost movies theater, bars, AND a outdoor soaking pool), Common Ground (clothing optional hot tub, sauna and massage options-they have certain hours for just men or women if you prefer), tons of yoga, amazing higher priced restaurants Pok Pok Noi-(sugary chicken wings), Yakuza, Autentica (Mexican), DOC, and Beast. And a fantastic coffee shop: Extracto.
Fremont neighborhood (25 minute walk): Some attractions are Grand Central Bakery, more restaurants (Pizzicato, Bumblekiss-breakfast, Bang Band Thai food, The Red Fig-dinner, Bagel Land-breakfast, Alameda Brewing Co, Cha Cha Cha- Mexican, Tuk Tuk Thai) hot yoga, a great wine bar and boutiques.
*car2go- must register at least a week before arrival so that you can get your car card in the mail.
*The studio is located near bus line 17 (on 29th street and Skidmore) which can take you to union station in 30 minutes. It is always best upload the app and to check trimet online. A one day pass costs around $5.
*A taxi from the house to downtown is about a 15 minute ride and costs around $25.
Other Things to Note
Additional things to know:
* Keep in mind you are in a commonly rainy residential neighborhood. Sometimes there are power outages that happen during storms which prevent us from getting your tv, lights or microwave on. There is a battery operated light for emergency a which can be found under the kitchen sink next to the fire extinguisher.
*The house is near an intersection. However, you cannot hear much traffic noise at all from inside the studio and it is far enough away from the Alberta strip to get some peace and quiet when you are ready to sleep.
*The gas heater is metal and makes clicks as it starts to heat up. This is the metal expanding with the heat.
*The neighbors garage is right next to the studio. When they take out their trash you might hear a noise. I guess that is to be expected when you live in the city but we thought we would just mention everything.
*The studio is around the back and there are plenty of signs pointing your way. It is a self service stay but please feel free to contact us through text or internet if you need us at any time.
*Smoking outside only please
*Quiet time after 10pm and before 8am
*There is plenty street parking around the corner from the house on 34th but do to the strange intersection it is not reccommended to park on Prescott.
*We want your trip to Portland to be wonderful and for everything to be in working order for you. If there are any problems at all please let us know immediately we will do our best to make sure you leave satisfied with your stay.
This place was great! There was plenty of privacy and plenty of space for two of us. The kitchen was supplied with more cookware than we could use, and there were fresh eggs each morning! It was only a short walk to the Alberta Arts district, which had lots of shopping and restaurants. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to stay in Portland.
What a delightful little oasis! Clean, comfy, quiet and within easy walking distance of many great restaurants and parks. The Alberta neighborhood is fantastic. And Megan has very detailed notebooks of what to do around town and how to get to where you're going. Plus there are chickens!
Wow! What a lovely place to stay! We were visiting Portland with our 2 yo daughter, who loved feeding the chooks. The little cottage was well set up for children, with a little castle and toys to play with.
Megan has obviously put a lot of attention into this beautiful space, and it is really well decorated. The bed was comfortable and there was plenty of space. Everything was very clean.
Megan has provided a very detailed and clear set of folders with information about the area which we found very helpful. There is a great restaurant called Vita within walking distance, and some playgrounds. We highly recommend this place and look forward to coming back again one day!
Excellent experience and a beautiful cottage. So many details that made it feel like home. A warm personal welcome, Aloha after arriving back from Hawaii and fresh eggs in the morning. Very comfortable bed and functional kitchen.
We had a great girls' weekend in Megan and Neil's studio! It was clean, welcoming, comfortable and very convenient. We will definitely recommend to friends and family who visit. Thanks!
It was really an amazing blessing being able to have them work with us last minute on this reservation during the holiday rush. I really needed the space for extra visitors and Megan helped us squeeze in when a lot of places were booked. The neighborhood is right by Alberta and we walked to coffee and breakfast easily. The cottage is quiet and has a perfect balance of ambience and utility.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the Backyard Cottage! The cottage is large, comfortable and very well maintained. The access to the cottage is very private and I felt like I was in my own place. The neighborhood is within easy walking distance to the shops and restaurants on Alberta.
It is not a fluke that the cottage is so highly recommended. I will plan on staying there again during my next trip to Portland.
We are pleased that you are considering our studio for your trip to Portland and want to do everything we can to make you feel at home. A little bit about us (Megan and Neil), we met online and got married on a downtown Portland rooftop in 2013. We now have a little baby girl who makes us very happy but keeps us very busy. The studio that you are staying in was originally Megan's massage studio but with Neil's handy work has now been transformed into this wonderful bnb. In our spare time we have game night, go out to some live music, take the boat out on the river, ride our scooters or head out to eat at one of Portland's many wonderful restaurants. We both share the same passion of finding the ultimate relaxation and hope you enjoy!