About this listing
Relax in our comfortable suite on a tree lined street. We are close to the Convention Center, the Pearl, and the Lloyd District. You'll find world class restaurants, shops and public transportation all within reach. Sleeps 4, with real queen bed, and futon.
The suite is situated in the daylight basement of our one hundred year old home on a tree lined street, near restaurants and shops. The bedroom has a queen size real bed, and in the sitting room there is a futon which we will happily convert to a bed if needed. In the corner of the sitting room you'll find some kitchen essentials, a microwave, a small refrigerator, an electric kettle, and a french press. We keep it stocked with fresh ground coffee, and instant oatmeal for a quick on the go breakfast. I am always happy to loan any additional cooking supplies; spices, utensils, or pots and pans, as needed.
But who needs to cook when there are so many amazing restaurants in our neighborhood like Ox, Toro Bravo, Bunk, and Russell Street BBQ, all just a few blocks away.
You will have a private basement entrance through our "Garage."
We have a wifi connection for your computer. The television is equipped with with Chromecast so you can watch movies from your netflix que on our large TV. If you are unfamiliar with chromecast we can help you get it working. Basically, it will broadcast from your computer or smart phone, through your chrome browser, and apps like netflix. We are happy to loan you a laptop to access your netflix account. In the bedroom closet you will find an assortment of board games, feel free to play!
In nice weather you may enjoy your morning coffee sitting in the backyard garden.
Guests will have access to the basement door. You are welcome to use the backyard or front porch for sitting, sipping your morning or evening beverage, reading, or just watching the world go by.
Interaction with Guests
Since we are only upstairs we are happy to answer questions and point you in the right direction.
You'll find it easy to explore Portland from this close-in location by bus, streetcar, on foot, or by bike. You'll be walking distance to the Convention Center, the Lloyd District, Williams Avenue, the Pearl District, the Moda Center, Powell's, and of course Voodoo Donuts.
You can park your car for free on our tree lined street, no restrictions. Or if you'd rather take public transportation you'll find yourself just few blocks (500m) from the streetcar, bus lines (50m), and less than a mile to the MAX.
Other Things to Note
This unit is in the basement so ceilings are a tad low and you may hear us up in the kitchen in the mornings and evenings. We are generally not noisy and will warn you if we plan to entertain.
Check-in time is 3pm, check-out is noon. We are very flexible wherever possible, and we are happy to hold your luggage if needed.
When you visit, you will always find fresh ground coffee, instant oatmeal, for a quick breakfast, and microwaveable popcorn for late night snacking.
If you happen to be traveling in an EV we will happily share our 120 charging station, please arrange this in advance.
This is a non-smoking house and yard.
Quiet time after 11. Please be respectful of our neighbors.
Please check with us if you would like to have guests visit.
My friends and I had a great stay at Pamela's in Portland! The space is a finished basement that has a very homey feeling, and there are some basic kitchen items (plus a mini wine bottle and chocolates to greet you!) that you can use.
Since I had 3 friends with me we used the futon as well as the bed, and I was happy to find it was comfortable!
The location was great! There are some nice places right in the neighborhood, and we were able to walk 20-30 minutes or take a short uber/lyft to everywhere else we wanted to go.
I never met Pamela, but her she was clear in her instructions and very attentive via phone!
I enjoyed my stay at Pamela's basement apartment "Close to the Heart of Portland." Pamela communicated with me very well before my arrival, letting me know that my late flight was not and problem and giving detailed instructions on where to find the house, key to the apartment, and door to the apartment. The apartment had every amenity you would get in a hotel room and more. It was nice to have a separate bedroom, living area, dining/kitchen area, and bathroom. When I had questions Pamela always answered them in a friendly, timely, and helpful manner either via email or in person.
I could tell that Pamela pays attention to details. The place was very clean and there were nice touches all over the apartment that made it feel like staying with family or friends. Before my stay I told Pamela that I like to run and asked if she new of any running paths near by. She asked what distances I like to run and had a map of several running routes waiting for me upon arrival.
My favorite thing about the apartment was the location. I chose it because it was close to the convention center (1 mile) which was easy to get to by walking or taking a bus. It seemed very central to many bus and cable car stops, making it easy to get to any part of Portland. I ended spending most of my time in NE Portland from a lack of free time, but it was still wonderful. The neighborhood was nice with houses painted fun colors that all had huge gardens. I walked to several of the restaurants Pamela recommended within a few block radius (Ox, Tasty & Sons, Toro Bravo) and had excellent meals at all.
We had a very pleasant stay at Pamela's. She actively communicated with us prior to arriving, arranged to have a key in a lock box (so that we could let ourselves in), and checked to make sure we arrived okay. The above ground basement has pretty much everything you'll need, such a television (with Chromecast!), mini-fridge, full bath, and separate bedroom. Toiletries were supplied even though we brought our own. The neighborhood itself was relatively quiet and we got two good nights of sleep. The entryway through her furnace room to get to the basement is a little funky. We didn't know if we had somehow broken into someone else's house until we saw there was another door on the other side, but that wasn't a big deal. We'd stay again given the chance.
We had a great stay at Pamela's. The basement apartment is spacious and comfortable. We had access to Google Chromecast to watch shows and movies on Netflix. The apartment was very clean. The bed was comfortable. The basement was a bit damp and became a little stuffy at night. We had to open the window and turn on the fan to get comfortable. Otherwise, we had a great stay here!
Pamela nous a accueillis très chaleureusement à notre arrivée à Portland. Le logement est totalement conforme aux photos, très propre et cosy. On s'y sent tout de suite très bien ! L'entrée par le garage est très pratique pour avoir notre indépendance.
Nous avons pu faire une lessive, ce qui est très gentil de la part de Pamela et très appréciable. Elle nous a donné plusieurs petits tuyaux et bonne adresses de bars et restaurants. Le quartier résidentiel, calme et sympa, est bien situé et pratique pour découvrir Portland, nous avons beaucoup aimé notamment le quartier d'Alberta, non loin de la maison. Nous avons tout fait à pieds ! Merci Pamela !
Pamela made things really nice and simple. Her garden in the backyard was really cute and was a great spot to read in the early morning. Really enjoyed the neighbourhood which had pubs and restaurants nearby and was walking distance to downtown and Albert St (a longer walk)
Great place to stay for a visit to Portland. Pamela makes the place feels very welcoming, providing all the basics you would require. Located close to downtown with excellent transport links, even when the streetcar is closed for construction! Would recommend checking out the local restaurants just a few blocks down.
About the Host, Pamela
My husband and I have lived in this beautiful four square house for 9 years. Scott is a native Oregonian, I was born just outside of Boston. I spent the first half of my life on the East Coast, with a little time spent in LA.
Five things I can't live without: Mount Hood Vanilla tea, my awesome camera, my wonderful children, my generous husband, and tuna salad with tarragon.
I have a home office, so I am often available for suggestions and directions.