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.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. We were in town for almost a week, partly for work and partly for fun. One of my colleagues stayed with us, so the ability to use the futon was great.
So, the good: the futon mattress was extremely comfortable. We enjoyed using the chrome cast and also having access to the laundry. We were very grateful to be invited to make use of the back yard, which is lovely. The basement apartment is cozy and well-decorated, and it worked well for our needs. It's a quiet location with convenient access to public transit as well as on-street parking if you have a car. It's nice to have a private entrance, and even though sound travels through the house, the family was very quiet and we didn't notice many sounds from above. .
There were a few things that would have made our stay a bit more comfortable. There was no way to ventilate the bathroom; Pamela told us that she hadn't gotten around to fixing the bathroom fan, and the windows in the bathroom are nailed shut. While most of the nights we spent were fairly comfortable, there were two very uncomfortable nights that we had trouble sleeping because of the heat. The apartment stays cool during the day, but the heat peaks in the early evening and takes a long time to dissipate. We had only one small, cracked (though surprisingly strong) fan to ventilate. We asked about a second fan for my colleague, and Pamela told us that she wasn't sure where the maid had put it. We never got the second fan, and felt bad for him. For the most part, we stayed cool enough by keeping the windows open at night. However, the windows aren't screened, so we did get bugs coming in.
Staying with Pamela was our first AirBNB experience. We picked this place because it is close to our family and downtown Portland in general. We were please with most aspects of our stay. We traveled with a 3 year old so it was great to have a separate bedroom for her so that we could stay up later if we wanted. The bathroom was nice and spacious and very modern. There were extra toiletries which was nice since I had forgotten shampoo! It was wonderful to have our own fridge to keep my daughters juice cold. The place was very clean and had comfy, newer carpeting throughout. The futon in the living room had a great mattress, not one of those flimsy college ones. The two aspects of the place that I didn't care for were minor and perhaps can't be fixed due to the fact that it's an older house. One, you can hear a lot of what happens upstairs due to the thin walls. We weren't home too often for it to affect us too much but when we were home we could hear a lot of their conversations and house noise. I have a sound machine for my daughter so we drowned that out during nap/bedtime. Two, while we were happy to have a private entrance, the hall leading to the unit is in their "garage/basement" and it has a musty smell. That is hard to get over and is does come into the rooms a bit.
All in all it was a nice trip and although we didn't speak much, Pamela was a nice host and was very courteous when we did speak.
Pamela was great. She had personally emailed me before my stay at her lovely basement studio and when I arrived with my daughter she was very welcoming. It was my first time using airbnb and she made my experience a positive one. The studio was a nice place to stay after the hustle and bustle of the city. Her location was perfect for playing tourist downtown and getting around by public transportation. It made for a wonderful Portland experience.
Our experience was lovely. The location was fantastic. Uber to downtown was cheap, the drive was quick, and the public transportation was a good mix between the two. We tried all three, and our recommendation is the public transportation. Pamela gave excellent directions on how to reach the nearest bus stop.
The basement had all the amenities we needed and more (she gave us popcorn and coffee!). The shower and bathroom were spacious and she provided body wash and shampoo. The futon was comfortable. There were plenty of dishes and silverware. We had a mini fridge and a microwave. The TV had a really cool chrome cast setup so we could put our Netflix up via our iPad. The wifi was great, easy to connect and strong signal.
At times we could hear full conversations upstairs, and weren't sure if we could be heard as well. But that didn't bother us, but it is something to keep in mind.
Neighborhood is very quiet. Within walking distance to many places and about a $8 uber ride elsewhere. Plenty of street parking.
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.
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