Why Inn Alberta Arts? Because when you're here, it's your home!
Welcome to our guest house! We love our neighborhood and know you will, too!
Located in the exciting and enterprising Alberta Arts District, we have 4 environmentally- themed guest rooms, plus shared accommodation, to serve you. Stay for a day or a week, we have price points geared toward all traveler budgets!
Enjoy your stay in the colorful and quirky twin-bedded Let It Bee Room w/shared bath. (PLEASE NOTE: This room can be booked by those traveling solo who are willing to share w/person of the same gender. To book this way, please see "Heart of Alberta Arts Shared Room-1 & -2)
Come experience Portland's quirkiest and most free thinking neighborhood!
Guests may make use of the common areas--including front porch, sitting room and kitchen.
The Alberta Arts District is the center of all that's weird and wonderful about Portland. Come hang out at our guest house and wander Alberta Street...it's a cornucopia of funky and independent shops, galleries, bars & restaurants. We've got world famous pie, 5 kinds of Thai, an amazing tea shop, vegan bakery, co-op and guitar shop within a few blocks. Catch a flick at the Kennedy School or live music at the Alberta Street Pub or Alberta Rose Theater.
Every Last Thursday, we have a freewheeling art festival on the street. Last Thursday is a rich tradition where it's free to vend and attend. You'll see washboard bands, teen violinists, Native American drumming circles, fab art and funky attire right outside our front door!
We are on several major bus lines and one block from a designated biking boulevard. By car we are 10 minutes from the airport, Lloyd Center Mall, Convention Center and Light Rail and less than 15 minutes to downtown Portland.
Other Things to Note
This Flower Power-ed room is dedicated to the great and mighty bee. Though bees and other pollinating insects power nearly 80% of our food supply, they are under siege. Humans can help in important ways--through the simple act of planting flowers, or, for the super ambitious, becoming a bee keeper. To that we say, you go, honey!
Easy check in! When you book your room, the house manual will have all the details regarding your stay. If you need to adjust your check in/out times we will make every effort to accommodate you. Because it's a guest house, you can have as much or as little interaction with the host and other guests as you desire. Kitchen is available for your use. Let me know if you have any special needs. At this time we are keeping the house pet free, as many travelers have allergies. Welcome!
We stayed in the cute, clean and tidy Let it Bee room. Absolutely great location. We spent the day, just walking up and down Alberta St., had great shops, coffee, food and ice cream. If you are a light sleeper, I would say this room is not for you. It faces Alberta St and you can hear every bit of traffic below as well as people. Also, the walls are thin and I am sure the guy next to us was rearranging furniture in the middle of the night along with playing rap music! Regardless, it was fun and a great adventure!
WHat a sweet place to stay in PDX! The location was perfect for us - we had a conference the next morning at a hotel about 2 miles away, so no rush in the morning. The room is very bright and clean -
with fun colored sheets, art on the walls, and a big closet. The bath was down the hall, but also very clean and bright. We could hear everyone talking next door to our room, but they quieted down by 10 PM and we slept well. Many of the Alberta Street shops were still open at 8 so we got to do a little shopping, too.
Very good communication with the owners. Great location! Loved how it is centrally located it is, right in the middle of Alberta. The place is clean and very nicely decorated. They upgraded us to the Bodhi room which is wonderful.
The only reason I rated it 4 stars instead 5 this place is a youth hostel and there was a lot of noise late into the night and kids sleeping everywhere, draped over couches like lions. They were all very nice and we felt very safe, just a little like a flop house.
I am very sorry you had to experience a temporary departure from our usual atmosphere! There were some previous guests who took the liberty to make themselves at home in our sitting room without invitation. As soon as we became aware of the situation, they were asked to leave immediately and our front door code was changed. I can assure you this is not our normal house situation--we pride ourselves on creating a peaceful sanctuary. Feel free to stay with us--our treat--some night in the future so we can make it up to you!
The Alberta Arts Inn is an incredibly uncomplicated place to stay. Just arrive, key in the code, and you're home. The rooms are lovingly decorated (but can be a little noisy when you keep the windows open at night). Great bathrooms, too.
We loved the neighborhood - with morning coffees at Barista, afternoon snacks at the Grilled Cheese Bus and fancy ice creams at Salt and Straw.
Thanks Rochelle! That was just what I was hoping for. I appreciate you accommodating my late arrival. I look forward to staying again; especially when I have more time to enjoy the Alberta area.
Once again a beautiful experience! Seamless and perfect...I cannot wait to come back! Rochelle upgraded my room as I have stayed there before and it was awesome. I had a beautiful room all to myself and was able to feel comfortable with all others (from different places going different places). I was given a code to get in the front door, provided a key and respectfully left to enjoy my stay. A wonderful place to unwind and see the sights. On that end Alberta Arts area is one of the coolest areas in all of Portland. I reaaly have enjoyed both of my stays and I really am looking forward to going back ASAP. Thank you Rochelle!
The area that the hostel/b&b is located in is great. Its not exactly a rowdy place but you can definitely find your local dive bars. Or if you love home made ice cream, its right next to Salt & Straw. The location is convenient in terms of public transportation. I did not rent a car but I was able to make it out to downtown (30 mins) and Southeast Portland (45-60mins) without any troubles.
I called it a hostel/b&b because it definitely has the vibe of a nicer end hostel. There were always other travelers spending time on the porch. So if you enjoy meeting other travelers on your trip, this is a great place! I never met or saw the host but I also was gone most of the day.
The room is your standard room and it had towels waiting for me and my sister when we arrived. The primary improvement I would recommend is the door! We slept with the window open so the slightest wind made the door move enough to make a loud sound every time. I finally propped up a chair against the door to keep it in place so I can sleep. Our window does face the main street so if you like quietness in the morning, I would not recommend this room.
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“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle
I've lived all over Portland, but after planting roots in the Alberta Arts district a nearly a decade ago, I can't imagine living anywhere else. Even in a city known for 'different', Alberta pushes the free- and forward-thinking envelope just a little bit further.
Our house is in a great spot--so close to fab food, art, yoga, and shopping for all budgets. (Don't forget to stop off for a slice of Random Order pie!) We've got our own local bike rental and public transportation options within 1 to 2 blocks.
Portland is rich in beautiful natural spots and diverse cultural offerings.Must visits on my list include the Gorge waterfalls and Powells books - the ultimate planetary bookstore (at least in this galaxy).
I think one of the best parts of traveling is feeling comfortable wherever you land. When I'm on the road, I steer toward cheerful, friendly spots with just the right mix of privacy and community. Living in England cemented my fondness for guest houses. Those happy stays in cozy homes primed me to seek out similar lodgings when I travel.
I love being able to open our house to the fabulous folk who find their way to us. I look forward to meeting you and hearing some of your stories. Welcome!