This is a cute, 8x8 Japanese style tea house next to a massive hot tub, perfect for the lone traveler looking for either a quick stopover or an extended, relaxing economical stay.
This South East Portland Airbnb is a petite, quiet, Japanese-style tea house in a private (and lush, depending on the season) fenced-in backyard. It is surrounded by flowers, bamboo, fruit trees and raised garden beds. The tea house itself is an 8x8 space with a single bed, bookshelves, chair, space heater, and A/C - so the space itself is teeny tiny! I make no claim to the spaciousness of this particular Airbnb!
However, there is also a 350 gallon, 4-person hot tub located directly next to the tea house, which tends to make up for the lack of space inside the tea house itself :)
So, if you're looking for a quick stopover in a unique residence and perhaps a nice 104-degree dip to relax, the tea house is likely the place for you. If you're looking to sleep more than one person, have an aversion to tiny, yet quaint spaces, or otherwise need a lot of room to operate, you are probably better off looking around a little more.
The residence is located on one of Portland's wonderful bikeways - just a 15 minute ride from downtown, and directly between the popular Hawthorne and Division streets. If you're looking for a hill workout, Mt. Tabor's wonderful trails are located directly to the east. The residence itself is also bike-friendly, with secured in-home bike parking and tools, pumps, and area bike route maps available.
Late-night food carts, good coffee, strong cocktails at the Sapphire Hotel, and a popular yoga studio are all short walks away. If the bus is more your style, the #14 bus stops one block away and can have you downtown in just over 20 minutes.
As of June 2013, the tea house has air conditioning - it was just getting too hot out there, so there is now a small in-window unit to help keep you cool :)
Extras: WiFi, bike parking, car parking (on-street), and a loaner cellphone for guests whose phones don't work in the United States. The kitchen, bathroom, and bike parking access in the main residence all come with the tea house rental - however the tea house is *separate from the main house*, so you'll have to walk about 30 feet to use the kitchen, bathroom, washer/dryer, etc.
Other fun facts: hummingbirds abound, and if you time your visit with the right seasons, you can help yourself to the fruits from the yard's fig and plum trees.
Guest has access to the tea house, hot tub, as well as the main house with all its amenities - wifi, TV, laundry, kitchen, etc.
I'm available to help if you need me for directions, suggestions, advice, restaurant or nightlife tips, but I'm also willing to let my guests do their own thing if they just want to explore on their own.
This South East Portland neighborhood is a short walk from Mt. Tabor, which has great walking/biking/hiking as well as a popular dog park and scenic view.
There's a bus stop close by, and I also have a couple of loaner bikes for those who want to get around in true Portland style.
During the summer you can help yourself to my tomatos, peppers, figs, and plums from the backyard garden. Seasonal availability applies!
It is tiny. It is perfect. Stop looking. This is where you want to stay.
Bryan was the consummate host, very friendly and knowledgeable. The Tea Hut was charming and the hot tub was fantastic. I will be staying with Bryan on my next trip to Portland and recommend him to anyone without reservation!
I was needing a place to stay for a last minute stop over in Portland and Bryan was extremely kind to take me in. I wasn't expect much and little do I know I stumbled upon a little oasis in Portland. The setting for the teahouse couldn't have been any better. Got one of the best sleep on my trip. Took my time to wake up in the morning and soak in the hot tub under the bamboo trees. Location was perfect. Right at the foothills of Mt Tabor. Blocks away to bustling Hawthorne St. and the up and coming Division St. Bryan was super accommodating and made me felt right at home. Wish I could stay longer. Until next time!
I love the ambiance of Brian's tea house and I admit it- I venture over for his lovely hot tub and the seclusion/zen atmosphere of bamboo and wood. Plus he's a great guy!
What can I say about Portland, Bryan and the house... I would say that was probably one of the most exciting trips of my life. Every single thing was perfect. I'm pretty sure that this is not going to be my last visit to Portland and Bryan.
Portland and Bryan the perfect combination! Period.
After realizing I had missed the last bus, post Max ride in from the airport, and suffering a minor panic moment, a text came through from Brian, "just checking to see how you're doing" he said, and I was so relieved. He hadn't been getting my texts for whatever reason, but as soon as we connected he hopped into a Car2Go and came and "rescued" me. Teahouse Shmeahouse, this was already going to be a 5 star review.
But when I arrived, and was even encouraged to have the spa soak even though it was late, and I settled in for the best sleep in the tiny, quiet and comfortable space.
Restored and renewed the next day, he directed me to an amazing americano (not hard to find in Portland's SE I realize, but still...), and was happy to share restaurant recommendations even after my short stay was at an end.
For me, with my severe allergy to cats, I couldn't have stayed more than one night. The teahouse was free, but the bathroom/kitchen (shared in the main house) were quick to get me wheezing.
That said, I would recommend The Teahouse if not only for Brian's warm hospitality, but also for the late-November soak amongst the bamboo right before bedtime. Better than a hot cup of milk!
I stayed with Bryan in the tea house on my way doing a West Coast trip. Bryan was a great guy and a super host. Really, he went far beyond what was necessary to ensure my stay was enjoyable. I couldn't recommend staying there more. If I am in Portland again, I know where I'll be staying!
Bryan was a great host and the tea house was fantastic! Bryan was generous, friendly, and full of local information to make a quick trip to Portland perfect! The tea house was comfortable and super cozy, while the hot tub was a great way to start the morning! I really hope to spend more time there in the future! Thanks for everything Bryan!
Brian was a fantastic host and the tea house was a sweet place to stay! Comfy, private and cute, like a retreat. The late-night hot tub soak was, of course, superb. Brian made me feel totally welcome to use the main house (with kitchen and bathroom) and I enjoyed hanging out with him the evening I arrived. My whole stay felt easy. I would definitely return and have already recommended the tea house to my friends. P.S. If you're interested in a food tour of Portland, stay with Brian! :)
My stay at the Tea House was incredible! Unfortunately, I did not get to meet Bryan, as he was away for business. But his girlfriend Zoe is one of the smartest, kindest people I've ever met, and I can safely assume that Bryan is of the same demeanor. The Tea House itself felt more spacious than I was expecting, and the bed was super comfortable. (It was fairly cold two of the nights I was there, but the nifty little heater warmed the Tea House up pronto.) And of course the beautiful garden surrounding the Tea House was a pleasure to wake up to and walk through. Bryan's house is adorable (I fell in love with his moss-covered front-porch steps) and offered convenient access to a kitchen area, bathroom, etc. Staying here was also very convenient in terms of public transportation--just a couple minutes away from the 14 bus route to get downtown, and there were great places to eat and other interesting shops on Hawthorne and in the surrounding area.
Portland was one of three west coast cities that I visited, and I fell madly in love with it five minutes after leaving the airport. The verdant forests and mountain ranges surrounding the city itself are unbelievably gorgeous, the people all seem very amiable, and there's just so many fantastic places to go and sights to see. I can't imagine a better place to stay while in Portland than Bryan's Tea House. I plan on visiting again as soon as possible, and greatly look forward to meeting Bryan. Highly recommended!