as mentioned on earlier threads, the wife and I are visiting portland in the first week of October. we're coming for a mini vaca but also hope to scout out future living and working opportunities (we're life long NYers).
Regardless of whether I can line up any interviews we plan to rent bikes and use public transport - ideally avoiding renting a car if possible (from what we've read and heard, it seems totally do-able, much like here in NYC).
we were trying to pick a decent hotel - lots of choices, all of them fairly steep in price, but we were also concerned with location of our trip lodging, since we will only have a few days and I may need to zip around promptly for appointments.
If someone asked me, I certainly wouldn't be able to speak on hotels here (since I live here already I never stay in hotels here), but I would def. have advice or input on advantages of where to stay in and around NYC depending on what one wanted out of their trip here.
I was hoping for that type of feedback or advice from you folk for the Portland area. It seems we can stay pretty much any where and hop a train or bus and make it to the downtown area in an hour or less.....unless I am mistaken about that?
we narrowed down the hotel choices to a few, but are open to any other suggestions - again, any feedback on the lodgings are welcome, but we were more concerned with the areas thay are in, and how conducive it would be to getting around. Especially in relation to the best bike shops, business districts, libraries and museums (I'm an archivist/librarian), etc. I believe most of the places we picked are downtown but one or two we considered were in areas like Northwest, etc. - would the streetcar get us to the downtown and business districts fairly quickly? (God, I am imagining the roasting I'd give the MTA if someone coming to NYC was asking me these types of questions......)
Our Candidates (no particular order):
1. Four Points By Sheraton Portland Downtown, one block from Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the Willamette River.
2. The Paramount Hotel, 808 SW Taylor Street
3. Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway
4. Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th Avenue
I realize this is a tall order - I don't expect anyone to be able to give me a perfect solution, but please -any input is appreciated! anyway, we're getting pretty stoked about finally making it out there! Looking forward to riding near Forest Park, etc. Thanks for all the comments and suggestions thus far and in advance for any more ideas.