Portland bed and breakfasts provide the ideal complement to the city's hotels. Not just for couples, the Portland bed and breakfast inns can cater to a wide range of visitors, especially those who simply appreciate a more intimate lodging experience than your standard hotel can offer. While you will have trouble finding a good Portland Oregon B&B in the downtown, there are some gems that are close enough to the heart of town, not to mention close to all the great area attractions.
There are a number of good Portland bed and breakfasts to choose from, and if you are hoping to stay at one of the best, then the Heron Haus (pictured) is not to be overlooked. Found within walking distance of the shopping and dining hot spot that is the Nob Hill District, this elegant inn also offers relative proximity to such fine attractions as International Test Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden. Housed in an English-style Tudor home with 10,000 square feet, the Heron Haus is nothing if it isn't big and attractive. It is also historic, as the home was built in 1904. Many original pieces of the home are still in place, and they include the parquet floors on the first floor and the plumbing fixtures. The plumbing, it should be noted, was designed by the same man who installed the plumbing in the historic Pittock Mansion. While not overly luxurious, the six guest units at the Heron Haus are inviting and comfortable, each featuring its own fireplace. Other standard amenities include air conditioning, hair dryers, irons, cable TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
When searching for a good Portland Oregon B&B, the Lion and the Rose Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn is also not to be overlooked. Found in the Rose Quarter and Irvington area, this graceful B&B is close to the Downtown District. The building that houses the eight guest units in a mansion that was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All of the guest units at this spectacular inn have their own design, though the Old World decor is standard throughout. You'll enjoy similar in-room amenities at the Lion and the Rose B&B as you would at the Heron Haus, at least when it comes to some of the rooms. The largest and most exclusive unit is the Victorian Apartment, which is equipped with a convenient kitchenette and can sleep up to six people. Other added amenities that some of the rooms feature are Jacuzzi tubs and walk-in closets. As is true at the other Portland bed and breakfast inns, breakfast is included in the rates at the Lion and the Rose, and it can only help guests get ready for a day of sightseeing, skiing, golfing, or any other number of fun area activities.
Found in the North East Irvington District, Portland's White House also offers proximity to the Downtown District. This is just part of the reason why it's one of the top-rated Portland bed and breakfasts. This inn also features historical design and decor, as it was originally built in 1911 to serve as a summer home for a wealthy baron of the lumber industry. As you step inside Portland's White House, a grand foyer greets you with its hand-painted murals, and you'll also likely notice the elegant dining room and parlor. While the eight guest units at this Portland Oregon B&B have historic appeal, they also provide guests with modern conveniences, such as high-speed Internet access, cable TV, and air conditioning. Antique furnishings also figure among the in-room amenities, and regardless of which room you choose, either a clawfoot tub or a Jacuzzi tub will be found in the sparkling bathroom. No minimum stay is required at the Portland's White House B&B, and if you're wondering about the name, the building bears fantastic resemblance to the White House in Washington D.C.
Rounding out the top picks for Portland bed and breakfast inns is the Everett Street Guesthouse. Of all the Portland bed and breakfast inns, this one might just be the most affordable, and you can hardly argue with the Rose Quarter and Irvington area location. The Everett Street Guesthouse prides itself on being casual and promises "no frilly curtains, teddy bears or potpourri here." An attractive Craftsman-style home that dates back to 1904 sets the stage for this inn, and if you like your hotels intimate, this one only has three guest units. Two of the guest units come in the form of rooms, while the third is a guest cottage that is separate from the main house. Not much more than cozy furnishings and complimentary Wi-Fi figure among the room amenities, while the cottage boasts a kitchenette, a TV, a DVD player, a DVD library, and laundry facilities. In other words, it's akin to a vacation rental in many ways. Whereas the smaller rooms are relatively low on amenities, they both share a common living room area that is equipped with cable TV, a mini fridge, a TV, a DVD player, a DVD library, a reading chair, and a comfy day bed. There are other cheap hotels in Portland, but when it comes down to it, not too many offer this much charm and casual appeal.