Portland >Lodging > Economy Inn
3971 N Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR | Directions 9722745.551927 -122.681365
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: Overlook, North Portland Neighborhood Services
Just as sleazy as it looks. – Let's be honest- nobody expects four-star amenities when it comes to a one-night hotel in North Portland. But it doesn't take a hotel connossieur to figure out when a place isn't worth spending sixty bucks on.
When I initially booked my room, I was a walk-in into the front office. I rung the buzzer at the front door, and it was a good two minutes before anyone came to the counter. When I was let in, the young middle eastern woman scowled at me and didn't say anything. I tried to make a couple jokes and smiled the whole time we talked in order to bring the mood up, but she continued to look angry that I was even there.
Upon entering the room, I did a preliminary sweep. The place looked nice enough- the beds were made, the towels were clean, there was AC and a TV. Oddly enough, an ash tray was provided (as well as a smoke alarm.) I went into the bathroom, flushed the toilet to check on it- oops. Toilet was clogged. Water started spilling out onto the floor, which I used two of the clean towels and the floor mat to clean up. Luckily the bathroom was tiny, so there wasn't a lot of floor space to cover.
There happened to be a Safeway nearby. I went and got a toilet plunger and came back. Everything else seemed to go pretty smoothly until that night.
Word of warning: this motel is right on the max line. And the max line is loud. This is by no means the hotel staff's fault, but don't try to fall asleep before 1 AM on Friday or Saturday nights.
The following morning, the fun continued. I hadn't slept particularly well, and when I woke up I began to understand why. My arms and chest were covered in tiny flea bites. Furthermore, upon inspection of the bed itself, I realized two things. First of all, my king box spring was not that at all- it was, instead, two twin box springs pushed together so that any attempt to sleep in the middle of the bed resulted in some discomfort. And here was the big one- about half the mattress and the entire side of one box spring was covered in a spotty, rust-red stain. I can pretty safely assure you that at no point during the night did I or my lady friend start bleeding profusely.
At 10:00, half an hour before check out time, the phone rang. It was the hotel staff telling me that I "better be out of the room by 10:30" or I would have to pay for another night. As I walked out of the room at 10:29, there were one of the hotel owners standing outside my room, glaring at me like I had just committed murder. I passed her and the questionably jittery, sunken-eyed person standing on the balcony, dropped off my key card, and immediately left the premises.
I will not be going back.
A blast from the past in an ever-changing neighborhood. – The Scene
This tucked-away yet conveniently located neighborhood is right on the MAX line. A few creative companies and hip hangouts are nearby, and families fill out the rest of the neighborhood. In the midst of it, this motel is a reliable offering, with its affordable rates and clean rooms.
Visitors won't find too many frills here. Just the obligatory cable television with 25" screens. Extended stay guests appreciate the on-site laundry. There are some fun and funky businesses nearby, not to mention fine restaurants and bars. This location, just off I-5, is also a short drive away from Emanuel Hospital, Lloyd Center, the Convention Center and Rose Garden Coliseum.
Highly Recommended - Clean, Friendly and Cheap! – I am a frequent traveler to Portland and have stayed in many of the motels on Interstate Avenue. The Economy Inn is by far the cleanest and nicest. My room was spacious and very quiet. The manager is very friendly and the service for a motel of this size (about 20 rooms) is impressive. It is also easily accessible to public transportation, downtown and other attractions.
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