5 on July 28, 2014
This place was amazingly beautiful. Due to bookings, we had to switch rooms but we didn't have to even carrry our luggage to our new room, they did all of that for us and hung our suits/dresses for us too. The beds were huge and comfortable. Our private bathrooms immaculately clean. Soft cotton robes provided. The rooms were lovely, really lovely. The breakfast that is provided was wonderful. Coffee, pastries, muffins, fruit, even some gluten free offerings. There were two problems with this place. The first is parking. There is no parking ot and you have to find street parking. We found it, but it was a hassle sometimes. The second problem with this place is the neighbors and their dogs. I'm sure they are nice people, but when I go on vacation, I want to sleep in. You can't do that with the two yappy dogs next door. One evening, we wanted to enjoy a glass of wine on the front porch. This time the neighbors weren't home, but the dogs were and their windows were open. For the 30 minutes we attempted to enjoy the lovely porch, we had to listen to these dogs at the window right next to us, barking incessantly. It was non-stop. We finally moved to the back yard. One would hope that the dogs would have stopped, but they didn't. They just kept on barking. I loved this place, but we will never go back because of those dogs.
3.0 on July 27, 2014
Nice to have restaurants we could walk to. Close enough to train that we could bike to the guesthouse from there. Good price & value for our stay. Would be nice to have gluten-free breakfast items that weren't sweet pastries. Nice to have fridge for our items. Common space & computer access were good to have also.
4.4 on July 20, 2014
Great place to stay - basic but clean/well-maintained facilities. Homely feel, plenty of privacy and a generous breakfast. Location is excellent - away from busy downtown and in Portland's up-and-coming gastronomic hub.
5 on July 10, 2014
I needed a room for an overnight in Portland and was looking for a B&B to save some money and perhaps get off the beaten path a little. I stay in hotels a lot for work and it's nice to have a homier touch, but I've never really cared much about the breakfast part (having to make small talk first thing in the morning isn't my style). Bluebird Guesthouse fit the bill perfectly--it's on the other side of the river from downtown, so I got to see more of the city; it was affordable and offered one-night stays where many in the area required 2-3 nights; the rooms were cute, comfortable and clean (I stayed in the Beverly Cleary room); you can show up whenever you want and use the common areas until your room is ready and breakfast is a la carte in the kitchen so there's no schedule to adhere to. SE Division street is undergoing a revitalization and within a couple blocks of the Bluebird there are several fantastic restaurants (I had dinner at Sunshine Tavern and brunch at Lauretta Jean's). You don't need a car either--the 4 Bus runs right from Division to Downtown and connects to the MAX. All in all, a great stay and a terrific experience.
3.4 on July 10, 2014
Enjoyed my 1 night stay and would use again. Adam
3.6 on July 09, 2014
This is a guesthouse so no breakfast but coffee, bagels, ect and that's fine. I will be staying there again the next time I get to go to Portland. Very nice location
4.2 on July 01, 2014
We arrived shortly after 4 PM. The staff that comes to service the guesthouse each day were gone, but that was absolutely ok because their instructions were very clearly written and welcoming. We made ourselves right at home. Nice, warm decoration - clean facilities. We stayed in the Elliot Smith room, which is actually in the basement, but the room smelled fresh, clean, and it was nice and cool. That was refreshing since it was rather warm out. Breakfast foods were good - lots of options and fresh. The other guests were very kind and quiet at the appropriate hours. It was a great location with delightful neighboring businesses: a coffee house, a tea house, and a delicious Italian restaurant with $5 large wood-fired pizzas at happy hour. Walking distance to Hawthorne St and tons of other fun things on Division. This was a great stop and we plan to return!
4.4 on June 30, 2014
My daughter and I have stayed at Bluebird twice now, and both times had a fantastic time. It is very clean and peaceful. The people are always nice, and my daughter loves chatting with the other guests in the kitchen at breakfast time. They have outstanding bagels, too :)
4.0 on June 27, 2014
A charming place to stay! Loved the breakfast nook, treats and good strong coffee in the morning. The staff was very helpful and yet let guests to themselves to enjoy the house. Felt like home. Will definitely be back next time I´m in Portland!
4.0 on June 27, 2014
I stayed here about 6 years ago and it seems the owners have not put any money back into the property, which is a shame :( since it is such a lovely idea and the location is fantastic. If it were me, I'd finish the basement, install another bathroom down there but mostly do some landscaping. It is an old colonial so the house has a musty smell. The breakfast is continental, not sure about that however there was a good selection of organic products and even gluten free muffins. Did I mention the location?
4.4 on June 23, 2014
The Bluebird was wonderful; quiet, comfortable, and intimate. I loved the decor, it was very Portland! I tried three different rooms and liked them all. Best breakfast I had on my trip too; good,strong coffee!
4.6 on June 20, 2014
Clean, comfortable, full of character. What a great place.
4.2 on June 15, 2014
My husband and I have stayed at the Guest House for 3 consecutive years and have never been disappointed. We stay one week in the first week of June. It’s a good value and centrally located, quiet and very comfortable. I can't think of a better place to stay. Over the past 3 years, Division Street has had an explosion of restaurants and bars – highly walkable area. Best of all, Salt and Straw and Pok Pok are just down the street. If you need to catch a bus there is a stop just outside the door. If I had one complaint, we did not see the house attendant while we were there – generally we do.
3.6 on June 13, 2014
The Bluebird was lovely and in a perfect location near lots of Division Street amenities and the Hawthorne district. I enjoyed the old craftsman house very much. The only problem was heavy duty road work on Division, noisy during the day and eating up much of the parking, but that's only a temporary situation. My room, the Marquez, was at the rear and was extremely quiet with a lovely yard view. Very reasonably priced for Portland, and I absolutely would return to the Bluebird again and recommend it to others.
4.4 on June 12, 2014
Located in a lively neighborhood in south-east Portland, the Bluebird Guesthouse provides everything you'll need and then some. A much better option for those that are used to living in a shared space environment and for those who want a unique way to experience Portland.
4.0 on June 07, 2014
We loved our stay at Bluebird Guesthouse. The communication before and during our stay was great, and the guesthouse was clean, quiet, and in a nice neighbourhood - lots of cafes, bars and shops within walking distance. We just wish we were in Portland longer!
4.0 on June 06, 2014
The room we stayed in (Beverly Cleary) was large and the bathroom very spacious and nice. There was road construction right outside which would have been particularly unpleasant if we had been really depending on a relaxing week (as we were woken up at 7!), but luckily we were only staying for one night. Any future guests will have brand new curbs. It was also pretty hands off, we never even met the owners, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Next time we go to Portland I would be very willing to stay here again, it was just a shame we didn't have any warning that there would be so much construction right outside as we probably would have asked for a discount or gone somewhere else.
5 on June 06, 2014
If you want someone hovering over you catering to your every whim, don't stay here. But if you want a comfortable, homey place with everything you need and pleasant people to share it with, Bluebird is your place. I can honestly say most b&b's make me feel like I'm trespassing on my grandmother's property. This felt like home. Staff was there but unobtrusive, the room was lovely but not fussy, the bathrooms were plentiful and spotless, and there was enough indoor and outdoor living space to encourage but not require interaction with other guests. I will certainly recommend it to anyone I know who is traveling to Portland.
3.8 on June 04, 2014
This was a great find, much cheaper and more suited to our night's stay in Portland. The room was decent sized and very clean, the bathrooms and showers were very clean and the entire home was updated, but kept the antique touches that added to the experience.
5 on May 30, 2014
Things were so prepared i was able to go my entire stay without even seeing any of the staff. No hassle, just luxury.
4.0 on May 30, 2014
Excellent value and wonderful location. Quiet and cozy. Can walk to all the new hotspots on SE Division.
5 on May 25, 2014
I recently spent four nights at the Bluebird Guesthouse, and I can't say enough good things about it. It was like staying at the home of friends - laid-back, hospitable friends with good taste who tell you to make yourself at home, and don't expect you to go to their kid's soccer game. The house is lovely, the furnishings perfect, and the ambiance relaxed and welcoming. I loved every minute, and will plan to stay there again, the next time I visit Portland.
5 on May 22, 2014
My brother and I stayed one night at the Bluebird Guesthouse and it was amazing! The staff was very friendly and accommodating and the kitchen was stocked with plenty of refreshments. The house itself is beautifully kept and each room has it's own unique style. The location is also ideal - lots of quirky shops, restaurants, and bars nearby. I wish we could have stayed longer!
4.2 on May 08, 2014
Absolutely superb location in eclectic SE Portland. Used the kitchen to make a lasagna dinner and chocolate cake. Great value, wonderful front porch, you can walk to great restaurants/shopping/coffee/bike shop, anything you need. Just an outstanding stay.
5 on April 29, 2014
We stayed in the Ken Kesey room for one night, and it was delightful. So comfortable and cozy! We would definitely stay here again.
4.0 on April 27, 2014
A lovely, comfortable house. We really enjoyed our stay
3.8 on April 24, 2014
portland is a great city to visit and this little gem is located in a great nabe with friendly service to boot.
4.2 on April 23, 2014
Excellent guesthouse is centrally located but still tucked away for a restful, quiets night sleep. Common rooms are beautifully decorated, comfortable & inviting. Lots of nooks & cranny's for everyone to enjoy. Well priced, clean bathrooms/showers, comfortable beds & accommodations. Highly recommend it!
3.6 on April 22, 2014
I had to change my reservation and I was greeted by a very kind and friendly person who took care of my needs and left me smiling. Thanks.
5 on April 11, 2014
Quintessentially Portland and particularly southwest Portland. Lovely room. Bathrooms outstanding. Really enjoyed my stay. Wanted to stay a third night but, alas and not surprisingly, no rooms.
4.2 on April 09, 2014
Refreshing to not have to stay in a hotel. Cute little rooms in a quirky house full of delicious pastries and in a good location. Clean, as well.
5 on April 08, 2014
My wife and I stayed here for a 4-day vacation to Portland. Absolutely the best place to stay if you want to experience SE Portland. We explored all four corners of the city, and even the wine country, but we have to admit that SE is where it's at. Nice staff, lovely homey environment.
4.4 on April 07, 2014
The house was easy to find and get into. the room was spacious, clean and comfortable.
5 on April 04, 2014
My fiancée and I have just had our second stay at the Bluebird Guest House, and we absolutely love it. The house has so much character -- it's such a refreshing relief from cookie-cutter hotel rooms. Yes, it may take getting used to the fact that you're sharing bathrooms down the hall, but honestly, that just makes it feel more like you're staying with family. ;) The rooms are great, it's a creaky old house, so on occasion I felt guilty walking up the creaking stairs in the middle of the night, but, really, that's a non-issue. We love the neighborhood. Coffee? Ice Cream? Amazing Thai street food? Pizza? All just a couple of steps away. And we also appreciate the complimentary fresh (strong) coffee in the morning, as well as the assortment of bagels, muffiins and pastries. But our FAVORITE part of the Bluebird, and the reason we stopped to write this review -- the people! The folks at the Bluebird are friendly, conscientious, knowledgeable, and just all around amazing. We can't state that enough. Special shout-out to both Jess and Francesca for making our stay a cut above.
4.6 on March 30, 2014
Great location next to tons of restaurants. Bluebird is clean, comfortable and well managed. I will definitely stay again.
4.6 on March 29, 2014
eggs at breakfast would be nice- glad to cook them myself
5 on March 20, 2014
What a beautiful house and wonderful staff. We have told everyone we know about the Bluebird and that if they are ever in Portland, it is the place to stay. We felt right at home, met some lovely people, and were in the center of everything. Thank you so much for everything!
3.6 on March 19, 2014
Enjoyed two nights in smaller room downstairs, then two nights in Cleary room upstairs (joined by my friend). Highly recommend this very quiet, comfortable and no hassle B&B. The beds were superb. Management friendly and happy to help with what you need. Staff only there a short time during the day so privacy assured.
5 on March 18, 2014
Had the beautiful room above the front porch- comfy and well located on Division!
5 on March 10, 2014
The Bluebird is awesome! It's a home away from home. I've never felt that comfortable in a stuffy hotel. They have a fine attention to detail. We loved having the use of a full kitchen. We stayed in the Elliott Smith room. Everything was great. My only minor complaint was one of the shower stalls takes a long time to heat up. There was a sign up warning people of it. We stayed four nights and only had to wait a short time one morning for somebody to finish using the shower that does heat up.
4.4 on March 09, 2014
We had a lovely stay at the bluebird
4.6 on March 03, 2014
5 on February 19, 2014
Everyone was so nice! Lost one of our keys (sorry!), but this dude (chris?) was over pretty quick to let us into our room. chatted with nice girl with dreads (dont know her name) about portland and stuff (she was real nice and helpful)...everyone was super nice and welcoming (except for that one lady complaining too much to dreadlocks girl about bread and bagels... lady, if bread and bagels are enough to make or break your stay at bluebird, you're on vacation for the wrong reasons and need to re-evaluate your priorities...). the room was cozy, the living room was cozy, the kitchen was SO cozy, everything. mannnn this house has got character. yeah my girlfriend and i are pretty positive we're moving to portland now. and our mamas and papas can stay at bluebird when they visit :]
5 on February 19, 2014
I was only there for one night, but it was an amazing stay. Everyone was so nice, and the house was beautiful!! The pictures cannot do it justice. The location is great as well. A must stay when visiting Portland!
5 on February 12, 2014
We had a great stay. The staff was cooperative and accommodating and very responsive. The room was big and private and there was little to no street noise (we stayed in the Beverly Cleary room -upstairs front of house). This was a great value and I would recommend to anyone staying in SE Portland. Great value!
5 on February 12, 2014
I had a great experience at the Bluebird Guesthouse. I stayed in the Elliot Smith room downstairs and the room was clean and comfortable. It even included an biography about his life :- ). The only downside of the rooms downstairs is that the nearest bathroom is on the 2nd floor and the shower is on the 3rd floor. Thank god I look good in a bathrobe. The breakfast was ready to be made in the morning and tasted fresh. The service was great, the staff was friendly and more than willing to help out. The area was a great place to venture around in. Plenty of restaurants and bars to go to and it was a short drive to the downtown area. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to my friends :- )
5 on February 05, 2014
I love the Bluebird. I have had to make a number of trips to Portland in the last year. I like 'no-fuss', no pressure which I get at Bluebird. It really feels like a nice home away from home. For me, it is perfect, within easy reach of excellent restaurants, far enough from downtown to be absolutely peaceful. Portland is a great place to visit, Bluebird makes it work. I'll be back.
5 on January 30, 2014
As always a very pleasant stay. Hope to see you soon again.
4.6 on January 20, 2014
We rented the Raymond Carver room for 2 nights in Portland and was a little disappointed at the smell of the room (we believe the musty odor came from the slightly stained carpet). However, we were very surprised and pleased with the convenience, cleanliness, and prompt service provided to us. I would definitely recommend staying at Bluebird Guesthouse, but perhaps in a different room.
3.8 on January 17, 2014
We were visiting friends nearby and were glad of a safe, comfortable, pleasant place to stay. We enjoyed the breakfast and were on our way. When we return to Portland we will stay here again.
5 on January 04, 2014
It is a beautiful old house. I stayed in the Elliot Smith room. It was super clean and quaint. Comfy bed and quiet. The teas and muffins in the morning was an added perk. They even had gluten free options. I have a new favourite place to stay in Portland :-)
4.0 on January 03, 2014
We needed a one nite stay in PDX with a late arrival plane. Bluebird was perfect! They provided an email confirmation with a door code. We slipped in quietly after we grabbed dinner in SE and found a cozy, quiet place to sleep. In the morning, we awoke to the best coffee I've had in a long time and a wonderful plate of bagels and muffins. We were set to take off for the rest of our trip. Excellent !
4.4 on December 31, 2013
Bluebird is in a very convenient location, walking distance to many good restaurants. I try to stay here every time I visit Portland. I often travel alone and always feel safe here. The beds are comfortable. Everything is clean. I like being able to have breakfast whenever I want to, and use the kitchen. The food is better than the average continental breakfast and the coffee is great. Much more convenient than a B&B where guests have to adhere to a schedule. The walls may be a bit less soundproof than hotels.
4.0 on December 30, 2013
Lots to do within blocks, comfortable sitting room, good bed and lots of ambiance.
4.6 on December 21, 2013
Rooms- Mattress was hard than we would have liked and it was hard to get the room the right temperature. Service- Our hostess made sure our stay was pleasant and provided some activity and restaurant suggestions when we inquired. Value- I though the accommodations were exceptional value for money. Cleanliness- Our room was ready on arrival and the house was clean and well provisioned. Dining- There were many options for breakfast and all of our cooking needs were well met.
4.8 on December 18, 2013
Easy place to get around in the Hawthrown area
4.6 on December 18, 2013
My stay at the Bluebird guesthouse was awesome! the website explains everything clearly. I had no surprises going in. The best part was the beautiful house itself. Filled with antique furniture, rich jewel tone colors, and a lot of character. when done with my day of running around it felt like I was coming home.but at the same time felt like something a world away. Will absolutely stay there again and would skip other nice hotels in downtown Portland just to go to this place.
4.4 on December 16, 2013
Ideal location /price for our needs. Have stayed there 6 times. Always a pleasant group .
4.2 on December 09, 2013
Really nice accommodations (we had the Marquez room) at a reasonable rate. The location was also wonderful, esp. for restaurants - Division/Clinton apparently is an incubator for new places.
3.6 on December 09, 2013
This is a wonderful, historic Portland home right on Division, a major shopping street in East Portland. The location is great and the rooms are very nice. It is a great vantage point from which to explore E Portland.
4.2 on December 05, 2013
If you are visiting the totally hip Division-Clinton neighborhood, stay at the Bluebird Guesthouse! It's comfortable, casual and friendly. The rooms are very pleasant and well maintained. The best part of my stay was the kitchen, where guests can make their own breakfast with yummy supplies on hand and tea or coffee anytime. It turned into a nice gathering place for the outgoing visitors to chat. There's also a lovely dining room, living room and parlor for relaxing.
3.8 on December 04, 2013
The Bluebird is one of the best kept secrets in southeast Portland. Within walking distance some of the most amazing small restaurants are found and there is great shopping for vintage items. The beds at the Bluebird are comfortable and the service was great. Gluten free continental breakfast is available. The only downside to our stay, we had to change rooms. We were not fast enough in making up our minds to book two nights in the same booking. However, the staff moved our things to our new room. Can't wait to return.
5 on December 04, 2013
I adore this place. I have been here six times and it is always better. Now discounts for cyclists! Breakfast is very vegan friendly, nice bagels. NO TV anywhere, yay!! Quiet and nice fellow guests who are usually in bed early and up early. Yoga place and vegan food at Papa Gi's within 15 blocks south on Division St. Yoga place is Bhakti Shop.
4.0 on November 27, 2013
For this neighborhood (sorry I do not know Portland neighborhood names) this was very close to the event I was attending, and the price/value is great. The rooms and guests were warm, the place is clean, serves great coffee, tea, fruit & pastries in the a.m. Gluten-free muffins were a treat! No TV and low noise make it extra nice for those attending meditation workshops that don't include lodging. Walking distance to a few each of coffee/tea houses, bars, restaurants and shops. Street parking may be a hassle at times, and I'm not sure I'd pay the summer rates, but the rest of the year the value is great. Oh, and an honest website!
3.8 on November 26, 2013
A friend recommended this place to me when I went to Portland for a long weekend by myself. I was looking for an affordable place to stay in SE Portland and this fit the bill. Nice towels, clean bed. Good vibe and nice coffee in the morning. Located close to a number of nice restaurants. I plan on returning when I need to go down to Portland again.
4.2 on November 25, 2013
We had a great time staying here. Great location on SE Division street and very comfortable bedrooms. A bonus was having fresh bagels in the breakfast nook. We would definitely return on our next trip to Portland!
5 on November 20, 2013
The room was perfect for my girlfriend and I. Waffling distance from tons of food and drink options. Affordable rates and way better than a comparable hotel experience.
3.2 on November 19, 2013
It is a nice place and a good value. It is clean and in a great location.
4.2 on November 18, 2013
Great value, in a great location. Very walkable to lots of shops and restaurants. Only downfall was the busy street out front that was noisy all night.
4.6 on November 10, 2013
We really enjoyed our stay and have stayed at Bluebird GH before. Everything in the house is well cared for, cleanly, comfortable and as an added bonus - colorful and full of character. We love the morning breakfast options, tea, and the guitar in the living room. A comfortable communal house that also offers lots of privacy.
4.2 on November 06, 2013
This was my first visit to Portland. Arrived in PDX at 1040pm on a Friday.I took light rail to the Hollywood transit center and bus75 to within 4 blocks of Bluebird Guest House(Cesar Chavez-39th and Division). Passcode worked to let me in. A fine home, with a welcoming first floor. I found a key in my room's door and a welcome message. Slept well and enjoyed the claw foot tub the mext morning. After some excellent coffee and nice muffins, I was off for the day. Second and third nights were equally comfortable, other guests were friendly folks that I didn't even know were there during the night. Pok pok and Hedge house were easy walking distance. I will be back!
4.4 on November 05, 2013
A friend recommended this guesthouse, and I had a great experience. It was a quaint place with fantastic character. The kitchen and dining area provided a great experience in itself getting to know other travelers. I will stay here again and recommend this place to anyone going to Portland.
4.0 on November 05, 2013
Adorable guesthouse. The baths were not en suite, but, rather, were shared, but I'd known that this would be the case. Everything was immaculately clean. There was wifi and a computer that guests could use, as well. The check in and check out set ups were as easy as could be. The price was excellent. I also thought the neighborhood was cool and fun.
3.8 on October 29, 2013
Great location for walking to dining, shopping, parks. The staff are SO friendly and helpful! My husband and I feel the value is beyond compare!
4.4 on October 25, 2013
I recently stayed at the Bluebird while attending a workshop nearby. I was a little apprehensive about booking it online, with no information about the neighborhood or surroundings. I was quite pleasantly surprised! The Bluebird is charming. The furnishings are comfortable and speak to the era of the home. It really felt like being a guest in someone's home, rather than an anonymous visitor in a modern hotel. I stayed in the Sherman Alexie room and found the bed to be very comfortable. The neighborhood offers many good places to eat, and coffee is everywhere! If I ever have the opportunity to visit Portland again, I will certainly stay at the Bluebird again!
2.8 on October 24, 2013
Quaint B+B, homey and comfortable. What you would expect, nothing fancy but very nice.
2.4 on October 17, 2013
Portland is not the sunniest place, so we were perplexed that our nice comfortable room was painted, walls AND ceiling, a dark reddish-brown. The windows helped offset that darkness some, though, if the sun was shining. Common living and dining rooms similarly darkly decorated. Breakfast is do-it-yourself: coffee, assortment of cold bagels, muffins and scones, with some fruit provided, and powdered pancake mix if you want to make a mess that you will have to clean up. At this price, a hot breakfast should be provided. The shower delivered plenty of hot water, and the bed was comfortable for me, but my wife thought it too hard. We had a private-bath, king room: with tax about $500 for 4 nights in mid-October. Most mornings we walked somewhere else for breakfast or ate with our daughter whom we came to visit. Nice neighborhood to walk in, bus service close by.
4.2 on October 13, 2013
We once again enjoyed our week stay at the Bluebird. It is a charming old home and we look forward to coming back. The staff is very warm and friendly.
3.4 on October 13, 2013
I was traveling by myself and on a budget, so I booked the Raymond Carver room for a few days. The house is large and well manicured, with a feeling like you're staying at grandma's house. Very large kitchen with tea, coffee, orange juice, bagels, muffins, bread, bananas, peanut butter, cream cheese for all to use. A computer with Internet as well. Lots of bathrooms and showers to ensure no waiting. Staff was friendly and helpful. My small room had towels, wash clothes, robes, soap, and a hair dryer, none of which I expected; also, each room has a book written by its namesake. Very Highly recommended if you want a quiet place that feels like home.
4.4 on October 10, 2013
This is my third or fourth stay here and I just love it.
4.0 on October 08, 2013
Bluebird Guesthouse was exactly what we were looking for in accommodations for our trip to Portland. The neighbourhood was amazing, with many great restaurants on SE Division, SE Hawthorne, and SE Belmont within walking/biking distance. The room was clean and the perfect size for two people who like to be out and about. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and the games where a great touch (nearly missed a dinner reservation to an epic Bananagrams battle). Would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, affordable place in an interesting area.
4.4 on October 08, 2013
All I have to say is that I will definitely book a room here the next time I'm in Portland and need a place to stay!
3.2 on October 08, 2013
A simple and quirky guest house in a terrific location. Terrific for someone who is spending most of their time out and about.
3.0 on October 07, 2013
Three night stay was very pleasant. Only the factory next door (bottling company?) operating at odd hours was not so nice, as I was trying to get over jet lag. The neighborhood is full of good places to eat, and I recomended the Bluebird to others while I was in Portland.
4.8 on October 07, 2013
LOVE this place. SO cute, super clean, good location, i would defiantly come back for another stay
4.8 on October 07, 2013
Enjoyed 2 wonderful nights in a great location. Would recommend anyone reading this to stay. Well done!
4.8 on October 07, 2013
Great place to stay!!!
4.6 on September 29, 2013
cozy and quiet rooms made for a peaceful night's rest. Great vintage architecture and bathrooms. Hot water, yummy breakfast treats and coffee! Easy to find and access.
4.8 on September 27, 2013
We stayed at the Bluebird Guesthouse after our wedding for one night, as a "mini honeymoon" in Portland. We reserved the small room on the top floor with a skylight. It was, as expected, small, but super cute, and perfect for us. I wake up early, so was up about 5:00 am. When I tip-toed down to the kitchen, another guest had already started a pot of coffee. From 5:00 to about 10:00, we just relaxed, hung out in the room, sipping coffee, enjoying delicious vegan muffins, scones, bagels, and fresh fruit. Yum! We never seem to take time to relax like that, so it made it extra special. Crossed paths briefly with some other guests, but never heard them or were bothered by them during our stay. Nice and private. At under $100 for the night, it was well well worth it! Now I'm just trying to find another excuse to stay there again! My only (very minor) suggestion: It is so awesome that you had vegan and gluten free goodies clearly labeled in the kitchen. Thank you! That's the reason we chose your bed and breakfast! But it would've been nice to also have some vegan creamer or milk for coffee or vegan butter for bagels or something like that. Like I said, very minor suggestion. The coconut carrot raisin muffins were outstanding!
4.6 on September 24, 2013
Everything about the Bluebird is excellent -- other guests were friendly and helpful, the room and (private) bathroom immaculate. Parking on the street not as easy to find as we would have liked, but that's not Bluebird's fault. We were helped in by welcoming and friendly staff. We would definitely try to stay at Bluebird in the future and recommend it unreservedly to friends.
3.2 on September 23, 2013
Perfect location to explore Portland and great for folding into your schedule and needs.
4.0 on September 23, 2013
Very nice, comfortable and clean and relaxing.
3.4 on September 22, 2013
The Bluebird Guesthouse is a pleasant place to stay in an interesting area. Parking is on the street, which is perfectly fine.
4.4 on September 21, 2013
The bluebird guesthouse was wonderful. Clean, stylish and simple. The owners were never around, making it feel like you were renting the place, but they left good instructions for getting ahold of them, ect. There were brochures for local attractions. We stayed in the Elliot smith room, which was downstairs, one floor below the restroom and two floors below the bathroom. I would definitely stay there again for the price and great location.
5 on September 18, 2013
Why stay in a hotel? Bed and Breakfast much more convenient and like staying at home.
5 on September 18, 2013
We drove right past it a couple times before finally deciding to walk to find it. The front was blocked by trees so that when you walk up the steps to the front yard it becomes a serene little getaway in contrast to the bustling street it is located on. The house is absolutely adorable inside. We stayed in the Elliot Smith in the basement, which was really quiet. The only downside to that were the showers being two floors up which made for a long venture through the house with embarrassing morning hair, which isn't all that bad. The room itself was a little plain, but it was much bigger than it looked in the picture and had a very comfy bed. Although breakfast isn't "served" here, local breakfasty treats are provided and there is a full kitchen for the guests to use. Aside from the busy street it's on (which has so many great restaurants. A couple must-try places we ate at were Cibo, Hedge House, and Salt and Straw), the neighborhood is mostly residential and great for relaxing walks or a bike ride. To the east there are a couple beautiful rose gardens. Overall, we loved our stay and plan to stay here any time we visit Portland in the future.
4.0 on September 11, 2013
Incredible value for this SE Division neighborhood. I've stayed in Portland many times before, but have usually stayed in the downtown area at either a hotel or with friends. However, the location of the Bluebird Guesthouse can't be beat; there are shops, restaurants, tea houses, and lots to see within a few blocks of this bustling neighborhood. In general it was easy to find parking nearby, and the neighborhoods didn't have restrictions for how long you could park (i.e., ended up not moving my car much...too much to do/see nearby!). I stayed in two different rooms during my stay, the first one being a basement room with no air conditioning, but it was nice and roomy. The lack of air conditioning, although an initial concern, ended up not being an issue with the cool Portland nights and fan provided. The second room I stayed in was on the second floor (closer to the bathrooms and had A/C), but was really tiny. Luckily I didn't have much luggage, but the small size could definitely be an issue for folks not traveling light. Although the room was still a great value, I would recommend checking out the room descriptions on their website before booking to make sure you'll have enough space to meet your needs. I was a bit hesitant to book here at first knowing I wouldn't have my own bathroom, but as their website states, there are a couple located in the guesthouse, so I never ended up having to wait. It was also a nice touch that bathrobes are provided so you don't have to worry about walking to the bathroom in your pajamas. The breakfast was as expected (mostly pastries and bagels), and I also thought it was nice that they also provided vegan and gluten free options as well. I also loved that guests are given full access to the kitchen, so you could store food in the full size refrigerator, and also cook if you wanted. Overall, I was very impressed with the Bluebird, and look forward to staying there again on future visits.
4.2 on September 11, 2013
Our room was great, we didn't take advantage of breakfast but the location was great for us because it was near friends and our room was really comfortable--great place
4.2 on September 07, 2013
I loved it. Clean, comfortable, friendly. It felt more like being home than staying in an unknown city.
3.8 on September 05, 2013
We loved staying at the Bluebird Guesthouse! The house was beautiful and quiet. The neighborhood was great—lots of great coffee, restaurants and shopping. There's convenient public transportation nearby. Definitely a great place to stay if you want to be a little bit off the beaten path but still close to downtown. Next time we're in Portland, we plan on staying at the Bluebird again!
4.2 on September 04, 2013
Great stay in a chill house. Walking distance to fun & food.
3.2 on September 03, 2013
The room was fine but had an unusual smell at the end of the day.
5 on September 02, 2013
Such a great place to stay! I always come here when spending the night in Portland and I am never disappointed. Staff is helpful and friendly, and the place is cozy and homey.
5 on September 01, 2013
This is a great old house with a full kitchen, dining room, living room, porch with swing and a delightful innkeeper. I stayed in the Raymond Carver room and had friends meet me at the house. We sat in the living room talking late into the evening, then had coffee and scones which they picked up in the neighborhood the next morning around the dining table. Very friendly, clean and accessible. The price was right too. Has it all over hotels...would recommend it to friends or family and hope to go back!
3.2 on August 31, 2013
Was surprised not to be greeted by owners during our stay. Very quiet house, street outside very busy, had to look for a place to park everytime we came back. Did not know we were making our own breakfast and cleaning up afterwards. It worked out okay, just did not know that was how it worked. Room was large and so was bath. No TV which was okay.
5 on August 30, 2013
I love this place! What a great idea. Breakfast, lunch, whatever is on your time! The place is quaint and comfortable; what else is there? I love Bluebird B and B, and the people that run it are wonderful as well as the guests are interesting and fun.
3.4 on August 28, 2013
Serene house with lovely details in fun neighborhood. Good quality beds and linens and use of laundry in basement a real plus after a week's backpacking trip. Instructions were thorough and everything worked as expected with no surprises. Use of a computer also much appreciated. Street parking is easy but be aware there is no "driveway" beside the house to unload your bags--it's a small apron from the street across the sidewalk only.
4.2 on August 28, 2013
Very clean, great breakfast with bagels, muffins, fruit, pancakes, coffeecake, etc. and even vegan and gluten free options! Full access to cooking in the kitchen too which was nice. Incredibly walkable in one of Portland's coolest neighborhoods. This place felt like home, awesome after a long day trying to make the most of a short vacation! Nice relaxing patio to hang out on. We stayed in one of the basement rooms and I'd say the only bummer was all the bathrooms were upstairs. Also frustrating to wait for a shower in the morning when both were taken (I'd imagine this doesn't happen too often but we were in a hurry to get to a morning wedding in Salem). Overall, this a fun place to stay and the management is super friendly!
5 on August 27, 2013
My wife and I spent a weekend at the Bluebird Guesthouse, simply put, we love this place!! Our room was VERY clean and VERY comfortable. The house itself is quite charming. I was delighted to have a seat on the couch and find a perfectly tuned guitar to play. The kitchen (and the ENTIRE house) is immaculately and impeccably clean, we are truly impressed with our whole, memorable stay. We were in Portland for my sister's 60th birthday, her vacation rental was just a few blocks away, this gave us the chance to walk the neighborhood, which is filled with delightful places for tea, coffee, lunch, etc. Thinking of staying at the Bluebird? I say don't think, commit, get your reservation ASAP, I know you're gonna love it as much as we do!!
4.2 on August 23, 2013
Home away from home. We stayed in the Ken Kesey. It had a bathroom outside the door (it was a shared bathroom) when others are staying in a room down the hall. They had fruit, coffee, bagels and muffins every morning.
3.8 on August 18, 2013
The facilities and house were grat to stay at. Or house is of a similar age so it was a welcome home to us. It's a bit off the beaten path, but if that's what you're looking for then it'll be perfect! Some eating choices nearby, but sadly not if you have celiacs.
3.6 on August 17, 2013
Quick run down of this charming guesthouse: No ankle-biters. Kids under six years old are not allowed, which means it is super quiet. Most comfortable hotel/hostel bed I've ever used. Good sleeps makes for happy travelers. Great location. For those that want to travel without a car this is a great home base. There is plenty to do in this area, plus it is easy walks to different neighborhoods, pubs, restaurants, shops, parks, bakeries. We rented bikes, cuz bikes are fun, but they are not needed. Between walking or bus #4 you could easily fill a weekend without need of a car. We rented from Clever Cycles, an awesome shop that is a pleasant 2 mile walk from Bluebird. This may be a negative for some, but it was a bonus for me: we never even saw the owners/managers. We let ourselves in following their emailed instructions and just left the keys in the unlocked room when we left three days later. Zero hassle. The house is gorgeous. It is brimming with Craftsman touches, little nooks and crannies abound. One little nit is that I wish the bedrooms had hardwood floors; carpet gives me the heebie-jeebies. Rudimentary breakfast fare (and coffee) are provided, but Portland is such a breakfasty town you should just go out and get yourself a salmon Benedict and a Bloody Mary with homemade pickled veggies. Really. Do that. It was a lovely visit and I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the Bluebird again.
5 on August 14, 2013
My husband and I really enjoyed staying in this quiet guesthouse in a great location on SE Division. I was unfamiliar with the concept of the guesthouse (there is a cleaning service, but no on-site management, a communal kitchen, and some shared bathrooms), but as folks who prefer to be left to our own devices, it suited my husband and me perfectly. Our room was very clean, with comfortable, homey vintage furniture, a lovely skylight in the bathroom, well-functioning air-conditioner, and windows that opened. It's just down the street from a highly recommended casual Thai place called Pok Pok, my favorite restaurant in Portland (and we went to several great ones). Longish but manageable walk to the Hawthorne/Division and Clinton Street areas, although we mostly used a rental car to get around. Coffee, fruit, and delicious fresh bakery items tided us over in the mornings, but there are good cute breakfast places around. Otherwise, we didn't really use the kitchen. The common areas had the same comfortable, vintage-y-but-clean vibe, and everything was convenient (newspapers laid out in the breakfast room, robes in the bathroom, etc.). I give this place an A-plus and will return here again.
2.8 on August 08, 2013
I have stayed at this guest house twice and it works for me. Don't expect high service or any interaction with an inn keeper. This is a self service operation. It is well run, clean and comfortable. It had everything that I need.
4.4 on August 07, 2013
Are you looking for a very reasonably priced alternative to chain hotels? Then the Bluebird Guesthouse is a sure thing. My wife and I stayed one night in the Sherman Alexie room on a spur of the moment trip to Portland. The rooms are clean and the mattress is comfortable. There's plenty of space on the ground floor to hangout or relax. The overall vibe seemed low key and quiet. There's a surprisingly good continental breakfast as well ss the option to cook your own meals. If you don't mind sharing a bathroom, towels and robes are provided, then this might be your place.
3.4 on August 06, 2013
What a perfect little stay! We stay in B&B's all over the country and this was perfect! Great location... you can walk to great places to eat and shop.
4.4 on July 31, 2013
We love staying here. We always get the Beverly Cleary room because it is large and has a private bath. Everything about this place is nice,clean and easy. Trust the web site!
2.4 on July 30, 2013
A nice place; typical older house, small bedroom and shared bath. Worth what you pay, though.
2.8 on July 29, 2013
Bluebird is nicely located on Division and just one block away from Clinton. Both streets have many terrific restaurants and homes. It is a nice residential area that is easily accessible by bus, car, or bike. The guest house feels very much like a private home and is quiet most of the time. It has a big kitchen, nice sitting room, dining, and a small backyard/garden. My room locates in the back of the house and overlooks the garden so it is very private. It has a private bath with a large tub. The king bed is large and comfortable but the pillows are a bit too soft. Breakfast is provided with organic fruits (mostly apples and bananas), Irish steel cut oatmeal, pancake mix, bagels (I think these are brought in once a week so depending on when you stay there, may be fresh or stale), gluten free muffins and other pastries (also semi fresh, often from the freezer), juice, fruit jam, butter, cream cheese. Residents can bring their own food and there's room in the fridge to store some basic items like eggs, sausage, and fruits. The kitchen is fully equipped with cookware, tea bags, oil, salt and pepper, etc. A really comfortable place to stay. Those that don't want to cook can go to the many eateries just minutes away from the guesthouse, including the very popular Pok Pok Thai Restaurant. I will definitely stay there again.
4.8 on July 25, 2013
We were very impressed with both rooms.Initially we were concerned that the rooms might be stuffy,one being below the kitchen and the other on the top floor but the ventilation and the fans made them very fresh and comfortable.The staff were friendly and helpful and the 'help yourself' approach regarding the food was most relaxing.The bagels were fresh every morning and the kitchen was fully stocked!This was our first time staying in a Guest House and we were won over.We will be back!No more boring hotels for us in Portland!Thank you from Victoria BC Canada
4.6 on July 25, 2013
Quiet, well kept, clean, friendly. Loved the atmosphere of such a well kept older house and was very comfortable in our room.
4.4 on July 25, 2013
My fiance and I decided to stay at the Bluebird Guesthouse due to its great reviews on Yelp, its charm, and its location on Division St. We really enjoyed our stay! Our room (the Sherman Alexie) was very spacious for the two of us. Even though we didn't have a private bathroom, we had no trouble with the shared restrooms. I never had to wait for one. The house was very cute, and the breakfast in the morning was pretty good (aside from a pastry that had gone bad). They also had vegan and gluten free options, which I liked since I'm vegan. Overall, we enjoyed our stay, and I would definitely return!
4.4 on July 25, 2013
My partner and I stayed for three nights in a room on the 2nd floor at the Bluebird guesthouse and were both equally pleased at the quality of our stay. We loved the comfortable and home feeling we had every time we were in the guesthouse and will definitely be staying there again next time we are in Portland. It is in a great neighborhood, and is walkable to most places on the other side of the river. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom was close by, and the house was old but obviously well cared for. The breakfast was okay but had all the necessities. I loved how easy it was to arrive and depart, even when we arrived in the middle of the night.
4.0 on July 18, 2013
We stayed two days in the Garcia Marquez room. The house is absolutely gorgeous and is perfect for a person who wants the charm of a bed and breakfast without the need to explain your entire life story to the owners and that nice couple from Kansas. The common areas are generously sized and wonderfully filled with character (built-in sideboard in the dining room, gorgeous bookshelf in the living room, the air vent covers have a sort of filigree pattern, etc.) We really enjoyed it. Plus the 4 bus is right outside the front door. Would definitely stay again. By the way, it's a pretty good deal, too. To be clear regarding both service and breakfast - though there was a staff person there from morning until about 3 PM, you really don't see her and you kind of have to guess she works there. Super friendly, answered all questions knowledgeably about neighborhood, bus service, etc., just not really around much, though the letter you get on the bed tells you there's an office upstairs, which was easy to find when I went to look. Breakfast is a selection of pastries, plus coffee and your choice of tea, as well as fresh fruit. Nothing hot, though you are welcome to cook your own.
3.8 on July 17, 2013
Stayed here for a night and it was lovely! convenient location in a charming area, VERY clean. Rooms were nicer than I expected! Great value considering how much hotels cost downtown. Very peaceful and quiet. We stayed on a Sunday night so we had a chance to explore the house and get a glance at some of the other rooms that had not been booked for the night, all of them were absolutely gorgeous! We stayed in the Beverly Cleary room and it was particularly nice :) The Sherman Alexie room looked very comfortable as well! Staff was available but mostly out of sight, which gave it a nice place-to-yourself feeling. The breakfast was pretty good, nice help-yourself selection and they had fresh fruit which was a nice plus. I would stay here again :)
5 on July 15, 2013
Spacious, comfortable and relaxing, The Bluebird Guesthouse is a great home base for a visit to Portland. It is located in the beautiful SE neighborhood, great for walking, with many of the uniquely Portland shops and restaurants nearby. The house itself is the essence of comfort with spacious kitchen, dining room, living room. In the warm season, the porch swing is great, and in cold months, there is a cozy couch by the fireplace. The house is beautifully kept and the kitchen is well stocked for breakfasts. The staff are friendly and helpful. The Bluebird is my favorite place to stay in Portland.
5 on July 11, 2013
My family just stayed at the Bluebird Guesthouse in Portland and loved it! We only wished we could have stayed there longer! The beds are super comfortable, rooms are clean, atmosphere is friendly, and it's convenient to all the local restaurants and shops. We enjoyed the fresh bagels and homemade cream cheese spread that was delivered fresh in the morning to add to the wonderful array of breakfast goodies (even had gluten free muffins). I would recommend the Bluebird to anyone and look forward to my next stay there when I'm back in Portland!
4.4 on July 08, 2013
Our room was comfortable and roomy with a private bath. Street noise was a little annoying with the windows open. Loved our private bath. Breakfast was self serve continental. Tea house, pizza, and coffee shop nearby. Staff was very helpful.
4.4 on June 25, 2013
This guesthouse is the perfect place to stay if you need to stay in the East side neighborhoods of Portland. The people that run in are extremely nice, and you can actually get to know them a bit if you're open to it. It is a great place in between a standard hotel and a bed and breakfast. You feel like you have the amenities you have when you're home but your home isn't an authentic Victorian. The unique charm of the house definitely stood out to me and with the location and service it was an all around wonderful experience. I would definitely go back if I end up in Portland again.
4.2 on June 21, 2013
Bluebird Guesthouse is a perfect laid back place to stay in portland if you want to eat out, and have a few drinks in a hip neighborhood. The house is right on Division st surrounded by great spots to hang out. Its a beautiful little neightbourhood too, lots of gardens and trees and older character houses. The room we stayed in was nicely appointed in vintage style and the house has a great naturally lit kitchen and diningroom for all guests. It was super clean and the staff we talked to were friendly. A great place to stay at a great price.
4.0 on June 17, 2013
I enjoyed an overnight at the Bluebird. SE Portland is such an interesting neighborhood. Thanks!
5 on June 17, 2013
My extended family stayed here for our daughter's graduation from Reed College. It was a perfect place. The living spaces were very comfortable and convenient for our time together, and the rooms have lots of character and are very clean! I highly recommend the Bluebird Guesthouse!
4.0 on June 17, 2013
A nice place to stay.
3.2 on June 16, 2013
Clean, affordable, convenient and a great deal to boot. A great place to stay especially if you are doing things in SE Portland.
5 on June 15, 2013
I love the energy here - excellent location next door to Townshend's Tea, super comfortable bed, quiet and cozy environment and friendly staff. I'll definitely stay here again and recommend it to others!
4.0 on June 15, 2013
Last minute booking online was a snap. Guesthouse was homey and room was perfect. Great night sleep. Area has some good! food and easy access to the reason for our visit NW Mobile Food Kitchen outfitting our vintage trailer. We had interesting conversations with other guests
3.4 on June 14, 2013
My husband and I enjoy staying at the Bluebird Guesthouse when we visit Portland. Its quiet (no television) and comfortable, centrally located, close to New Seasons Market, shopping, restaurants, and microbreweries. We can do our laundry and use the kitchen to store purchased food and prepare meals. We only wish it had central air! Nola Haynes (aka former PDX resident living in Flagstaff, AZ
4.2 on May 28, 2013
Really cute bed & breakfast. They offer a complementary breakfast that also caters to vegans and gluten free folks. The rooms are cozy, comfortable and quiet. And it is located in a great area of Portland. I love this place and have stayed more than once. Highly recommend it!
5 on May 24, 2013
My daughter and I shared a room, and it was so relaxing, the perfect base camp for a whirlish graduation weekend in Portland. The other guests were pleasant, the kitchen stocked with fresh bakery and fruit, the bedrooms cozy and comfy. I cannot wait to go back, and linger longer on the porch, in the yard, on the balcony.
3.8 on May 21, 2013
I prefer a B&B to serve a full breakfast, not self-serve bagels and pastries.
3.4 on May 14, 2013
This room will be very tight for two people, best to stay here if you're flying solo. That's not a complaint at all, just the way it is. I would definitely stay here again. I found the bathroom always clean, ditto the kitchen. It was hot when I was there, and I asked the caretaker for a little fan for my room and she checked, and got one for me! Oh, and I don't know if it was just happy coincidence of the guests who were staying there at the same time, but the noise level was low, which was very much appreciated.
3.2 on May 13, 2013
I stayed at Bluebird Guesthouse for some meetings in Portland. It was a very convenient location, and its a very nice place that makes you feel right at home. Nice kitchen and rooms to read, relax or do some work on your laptop. Nice little frontyard and outside seating, and a backyard lawn. Highly recommend it and will come back when I'm in Portland again.
4.6 on May 10, 2013
This was my 5th time at the Bluebird. It is so convenient and comfortable.
5 on May 09, 2013
i highly recommed others to stay at the bluebird guesthouse. this was my first experience staying in a guest house and it was great! very homey and the other folks were friendly. the room and bathroom were clean and fully stocked. it was nice not having to pay for breakfast each morning too. i will definitely stay here again when i visit portland!
3.4 on May 09, 2013
The Bluebird fits the bill for an 'in and out' overnight in a B&B. Room very comfortable; self help entry, breakfast, etc. an interesting way to run a place for low overhead. Pricey for what it is, I thought. But so many things sold out that particular weekend. Very "Portland" kind of place. Clean, comfortable, funky.
4.4 on May 02, 2013
I love the Bluebird. I've stayed twice, now, and both times it felt so unassuming yet comfortable. Nice amenities include bathrobes, a medicine cabinet filled with emergency staples and a really nice continental breakfast with good coffee, fruit and yummy breakfast treats like local pastries, muffins and bagels. Fridge on site. Wi-fi. Friendly staff person in the morning. Later, I got a phone call inquiring if the earrings they found in my room were mine. I wish all my stays could be so relaxing! I definitely will stay here again!
5 on April 30, 2013
4.0 on April 25, 2013
Could not have worked out better! Thanks to my spouse who suggested the Bluebird Guesthouse: priced right, clean and neat, everything accessible inside, lots of parking outside. All this and less than 2 miles from where I was taking a piano tuning examination. I got a restful night's sleep in the Raymond Carver room, was able to make breakfast, and got to my examination on time (and passed!) Will come back again! George D Mounce III
5 on April 25, 2013
Did not eat at the guest house, but there were many cheap and good places nearby
3.6 on April 24, 2013
This is an old house with good bones. The kitchen area is old school and very charming. My room was warm, beautifully painted, nice combination of furnishings, spacious, and the bathroom was lovely. I met one guest and we had a nice exchange. The house was full but guests were respectful to honor the quiet peace and calm guests experience here. It was a sweet experience for me. It was a very nice exception to the isolation I have experienced in hotel. Priced well.
5 on April 21, 2013
Bluebird Guesthouse feels like home. It's so convenient to be in one of Portland's most desirable neighborhoods in a comfortable house. The value is outstanding; I wish every city had the same exact set up for the price. It's charming without being fussy, it's comfortable and clean, a bit quirky, which is why we love it, and encourages relaxation. I especially like having long lazy mornings in the sunny dining room with cups of coffee; it's just like being at home only better. Honestly, I try to think of reasons and excuses to come to Portland just so I can stay here more often.
3.4 on April 21, 2013
I stayed in the R. Carver room while I stayed at the guesthouse. The guesthouse is not a traditional bed and breakfast. There is a continental breakfast served in the morning with freshly ground coffee, bagels and muffins. I only saw staff once. There isn't someone there to entertain you, which I prefer, so if you are looking for a traditional bed and breakfast, keep that in mind. For the price, it is definitely worth it. It's a clean place to stay that is inexpensive. There are a few bathrooms in the house that are shared by all the guests, and there was never a problem with waiting to use one. It seemed that I was the only one who used the bathroom located next to the Raymond Carver while I was staying there. So, it seems like they are spread out enough where guests hardly notice that they are sharing a bathroom. It was a very tiny room, but perfect for a cozy sleep while saving money and traveling alone. The coffee and muffins were fresh. I have stayed there twice and I would stay there again.
4.8 on April 18, 2013
The house was quaint and had nice touches like a guitar in the living room. I never even saw another guest except for the next morning at breakfast. Quiet, interesting, authentic furniture. Bed was clean and comfortable. A gem.
3.2 on April 11, 2013
the place was clean and reasonably priced for being so close to downtown
4.6 on April 09, 2013
The Bluebird Guest House exceeded our expectations for comfort, location and walkability. Hanging out on the porch drinking a local microbrew and eating popcorn on a sunny afternoon was great. Our room - the Gabriel Garcia Marquez had a wonderful view of the garden. Great location to walk to local amenities including Whiskey Soda and Pok Pok. We would stay again!
5 on April 09, 2013
I had a quick weekend visit with my daughter who is in Portland at college. The Bluebird was easy to get to, in a great location, and near to her school I will definitely return.
5 on April 09, 2013
Bluebird Guesthouse was perfect for me! It was easy to get to from the city center and the room was great. Excellent wi-fi, too.
3.4 on April 04, 2013
Booked a basement room, comfortable bed, two flights upstairs to the shower. Never saw the host/hostess, due to my hours, but all relevant information was provided in writing. Good value, good location. Breakfast was a do-it-yourself continental style, which suited my time schedule.
4.0 on March 29, 2013
I stayed here on a 5-day trip with one other person. We wanted something outside of Downtown that would be easily accessible, safe, interesting and off-the-beaten-path. The neighborhood is great with many interesting stores, bars, restaurants and bus stops to get around. If you're looking for something casual, you don't mind sharing a bathroom (we had no trouble with availability) with a charming feel, go to the Bluebird Guesthouse.
4.2 on March 26, 2013
The Bluebird Guest House is a treasure. I look forward to my visits to Portland and I know that if I can stay at the Bluebird, I will have a wonderful time.
5 on March 26, 2013
Always enjoy staying at BBGH. Convenient, clean, quiet. Very happy with what they have going on!
4.0 on March 25, 2013
Love the Bluebird - it is in a great location, user friendly and great value for money in SE Portland.
4.6 on March 24, 2013
We had a very nice time here! The staff provided some awesome recommendations on restaurants in the area which catered to my vegan tastes, as well as other things to do in the neighborhood. The location is terrific, with so much within walking distance. The rooms are clean and appropriate and I felt the breakfast items they provided were just right. This is a great, low key, way to see Portland!
4.6 on March 11, 2013
Our room was clean and colorful, as was the rest of the house. We never actually met or even saw anyone who ran the place during our short stay, but we could see that they run a very nice b&b. Breakfast was simple, but enough, with healthy food options, and of course use of the kitchen so guests can bring and make their own food. I ead sad we didn't reserve our room for the entire week we were in Portland once Isaw what a great place it is!
3.6 on March 08, 2013
The Bluebird is a great place to stay, in a cool neighborhood in Portland. As I was in a rush when I booked it, I probably didn't read the description closely enough and thought it was a full breakfast type of place, which it isn't. The breakfast is more continental style, but the baked goods etc. on offer were very good. And there are great places to eat over on Division St.
3.6 on March 07, 2013
Because of its location on a main street, I was surprised at how quiet and private Bluebird was. I chose a room w/o a private bath, and only once in 5 days did I have to wait to use it. Breakfast is serve-yourself: Coffee and fresh fruit were always ready in the morning. Bagels and muffins were in the frig for the taking, but unfortunately they were never refreshed. Each day, I expected to see new choices--but they were the same for 5 days.
4.6 on March 06, 2013
The service was great and the room was cozy. Wonderful location. Definitely will come back again!
4.0 on March 05, 2013
Our room was large and comfortable. Enjoyed the nice touch of robes in the bathroom. Breakfast was great! The maps of the Portland area were helpful for our trip. Only drawback was our room faced the street and it was a bit noisy. Thanks!
5 on March 05, 2013
I always love staying at the Bluebird! It is charming but not run down. You can feel the love that is put into the place! I also really appreciate the gluten free snacks and the really good internet connection. The neighborhood is also very cool and central. Thank you so much for always making me feel so welcome, Rebecca from the Bay Area
5 on March 03, 2013
My husband and I have stayed at the Bluebird twice, and its such a fun and refreshing stay among tons of fun places to eat and drink. I love the rooms, and the breakfast dining area as well as garden area. The owners are really nice, and its surprising how affordable the lodgings are. I would recommend it to anyone, and Im sure we'll be staying there again next year. :)
4.4 on March 02, 2013
enjoyed our stay at Bluebird and will stay again. Very homely feeling, friendly and well organized. Steve Tachell, Seattle
4.2 on March 02, 2013
This place is very nice and clean, not a top of the line hotel by any means but is a great alternative to an expensive room elsewhere. It is a great place to stay in an interesting neighborhood with plenty to do within walking distance. I would definitely highly reccomend this place to anyone looking for a cheaper nice place to stay.
5 on February 28, 2013
clean comfortable room, pleasant neigberhood
4.4 on February 27, 2013
This place is wonderful. We only stayed for one night but everything about the place is charming.
4.4 on February 25, 2013
We always appreciate the convenience and price of these rooms. Now they've placed new beds in the rooms and it's very comfy. The Beverly Cleary has a king sized bed now, and the room is big enough that it doesn't crowd two people. You can walk to many shops and restaurants in the SE neighborhood, but it's not hard to park, either. Great choice.
3.6 on February 23, 2013
4.0 on February 11, 2013
My husband and I have stayed in boutique hotels (Ace, and Modera) as well as McMennamin's, and while they have their charms, The Bluebird Guesthouse is a much more compelling place to stay. Less expensive than anywhere else, and so very welcoming in an unassuming way. I knew there were offerings of bagels, pastries and coffee, but was impressed with the gluten free pastry array, as well. I had read about the fact that there was a laundry chute, and easily identified it in the bathroom. The neighborhood was not exactly what I was expecting, but was pleasantly surprised by the new Townshend Tea Company, and the vintage shop just down the street, where I scored a beautiful beaded medicine bag, and a view-master with 17 pristine reels dating from 1939. I look forward to coming back in the summer to see what the new construction turns into, and further exploration of the culinary gems nearby. I am also looking forward to my stay at the nearby Evermore guesthouse in April.
4.4 on February 09, 2013
I have stayed here for years now and always make a point to return. It's so quiet and spacious even though many others are staying there. I love the style of the decor, the unobtrusive but super helpful staff and the location.
4.2 on January 30, 2013
Very impressed with the cleanliness and breakfast. We stayed in one of the rooms in the basement and still were very pleased and felt comfortable. Great location if you prefer that part of Portland. Walking distance to tons of bars, restaurants, and coffee.
4.2 on January 29, 2013
The Bluebird Guesthouse is a gem: affordable, clean accommodations, near where I needed to be for meetings. It felt like coming home after a busy day.
4.8 on January 23, 2013
Super nice and helpful staff. The room was comfortable. Great rate. I would totally stay there again.
3.8 on January 16, 2013
BlueBird is a hidden treasure. It is a great value for the money and makes you feel like you are at home.
4.6 on December 31, 2012
Very nice accomodations! Really appreciated the thought put into the breakfast items! Organic coffee & cream!! Thank you! Would definitely recommend this warm & inviting Bed & Breakfast! Plan on staying again!
4.6 on December 30, 2012
I reserved two rooms, one for my mom and one for my in-laws. It worked out perfectly. They loved the house, the location was excellent, and they very much enjoyed conversations with the other guests in the mornings before they came over to us. I will do this again!
3.8 on December 26, 2012
We have stayed at this guesthouse twice in the past six months. Each time the reservation process was very efficient. Other guests were courteous and we enjoyed visiting briefly with them in the kitchen area. The surrounding neighborhood is fun and walkable. It is not hard getting to downtown Portland by car or bus. We were in the basement rooms and slept well there without intrusive street noise. Trips up and down the creaky stairs to the bathroom and shower added to the authenticity of our homey experience. This is an unusually economical lodging for the city. We highly recommend it to independent and casual travelers who prefer making their own breakfast.
4.4 on December 24, 2012
This is our favourite place in Portland. Have stayed here half a dozen times and will be back again for sure. Great location, friendly owners, super clean, amazing character.
4.6 on December 17, 2012
Its a great place to stay in a fun part of Portland. We'll definitely stay there again.
3.2 on December 16, 2012
Cozy bed and breakfast, good location, lots of interesting restaurants and shops in walking distance, public transportation close by. Efficient check in and check out service, wi-fi available. Environmentally conscious.
4.8 on December 16, 2012
Dont be worried about a room in the basement. It was cozy and an excellent value!
4.6 on December 13, 2012
This place is gorgeous and comfortable - and the value for your money can't be beat!
4.8 on December 08, 2012
we really enjoyed our stay at your b&b. hjghly recomed it.almost like home. thank you so much. ps i left a note on the nite stand . thanking you. al
4.8 on December 03, 2012
This wonderful house in SE Portland is relaxing, beautiful, and completely enjoyable. My wife and I live in SE Portland but when we need a break from the kids and want to get away for an overnight we bike down to the bluebird and hang out. The well-stocked kitchen has everything you need to make meals, and the hosts supply a wonderful array of breakfast treats for the morning. I highly recommend it!
3.0 on November 27, 2012
This is a good place if you want a clean, quiet room with self-catering. We chose it as it was close to friends of ours living in SE Portland. The breakfast food was good, but on a couple of days, the butter, bagels, bread and milk ran short as we got up later. Direct bus to downtown Portland and 10 minute walk to Hawthorne for supermarkets, shops. Division Street has some shops but not as many. Our room was a good size, clean and comfortable, and next to a bathroom. Someone was there in the mornings if you had any questions, need help, etc. Not much tourist information. Internet access and computer very rapid and reliable. Fully equipped kitchen made it easy to prepare meals or just eat takeout.
3.6 on November 18, 2012
Wanted a get away with little contact with others in a comfortable space. PERFECT! All business was handled online; didn't even encounter keepers during 2 night stay. Great kitchen for prep of food I brought with me and great location for other meals I needed. The delicious and popular 'Pok Pok' is just a couple of blocks away. The Marquez room was great. On the main floor but private with the bonus of its own bath. I will return!
4.0 on November 15, 2012
Clean home, full of character. In a very interesting neighborhood. Lots of shops and restaurants near by. Made us feel part of Portland.
3.6 on November 13, 2012
The house was lovely, and was situated a short walking distance from a class I was taking. I stayed there an entire week, and it felt just as if I lived in the neighborhood. The house was clean, the staff was friendly, and the kitchen was well stocked with a variety of breakfast items. I look forward to staying there again!
4.6 on November 09, 2012
I stayed here during my first visit to Portland two years ago, and loved it. Last year, I chose to stay at a McMenamins hotel downtown, which was ok but the area was noisy and jarring, and the windows were far from soundproof. Returned here for my third Portland visit earlier this week - I'll never stay anywhere else again. If you're looking for concierge service, a lounge bar with purple lights, and organic verbena hand cream, go stay at the W. If you want an authentic Portland experience in a real Arts and Crafts house in the best part of the city, this is your place.
4.0 on November 03, 2012
Love that Raymond Carver’s “Where I’m Calling From” was conveniently located in the Raymond Carver Room! Adorable. Really good bagels, too!
4.6 on November 02, 2012
Our stay at Bluebird felt like we were at home. It was pleasant to hang out downstairs. Other guests were friendly and nice. We had a feeling of being tucked away but the location was so convenient to everything. The staff was helpful. The laundry facility was convenient and immaculate. The kitchen was well stocked. Breakfast was always a nice time with a lot of variety to choose from. We are definitely making this our place to stay while in Portland.
5 on October 19, 2012
We spent a week at the Bluebird Guesthouse and enjoyed it immensely. This adorable, cozy bungalow is nestled into a great neighborhood. Lots of good food and coffee to be found on Division and it's an easy walk to Hawthorne. The rooms (including the bathrooms, kitchen, and shared spaces) were all very clean. We stayed in the Elliot Smith room and didn't mind going upstairs for the bathrooms. The shared spaces in particular were very inviting. We found ourselves spending way more time in them than we'd anticipated. The porch has a porch swing... 'nuff said. It's easy to interact with others or just keep to yourself. Either way you get to enjoy this charming home while you're in Portland and that's more than I can say for any hotel.
4.0 on October 18, 2012
Stayed at Bluebird for 3 nights in Portland while on a road trip. Easy parking (always directly in front of the house), lots of great food and drinks within a few blocks. The down side is that, if interested in touring around downtown Portland, it's a bit out of the way, but southeast Portland has more than enough to offer. Rooms had plenty of space, the bathroom was clean, and the house had plenty of maps and newspapers to find things to do. Again, not a traditional B&B - no breakfast served, though they set a coffee maker and put out bagels and pastries, and there is an entire fridge - great for leftovers.
2.8 on October 16, 2012
Great quiet location along the bus line that goes into downtown. Close to restaurants on Hawthorne Street. Tea and coffee shops and restaurants steps away. Overall, a clean, comfortable location with minimal interaction with the owners and self-service breakfast with variety of choices.
4.4 on October 15, 2012
Bluebird Guesthouse was cozy and conveinient. It was everything we needed for our stay in Portland. Kitchen and bathrooms were clean and comfortable. Breakfasta choices were great. We had no problems booking or confirming our reservation.
2.4 on October 14, 2012
House was clean and eclectically furnished. Chosen because of location (near daughter's) but did not realize that because it is on Division, there would be nearly constant fairly loud traffic noise, even with the windows closed. Never met our "host? hostess?"--all dealings were either online or by impersonal printed note on bed when we arrived. Strict cancellation policies are ridiculous--should allow you 2-3 days prior to cancel, not a week. Overall feeling is that this is a big moneymaker for someone, definitely not providing a service because they enjoy it at all. Will not stay again, even at half the price.
3.8 on October 08, 2012
Reccomend taking a walk in the neighborhood and looking at all the styles of houses and gardens. The Bluebird is a quiet, clean and well kept house that happens to be a B&B. We have recomended it to others and those who have stayed have also relaxed in the peace and quiet of the surroundigs.
4.6 on October 06, 2012
I was happy to find a vacancy when I changed my plans a day before I arrived in Portland. My room was clean and quiet and the bed was comfortable, which was really all I hoped for, but the room and the house was also comfortable and inviting, and the free WiFi worked well. I did find the whole experience to be a bit surreal, like I was playing Zork, or a character in a thriller. I arrived after dark, punched in the code for the front door, as instructed via email, and entered a clean, well-lit house without sight or sound of another living person. Once in my room, I heard some footsteps in the hall, but never saw another person, or heard another voice until a brief encounter with a few other guests in the kitchen the next morning. I don't count this as a negative, but I mention it because I found it notable. I'm giving a high rating for service because it was so efficient, I didn't need to talk to anyone. Overall, I am quite happy with my stay. The price was reasonable, the room clean and comfortable, and the location was convenient. This will be my first choice the next time I need to stay overnight in Southeast Portland.
4.2 on October 06, 2012
Never stayed in a guest house before, and now we are converts. The house was beautiful, the other guest friendly and the neighborhood fun to explore. Will definitely be staying here again next time we are in Portland.
2.8 on October 04, 2012
I was pretty happy overall with my stay - I just wish the breakfast offerings featured something besides carbs (I'm gluten-free) and that it was possible to open the window in my room (there was an a/c unit and the house was musty). Otherwise, the location was great - several good eats, a tea house, and yoga within walking distance, and a 10-minute walk to the Hawthorne district. My room was small, but comfortable for one person, and having a skylight made a big difference since the room was rather dark overall.
3.8 on October 03, 2012
This is a very pleasant place to stay. People are respectful and helpful. It is simple but safe, decent and secure. It has a cozy, warm feeling to it too. The fridge is available for personal use and the kitchen is fully equipped for personal use as well.
4.4 on September 20, 2012
Bluebird fulfilled my need for a safe, inviting, quiet place to stay while visiting relatives in Portland. Everything I needed was provided, including a robe for puttering the halls and getting breakfast. I will be returning.
3.8 on September 17, 2012
Everything we needed for our city stay, in a convenient neighborhood.
5 on September 16, 2012
We absolutely loved our room and stay at the Bluebird Guesthouse! We hope to visit again very soon! Only detail we would've liked was to have our own bathroom, but all the bathrooms were extremely clean so it wasn't much of a concern.
4.0 on September 13, 2012
Located in an easy to access area. We stayed in the Beverly Cleary room. Self-check-in is extremely convenient and my girlfriend appreciated the gluten free bread available for breakfast. Very thoughtful and comfortable place to stay!
3.6 on September 11, 2012
Stopped for one night only. Really friendly people, A home away from home.
4.0 on September 08, 2012
Clean rooms. Well laid-out bathrooms. Inconveniently placed electric plugs: the two rooms I stayed in both had desks, but neither desk had an outlet within reach unless I unplugged something like the AC.
4.0 on September 03, 2012
We really enjoyed our stay here and couldn't ask for more. Beautiful house, nice room, friendly guests, great location. It was quiet, and set in a nice neighborhood with good cafes and restaurants, easy parking, etc. Enjoyed pokpok Thai restaurant, micro brew bar/restaurant across street, vintage/consignment shops etc. House had maps etc and was a quick drive to airport, the falls, etc. Place was not available during our whole stay, so we had to book a hotel downtown afterwards. Bluebird was much better in terms of location, value, etc. Looking forward to coming back sometime.
3.8 on August 30, 2012
This was a perfect home base for our visit to Portland. We love the front porch, where we sat to wait for friends. All facilities were kept impeccably clean and the kitchen is welcoming and well-managed. I only wished we could open the window in our room (Ken Kesey). It got a bit stuffy and we had to use a/c although the weather was cool. I highly recommend this guest house as an affordable and charming stay in a great location. Excellent restaurants and shopping nearby.
4.2 on August 30, 2012
This place is EXACTLY where I wanted to be in terms of going out at night and eating great food, all within walking distance.
4.0 on August 27, 2012
Clean, comfortable, close to public transportation stops, homey. Would definitely stay here again! We didn't see the hosts during our stay at all, though, which was a little strange.
4.6 on August 23, 2012
This was a surprise; it is very conveniently located in an interesting neighborhood with very close & fast bus service to city center. There was a wonderful large front porch where I sat & read pleasantly in the evenings. I did miss not having a local telephone directory in my room. I would definitely make this choice on my next visits to Portland.
5 on August 16, 2012
It is really easy to make yourself at home in this guesthouse. Our room was very clean and cozy with an incredibly comfortable bed. The common areas are also very welcoming. The continental breakfast was delicious and I loved the "help yourself" style. Don't worry if the room you book does not have a bathroom in it, ours didn't. Sharing was certainly not an issue.
5 on August 13, 2012
vacationing in SE Portland, the bluebird puts us right in the heart of all we wanted to do...live music, good restaurants, and good brew pubs. wish we could have stayed more than one night, but the word is out about the bluebird and how nice and convenient it is. Cheers to all people involved with making this B&B what it is. Brian & Erin
3.0 on August 12, 2012
Charming, convenient, good value. Service? Well, I never saw anyone other than guests, but everything seemed to be kept in good order. Dining? Ummm, just bagels and English muffins plus fruit in the kitchen. But the bed was comfy and rooms were large (Beverly Cleary) if somewhat dimly lit.
4.2 on August 10, 2012
Were here for a night before heading out to the Columbia River Gorge and had a very nice night. There was a space right out front to park and the room was very spacious. Everything was ready for us and breakfast was self-serve in the morning.
4.4 on August 08, 2012
Clean, pleasant environment. Felt very safe. Nice shops and restaurants within a 10 minute walk.
4.8 on August 07, 2012
Loved the kitchen and the guitar in the living room. THe porch swing was also delightful.
3.4 on August 01, 2012
The bluebird is not your typical B&B, it's your own little place with full use of two sitting rooms, kitchen, dining room and outdoor areas. Our room "Beverly Cleary" was spacious with a nice private bath. Breakfast was "do it yourself" which turned out to be just fine. Nice neighborhood for walking, shopping, dining. The place is a little difficult to spot from the street, especially at night, but I would happily return there again.
3.0 on July 30, 2012
very nice, arty b&b. we liked that there were fresh breakfast items provided and we could prepare the meal as we wanted. the coffee was GREAT. decorations throughout the house were fun, loved the pictures. neat neighborhood. if we visit portland again we would book a room.
4.4 on July 28, 2012
Ideal location. The bus stpped right across the street, and lovely restaurants and shops within an easy walk.We had the smallest room, the Raymond Carver, and it was small. The other bedrooms were nice. However, it didn't really matter as there were so many other cozy rooms to sit in.
4.2 on July 24, 2012
Stayed in the Elliot Smith room. It was OK, but a little drab, and not having a bathroom on the same floor is a pain. Also, the room was very clean, but there was a spider in the bed when I opened it - not a big deal but it freaked me out. But we loved the breakfast, the service was super nice, and the other rooms look really nice. I'd stay at the Bluebird again and try to get another room.
3.4 on July 20, 2012
We arrived late at night the day after Christmas, so perhaps it was not surprising that I couldn't contact anyone by the posted phone numbers. After receiving help finding the appropriate bus, we got to Bluebird with no fuss. The room was spacious and the rest of the house quite clean and full of antique character. I loved it, my wife thought the basement looked haunted. I appreciated the directions provided when we got in, and would be happy to stay again.
5 on July 17, 2012
Very nice place to stay, with a homey feel and lots of free treats for breakfast in the morning!
3.6 on July 15, 2012
Staying at the Bluebird Guesthouse was what I imagine post-collage house sharing might be. Folks came and went, used the kitchen and common areas as needed, engaged in pleasantries or more in depth conversation. There are several places in the common areas to sit to eat or work on laptops or whatever. Most evenings, we sat on the porch swing after our evening walk in the surrounding neighborhood. Terrific location on main bus line into downtown and a 10-minute walk to the Hawthorne area which we enjoyed more each time we went. Our room was simple and clean.
5 on July 11, 2012
I stayed at Bluebird Guesthouse while attending a conference. It was nice to have a cozy place to get away and recharge. Nice room, good coffee and breakfast items. Homey.
3.6 on July 06, 2012
We loved our stay at the Bluebird. We will definitely be back next time we are in Portland. My husband took me to Portland for my birthday weekend and the Bluebird was just the place. It is right on Division street, with some of Portland's best restaurants and coffee only blocks away to the left and right. We brought out bikes and were able to bike everywhere without breaking a sweat: downtown, pearl district, sunnyside, etc. - the location is central and perfect. The guesthouse was very clean, well kept, welcoming, the vibe is super cool with a retro flair. Breakfast is simple but tasty and its nice have the flexibility to serve yourself as you like. I recommend the Bluebird Guesthouse to anyone looking for a unique, affordable stay with local charm.
4.6 on July 02, 2012
I was in Portland for over a week and was not familiar with the southeast area where the Bluebird Guesthouse is located. I was on a budget for my trip and I did not want to spend most of my travel dollars on lodging. As a single woman, I wanted a safe and clean establishment and neighborhood. I selected the least expensive room and it was perfect because Bluebird is convenient to public transportation to downtown and there were lots of restaurants and grocery stores within the area. My room was small, however it was great for the price and I had access to the common areas and the kitchen, so it met my expectations fine. The breakfast, while not gourmet, was generous and the coffee great and a few times I cooked dinner, in after a long day out sightseeing. I would definitely stay there again.
4.0 on June 30, 2012
The Bluebird Guesthouse is great - nicer, cleaner, and quieter than a hostel with more flexibility than a B&B. Great location! I especially like this place because we can make our own breakfast with the items provided at the time we want. It feels like a home-away-from home.
4.0 on June 28, 2012
This is our third stay at the Bluebird.Our daughter lives nearby. Sometimes my parents join us. The convenience of the available kitchen & dining and outdoor table enabled us to have an 85th birthday celebration for my Dad in an intimate environment rather than somewhere more distracting for seniors. Breakfast, public transportation,convenient dining and a relaxing atmosphere make this a great choice for us.
4.4 on June 28, 2012
Charming and picturesque, the bungalow sits up a flight of steps from a busy street. The rooms are not as spacious as the pictures online might suggest, but they are more than adequate. The common areas, on the other hand, are roomy. The kitchen is large and light and fairly well-stocked. The breakfast is make-your-own, which is fine, but don't look for the griddle to make pancakes; there isn't one. Parking can be tricky; parking a block away is not unusual. The house is located in a pleasant neighborhood, perfect for a long walk. It is also on Division Street and Hawthorne is nearby - both are great shopping for new and vintage goods. Stay at Bluebird if you are looking for a bit of comfortable nostalgia and peaceful leisure. While I preferred the do-it-yourself entertaining style, I know some prefer more company and structure. Don't expect live-in hosts to break down every experience for you or groups of friendly guests gathering every evening for scrabble. Do expect a soothing, quiet atmosphere, comfortable beds, clean towels everyday, and great coffee. I will be back.
4.2 on June 26, 2012
We have stayed at the Blue Bird Guest House twice; both visits have been very nice. The house is clean, comfortable and relaxing. The kitchen is guest friendly for preparing your own meals if you choose and every morning breakfast treats and coffee are waiting. The Staff "Nina" is very accommodating and pleasant.
2.8 on June 26, 2012
good location, interesting neighborhood, lots of places to eat nearby, easy to get downtown, close to transit, decor was nice, not overstuffy but could use a bit of dusting in the rooms, breakfast was great - lots of choices, but they should provide milk for tea (can't drink tea with half and half cream!) I would recommend this place and will definitely come again.
5 on June 25, 2012
For my needs, taste and expectations I considered our experience at the Bluedbird Guesthouse to be completely satisfying. It is simple, elegant, in a great location, very clean and private. I feel we got our money's worth.
3.4 on June 23, 2012
I stayed for one night in the Raymond Carver room. It was a wonderful cozy room with a great reading light easily accessed from the completely comfortable bed. The large round mirror at the dressing table was a nice touch. A sweet little bathroom just a few feet down the hall and a bright kitchen with freshly brewed coffee and English muffins in the morning left me wanting nothing more. This is my second visit to the Bluebird and I hope to be back again.
3.0 on June 15, 2012
I stayed at Bluebird recently and I loved the home. It was very clean and maintained. I loved sitting on the porch and reading a book and the house was full of beautfiul antiques. The neighborhood is also great with restaurants and shopping and a nice park. The breakfast at this B&B was disappointing. I'm used to meeting the owners and enjoy a bit more of a personal touch when I stay at a B&B, which is the reason I choose them. But if those things don't bother you, you will probably enjoy your stay here.
4.6 on June 12, 2012
If I'm ever back in Portland, I will stay here again. Great location in walking distance to restaurants, shops and a food cart pod; clean and adorable rooms; beautiful craftsman details; and a great price. If you want to experience Portland as if you lived here, this is the place to stay!
4.6 on June 07, 2012
Our 4th stay at Bluebird and as always, it was warm and cozy. always feels comfortable and homey. Easy acces to bus and rail lines. We don't bother to look for anywhere else to stay.
4.2 on June 03, 2012
Bluebird is in a perfect location for exploring SE Portland on foot and it is very easy to get to other parts of the city by car or bus. Division and Hawthorn streets are packed with cute shops restaurants and bars. The guest house is very cute. It is an old house and the floors make noise so bring ear plugs if that would bother you while sleeping. (This was only a problem during middle of the day napping when people were in and out more often) It has all the amenities you would expect and several price points depending on the room you want. We will definitely stay again.
4.0 on June 02, 2012
I have stayed in bluebird guesthouse many times with friends and family. It is a lovely craftsman style home with warmth and everything you need for your stay. It fits well for the traveler who wants to be left alone and appreciates staying in a quiet setting. The rooms are very clean and if you have a room without a bathroom there's one right in the hallway. I like the self service approach to helping yourself to breakfast of bagels,fruit and coffee in the morning but if you are looking to be pampered or waited on then this should not be your choice!I love staying here as it feels like a home!
4.4 on June 01, 2012
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our five-day stay at the Bluebird Guest House. Our room (Beverly Cleary) was spacious and comfortable. The skylight in the bathroom made the space inviting and cheerful. The kitchen facilities were easy to use and the nearby computer room was very helpful. The surrounding neighborhood has many charming restaurants and coffee houses. The northern Thai "Pok-Pok" restaurant is just a couple of blocks away on Division Street, and the Mediterranean "Laura" is even closer. The Bluebird Guest House is great value and we will definitely plan to stay there again on future trips to Portland. Mike & Sue Philley Boise, Idaho
3.8 on May 21, 2012
We stayed in two different rooms, the Gao Xingjian and the Beverly Cleary. Both were very nicely decorated and very clean. The en-suite bathroom in the Beverly Cleary room was great. The street noise in the Beverly Cleary room was pretty significant, although turning on the window A/C helps to drown it out. Would definitely stay there again.
3.6 on May 20, 2012
My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with the Bluebird Guesthouse. Though there wasn't anyone to great us upon arrival, the room key was in our door and the room was well prepared. We loved the quaint bungalow feel with the modern furnishings. The floors weren't creaky as they are in many old buildings, and the walls were fairly sound proof. We thought we were the only tenants until we awoke to find 4 other people in the kitchen! The country kitchen was very welcoming, with a fridge full of items including bagels, bananas, and muffins. There were a few ants crawling on the table while eating. Also, dishes have to be cleaned by the tenant. We would happily stay at the Bluebird again as it exceeded our expectations overall. The great location and fast internet were a huge plus!
4.4 on May 14, 2012
I spent a spur-of-the-moment overnight stay with Bluebird Guesthouse and totally enjoyed it. They were efficient with reservations and instructions. The room was clean and comfortable. The breakfast was perfect and I had complete access to the kitchen if I wanted to cook something more. The rooms are not en-suite but I was there on a full night and had no troubles getting a toilet or shower.
2.6 on May 10, 2012
Located in a great neighborhood, but it's best to have a car. The wifi worked well, and it was sufficiently comfortable. The walls are thin, the mattresses soft, and the floors creak, so if you're a light sleeper or have a bad back, this isn't the house for you.
4.0 on May 06, 2012
Although some of the rooms are quite small, everything was sparkling clean, and the hosts were friendly and accommodating. There was delicious coffee every morning and a selection of muffins, scones, bagels, etc. for a cold breakfast, along with easy do-it-yourself supplies for a cooked breakfast (eggs, pancakes). The neighborhood was full of restaurants and art shops, and, although Portland is wonderfully walkable, there was a bus stop a block away from the Bluebird.
4.0 on May 05, 2012
Clean rooms, warm house, great coffee and bagels in the AM-- loved the location.
3.4 on May 05, 2012
Clean and quiet. Staff is present yet non intrusive. Will return again when staying in SE Portland.
4.0 on April 30, 2012
Very clean, very comfortable and a good price. The coffee was great, the bagels and fruit were good--everything I needed for a good breakfast. I appreciated the use of the fridge and that I could have breakfast whenever I wanted. Nice to have the daily paper and plenty of room to hang out and read it. The swing on the deck was nice, too. Easy walking distance to many restaurants and a corner store. I liked that the rooms were named for authors I like and the only one I hadn't heard of inspired me to try a new author. Next time I hope to book in time for a room not on the basement level because I am a bit claustrophobic and like to sleep with the window open. But even with my neuroses, the room was fine.
3.4 on April 29, 2012
I have travelled enough so that major downtown hotels with their contrieved elegance have lost their appeal. The Bluebird answers to all of the weary travellers needs. A decent room, good facilities, basic food and communications gear available plus: an atmosphere, a feeling of "this is my home", caring and friendly personell, location in a wonderfully attractive district with lots of places of interest within walking distance and a bus stop across the street for that quick downtown tour. I stayed longer than intended, I just came back home halfway round the planet;I want to return.
2.8 on April 25, 2012
This was our third stay. Previously we had stayed in the Gao Xingjian room in the basement, but we decided to upgrade to a room with a private bathroom this time and stayed in the Beverly Cleary. Although it was convenient to have a room with its own bathroom, it was like sleeping next to a freeway. The street noise was very significant, even with a fan on to try to drown out the noise. The room itself was nice and clean. The bed was comfortable. However, next time I would go back to the Gao Xingjian room (or something that faces the backyard, maybe) because the basement walls insulate against the street noise quite well. Breakfast is self-serve bagels, spreads and fruit. They had a bad ant problem in the kitchen (in the past they had some, but this was a swarm of them on the island). We didn't see them in the dining room or other areas of the house. Overall, it's still a good place to stay.
4.6 on April 18, 2012
Our first stay in Portland at the Bluebird, it was fairly easy to find coming in off the I-5. Settled in a great neighborhood with a few great places close by to get a decent meal and some great beer! A few to many Subaru's for my liking in that hood...kinda creepy how many actually but I guess it's a sensible car?? The house has great character, large and spacious, even a BBQ in the backyard if you feel like it. The staff were polite, the breakfast of bagels, muffins, fresh fruit, coffee, tea or juice was great to get an early start. I would definitely stay here again just don't spread the word around to much or I won't be able to get a room here again. Chuckle.
5 on April 11, 2012
We loved our stay at the Bluebird guest house, it made us feel like home and gave us such a nice start in Portland....thank you! The house has a lot of character and we enjoyed very much meeting people in the kitchen and the common areas. The rooms are very cosy, we slept so well, quiet and relaxing. The staff was adorable, helpful, all together, the athmosphere of the house is really outstanding ! Thanks again! Sabine
5 on April 02, 2012
We especially enjoyed the bakery goods, both the bagels and other pastries. The bedspread in the Alexie Sherman could be more contemporary. The bed itself was extremely comfortable and the pillows were outstanding. Thanks for an overall wonderful experience. Great location, too.
3.8 on March 16, 2012
I love, love the Bluebird Guesthouse and all the interesting people who stay there. When traveling alone, it is a great comfort to have nice people in the house. Nina is a gem!
4.6 on March 07, 2012
Had a lovely 2 nights at your B&B. The house itself is charming and provides a surprisingly cozy sense of privacy set back nicely with trees providing a buffer from a busy street. The young ladies who work there were friendly and helpful, and the kitchen facilities and offerings got the day off to a good start. A great value and I plan on staying there whenever I'm in Portland.
4.0 on March 01, 2012
We stayed in a double room with bath at Bluebird for four nights. The room was well appointed and comfortable. Although next to the kitchen, this did not prove a disadvantage since we were up by 7:30 a.m. and most guests made breakfast after that time. Breakfast fixings (continental) were very good and included fresh fruit along with bread, muffins, bagels, pancake mix, etc. The only issue was noise (lively conversatioin)one night in the living room after 11 p.m. But when we asked the guests to quiet down, they did. We'd stay at Bluebird again, however and rate it four star.
3.4 on February 26, 2012
Quiet, peaceful and very convenient. I would stay there again. Didn't have time for breakfast, but the coffee was good.
3.2 on February 26, 2012
Laid back and just right. Conveniently located within walking distance of both the bustling Hawthorne district and public transportation. Our fellow guests were very sympathetic and, while I'm sure our hosts are lovely people, it was nice not to need to visit with them: a very relaxed stay. We enjoyed breakfasting at our own pace and having the kitchen at our disposal. A few of the nice touches: the daily newspaper, the computer for guests' use, the robes (with pockets for the room key), washer/dryer availability, for those longer stays. Our daily caretakers and bringers of clean laundry and fresh food were friendly and accommodating. We couldn't reserve a room with a private bath, but even though the guest house was full for most of our stay, there were enough facilities that we never had to wait for a bathroom. Only negative: ants in our room and no ant traps available to stem the tide.
4.0 on February 24, 2012
This is a beautiful, clean, hospitable B & B. Little touches - like a guitar in the lobby and a little sitting room with a fireplace going - make it very homey. I plan to return when I am next in Portland.
4.6 on February 24, 2012
We've stayed at the Bluebird Guesthouse numerous times and it's always our first choice for lodging in Portland. It has everything you would expect plus a homey casual ambiance.
4.0 on February 20, 2012
This was my second stay at the bluebird, but I hadn't stayed in the Beverly Cleary room before. It was really lovely, especially the wood floors and the morning light.
4.0 on February 19, 2012
Centered in a buzzing young neighborhood, rooms solid and comfortable without being frou-frou like so many b&bs, kitchen available to save travel bucks by cooking your own dinners, excellent coffee and bagels, a sweet friendly hostess in the mornings. I really really like this place and can't imagine what else you would need in Portland unless you insist on a private bathroom.
4.0 on February 09, 2012
The Bluebird is a braeth of fresh air and comfort for a tired travelor. It was quiet, peaceful and there was great coffee and PLENTY of breakfast at any time!
4.8 on February 05, 2012
I have never stayed at a guesthouse before, so we weren't sure what to expect. It is basically a very, very nice hostel arrangement with every amenity you could need (e.g. fridge full of great breakfast foods, brand new washer and dryer, complimentary computer/internet, etc.) Our room was very classy and comfortable. This whole house appears to have undergone a massive renovation, but has retained all of it's 1920?s character. Every detail is polished and new feeling. Unbelievable, especially for what we paid. Why anybody would stay in a hotel, or anywhere else in Portland for that matter, I couldn't say. This place would be perfect for romantic couples, business folk, families, and/or people looking for a very nice place for cheap (we were in the first and last categories). Never staying anywhere else in Portland again.
3.8 on February 04, 2012
The Bluebird is a great little place for the DIY B&B kind of person. My room, though small, was quite cozy for one person and the rest of the house affords other venues in which to spend time. The kitchen is big and bright and clean with options available for a light fix-it-yourself breakfast. My only negative critique is that the bagels and muffins are certainly not fresh daily and don't seem to be replaced until they're gone - even if that takes several days. The location on Division is OK, though the shops and amenities are a bit more sparse than if it were on Hawthorne. However, Hawthorne is just a short walk away.
4.0 on January 24, 2012
Homey and very efficient, All my needs easily met. Would be nice to have printer capabilities. I always enjoy my stay.
3.6 on January 24, 2012
We really enjoyed our stay at the Bluebird guest house! Our room, The Eliot Smith room, was very quaint and suited our needs and our personal style. We enjoyed being able to use the kitchen nook in the morning to have a quick bagel and a juice before venturing out. The overall decor of the house was what we were looking for, and the photos on the website did it justice. Thanks again! Steve
4.6 on January 22, 2012
When I first arrived in Portland, I took the wrong bus and ended up on the NE side (as it turns out, most routes have the same number bus in each direction, but I was new to public transport). So, my first impression wasn't all that great of the city. By around 3:30pm I finally made it to the right stop and walked down the street to Bluebird. I let myself in, was aided in finding my room by a wonderful older woman who was also staying there, and settled in with no problems. The turning point early on in my trip was Bluebird Guesthouse. It made such a great impression that I was able to feel more comfortable in the city and less like a horribly lost tourist. The Guesthouse is nice and clean, cozy, and really it just feels like you've lived there for some time after you've spent the night. I had a really great experience, and it was a lot of fun. When I go back to Portland to see the things that I missed out on this time around, I'll definitely go back to Bluebird.
4.0 on January 19, 2012
Clean, cute, great kitchen and wonderful room. Would definitely stay here again!
4.0 on January 19, 2012
I finally booked early enough to get a room at the Bluebird! I loved staying there. The location is excellent, plenty of free parking to ditch your car and walk this lovely neighborhood. Accomodations were clean and cute. I loved the decor. WiFi worked fine. My only comment is that on the 2nd floor, some numbers or markings on the door would be great especially if you arrive at night to easily find the bathrooms. I already booked my next stay at the Bluebird!
3.6 on January 19, 2012
I lived in PDX for many years, back in the 1990s, and oh, the nostalgia I felt at Bluebird Guesthouse -- it embodies the best of southeast Portland style: comfortable, colorful, cozy, clean, classy, and a teeny bit creaky all at once. I will definitely stay there again!
4.0 on January 17, 2012
I love staying at the Bluebird and getting up when I want and fixing my breakfast when I am ready to eat. I also like to use their kitchen for other cooking. The rooms are cozy and the sharing the bathroom is rarely a problem.
4.0 on January 14, 2012
Loved my four-day stay here. Stayed in two different rooms on the second floor just to change things up, neither of which had its own bathroom, but I never had to wait in line to take a shower or brush my teeth. The house has a lot of character and plenty of common area. The rooms are adorable. I slept so well, very quiet and relaxing. The staff was very helpful. Everything was also very clean and tidy. Also, the bus line that goes to the train station has a stop right in front, so very convenient location on a street full of shops. Finally, I really liked that the continental breakfast food was left in an accessible spot throughout the day so that if you wanted a second coffee or banana later in the day it was there for you to have. Overall, I was really impressed, and thought that my experience at the Bluebird was totally worth the value, which is reasonable anyway. I even got to enjoy the bench-swing in the front porch! A beautiful place for any season, and I would totally stay here again on a future visit to Portland!
4.0 on January 11, 2012
We found our stay at Bluebird comfortable and warm and convenient. We would stay again.
4.0 on January 10, 2012
Nice old fashioned house with comfortable rooms, even in the economy rooms in the basement. Big kithcen and dining room so it was really nice to be able to keep some things in the refrigerator and cook a few meals, especially breakfast. (They did provideorange juice, a hot pot of coffee and bagels, muffins and oatmeal every morning, as well as bananas and apples, but I liked to make my own omelet in the mornings.) Since I only drink decaf, it was great to have a coffee shop right next door so I could start every morning with a decaf latte. Division Street is a great place to be in Portland and it made a good home headquarters whether I was going into the city or doing things in the suburbs each day .Bathroom access was OK, especially since there were not many other guests while I was there, but I imiagine it could be a bit dicey if the house was full. Really nice group areas (living room and den with firepace) besides the big kitchen and dining room. Very clean and well run; folks were very helpful and courtious but not intrusive on your privacy. It was nice to have a washer and dryer avaiable for my week long stay. I would most definitely stay there again on another trp to Portland. So much better than an inpersonal hotel
4.0 on January 06, 2012
What a wonderful place! Upon opening the front door, Bluebird felt just like home. We intend to come back soon. Thank you so much.
3.6 on January 05, 2012
Room comfortable and clean. Staff friendly. On bus line. Convenient SE location.
2.8 on December 27, 2011
Overall this place is great. It's convenient, quiet, low key, no fuss, clean and a great price. I never actually met anyone running the place. They seem to trust you to look after yourself which works great - as compared to other B&Bs where I've stayed. The only negative I would give is the baked goods which are part of the continental breakfast seemed to be there for several days - the bagels/muffins etc never seemed to change and the former were really tough. The kitchen is available for use, and really, it is PDX so it's almost shameful to not eat out for breakfast.
3.4 on December 22, 2011
Pleasant house, very comfortable bed, very clean! Like staying at Grandma's!
3.8 on December 13, 2011
This was our second time staying at the Bluebird. We decided to go for the room with private bath. Very nice, large and comfortable. Love the communal kitchen, living and dining area. Feels like a hostel for grown ups.
4.4 on December 12, 2011
Found the accommodations very clean, very adequate, and an excellent value.
3.6 on December 06, 2011
I loved that it felt as though we were walking into a good friend's cozy home when we arrived. I appreciated the freedom and independence, with little interaction with the hosts. The kitchen was well-outfitted with yummy breakfast foods, and our room was quaint and comfortable. We would like to return when the weather gets warmer to be able to better enjoy the inviting couch and fun backyard. thanks!
4.4 on November 27, 2011
Very friendly help present all day. Fast computer available for customers. Kitchen full of goodies.
5 on November 25, 2011
Stayed here for two nights in November when I was checking out portland state. Had an amazing time. The house is so nice, feels just like home. THe guesthouse is in a perfect neighbourhood with a great coffee shop next door and cool shops nearby
3.2 on November 23, 2011
Exactly what I expected. Was very pleased and will stay there again upon return to Portland.
4.4 on November 22, 2011
I now make the Bluebird my home when i visit portland. The rooms are cozy and immaculate; the house itself homey and comfortable. Fantastic kitchen where guests wander in in their bathrobes for coffee and chat over breakfast. Staff is terrific, always helpful and friendly.
4.0 on November 21, 2011
Great location, quaint environment, comfortable bed, clean surroundings, helpful staff, lovey decor; I'd definitely stay again!
3.6 on November 15, 2011
The Bluebird Guesthouse was simple, clean, and in a great location. The staff was friendly and gave me information about PDX. I would definitely stay there the next time I visit PDX.
2.6 on November 08, 2011
My one night stay was comfortable but felt a little awkward since there was no one greeting me. In fact I only saw one other guest next morning for the self-service breakfast.
5 on November 03, 2011
My mother and sister stayed here for three days, was fabulous! Very pleased with the rooms. Would recommend to anyone that came to the area, and will use again soon I hope!
3.6 on November 02, 2011
The Bluebird Guesthouse is a wonderful place to stay in Portland; terrific value; wonderful, charming old house with lovely antique furniture and details; our room was spacious; having the use of the kitchen was a great bonus. We'll be back!
5 on October 27, 2011
This is an incredible little hostel. We were very happy with it and I think we will definitely be using it again. I would recommend it to anyone.
3.6 on October 25, 2011
My room door would not latch, so when I left to go anywhere at all, I had to lock up to keep the door from swinging open and revealing my belongings. I felt some concern about whether there was anyone in charge on the premises. But the bed was excellent and I was quite comfortable. I would have preferred to have my own bathroom but didn't want to pay the extra it required.
4.0 on October 23, 2011
We arrived late and had to leave very early. They were very accommodating. We were in the lower level room and it was very comfortable and very quiet. Would definitely stay again
4.6 on October 22, 2011
Myself and one guest attended this beautiful bed and breakfast in southeast Portland. The rooms were beautiful and included a title of an author I adore, Ken Kesey. Although we arrived too late to meet anyone upon our check-in, we were happy to see a pleasant, always smiling staff attending to the rooms. we would recommend this to anyone looking for a wonderful two person, slightly romantic experience that comes with great accessibility to a lot of Portland sights and attractions.
4.0 on October 19, 2011
We stayed in Bluebird Guesthouse for two days while visiting Portland. The house was clean and welcoming. The room was well lit and neat. Breakfast was great too. We seldom saw other residents in the house so it seemed to us that the whole house was for us :) especially in the early morning! And also house has a very convenient location - close to artistic stores, restaurants,etc.
3.2 on October 18, 2011
I spent Friday night in the Gabrielo Garcia Marquez room at the Bluebird, and it was just wonderful. The bed was comfy and the location -- right on Division Street -- made getting to downtown Portland a very easy proposition. The #4 Trimet bus goes right past the front door and takes you to Portland's Old Town/Chinatown with no need to change lines. Very handy! The guest house is also located near to the Hawthorne district, where I took in a music show at the Hawthorne Theater and near excellent places to dine. You can tell I had a great time in Portland -- and staying at the Bluebird made everything easy.
3.4 on October 13, 2011
We enjoyed our stay at Bluebird Guesthouse. The facility was clean, quiet and all the guests were friendly. The bed was very comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with good quality breakfast foods. We stayed six nights, and we requested and received fresh towels every other day ... no problems.
4.6 on September 28, 2011
I ended up at the Bluebird guesthouse for the first time four years ago, when all the hostels I tried were full; since then I've been waiting to go back - and it was well worth the four-year build-up! It's a very cosy place, though you should probably avoid it if you're very asosial, and prefer crisp, white towels and sterile surroundings. If, however, you enjoy old houses, don't mind creaking beds, and wouldn't mind staying in a place where you can end up in lots of random conversations with - from what I experienced - very pleasant people, this place is definitely worth a try! The service is lovely, the shared bathrooms are plenty, the breakfast is good (and you have the option of buying your own food, storing it in the fridge and making whatever you want to - it would probably be quite practical for people with food allergies), and there are maps available, as well as a selection of books left over from previous guests. It's not the kind of place that is a good fit for everyone (they don't allow kids under the age of six, and it might not be very family-friendly if you have younger children), but if you want something unique, this is definitely the place for you! I, personally, am hoping I won't have to wait four years for my next visit.
5 on September 20, 2011
Staying at the Bluebird Guesthouse was such a delight! We arrived late after a long day of travel and were pleasantly surprised to find the place easily. Having the key-code access at the front door was nice not to have to worry about keeping someone up late to let us in. We stayed in the Beverly Cleary room, which had a comfy queen size bed, lots of storage for us to unpack and a huge private bathroom with a skylight over the toilet! The charm of this old craftsman's style house really shined through and we felt at home right away. I also appreciated the fresh cup of (good!) coffee in the morning and the spread of bagels and muffins. We even made some pancakes one morning. Nina was sweet and wonderful to chat with, it was like having a really great roommate :) The best part of staying at the Bluebird was the easy of accessing the #4 bus which takes you straight downtown. So convenient! My husband and I will definitely stay here next time we visit Portland!
4.4 on September 20, 2011
I stayed here for 3 nights last week and it was perfect for my needs. The neighborhood was quiet, there was easy parking, and the house is close walking distance to cafes/shops and a short drive away from downtown. Nina was super cool and helpful. The room was quiet, simple, and inexpensive. There was a copy of the Elliott Smith biography in the nightstand which was a nice touch. Having a shared bathroom means walking upstairs, but it was never occupied when I needed it. Since most of my time there was spent exploring Portland, I wasn't really using the kitchen or living room much at all. However, there is room to sit and read in the living room or enjoy the continental breakfast in the kitchen. Overall, I would stay here again if visiting Portland and I would recommend it to others. -Jared (San Francisco, CA)
4.4 on September 17, 2011
This place is clean, cute and cozy. It's centrally located; everything you need is within walking distance. The guest computer saved me. The owner was incredibly helpful and sweet. The coffee and breakfast was delicious and convenient. I'm staying there again in 3 weeks!
4.0 on September 17, 2011
Why stay in some anonymous hotel when you can have all the comforts of home at the Bluebird?
4.4 on September 14, 2011
If you enjoy a relaxed low-key atmosphere, then Bluebird Guesthouse is the place for you!
3.8 on September 13, 2011
Spent 4 nights in the Raymond Carver room -- good for a single person, too small for two. Location was wonderful -- great restaurants within a few blocks, Hawthorne District an easy walk. Parking was just as good as represented -- amazing to this New Yorker.
4.4 on September 10, 2011
A really nice, quiet B&B with friendly staff and excellent service in a beautiful character house. So relaxing that we could have spent all day hanging out on the porch with coffee and reading the newspaper.
3.4 on September 09, 2011
Clean and comfortable. Choose the rooms in the back of the house. Front rooms face Division ST. which can be noisy. Staff extremely friendly and helpful.
5 on September 08, 2011
we stayed in the Beverly Cleary room (own bath). it was roomy,bed very comfortable, spotless, continental breakfast & 24 hr access to kitchen a real plus, convenient location. The windows open! Best was the big porch and porch swing and the greenery surrounding it -- a real haven for us (we were in Portland for a big family event) -- and you're not trapped inside and in your room as you would be in a classic hotel Place ran very smoothly -- owners had thought of everything. Priced right. We will be back when we next visit Portland.
4.0 on September 05, 2011
I really enjoyed my 6 night stay here while getting my daughter settled in college. The large kitchen was wonderfully stocked and felt like home with the "help yourself" service. My only wish was that the windows could be open for fresh air. The window AC was fine, but at night would rather have fresh air. I fully recommend staying here!
4.2 on August 30, 2011
We stayed in the cozy Raymond Carver room at the beginning and end of our holiday this year. The B&B was tastefully decorated (no dried flowers!) and it was great to stay in a Craftsman and enjoy the architecture. We sat out on the veranda swing one evening playing a guitar from the B&B! Our stay was very quiet, and the place was very clean and tidy. I didn't even feel like there were other guests there. Nina took very good care of us an gave us recommendations about visiting Portland and Oregon. Thanks!
4.4 on August 29, 2011
Since we arrived past mid-night, we did not meet any staff member. But we had been given clear instructions and everything was well prepared and organized. The room and bathroom were very clean, comfortable and well thought out.
4.8 on August 24, 2011
I recommend the Bluebird as a base for anyone wanting to explore Portland. The house itself is a beautiful building, great location on Division St, some great restaurants and bars a short walk away. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, a great value place to stay.
2.8 on August 18, 2011
This is not really a B&B. We consider it more of a upscale hostile. Breakfast was "stuff in the fridge" get it when you need it. There was coffee ready to be made and lots of great teas. We went out for breakfast because I need more than a muffin or bagel. But the location is close to great restaurants so it was easy to find a coffee shop for restaurant for breakfast. It sits on a busy street so its not super quite but we live urban and it was fine. The window air conditioner took some time to get use to. The price is great along w/ the location it was perfect for our stay in Portland. Easy interstate access and 15 min. from the airport. Awesome.
4.8 on August 15, 2011
The Bluebird is a charming, low-key guesthouse. It's great to come and go as you please. The staff are available and helpful in the middle of the day, while in the morning and evening the guests have the place to themselves. This creates the sense of a real home away from home. The Bluebird is close to dozens of restaurants on Division and Hawthorn, and is convenient to downtown whether by bus, bike or car. We have been back every time we visit Portland, and if we had to stay anywhere else, it just wouldn't be the same. Jeff Dorr
4.2 on August 09, 2011
We had a fantastic stay at the Bluebird (Beverly Cleary room). The room was large, extremely comfortable bed and had an oddly placed (though private) skylight over the toilet. The building is great - several rooms to lounge in, front porch swing, private backyard table/chairs. Just a brief (and I mean brief) walk from some amazing restaurants, cafes, etc. I could go on but really just give it a shot yourself.
4.8 on August 09, 2011
Quiet, comfortable and walking distance to tasty food and delicious coffee. The perfect place to stay if you're taking a class at Bullseye Glass Factory (only about ~1 mile).
4.8 on August 03, 2011
The staff at the Bluebird Guesthouse made me feel at home. The Raymond Carver room was right by the bathroom and conveniently organized, while small. The bed was particularly comfortable. The available computer helped me plan activities and transportation for my day. The location provided for a bus stop just steps from the front door. I will stay here again next time I'm in Portland.
4.0 on July 30, 2011
My daughter and I stayed in the Gabriel Marquez room which has a private bath. It was a comfortable room and bed with a spacious bathroom. The room is right off the kitchen which could have been noisy, but besides hearing some light conversation in the morning, we would not have known other guests were even around! The inn has a front porch that was nice to sit and watch the neighborhood in the evening. We really enjoyed the southeast Portland area--if you have bicycles be sure to bring them--you will feel right at home exploring by bike: Voodoo Too donuts, Mt.Tabor park, shopping on Hawthorne. I plan on visiting again and would stay at the Bluebird Inn: easygoing vibe and comfortable, too!
3.2 on July 28, 2011
Stayed in a small room without bath for 2 nights. Night time was noisy because child in another room must have been sick. Walls are thin in this older house. No toilet seats in the shared bathrooms a surprise. Also no dishwasher in kitchen made me wonder about sanitary practices. Kitchen was pretty clean though given how old house and fixtures are. Not enough fruit and no low/non fat options. Ended up buying most of my breakfast food as a result. One night spent in room with bath. That was ideal. All in all a good place to land especially since guesthouse is in an active and interesting neighborhood on a direct bus line to downtown. Street parking was readily available. Was greeted when I arrived but had no idea who was in charge when I left. Staff person I talked to upon arrival was extremely cordial and helpful. Bottom line, I would stay here again but only in a room with a bath.
Thank you for your review and feedback. Regarding the toilet of course they all have seats, not sure why you would say that.
4.0 on July 27, 2011
We loved the Bluebird Guesthouse so much, we've already booked a future stay there! The house is very lovely. I like that the breakfast is continental and not sit-down. They have a large kitchen available for cooking in. I will be recommending to friends. Very reasonably priced too.
4.4 on July 25, 2011
I was impressed with the neighborhood that the Bluebird Guesthouse was situated. The area has a bohemian flair to it. Cool cafes and thai restaurants are within walking distance. The guesthouse itself reminds me of places in Europe. Others staying there were friendly too. I would highly recommend it if you want something different from generic hotels.
4.2 on July 21, 2011
We stayed at the Bluebird (Sherman Alexie roomm) for 6 nights when we in town for our brother's wedding. They live a 8 blocks away from the Bluebird, it was easy to get together and spend time with our family. Everything was very clean. Even though we were sharing a bathroom, we never had to wait. We had no problem parking on the street, most of the time, right in front. Self serve kitchen and breakfast works great. The common rooms on the first floor are cozy if you want to hang out in the evening. We found plenty of resturants and shops within walking distance. Overall a great place to stay. We'll definately consider staying here again when we are in town (and brother's house is full of family)
3.6 on July 20, 2011
This way our first stay in a B&B, and what a great choice. This inn has tons of character, and is in a funky Portland neighborhood; within walking distance are a few great antique shops (Old Portland is a must!) as well as some interesting little watering holes. A word of advice though: in the Gabriel Garcia-Marquez room, sounds from the kitchen prevent any sort of sleeping in!
3.8 on July 20, 2011
We stayed in the Ken Kesey room one night and Raymond Carver the next (no room was available two consecutive nights when we booked). Both rooms were great, the difference being that for $10 more, Ken Kesey is much bigger. I wouldn't want to spend much time in Raymond Carver because it would feel cramped; fortunately, we didn't have to. The house is beautiful and nicely furnished with classic and retro stuff, all clean and in good condition. I hardly interacted with the staff except for emails, but they seemed nice and had no problem arranging our room-swap two-night stay. Same with the other guests. I had no trouble with waiting for a bathroom but I could see how that might happen; still, unless you are really in a hurry, it should be fine. The complementary breakfast foods (muffins, bagels, coffee) were a nice touch--better than standard hotels by far. Overall, I'd recommend it and would stay there again.
4.8 on July 18, 2011
This was our first time in Portland, and we were looking to stay someplace with some character on the cheap with access to major public transit routes. Bluebird met our needs perfectly! Not only was the house and neighborhood fun, but very welcoming and extremely well-kept. We felt very comfortable lounging in the common areas and taking our time with breakfast in the morning or a couple glasses of wine in the evening. The guesthouse was a great way to experience Portland at a local level. We will absolutely be recommending it to friends and family!
4.6 on July 12, 2011
I have to say that our stay at the Bluebird was one of the best parts of my sister and my trip to Portland. The place was charming, and we loved the area that the Bluebird was located in. For us, it was far better than staying in the heart of downtown because the area was so funky, artsy, with great vintage stores, coffee shops and restaurants (just a few blocks away on Hawthorne Street) -- we wanted to stay out there all the time. We had a rental car, and parking was extremely easy, though it was also easy to take the bus into the city (which I did as well). We loved that breakfast was "serve yourself" and used the kitchen to cook up eggs in the morning, and dinner in the evening, when we didn't feel like going out. My sister enjoyed playing her accordian on the front porch. All in all, we loved the Bluebird.
4.0 on July 10, 2011
wonderful find in SE Portland. really enjoyed talking with the other down to earth folks who stayed here over breakfast.
3.0 on July 07, 2011
Close to restaurants, bars, unique shopping, public transit. Some attention to the yards, landscaping could improve the outdoor space. Pleasant stay overall for the budget conscious traveler. Sharing bathrooms wasn't a problem.
4.0 on July 05, 2011
I loved this place. It was very laid back and you could come and go as you pleased. It was an ideal portland guest house in terms of location and decor and it was exactly what we were looking for. We stayed in the beverly cleary room which had a great bathroom and lots of space.
4.4 on June 20, 2011
My husband and I visited Portland last year and due to a limited budget, stayed at the cheapest hotel we could find. It was so old and gross and unclean, we vowed to search for something better for our return vacation this summer. The BlueBird Guesthouse was exactly what we were looking for! The price per night was only a little bit more than the gross hotel from last year, but we got so much more bang for our buck. The room was cute with soft sheets and lamps that cast warm lighting. The kitchen had this little nook where my husband and I sat in the mornings to enjoy the breakfast that the Bluebird provided. They always had delicious bagels and muffins out plus coffee and tea and even orange juice which really came in handy when we got the cold half way through the week. The innkeeper was friendly and helpful. I asked her if she knew what the weather would be like that week; she didn't, but then came back and told me after looking it up on her computer. She went out of her way to be helpful. The whole inn was adorable with quirky quaint accents throughout every room. I was absolutely delighted and didn't want to leave. Next time I'm in Portland, this will be my go-to lodging.
3.4 on June 19, 2011
I found the room to be clean and comfortable and the bathrooms also clean. The people that were visiting were friendly and I was happy to find a location near a relatives home in Portland.
3.0 on June 18, 2011
The guesthouse was very quiet and had a lovely patio and backyard to relax in. The kitchen area is huge and self service. Even though the inn was booked solid, I never ran into another guest. I like their early check in time and it is a convenient walk to the Hawthorne area. Would definitely stay here again!
4.4 on June 16, 2011
Great area to walk around in, easy to get transportation, parking not a problem, lovely old house
4.6 on June 14, 2011
The Bluebird Guesthouse is a hidden gem. So mellow and comfortable and a great bargain as well. Perfect location if you happen to be visiting Reed College as we were. We were charmed by the house and the neighborhood and we were able to take the bus and light rail everywhere -- didn't even need to rent a car. There is top-notch dining within walking distance -- we recommend Pok Pok Thai for an amazing dinner and Pix Patisserie for late night dessert and wine. Add in a well-stocked vintage clothing store, some lovely coffee houses, and other interesting shops, and you could easily spend the day just strolling the neighborhood.
4.6 on June 11, 2011
We stayed 6 nights in the Gabriel Garcia-Marquez room. The room was large with a very nice included bathroom. The kitchen was right next door, which made it very convenient to start the coffee maker in the morning. It was already set up with really good coffee. I like that the staff is there only during the day. We heard no street noise. Our only problem was finding it at night when we first arrived. I also wished for some more protein options at breakfast, perhaps some eggs, yogurt or cheese. The bagels, muffins and organic fruit were quite fresh.
4.0 on June 07, 2011
My 19 year old daughter and I only spent one night here because we already had reservations on the Oregon coast. But, the night we stayed went fine. We never had to wait to use a shared bathroom. The place was really quiet for what, at first appearance, seemed a creaky old (but cute) place where sound would carry. The neighborhood was very walkable. Bagels, fruit and coffee for breakfast was perfectly adequate. Next time I visit Portland (and hopefully get to stay longer), I'll have no hesitation in booking a stay at the Bluebird Guesthouse.
4.4 on June 03, 2011
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The house itself was wonderfully done, clean, comfortable, inviting even. Great place, great staff, impeccable decor and architectural trimwork. I'll definately be staying here when in portland.
4.2 on June 03, 2011
Although the owners were for the most part absent, they do a fantastic job of making sure everything we needed was available to us. There was a nice note on our bed when we got there, and breakfast in the kitchen. We enjoyed getting to know some of the other guests as they sat out on the porch or over coffee in the kitchen in the morning. The room was very cozy, well decorated, well lit, and comfortable temperature. The house itself is absolutely beautiful, and really well located. I was impressed by the value of the room. We would have paid more to stay at a hotel that wouldn't have had any character or opportunity to meet other guests. Great choice to stay here!
3.6 on June 01, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this guesthouse. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and I also enjoyed interacting with my fellow travelers in the common areas. The kitchen in particular was nicely stocked and inviting, and there was free high-speed internet available for public use. My room was clean and quiet, and nicely appointed with towels, soap and a robe. I would recommend this guesthouse to anyone. Thanks, Bluebird!
5 on June 01, 2011
Charming home away from home. Great location in SE Portland. The staff were very helpful. Serve yourself breakfast was the perfect oppurtunity to meet interesting guests and chat around the beautiful dining table. will go again.
4.4 on May 29, 2011
We wanted to visit Portland, to see everything the city had to offer and to be in the middle of everything. Our only problem was finding somewhere affordable to stay. A friend recommended the Bluebird Guesthouse, and at $60 a night, it was right in our price range. We didn't realize until we arrived that this was more than an affordable B&B--it was in the middle of the vibrant Division Street neighborhood and only minutes from downtown. The owners weren't intrusive and everyone was friendly. The Bluebird Guesthouse was clean and the morning coffee, muffins and bagels were a great way to start each day. Highly recommended!
3.8 on May 26, 2011
I stayed for 6 nights to visit our two young adult kids, our grandson and his Dad. The stay was very pleasant, inviting and the staff that I met were very helpful and kind. I think the value of staying there alone makes it worthwhile. However, it is also conveniently located, with a good system for the personal use of the kitchen and refridgerator. Parking is also fairly easy even though the street it's on is a busy one. I had a good time and the internet service worked well too.
4.6 on May 24, 2011
I stayed at the Bluebird Guesthouse two nights, I was traveling solo and on a limited budget, I stayed in the $60/night room. The house was lovely, it was welcoming and very comfortable. I will defiantly stay here again. It is located in a hip part of town with restaurants and other amenities very close by. My room was in the basement, and I might warn anyone with a active bladder (or someone that had a couple beers) that they will have to walk up stairs to use the bathroom.
4.0 on May 16, 2011
I travel a lot for work and have gotten in a rut of staying at the closest large chain hotel near my project area. When in Portland I usually stay at the downtown Marriott due to it's convenient proximity to my project location. However this time my project was located in hotel-barren SE Portland. To mix things up I decided to stay at the Blue Bird Guest House, and I couldn't be happier with this decision. I was able to get one of the rooms with private bath. Both the room and bath were charming, spacious and very comfortable. I love the neighborhood in which this guest house is situated. Short walk to all sorts of delicious places to eat including famed Pok Pok, a pod of food charts, a wonderful bakery, etc. Staying here made my work trip feel more like a mini-vacation. Loved it!
4.4 on May 12, 2011
The Bluebird Guesthouse was the perfect place for us to stay over a long weekend during our son's college graduation. We were able to come and go--using it as our base for exploring Portland--and also enjoy a nice, quiet breakfast sitting on the back porch before we started each day. Now that our son has decided to make Portland his home, the Bluebird will always be our choice for a place to stay when we visit. Comfortable, great part of town, and as much a "home away form home" as you can find.------Parents from Minnesota
2.8 on May 11, 2011
The Bluebird is in an excellent location for exploring SE Portland. It was definitely the most low-key b&b I've ever stayed at, which was mostly fine, except in the breakfast area, which was sub-par (muffins and bagels are fine, but they, along with the giant tubs of cream cheese and jam, seemed to be from Costco) and there was no juice of any kind to be had, no butter, no peanut butter, no cereal. Just the very basics. The room was very nice (the Gabriel Garcia Marquez) but it was right off the kitchen and when anyone was there, it sounded like they were in the bedroom with us. Also, more than once someone mistook our bedroom door for the door to the shared bathroom, which was a bit jarring at 3am.
4.0 on May 05, 2011
We love staying at the Bluebird. It is simple, yet cozy and suits us perfectly. Sometimes we use it when we are on our way out of town or having a city respite (we live at the coast). Most recently when it was a refuge for my son and i while my husband had surgery nearby. My son could work on the computer and actually walk or bus down to the hospital. I could curl up in the evening and rest from the stresses of the process. easy walking distance to good eating too. Thanks for being there, Bluebird.
4.4 on May 02, 2011
I loved staying at the Bluebird Guesthouse, it had a great feeling. The rooms looked exactly like the photographs, which I really appreciated. Great location and a clean guesthouse, without being sterile. (very warm feeling!) I would definitely stay there again.
5 on May 01, 2011
We throughly enjoyed our four nights at the Bluebird. They were gracious enough to move us between two different rooms as one room was not available straight through for all of our stay. Quiet elegance. We loved the simplicity, yet clear attention to all the details that make for a comfortable, no hassle experience. Will definitely stay there again on a return trip to Portland. Stayed at downtown hotel on one of our first trips to Portland. It was fine, but the Bluebird was so much more relaxing and convenient. Felt like being at home.
3.4 on May 01, 2011
Really great heritage house with nice rooms, though the breakfast could use some work. Great stay.
4.6 on April 30, 2011
This was a great place to stay. It's near the number 4 bus that can take you downtown and over to Mississippi Avenue, which is the weirdest/best route to be on. The breakfast food was great and easy to find. The whole place was very very clean. The kitchen very organized and bright. The living room/dining area also nice. I missed having a TV in my room or the living room, but I can understand why it wouldn't be there. It would disrupt the other guests too much.
4.4 on April 26, 2011
We enjoyed our stay here a lot. The bedrooms are lovely, and the dining and living rooms are a great place to hang out and chat with people. The neighborhood is good for walking and dining.
4.0 on April 25, 2011
Never saw the innkeepers while I was there! But they'd sent me a door code, room was ready and great, and continental breakfast was provided. Was pleased to find a computer with internet access available for guests to share. I would definitely recommend Bluebird as a good value, a clean and nice place, a good location.
4.6 on April 23, 2011
Stayed two nights in the basement room. Very cozy, clean and totally will stay there again! Whole house felt warm and inviting. Kitchen was well equipped and breakfast choices pleniful. Will be back.
4.0 on April 20, 2011
I am happy to be able to share my experience at Bluebird Guesthouse. My husband and I stayed there a few years ago when our son lived in SE Portland and loved it. So, when I scheduled a visit last week, even though he now lives in NE Portland, I was excited about staying there again. It meant I had to make a 20 minute drive to his area each day and night, but it was more than worth it. It has a warm, welcoming atmosphere that made me feel comfortable and safe. The staff is very friendly, the rooms are simple, but comfy and clean and the beds are great! I hope I have the opportunity to stay there again sometime soon.
3.4 on April 14, 2011
If you enjoy staying in a beautiful old home, this is the place. I loved the architecture and feel of this home. The kitchen is very clean and spacious and has everything needed to make your own breakfast or just enjoy the delicious bagels and fruit. The coffee was ready to go every morning. I stayed in one of the rooms with a private bath which was perfect for me. I will stay there again if I'm in the Portland area.
5 on April 11, 2011
From minute one, I felt right at home at The Bluebird Guesthouse. Nina and Monique are wonderful, the room was cozy, you have your choice of clawfoot tub or shower stall, the kitchen is fully equipped, coffee brewing, organic fruit and tea on the counter, and there are laundry facilities in the basement. What more could you ask for? The bus stops on the corner, to take you downtown, or the other way to Mt. Tabor, or you can catch a connecting bus up to Hawthorne Street. There's a computer off the kitchen, so you can plan your daily excursions online, or check your email. I would not hesitate to book again!!
3.6 on April 10, 2011
We just spent six nights at the Bluebird Guesthouse and enjoyed our stay tremendously. The house was kept extremely clean, with a wonderful selection for breakfast and quiet with other respectful guests coming and going. There were opportunities for casual conversation if desired or complete privacy. The location was great if you're looking for slice of life in a neighborhood minutes from downtown and walkable to restaurants, shopping, and other neighborhoods of interest. This was the best of both worlds for a "homey" feel while on vacation yet accessible to sight seeing around Portland. If our travels ever bring us back to Portland, we would stay again and highly recommend it to others.
3.4 on April 08, 2011
I would not recommend the Gabriel Garcia-Marquez Room. It is right off the kitchen and we had late night snackers having an argument 6 feet from our bed. They provide food for a continental breakfast but no service. Two of the three days we were there the coffee was gone and we had to make our own. With those reservations, I would still stay there again because of the location.
4.2 on April 07, 2011
Great location, very helpful stuff - recommended good places to explore in the area. Obly one detail needs improvement - more fresh air in the house and in the room, because house is pretty old and you can feel smell of an old house, it' not too disturbing, but would be great if stuff could improve it.
4.4 on April 06, 2011
I absolutely loved this guest house. Peaceful and full of character. The kitchen was nice and big if you wanted to cook in and the continental breakfast items were plenty! Using the internet was really easy, and I just loved walking around and looking at all the great architecture and furniture. Totally reasonable rates, way better than any hotel we could have gotten. Our room in the basement was clean and quaint, nothing too fancy. A bit noisy in the morning with people walking upstairs with shoes on, but the room was nice and dark at night. Taking a shower in the cool claw-foot tub was a treat! And there were so many places around the area for coffee, shopping, food trucks and breweries. We will definitely consider staying here again upon our next visit to Portland!
4.0 on April 01, 2011
Well run establishment! Nice first floor common areas. Provided bathrobes helps with shared bathrooms. Food (fruit) always available in kitchen. Could improve method of providing front door info by auto sending second e-mail, very brief and identified as "Bluebird Guesthouse", with just that info. Would stay here again.
5 on March 28, 2011
My Fiancée and I stayed in the Raymond Carver room, and it was just what we were looking for. Room was very small, but so full of character, color and plenty of windows that nothing seemed lacking. The house was charming, very quite and welcoming with delicious fresh bagels, muffins and fruit all day long in the kitchen. the location was perfect, just a short walk from Hawthorne, although we found parts of division to be just as lovely! We walked across the river to downtown which only took an hour, and caught the 4 bus back late that night(runs till midnight) which delivered us 1/2 block from the Bluebird. Nothing but good things to say about this place, had trouble with shower water being lukewarm but that could have been user error. We will definitely stay here again!
3.8 on March 27, 2011
We really enjoyed our stay. The hosts were warm and helpful, the house funky and cool, and the area interesting. We'll be back!
4.4 on March 25, 2011
The Bluebird Guesthouse was a perfect spot to land in Portland. It got me out of downtown and gave me the chance to explore a range of Portland's eclectic neighborhoods.
4.4 on March 21, 2011
WE LOVE BLUEBIRD HOUSE: This is our 3rd stay since Mar 2010, when my daughter moved to PDX. Bluebird is 6 blks from her house, the neighborhood is great, excellent location for accessing 205/84 for Airport, Columbia Gorge and south for Mall in Clackamas. Never had a problem sharing a bath; all guests have always been pleasant; house is very cozy; great kitchen. NINA was very helpful, and friendly. Can't wait to go back. Kerin
3.4 on March 21, 2011
I'm definitely glad we stayed here instead of a sterile hotel. Great character and a comfortable bed. Breakfast was good. Showers had no lines. I just wish I could have stayed longer, but we had places to be.
4.0 on March 20, 2011
We arrived in Portland after 10 hours of travel time, it was midnight by the time we tiptoed onto the front steps of the Bluebird Guesthouse. Even in the dark I could tell we made a good decision in choosing to stay a few days in this particular B&B, not only was it’s location perfect to explore the neighborhood but easily within walking distance to some of Portland’s best mom & pop shops. And the overall decor and feel of the Bluebird Guesthouse was adorable. We quickly felt right at home. During our stay we met a few friendly faces at breakfast and exchanged a couple casual hellos in the living area. Everyone was friendly but private, so we felt perfectly free to move about and leave whenever we pleased. I'm confident in saying we’d choose to stay there again, although this time we’d opt to pay a little extra for an upstairs bedroom, that gets less foot traffic. Even so, it was a charming and relaxing place to call home for a few nights in Portland.
3.8 on March 19, 2011
Great retro atmosphere, feels like being in an Agatha Christie novel. Full kitchen with some baking supplies. Very few waits on bathroom, comfortable, affordable, charming and well located. Room was quite small for two, and stairs were very creaky.
4.0 on March 16, 2011
We were completely at home at the Bluebird Guesthouse! Our room was charming, spacious and clean, we slept well, the other guests were considerate, and we had a nice quiet breakfast in the kitchen nook before we left. We'll come back next time we're in town.
5 on March 15, 2011
the house is beautiful; it felt so homey, or like staying at a friend's house who was away and left little notes for you everywhere. we stayed in the elliott smith room, and the value was outstanding. we loved the breakfast options, too, and all the little details about the house (like that pull-down door with the flywheel and the porch swing). thank you so much for making such a great place for us to stay on our trip!
4.6 on March 14, 2011
This is a beautiful and well taken care of guesthouse. The rooms are cozy and impeccable and this is arguably the best neighborhood in Portland, lots of coffee shops, dining, and fun places nearby. The breakfast is continental-- bagels, cream cheese, and muffins. Wonderful!!
4.8 on March 07, 2011
My wife and I found the Bluebird Guesthouse to be the perfect match for our needs. It was warm, friendly, comfortable and perfectly located for us. The guitar that rested in the sitting area was a special bonus for someone who did not bring their instrument on vacation! Our next visit to Portland will include the Bluebird Guesthouse.
3.6 on March 02, 2011
Beautiful arts and crafts house, comfortable and spotless, convenient, easy.
5 on February 21, 2011
I have stayed at the Bluebird on two occasions. It is fun and comfy, well situated to drive, walk or take the bus to explore the neighborhood and other parts of Portland.
4.8 on February 15, 2011
Very homey and low-key. Access to spacious kitchen and free internet.
4.2 on February 12, 2011
My boyfriend and I stayed in the Shermin Alexie room. We loved the fact that you didn't need to meet with anyone to check in or out. We pulled up, unpacked and had a lot of privacy. We loved the decor of all of the colorful rooms. The breakfast options were just right. We will definetly stay again the next time we are in Portland.
4.0 on February 04, 2011
Quiet, comfortable old house and room with charm; Nina is a very warm and friendly hostess; complete freedom to move around the house and meet your housemates if you wish; centrally located amidst some great neighborhoods; TV would be nice, but I had no trouble filling my time with more worthwhile activities. met some great folks in the house. Can't beat the price, but I'd be willing to pay a little more with an included hot breakfast. I'll be back!
4.2 on February 02, 2011
love, love, love the bluebird guesthouse! a home away from home with wonderful warm colors, decor, nice unexpected touches here and there. it's always a peaceful place to stay in one of portland's up and coming neighborhoods with some of the best restaurants and bars just a few minutes walk away.
3.6 on January 23, 2011
i stayed in the Elliott Smith for a few nights and was very happy with my stay. the room itself was modest, being one of the cheapest in the house, but was still very nice. i enjoyed using the huge and lovely kitchen, which was fully stocked with dishes, silverware and cookware. i barely noticed the other guests most of the time. the convenience of the #4 bus that runs along Division to downtown was great.
3.2 on January 21, 2011
Fourth stay and we are very satisfied with the Bluebird.
4.0 on January 20, 2011
This guesthouse is perfectly located if you want to explore SE Portland! There are so many restaurants and bars within walking distance - and if you want to go a little further, the #4 bus is a half-block away. The rooms are quaint, clean, and affordable. I would recommend Bluebird to all of my friends.
4.0 on December 27, 2010
We enjoyed our stay. The property is well maintained and the breakfast was adequate.
4.2 on December 22, 2010
My girlfriend and I spent three days at the Bluebird before continuing onto our next destination, and we will definitely be coming back the next time we're in Portland. The location is convenient to some wonderful neighborhood restaurants, and of course the bus to downtown. The rooms are all different, of course, but we were in the Sherman Alexie and we found it to be comfortable and amply sized. It was so nice to have laundry available in the house, and although we didn't get around to using the kitchen much, it was good to know it was there as well. We both loved the fact that there aren't any TVs in the house, because that makes you more likely to spend time in the common areas, where you can meet your fellow guests (we had a great time playing a few games of dominoes with a couple visiting from California). All in all, we are very satisfied with our stay.
4.8 on December 19, 2010
Bluebird Guesthouse will always have a special place in my heart. I may a bit biased since they were willing accomplices to my boyfriend's efforts to woo me with flowers and sweet-nothings! Putting my love life aside, I was very impressed with the cleanliness, atmosphere, and affordability of this charming home. I would recommend it to friends and family visiting Portland.
4.6 on December 14, 2010
This guesthouse really felt like a "home away from home:" with kitchen privileges, a computer and phone for our use, it had all the conveniences of home. Even though it is located on a busy street, the rooms were amazingly quiet, and I especially appreciated the thermostat in my room that allowed me to turn down the heat.
3.4 on December 13, 2010
This was a great find, in a great location! It's a nice older home, no frills, but very comfortable. There is shared space, kitchen, living and dining, that was nice to relax in during down time. Breakfast was simple, but adequate, and the kitchen is totally available for use if you want something more. Location is accessible to Hawthorne area and lots of shops and restaurants. We were there for 3 nights-did not have a room with a private bath, but for the money was very doable!
4.6 on December 12, 2010
Loved the Blue Bird. Able to prepare Thanksgiving dishes for our meal, quite a plus!
3.6 on December 11, 2010
Great place to stay in Portland. There a many shops and restaurants in walking distance to the road going parallel. Nice rooms and a shared kitchen that you can cook your own food, if you want to. I can higly recomend it!
4.4 on December 10, 2010
A great place to stay! I always try to book this place when I stay in Portland. It is like staying at a friend's house but with your own room. Clean, quiet, and run by very nice people. Oh, and a terrific location if you're looking for something close to cafes, brew pubs, transit, etc!
4.0 on December 01, 2010
We stayed 5 nights at the Bluebird Guesthouse in the same room Elliot Smith on the downstairs floor. It was quiet, clean, we just had just a small window but the queen bed was comfortable. We were glad to meet Nina, who looked after the kitchen supply and ensured our comfort. We liked the independence of location and vibrant neighborhood of Portland, we will return with pleasure. Marie-Odile & François from (Arkansa & Bordeaux-France)
4.8 on November 30, 2010
I have stayed here a number of times and won't stay anywhere else in Portland. This is a great value and super cute. It's so nice to have a kitchen to use, but one that doesn't feel like grand central station like in hostels. I wish there were Bluebird Guesthouses in every city!
4.4 on November 26, 2010
The Bluebird lets you be yourself. The rooms are cozy, the public spaces are inviting. The facilities are great with a nice detail for history. It is in a great neighborhood -- and just three blocks from Pok Pok Thai restaurant. We stayed for six nights and would go back in an instant.
4.4 on November 20, 2010
Thanks for your fine, funky hospitality recently. It was my first stay at Bluebird and I'm sure I'll be back, since it seems my older son loves living in Portland---can't think why. The free wi-fi connection and washer-drier were both pleasant surprises---the place is spotless and decorated with some interesting old photos. Other guests were very quiet. Hot coffee, muffins and bagels were always ready in the early morning. I liked Division Street-- glad to hear you may be starting up at another location too.
3.4 on November 19, 2010
A wonderful mix of turn-of-the-century boarding house and 50's decor. It's the perfect place for an independent traveler who enjoys b & b's but not the fussiness of it all--You want a bagel, it's there on the table; cream cheese is in the fridge. Make it yourself. And it's good. I will make it a point to return to this clean, unique and undemanding place.
2.8 on November 19, 2010
Rooms are named after Oregon authors - neat idea, but there was nothing in the room to honor Beverly Cleary other than two books hidden in the drawer! Appreciated "Socks" nonetheless. Never saw any staff while we were there, which was fine - kind of felt like it was my place! Perhaps just me or one two many horror movie, but it felt a little spooky (because we didn't see anyone?). Overall, recommended if you would like simplicity and value.
3.2 on November 17, 2010
Overall this charming guesthouse in SE Portland, OR exceeded my expectations and is high on my list as a place to stay on my next visit to Portland, OR. Wonderful to have a house as a home base to explore a new city when the local efficient TriMet can get you downtown quickly. Was great to have good coffee and some fruit available each morning as part of the included continental breakfast although the quality of the available muffins was a bit dubious. Also, there are many coffee, eating, dining options, including a selection of foodcarts and a New Seasons grocery store within comfortable walking distance. Highly recommend Bar Avignon a little further down SE Division Street. However, for a guest house that names its rooms after authors the lighting was not bright enough to read in certain rooms and certain locations in the guest house once dark. Common areas are spacious although, at times, far too warm in the common areas. The local Oregonian paper delivered daily was a helpful resource too. Also, very comfortable bed.
4.4 on November 16, 2010
The Bluebird Guesthouse is a cool little inn in southeast Portland, within a reasonable walk of the Hawthorne District. It's right down the street from a pod of food carts, the Pix Patisserie, and the Weird Bar. Although it is on a busy street, the Bluebird is surprisingly quiet -- we didn't notice any urban noise during our stay. The Bluebird is an excellent value. We stayed in the Ken Kesey room (a cute touch: a copy of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in the nightstand drawer), for $70 a night. To get a comparable rate from a regular motel, we'd have had to stay in the suburbs -- and who wants that? Breakfast is informal -- bagels, muffins, fruit and pancake mix for anyone ambitious enough to make pancakes. The kitchen was also available for use throughout the day, which would especially be convenient during a longer stay. The house is clean and charming, and well-maintained. We will definitely stay at the Bluebird again, any time we need to stay overnight in Portland.
4.4 on November 15, 2010
What a wonderful place to stay when in Portland. I hate motels, and this was just what I needed when visiting my son in Portland. Clean rooms, quiet, lovely common areas and a helpful and super nice staff made this the place to go. I'll definitely be back!
5 on November 08, 2010
Oh, just a great place and I hope to be able to stay many times again. Just book WAY in advance, this place is popular!
4.4 on November 06, 2010
Pleased to finally get to stay at the Bluebird, an understandably popular guesthouse given it's eye to comfort and at a very comforting price. A lovely soak in the clawfoot tub after a delicously spicy meal at Pok Pok, a read of one of Raymond Carver's short stories, and a peaceful sleep. Can't wait for the opportunity to return.
4.6 on November 06, 2010
The location is fabulous. The people are very friendly and welcoming. Low-key and lovely.
4.8 on November 05, 2010
My husband and I stayed for two nights. The house is a great base for exploring Portland, as its decor gives you a sense of the blend of old with new that seems to typify the city. The continental breakfast available was great. The first floor features several sitting rooms to relax in, as well as a nice front porch swing.
3.0 on November 05, 2010
Nice lodging. Arrived to an empty, quiet house. Room was clean. Bed was comfy. Bathroom was clean. Our stay was one night only and it was quiet. We didn't actually encounter anyone, but it was a nice place and centrally located for the SE part of Portland. They had computers available too to internet. I'd recommend it to friends.
4.4 on October 28, 2010
I stayed in Portland alone, so was a little apprehensive about knowing my surroundings. The staff was extremely helpful in directing me around town and made me feel very comfortable. Thank you so much for making my stay so nice!
3.4 on October 27, 2010
only bed and breakfast that the owner does not live there. Makes the stay even better because you don't feel like you're intruding on their space. furnishings are little funky but again makes you feekl comfortable. Not a hottie tottie place. near everything you would want to do from the best thai food to great dessert all within two blocks
4.2 on October 18, 2010
I loved the simplicity of staying at Bluebird. I was able to check myself in and out without needing to talk to anyone, and everything was as it should be: clean room, nice towels and toiletries, great bed. Location is in walking distance to nightlife and yummy restaurants, and if you're driving, street parking is easy to find. I stayed in the Gabriel Garcia-Marquez with a private bath and it should be noted that this room adjoins the kitchen which can get noisy in the morning when people are getting breakfast. Also, the floors are a little creaky which could disturb your sleep if someone's walking around at night or early morning.
4.6 on October 17, 2010
Charming, comfortable, fully stocked kitchen, very clean, lovely guests and friendly staff...excellent food and great coffee a short walk away, with a surprise tour of Stumptown Coffee! Will definately stay here again...
4.4 on October 15, 2010
Our weekend away in Portland would not have been the same without our quaint little room at the Bluebird! In a lovely neighbourhood full of heritage homes, the guesthouse immediately became our home away from home. Bagels, muffins, organic fruit and tea every morning in the breakfast nook was the perfect way to start our day. And after a day spent vintage shopping and exploring Powell books, it was the perfect place to come back to for an afternoon nap before heading out to many of the surrounding local restaurants or for a night out. We stayed the Elliot Smith downstairs, it was quiet, bed was comfortable, and the room was small but just big enough for two. The complimentary bath robes came in handy when you had to run upstairs to use the bathrooms as well! The house was full when we stayed and there was never a problem waiting for a bathroom either. On our next visit to Portland, we’ll definitely be staying there again!
4.0 on October 11, 2010
We stayed in the Gabriel Garcia-Marquez Room. It was a charming, well-lit room with clean robes in the closet and a large clawfoot tub in the bathroom. I would probably not stay in this room again because it is right off the kitchen and not very soundproof- made it hard to sleep in! I like the ease that the key-code entry provided upon arrival- hassle-free! All of the common areas are awesome and open- I wish we would have had more time to hang out! The breakfast was pretty simple- muffins, bagels, do-it-yourself pancakes and a less than appetizing selection of fruit. Just butter, jam, and cream cheese for spreads, so not many choices for protein. Eco-friendly environment was awesome! Great value for an area within walking distance of Hawthorne street. I would definitely stay at the Bluebird in the future!
4.0 on September 19, 2010
My boyfriend and I stayed only one night in Portland, but we were both very pleased with the Bluebird Guesthouse. It's in a great location, and the house itself is quite beautiful. We stayed in one of the smaller (and cheaper!) rooms downstairs because the other rooms were all booked. It was a very pleasant stay, short but sweet. I would stay here again.
4.6 on June 22, 2010
This cozy place is perfect for a short (or long) stay in Portland. A perfect spot to lay your head, it is quiet and serene. In the morning, there is a plethora of good coffee and morning treats. The staff is friendly and the rooms are just right, each named after a famous author. I highly recommend this cute, quaint, personable establishment for travel (personal or business). ~ Carey B. Milford, CT
4.8 on October 29, 2009
The staff & innkeeper were friendly & helped us get orientated, chatted about Porltand & what-not without making us feel like we were in someone else's house... a perfect mix of hospitality. The guesthouse is kept very clean, and we loved the style, not overdone but had all the stuff you'd want, such as a good continental breakfast and bath robes even. Can't say enough good things about this gem... we'll be back!!
2.8 on September 25, 2009
Good location for visits or business in SE Portland. Never met a staff person in 5 days. Breakfast is good except for margarine not butter in kitchen.