When you go
Visit www.portlandstreetcar.org for schedules, fares, and other information. If you're arriving in Portland by air, the MAX Red Line ( www.trimet.org) whisks you from PDX to downtown, stopping a block away from the streetcar route along S.W. 10th Ave. By train, it's an eight-block walk from Union Station to the streetcar stop at N.W. 10th and Glisan St.
Most of Portland's downtown hotels are within a few blocks of MAX or the streetcar. These four―two new, two classic―are all right on the streetcar line, strung from Nob Hill to RiverPlace. For tips on discounts through the Portland Big Deal, contact Portland Oregon Visitors Association ( www.pova.com or 877/678-5263).
The Governor Hotel. Elegantly restored 1909 hotel, with 24-hour room service from local favorite Jake's Grill ($$$; 611 S.W. 10th Ave.; 503/220-1850). From $169. 614 S.W. 11th Ave.; www.govhotel.com, 800/554-3456, or 503/224-3400.
Inn at Northrup Station. Roomy suites with retro decor on a quiet street. From $109. 2025 N.W. Northrup St.; www.northrupstation.com, 800/224-1180, or 503/224-0543.
The Mark Spencer Hotel. Centrally located, furnishings a little dated, rooms a bit small, but comfortable. From $69. 409 S.W. 11th; www.markspencer.com, 800/548-3934, or 503/224-3293.
Residence Inn by Marriott. New all-suite hotel is beside the streetcar's S.W. River Pkwy. stop. From $129. 2115 S.W. River Pkwy.; www.marriott.com/pdxri 800/331-3131, or 503/552-9500.