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Portland Hawthorne Hostel

About

Portland Hawthorne HostelThe Portland Hawthorne Hostel is a 35-bed eco-hostel that serves an average of 3,800 world and American travelers per year. The hostel is designated as a Sustainable Living Center by its umbrella organization, Hostelling International USA.

Achievements

  • 75% of hostel staff commute to work via bicycle on a daily basis.
  • Staff help guests use public transportation and offer discounted bike rentals. Guests traveling by bike receive $5 off per night.
  • Rainwater is collected from the roof, funneled into the cisterns and pumped into the house to be filtered before being delivered to our toilets and urinal. This large-scale rainwater harvesting system consists of two 4,000-gallon cisterns, living walls, bioswales, a perennial culinary herb garden and a cascading waterfall salmon sculpture.
  • A book exchange and a "free-bin" for extra clothing and travel goods reduce waste and encourage reuse.
  • In 2001 the hostel built the first ecoroof on Hawthorne Blvd. In 2008 they built a new common room, using sustainable materials such as recycled jean insulation, FSC certified wood, bamboo flooring, salvaged windows and doors, and Metro recycled.

Gold Certified

Location

3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97209
http://www.portlandhostel.org/
503-236-3380