Any recommendations for a hotel or an area to stay?
I noticed that several of the "official" hotels are on the other side of the river in the Pearl district. Is it easy to get to the Convention Center from there?
Better restaurants or beer venues on one side vs the other?
Hey Mac! I can’t recommend one, no experience with those.
The light rail and streetcars run from the Pearl or Downtown by the convention center. Years back we stayed in a small hotel out by the Nob Hill area, and it had streetcar passes for the asking. Ask them how long it takes if useing the rail system, or the buses.
There are good restaurants all over Portland. My take is that the bigger breweries here places on the west side of the river, many of the small places are on the East side. On our last two trips we spent more time East of the river.