Travel and Stay

The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland is a culturally rich, vibrant and progressive city committed to sustainability and green initiatives. Nearby regions provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation, especially hiking. To learn more about Portland and attractions and activities in the city and region, see These links are also a helpful starting point:

Portland 101

  • Flying to PDX – Travelers love PDX international airport for its convenience, amenities and easy access to and from the city center and the Oregon Convention Center.
  • Getting Around – Learn how easy it is to travel by light rail, streetcar, bus, bike, foot or car.
  • Maps – Familiarize yourself with key city landmarks, neighborhood geography and specialized transportation maps.
  • Culture – Whether it’s arts, beer and food, cultural communities, events or nightlife, culture in Portland takes many forms.
  • Top sights in Portland – Portland’s fun and unexpected attractions range from gardens and museums to (tax-free) retailers of coffee, doughnuts and books.
  • Neighborhoods – It’s easy and fun to explore Portland’s neighborhoods filled with cultural offerings, local retailers, restaurants and tax-free shopping.

Attendee Message Board for seeking Rideshares, Roommates, Childcare/Activities for Families:

Please use THIS LINK to post/search under your topic at the padlet message board.

Lodging Options

Because the room block bookings significantly help offset the cost of space at the OCC and keep down the cost of registration rates, we ask that you reserve via the ASLE/AESS links and codes below.

Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency Convention Center
Distance from OCC: adjacent
This full service hotel opened in 2020 and features a restaurant, bar, market for quick snacks and coffee, gym.
Price: $199/night, Room block July 7-13
Hyatt Reservation Link

Hostel/Hotel Hybrid: Lolo Pass
This hostel-hotel hybrid offers shared dorms and private rooms, shared kitchen and laundry room, and a fifth-story rooftop bar.
Distance from Oregon Convention Center: 0.6 miles to the SE
Room Block: Any dates from July 5 to July 16 are eligible for the special rates.
Booking Deadline: June 22, 2023
ASLE/AESS block includes mostly hostel style rooms:

Double Twin w/Ensuite Bath (only 6 available):
$130.00 Weekdays / $145.00 Fri/Sat

Dormitory Style Rooms:
Pricing is per bed per night
Guests who reserve multiple beds on the same reservation will be placed in the same room
Guests who reserve beds on separate reservations must contact Lolo Pass to request to room together

4-bed Female/Male/All Gender: $44.00 Weekdays / $46.00 Fri or Sat
8-bed Female/Male/All Gender: $42.00 Weekdays / $44.00 Fri or Sat

To book as part of the ASLE/AESS block, visit and hit the ‘Book Now’ button. From the booking page, first enter dates of stay, and secondly enter the group code: b703987.

Dormitory Lodging: Portland State University
Distance from the Oregon Convention Center: 20 minutes door to door via MAX light rail
$65/night in Ondine Hall
$77/night in Broadway Hall
Double twin rooms with private bath (can be booked as a single or double)
+$9/night or $40/week per person for linens
Room Block: Nights of July 7- 13 (3 night minimum stay)
Reservation link: TBA
Booking cutoff date: 2 weeks prior to conference start–no late bookings allowed

More hotel options and information is coming soon!


Airport Transport

Portland International Airport (PDX) is the closest airport to the OCC, located about 20 minutes away via car, or about 40-45 minutes via MAX light rail.

For transportation to your lodging, there are many options, including public transport, taxi, Uber or Lyft.
Airport Transportation Options

Around Town

Portland has a great network of buses, MAX light rail, and streetcars. See schedules and routes at the TriMet Web site.

BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share program with 1,500 bikes at over 180 stations across downtown and several neighborhoods. The system is designed for quick trips with convenience in mind, and it’s a fun and affordable way to get around.


The following links can help you to find out more about the area’s eating and entertainment options.

Inside the Oregon Convention Center

Portland Eater Suggestions near Oregon Convention Center

Near the Convention Center

Childcare and Youth Activities

While ASLE and AESS are unable to provide on-site childcare, we acknowledge and support how difficult it can be to be a single-parent academic, parent of a young child or infant, or one of many other complex family situations that are part of our attendees lived experience.

We welcome the presence of children of any age on-site at the OCC and any conference venue under the care of their parents. The OCC has two Mamava nursing pods available for use by attendees as well. In addition, here are some links and options to assist parents in arranging care if they are in need of it during the conference. Please note: ASLE and AESS are not affiliated or contracted with any of these services, we are providing information only.

This multi-topic message board has a Childcare thread, and provides a forum for connecting with other attendees about nanny share or babysitting swap. (formerly College Nannies and Sitters) can offer individual care on an as-needed basis for individual conference attendees. This could be in the form of in-room hotel care, and any conference attendee who needs care would need to coordinate his/her schedule with them directly (ideally, well in advance). As a courtesy, they are willing to waive the enrollment fee if families who schedule care with them indicate that they are conference attendees. Families are responsible for paying the hourly rate ($31/hour-$32/hour) to the company directly.

Exploring the Region

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Other Portland Information

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