We were surprised to find the apartment was a basement yet after the initial surprise, and meeting up with our friends, it turned out to be an exceptionally functional unit, nicely appointed, and best of all, quiet. There were some issues with the hot-water not being hot enough (which the owner would have fixed had we had the gumption to mention it), and the bed frames while handsome were a dangerous element in the bedrooms - catching all of us on the shins - getting back in bed after a trip to the biffy in the night.
Even so, the location in the midst of a restaurant rich section of Hawthorne S.E., half a block from two Powell's Book Stores, a block from a huge Fred Meyers, and dozens of small offerings was delightful.
Parking was available within easy walking in the residential neighborhood half a block away.
The owner was readily available and we plan to do a week next time.
One of the best restaurants we ate at was EVOE in the pasta/high-end deli-grocery between the two Powell's. The smoked duck-breast prosciutto was out of this world, esp. with the $19 bottle of white wine.
We also ate at Ping and Andino both of which were mouthwatering in their comestibles and in the Pearl district.
For those who love Mexican - a few blocks up is Por que No which has a huge variety of lovely tacos with fish, chorizo, octopus, and tinga.
It's worth noting that there is a Grand Central Bakery a few blocks down the street.
Overall, for foodies on the make the Hawthorne Hideaway is a perfect retreat in which to estivate after eating too much.
Families with Teenagers,
Owner's Response: Yes the Apartment is in the basement, it does say this on the web site. However it is a daylight basement which means the windows are above ground. This arrangement keeps it cool during the summer without A/C and warm in the winter.
By the way, we now supply full body armor so guests can get to the loo at night safely!
When you come, please ask if the water is not hot enough, sometimes the thermostat gets changed, it is up stairs in one of the offices and I suspect the cleaners little daughter!!! In fact if anything is not as it should be CALL ME that's what I have a cell phone for.
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