In Portland which hotel/motel is better the Motel 6 on Powel or the Joyce Hotel?
Your situation would be perfect to book through hotwire.com. If you have never used them, they work like this: They make deals with hotels that have unsold rooms, which they sell "blind" at huge discounts. They don't tell you the name of the hotel until you make the reservation. But they do tell you the price (no bidding or stuff like Priceline does). They tell you the area--downtown Portland, or near the airport, or whatever--and they give you the star rating. One star hotels are pretty basic, like a Motel 6 or Days Inn up to 5 stars for some world-class resort.
The ratings seem pretty fair. More important, the deals can be astonishing. As I type this, I am sitting in a hotel room I booked with them in NYC. I am just off Times Square, in a 3-star hotel in the most expensive city in the country, and we paid $109 for two people, with breakfast included. Try getting a deal like that on your own.
In your case, I just checked for rooms for next Saturday (January 17). Hotwire has several choices of rooms in downtown Portland for $60-$70 plus taxes and fees,including one they rate at 3.5 stars. That sounds a heckuva lot better than what you have been finding.
Keep in mind that they often have only a few rooms at any particular hotel for a certain night, so prices can change on a moment's notice. (Of course, once you book, you pay the price that's listed.)
At the very least, you should check them out.