PostHeaderIcon Diego On the Go: Hotel Monaco Bldg. 100th Birthday


A champagne toast for a world-class and classy building: Hotel Monaco

Happy 100th Birthday, Hotel Monaco and Lipman & Wolfe Building: Oreo-stacking contest. Raffles. Trivia. Wine. A duck in a martini? The 100th Anniversary of the building that is home to downtown Portland's Hotel Monaco, the Lipman & Wolfe Building, started with a full house in the Living Room where event guests mingled, talked and shared amongst themselves their own experiences in the hotel. From honeymoons and birthday stays, to caught in a blizzard over-nighter and a just-to-get-away stay. I heard stories of not just why people stayed here in the first place, but more importantly, why they keep coming back.

Beyond the great conversation and drinks in the Living Room, the sweets in the Gallery, I and other guests were given the opportunity to visit a few of the rooms on the 10th floor.

"I never have to step foot out in the rain again...ever!", said one guest. Those were the exact thoughts as I stepped into the newly renovated Kimpton Hotel Monaco Guest Rooms. Simply beautiful. From the Willamette Valley inspired colors, to the perfect use of fabrics and paint, one does really forget that in a space where only bare walls once stood, there now is art. I could go on and on about how amazing the rooms were, seriously. In reality, no words can convey the elegance that the Monaco has created while bringing the outdoors in. You must simply just go and be in awe yourself. As stated by the hotel, "The wall covering sets the stage for the spacious room with local birds of Oregon in flight as if emerging from the over scaled “cage like” fretwork inspired carpet in orange and greige colors. Stepping into the Living Room, the guest is greeted by bright blue chevron patterned upholstered sofa with graphic black and white pillows crowned by a hand-crafted branch inspired circular mirror. The birds look as if they dancing and flying thru the branches."

This is "putting a bird on it" the right way... Just down the hall from the showrooms is the Fifth Avenue Banquet Room. Here guests were treated to  nibbles, cake, and a few cocktails. As entertainment for the night, guests burst out to song, danced and applauded the performers behind their dueling pianos. Guests where taken back in time with the great hotel staff in period outfits and a roaming quartet.

The 100th celebration of Hotel Monaco was a wonderful event for a great landmark in Downtown Portland.—Diego Giovanni

Last Updated (Sunday, 29 April 2012 16:32)

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