PostHeaderIcon Sneak Peek at Sentinel: Portland's "Newest" Hotel

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Scenes from Sentinel Hotel Opening including Laura Gibson performing in one of the rooms

SNEAK PEEK AT SENTINEL: On Friday, I was witness to the grand opening of the newest hotel in Portland – Sentinel!

On the sixth floor of the West Wing, in what until recently was called The Governor I joined friends to partake in a preview that included  Live Wire Radio, Sokol Blosser wines, New Belgium kegs – plus an incredible view of the city.

In the heart of Portland’s revitalized West End, the Governor Hotel is being reborn with a fresh new name, attitude and design. Dubbed Sentinel, after the robotic architectural sculptures that look out across the city from the top of the historic building, it will serve as a luxurious urban retreat and meeting place for the visionary thinkers, makers and doers who flock to this verdant, rain-soaked Pacific Northwest city for entrepreneurial and artistic inspiration.

Provenance Hotels, the Portland-based hotel company that owns and operates the city’s critically acclaimed Hotel Lucia and Hotel deLuxe, purchased the Governor Hotel in April 2012 in partnership with Woodbine Development Corporation of Dallas, TX. Together, they have invested $6 million in an extensive renovation of the historic 100-room hotel. Aimed at reinventing the property for the future, it included the reinvigoration of all guest rooms, four floors of meeting space and the lobby. Jackknife, a new destination for craft cocktails, wine and beer, is slated to open in Sentinel’s lobby in spring 2014.

Like all Provenance Hotels, Sentinel boasts a signature art collection. In this case, it pays homage to visionaries who made history and changed the world. In the guest room corridors, travelers will stroll past a collection of larger-than-life, black-and-white white photos of a young Muhammad Ali hamming it up for the camera, Vivienne Westwood chatting up the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious in a London Club, and Martin Luther King Jr., moments after delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech as well as Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground. In the guest rooms, guests will find pop art takes on visionaries from John Lennon to Steve Jobs to Jackie Robinson.

Last Updated (Monday, 17 March 2014 12:21)

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