Downtown Portland, Oregon’s historic former Governor Hotel now has a new look and new name, Sentinel Hotel, after a $6 million renovation was finalized in March 2014. The renovation upgraded guest rooms, meeting space and the lobby in the hotel, which is comprised of two buildings: the east and west wings. The hotel is located around the corner from the blue and red lines of the MAX Light Rail train.
Four floors of meeting space are available, totaling 23,000 square feet of event space in 10 rooms. Two ballrooms are available: the 6,474-sq.-ft. Governor Ballroom and the 5,016-sq.-ft. Grand Ballroom, both of which have stages available for presentations and speeches. The eight smaller rooms can accommodate 30-200 for receptions, 24-160 for banquets and 24-84 in classroom setups. Three private dining rooms can host small dinners or receptions. The on-site Jake’s Grill also can host private dining for up to 600. The new Jackknife bar serves craft cocktails, wine and beer.
The hotel dates from 1909 and features historic architecture. Photos of cultural and historical icons line the hallways with vintage-inspired furniture. The 100 guest rooms come with a signature amenity list, which includes a pillow menu, preloaded iPods to borrow, the “Make It So” button that allows attendees to order anything they need or want, and an ice cream delivery service from Portland’s famous Salt & Straw. Six City Terrace Studio Suites have adjoining rooftop patios.
Photo credit: Sentinel Hotel