What We Love
- Historic touches, from working fireplaces to eye-catching architectural details
- Call the front desk to have a pint of Portland’s best ice cream, Salt & Straw, sent to your room
- iPods can be customized to your musical tastes
- Sentinel, a Provenance Hotel reopened in March 2014 after a $6 million renovation with new furnishings and eager service
- Read more about what to see and do in Portland, Oregon in our magazine section
What To Know
- Perfect for corporate travelers: accessible business center, solid gym, adjoining Starbucks, 24-hour room service, plus large meeting spaces
- Sucker for a great bathroom? Make sure to book a suite. We like the swank suite designed by local shop Boys Fort
- Pets are permitted for a one-time, non-refundable fee of $45
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Pulled together but not too fussy, the interior design by WATG Wimberly Interiors of Beverly Hills rides the line between upscale elegance (oversize black-and-white portraits of cultural icons, sweeping ballrooms) and Northwestern ease (tweed and leather armchairs, Pendleton throw blankets, the requisite owl lamp). The result marries the hotel’s former identity as a swanky 1923 Elks Lodge and its new one as an easy downtown hotel in hipster heaven.
Bed and Bath
Behind a kelly green door with a brass knocker you’ll find a cozy hideaway. Inside, the forest-green walls and contrasting white trim set off approachable furnishings: cream-colored curtains, an oversize tweed headboard, mismatched side tables and a round glass-topped table in place of the expected desk. The overall impression is that this could be your apartment — if your apartment offered room service (a pint of Salt & Straw ice cream, anyone?). The bathroom is standard, but the Lather bath products are lovely (although not locally made and therefore not very Portland).
The property has long been considered a prime pick for wedding groups and business travelers, but the new owners, Provenance Hotels, are upping the ante with attractive amenities for couples and families, too. Sentinel also lavishes its four-legged guests by offering beds, toys and a canine room service menu to arranging dog walkers and pet psychics. Proven nightlife impresario John Janulis helms the downstairs bar and crown jewel of the property, Jackknife. For classic American fare, nosh on steak and seafood plates at Jake’s Grill. The sizable gym has a wall of frosted glass windows that offers plenty of natural light.
In The Area
Partake in local delights without leaving the area. Peek out your window at the “food cart pod” (PDX parlance for outdoor food court) across the street, where you’ll find the beloved Thai chicken and rice at Nong’s Khao Man Gai and Montreal-style bagels at Tastebud to fortify you while you browse the famed Powell’s Books and shop boutiques like the pitch-perfect Frances May. Down the street you’ll find sexy speakeasy Pepe Le Moko, popular drinking destination Kask and its neighbor, dinnertime go-to Gruner. End your eating tour at the darling dessert café Maurice.
How to Get There
Love the improvements to the hotel and how much they welcome you. The upgrade was nice (a terrace suite) and the price was fair. Comfortable with a great night sleep.Thanks for a wonderful time. We will be back soon.
My husband and I recently stayed at The Sentinel as part of a celebration for our 20th anniversary. We loved this hotel! It definitely has a stately, elegant big-city atmosphere. The building is beautiful, well-maintained, and in an excellent location for exploring downtown Portland. We splurged on a 6th floor room with a balcony, which gave us access to the Room at the End of the Hall (concierge/executive-type privileges). It is well-stocked with complimentary drinks and snacks. You could hang out there and watch television or read if you wanted. We received nothing but excellent, friendly service for our entire stay. They manage to go above and beyond, while not seeming stuffy or pretentious at all. Special shout-out to Andy, who worked valet, door services, and room service delivery, all in one shift. He was just one of the many excellent employees we met. We will definitely recommend The Sentinel to anyone we know that is looking for a great hotel while visiting Portland!
This is the second time that my husband and I stayed at The Sentinel. Last time we stayed in a lovely corner room which had a fire place. This time we took the corner room on the top floor that had a terrace and fire pit. While the room itself (without the terrace) was a little smaller than our last room the view of the city was truly magnificent. Unfortunately there weren't any cushions on the chairs and couch when we arrived presumably since it had rained that day. We called to have them brought up but was told they were all wet. They sent up a lot of towels with an apology. You would think that a hotel this caliber would have an extra set. The next day we called again to have them brought up which made the terrace a very comfortable place to relax. The hotel itself was built in the early 1900's and the interior and exterior reflect that with its ornate design. The location of the hotel is good since it is in walking distance of a lot of good restaurants and the expressway. This hotel does not offer self park and the valet service takes at least 15 minutes. It conveniently has a Starbucks which is open 5am-10pm. The staff is friendly but not always the quickest.
I spent one night here with a friend during a recent visit to Portland. The room was lovely - very spacious with a big bath - very relaxing!
It’s well located and the staff are very helpful. Highly recommend.
Having stayed in many nice hotels over the years I was very impressed with this one. The mattress, linens and bedding were exceptional. They also provide a full size Pendleton wool throw on the bed, such a lovely touch. The Executive room that I stayed in, includes the use of The Room at the End of the Hall. That was a nice bonus. A very intimate room, decorated so lovely with snacks and beverages 24 hours. It was perfect when I wanted a small snack or beverage but would be really great to see a football game with friends, just grab your throw and snuggle in the super nice lounge seating! The location of the hotel was the BEST...surrounded by excellent restaurants, shopping and mass transit. Most importantly of all, the staff was exceptionally accommodating and friendly from the moment I arrived in my car, to room service, valet and housekeeping = very well trained and happy staff! I would defiantly stay here again and highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a hotel that is warm, intimate and truly different than most hotels. Great blend of the Northwest with modern and vintage design and character. Truly a pleasure to stay here. Very nicely done all the way around!