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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Was in Portland for family wedding. Guests were housed in the Sentinel. This is a very well restored older hotel with all the features one would want in an older hotel. Staff is very accommodating, and hotel is close to all the downtown action. Jake's restaurant is connected through rear of lobby for access to some of the best seafood in the Pacific northwest.
Beautiful building, rooms were very nice and clean. Has a wine bar and more American style bar adjoining the lobby. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Only issue the AC seemed to be turned off and extremely hot after midnight. Worked again in the am.
This hotel is very centrally located. It’s nicely decorated and the rooms, though smallish (typical for a city hotel), are comfortable and well-appointed. The staff are top-notch, excellent across the board. They were all friendly and helpful. The only slightly negative thing I would say is that the food is mediocre and forgettable. The restaurant staff was excellent and the food wasn’t terrible, but for a town with excellent food, the restaurant and bar food was lacking. Fortunately, there are many great options nearby. I would definitely stay at the Sentinel again. I have booked a visit at your sister hotel, The Heathman, for a change of scenery on my next trip in November. My son is attending Reed College so I guarantee I will be back at the Sentinel soon.