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
Terrific staff starting with the car valet service and continuing with front desk staff. We needed a minor repair to one of the windows in our room and the maintenance person came immediately and made the fix quickly. We also liked the bartending team at Jackknife, the in-hotel bar. We didn't eat any meals at the Sentinel, but there are lots and lots on dining choices in the neighborhood including Bistro Agnes, one of the best French bistros in town!
We came to Portland for the weekend and this was the highest rated- and seemed young and new. Boy, were we wrong! Let me just start with the bathroom. The shower is disgusting. It’s a basic Home Depot pre-made shower wall and there’s mold in the grout. Get a grout cleaner! Honestly, just upgrade your showers- there’s tons of things that you can do that aren’t crazy expensive. The towels are thin, YMCA equivalent towels. There’s just no excuse for this. You can find $15 plush towels from Amazon. These towels feel like that haven’t been replaced for 10 years. Use them as mops and rags if you’re worried about the environment! The bed has no comforter cover, which is just disgusting given that this is a hotel and has high turnover. No one wants to share the same comforter unwashed! We had a suite with a pull out mattress. The mattress was unusable. It barely supported my two kids, ages 3 and 5. It was maybe .5” thick? At most! Again, ikea has better pull outs. No one came for turn down- no water by the bedside. There aren’t even plugs by the bedside for your phone. This is the 21st century! Who doesn’t have a cell phone that they want to charge?! It’s all just inexcusable when you spend $500/ night. Don’t stay here! This place has potential but it’s managed more like a Ramada in than a Four Seasons. ????????????
We stayed at The Sentinel two nights while attending a wedding, as did the rest of our immediate family, the bride and groom. We used the various banquet rooms for brunch, the wedding reception, dining at Jake's Grill and also their bar. Beds were very comfortable, as were the pillows. Bathrooms were spacious, hotel staff so polite and helpful, terrific valet and room service.
Anyone staying in downtown Portland would certainly miss the ambiance of this historic hotel, as well as it's location so near Powell's Bookstore. Amazing experience and will stay there again.