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
Staff was very helpful and pleasant. Hotel is in a good location in downtown Portland. Good for walking over the bridges. Hotel rooms are large - we did have a suite. The Jacknife bar is quite comfortable.
The Provenance chain took over the old Governor Hotel, added some amenities and clever artwork and now they're marketing it as one of Portland's top tier hotels.
Not so fast. The big problem is the noise. The hotel sits astride three streetcar lines (which run on both the east and west side of the building), and is less than a block away from the light rail line. To compensate for this, the hotel provides earplugs (with the precious notation: 'keep Portland quiet')! What's needed, instead, are refitted, double glazed windows in order to properly soundproof the building - as in newer airport and downtown hotels.
There are other, less serious, gaps between the promise of luxury and the facts. While the hotel management provides a Tivoli radio on the nighstand (nice touch), they turn around and use the cheapest coffeemaker and hair dryer. The towels are of inferior quality, while the large bathroom window must either be left entirely undraped or covered by a heavy blackout curtain - no intermediate possibilities.
For a 'luxury' establishment, the drawer space in the room is absurdly limited - certainly inadequate for a multi-night stay, and there is no writing desk or desk chair. Finally, there's that annoying $20 "facility fee." True, they tell you about this beforehand, so we didn't register a complaint, but it's distasteful to see the hotel brag about its "free" wi-fi, and then charge a"fee" for that and other normally included services.
There are also good things to say about the operation. Jake's Grill (not to be confused with it's superior cousin a few blocks away) serves excellent food, and does so efficiently and graciously. The Sentinel's front desk staff was equally courteous and competent.
Would I return to this hotel? Since it's so well-located the answer might be yes, if they do the necessary soundproofing.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Sentinel. Good location, near restaurants and transportation. The staff was excellent and helpful. We stayed on the sixth floor, our room had a terrace and fire pit which was wonderful during the evening.
Get a room on 6th floor with outdoor patio/fire pit and indoor fire place. Loved the location. The device was far superior and extremely hg helpful. Highly recommended! Lived Portland and plan to visit again and stay at Sentinel.
This was really a 3.5 stars and could have been 4-stars if better upkeep and checkin...For the price, one would expect better if 4-star.
Stayed here for 2 nights for a meeting.
Excellent location - See details below**
Friendly staff - Kudos to Andrew & Justin
Large bathroom with lots of room to put toiletries
Their restaurant has outdoor seating and seems to have nice bar, though I didn't go there.
A little worn: chipped paint, scuff marks in elevators
Not a lot of natural light - see photos
Checkin was inefficient & woman (Christine ?) who checked me in didn’t seem to know what she was doing. She also gave me misinformation re: Tri-met train for next morning. I would have been late for the meeting I can’t there for.
**Within 1 block are 2 Mid-eastern restaurants, 1 Thai cafe, 1 Indian and 1 Italian restaurant. 3 blocks from Powells's bookstore. Only 10 min walk to center of Pearl District. There is even a tailor around the corner! The stop to catch the light rail to go to airport is within 2 blocks of hotel and a $7.00 Uber ride to Amtrak station.
There is a neat cafe on Alder & 11th called Shalom Y'all...I stopped there for the outdoor seating and fun name...I stayed for their great food & ambience - try their Labneh and Muhammara. Yum!