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Portland's Governor Hotel Gets Re-Elected as Sentinel Hotel

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  Site Where: 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97205
April 7, 2014 at 10:21 AM | by | ()

One of Portland’s most revered landmarks, and one of its prettiest buildings, has now been re-branded as Sentinel Hotel (No "THE" needed.)

Formerly the Governor Hotel, Sentinel retains its predecessor’s legacy and provides a great example of repositioning a historic property into a 21st century hotel.

The hotel takes its new name affectionately from a design detail that is repeated along the roof parapet. The consensus is that these robot-looking, terra cotta carvings represent sentinels--protectors or guardians--looking out over the city.

The building, robot sculptures and all, opened in 1909 as the Seward Hotel and in 1932, was renamed the Governor Hotel. Following a rather sizeable stint as a carpet store post WWII, the "Governor" was re-elected, so to speak, as a luxury hotel in 1992. This incorporated a circa 1923 building next door, which is now a National Landmark and provides the beauteous historic backdrop for the hotel’s main public areas and event spaces.

Provenance Hotels purchased the Governor in April 2012 in partnership with Woodbine Development Corporation. Together, they dropped $6 million on renovations for the hotel that included the guest rooms, four floors of meeting space and the lobby along with new F&B--Jake's Restaurant and the Jackknife bar.

Sentinel offers 100 guest rooms, some with rare working fireplaces, all with local luxury amenities. WiFi is free for guests and there is room service for your pet. Woof woof.

The interior designer behind the new look is Wimberly of WATG whose work included updated color schemes and furnishings, and improved lighting – always a good thing in a period building. Guest rooms and hallways are lined with a pop art collection featuring the likes of John Lennon, Steve Jobs, and Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. The only time you would ever see them in the same room.

We're done describing this joint for you. Now feast your eyes on the photos.

We have to agree that the robot sculptures, sentinels, whatever, make the case for the hotel's new name.

The main lobby and reception are located in the historic "West Wing," and if you look closely you will see there is direct access to Starbucks.

Here's a view of the street entrance and the lobby's new lightened up look.

Guest rooms feature forest green walls, which symbolize Oregon's lumber trade. Nice and soothing.

Host a meet and greet in Sentinel's West Wing, where the setting will make your event appear more important.

A nice perk -- no pun intended -- to this hotel is the attached Starbucks. Notice the blackboard that shows us how to use a press pot.

Room rates start at $304 a night this weekend.

[Photos: Sentinel Hotel]

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