My honey stayed here a few years ago when it was still called the Governor Hotel, and although we were tempted to stay at Riverplace owing to the glowing reviews on Tripadvisor, we ultimately chose to stay here for two good reasons, 1. The Sentinel is a recent remodel, which always presents a hotel at its freshest, and 2. The location is smack dab in the middle of town so that you can get in from the airport without a car for $2.50 each each way and get dropped within a block of the hotel front desk, and once you're checked in, walk pretty much everywhere you'd want to—to the Pearl District, Powell's bookstore, river, Public Library, new Apple stores, Portland Museum of Art, Voodoo Donuts, and dozens of great restaurants. As to the hotel itself, it was obviously redone with much care, however, it had a strange orientation that took some getting used to, resulting, I suppose, from having combined two older properties—the Governor Hotel and the Elks Club—into one. This resulted in some strange half level corridor between them as well as the loss of some of the beauty and coziness of the original entrance. The style too, had me confused at first. I was expecting a grand old hotel with authentic and old proportions, finishes, and flow. Having been a set decorator in film for awhile, I had the impression that they traded the authenticity for hipness in the redo with giant photographs of celebrities in the the halls, overscale furnishings, cabinet of curiosities style nic-nacs sourced from Restoration Hardware instead of from a thrift store throughout, etc. But the bones of the original grand old buildings were still present and lovely. Jake's Grill was mostly original and pretty cool (the booths at the window each had curtain partitions that I think might had inspired Kate Mantalini in L.A. at one time). Now to the good, the redo insured me a nice firm bed with beautiful quality sheets, a pristine bathroom, and some cooler than expected room art (our room had a pop art inspired lithograph of Coco Chanel). There were touches of plaid throughout the grey toned rooms, Pendelton plaid blankets, partially plaid upholstered wing back chairs, and an honest to goodness plaid lunchbox from the seventies. One of my favorite public touches was the real vintage typewriter off the lobby that had a stack of paper ready for typing letters, and the freshly typed prompt "write your story". The in room tea was fantastic (Smith's, a Portland local), as was the coffee. The toiletries were Tosca, a fine quality, but they didn't seem like they were curated for the same property. We were lucky enough to get a room with a terrace (sweet!), unlucky enough to get a skylight (seemed like a good idea in the day, but at night, the light pours into your bed from above, we had to have them cover it the second night). All in all, we loved our stay, particularly being in the middle of it all and getting to do everything on foot.
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- Also Known As:
- Governor Hotel Portland Oregon