Portland's Sentinel Hotel: Keeping Watch Over Visitor’s Comfort

Review of Sentinel, a Provenance Hotel | 614 Southwest 11th Avenue
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In a great city like Portland, Oregon it can be tough choosing a hotel. If a centrally located, historic hotel is what you are looking for this could be for you. By combining two historic buildings, the Seward Hotel circa 1909, and the Elks Lodge circa 1923, Sentinel, a Provenance Hotel has twice the charm.

A grand facade

Sentinel exterior

Following a six million USD renovation in 2014 the Sentinel is blushing with pride. The façade of the old Elk’s lodge will amaze you with its Italian Renaissance style and beauty. They don’t make them like this anymore. Exactly 100 guestrooms are on offer for your choice. For the starting lineup of nine room choices consider a Deluxe King, perfect for business travelers or couples. All guests receive luxurious bath robes, free Wifi throughout the hotel, access to 24 hour fitness room, business center, room service, and more. A Premier Corner King room gives you twice the view and 400 sq ft/37.16 of luxurious room to move. All rooms come with bathtubs, but the Terrace Studio and Bridgetown Parlor Suite come with jetted tubs. With excellent housekeeping and recent renovations the Sentinel shines.

The Terrace Studio rooms are so popular you might have to book one weeks ahead of your arrival. These 450 sq ft/41.8 sq m studios will spoil you. Not only do you get a private outdoor patio, you also get a fire pit to warm your toes as the sweeping city views vie for your attention. Guests who choose these studios also get access to the Room At The End Of The Hall. In this special room with library-themed wallpaper enjoy, coffee, tea, cold beverages, and small snacks. Rates for these special studios run about 700 USD depending on the season and occupancy.

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Top notch event facilities

event space at Sentinel

If you are thinking of bringing pets, the Sentinel welcomes both dogs and cats in special pet rooms as part of the VIP (Very Important Pet program). Dog owners will be glad to find a copy of FIDO Friendly Magazine, dog bed, and a plush toy for their dog. Call up room service for special human quality pet food that follows Honest Kitchen protocol. Pet fees are 45, flat fee, for either dogs or cats. It’s not just the pets that get spoiled at the Sentinel. Push a button on your phone and order a pint of Salt & Straw ice cream delivered to your room. With tasty flavors that are subject to change like Bourbon Distilled Cherries Ambrosia, sea salt with caramel ribbons, or Honey Lavender you will be living life in the lap of luxury.

The Sentinel Hotel is popular for meetings, weddings, and events. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 600 guests in an elegant and spacious room. Book the Renaissance Room for an Italian mansion-like feel. This voluptuous room holds up to 175 and is one of the most spectacular meeting rooms in the city. Behold the high ceilings where priceless detail decorates this part of the old Elk’s Lodge. What a great place to throw a party or hold a wedding.

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Dining choices onsite or close by

local food carts

For onsite dining the Sentinel sets the bar high. Step back in time at either Jake’s Grill or Jackknife. Jake’s Grill is in the Seward Hotel wing on the ground floor. Though opened in 1994, the theme feels more like restaurants from 100 years ago and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dive into steaks and seafood at dinner and enjoy a specialty cocktail or fine whiskey with your meal. At lunch seafood lovers will want to try the beer-battered Alaska cod fish and chips, or wild Washington razor clams. Braised Short Rib Stroganoff or Four Cheese Mac n Cheese are favorites of non-fish lovers.

The Sentinel’s location is close to Pioneer Square, restaurants, food carts, and shopping. The Portland North/South Line streetcar is right out front of the west entrance for access to the riverfront and beyond. There are too many restaurants, parks, and attractions to list just a short walk or Uber ride from the Sentinel.

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Charm, class, and comfort

As a travel writer I see a lot of luxurious and historic hotels but the Sentinel with stick in my memory for a long time as one of the best. I believe you too will fall for the charm, class, and comfort of this special Portland hotel.

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