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Sentinel Hotel - formerly The Governor Hotel

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Luxury and Comfort in Downtown Portland
Princeton Room at The Governor Hotel in Downtown Portland Oregon

Princeton Room at The Governor Hotel in Downtown Portland Oregon

Angela M. Brown (2012)

This downtown luxury hotel is particularly friendly for business travelers and is also a wonderful choice for a romantic escape. Even if you're not staying at Sentinel, it's worth a visit to check out the interior's amazing architectural details, including grand arches, stained glass, and ornate fixtures.

An Historic Treasure
Built in 1909 as the Seward Hotel, Sentinel is on the National Register of Historic Places. Renamed The Governor Hotel in 1932, the grand structure enjoyed several decades as Portland's premiere luxury hotel. World War II changed things. During the war, the hotel was used as military housing and afterwards it served several more purposes. Finally the interior was completely renovated during the late 1980s, creating a modern hotel with grand decor inspired by the original.

The next-door building was incorporated into the hotel in 1992. Originally built as the Portland Elks Lodge in 1923, it's opulent Italian-Renaissance-style rooms are now used as ballrooms and meeting space. In 2013, the hotel was again updated and is now known as Sentinel, a reference to the robot-like exterior embellishments on the building.

The Guest Rooms at Sentinel
The elegant guest rooms at Sentinel have large windows, bringing in a generous amount of natural light while affording lovely city views. The standard rooms, which are quite spacious, come with either one king or two queen beds. Guest suites are also available in a variety of sizes.

Sentinel offers a number of amenities in each guest rooms that make your stay that much more comfortable, including:

  • coffee and tea service in room
  • an honor bar
  • spa quality toiletries
  • Internet
  • work table
  • menu with several pillow options
  • menu of spiritual texts

Common Areas and Services at Sentinel
The historic details and modern amenities found in each guest room are also seen throughout the hotel's common areas. From the cozy fireplace room to the ornate copper ceiling of the foyer to the painted columns and stained glass of the front desk, your entry into the hotel includes the same sorts of lavish decor that you'll find repeated throughout the facility.

Meeting Space at Sentinel
The Hotel's unique meeting rooms, once part of an upscale Elks Lodge, can accommodate everything from small executive meetings to 700-person events.

Food & Drink at Sentinel

  • Jake's Grill - located in what was once the hotel's original lobby, Jake's offers fine dining surrounded by historic architecture and artifacts
  • Jackknife Bar - this spacious bar serves craft cocktails as well as beer and snack plates
  • Starbucks - located off of the lobby, this Starbucks serves coffee and tea, pastries, sandwiches, and salads
  • room service is available and includes some of the dishes offered at Jake's Grill
  • one of Portland's major food cart pods is located adjacent to the hotel

Sentinel offers a variety of creative package deals featuring local products and businesses.

Take a Photo Tour of The Governor Hotel

Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
503-224-3400

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