It took 25 months and $16 million to reimagine Hotel Vintage Plaza into Hotel Vintage Portland—but it was a project worth the wait when it was unveiled in March, says Sandy Burkett, general manager. Originally built in 1894, it was the first property to be purchased outside San Francisco (in 1991) by Bill Kimpton, founder of Kimpton Hotels, who saw something special in Portland. “It’s right in that sweet spot of going from a big town to a city,” says Burkett of the hotel’s location.
Located about an hour north of the Willamette Valley, Hotel Vintage Portland has a decidedly wine-centric vibe. Each of the 117 guest rooms represents a different local winery, with photos of that winery as decor and two of its varietals available for purchase in the room. The property holds a wine hour every day from 5-6 p.m., put on by a local winery. Planners can also take advantage of the hotel’s partnerships and location during meetings. “Because we have relationships with Willamette Valley winemakers, if a group wants a hosted wine reception, we can connect them and make that happen,” Burkett says. The hotel participates heavily in citywide conventions, including a block of the Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference earlier this year.
Vino-inspired touches throughout the property include light fixtures shaped like grape bunches and an area rug in the lobby depicting a map of the Willamette Valley. A chalkboard art installation in the on-site Bacchus Bar (named after the Roman god of wine, and shown above) illustrates how Oregon grapes become wine.
Meeting spaces also are appropriately named (choose from Pinot Blanc, Noir or Gris rooms, depending if you need space for 10 or 220 guests), including the Wine Cellar, which accommodates up to 75 for a seated dinner. A second-floor space, the Pinot Noir Game Lounge, has video game systems, a billiards table, shuffleboard and, naturally, the Oregon Trail game, and can be bought out for events for groups up to 300.