Governor hotel to get new name: The Sentinel

Governor hotel to get new name: The Sentinel

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on March 13, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 7:05 PM

PORTLAND -- As of 12:01 a.m. Friday, what was The Governor Hotel will be no more.

While the building is still at Southwest 11th Avenue and Southwest Alder Street, but what you'll find is what was once one of Portland's oldest is now its newest hotels.

The Governor becomes the Sentinel. But, even before it was named The Governor, it enjoyed a rich history in the city.

It was built in 1909 and was called the Seward Hotel. It was popular with the movers and shakers in timber and mining. The west wing of the hotel was built in 1923. It was home to Portland's Elks Lodge.

In the 1930s, it was renamed The Governor. The name change to Sentinel comes from the robotic architectural sculptures on top of the building that look out over the city.

"We really wanted something that celebrated the history, the full history of the buildings, and to what Portland is today," noted Kate Buska, Director of Public Relations with Provenance Hotels.

Hotel owners, Provenance, also owners of the Hotel Lucia and Hotel Deluxe downtown spent $6 million to renovate the entire facility top to bottom.

Friday is an open house for the public from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m . Enjoy a free ice tea floats with a special flavor created just for the Sentinel by Salt & Straw.

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