Portland has an exciting new eastside hotel with an amazing rooftop restaurant. Hotel Eastlund, a 168-room boutique hotel located across from the Oregon Convention Center and within blocks of the Moda Center, recently opened after a $15 million remodel.
Located in the Lloyd District, right on the light rail line, Hotel Eastlund is convenient to major Portland event facilities but also is minutes away via MAX light rail and Portland Streetcar from downtown Portland and the vibrant Pearl District.
The light and airy public spaces of the hotel feature floor-to-ceiling windows, an upscale take on mid-century modern décor with pops of color and original art accenting the lobby and hallways. The hotel offers both meeting and event space.
The rooms, many with stunning city views, are upscale, comfortable and continue the mid-century modern theme focusing on art and use of vibrant spots of color. The spacious bathrooms are beautifully tiled, some with baths and some with bath and large walk in shower.
The new hotel features two restaurants operated by David Machado chef- restaurateur; the rooftop Altabira City Tavern and the ground-level Citizen Baker. The real draw for Hotel Eastlund is the rooftop bar, restaurant and out-door patio. The views from this lofty vantage point are amazing. Altabirra City Tavern takes full advantage of the beauty of the Portland skyline. I enjoyed sitting at a window table looking out over the glass towers of the Portland Convention Center. In the distance I could see two of Portland’s famous bridges.
When I visited, the restaurant was not yet open, but I the fare will be upscale American with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. The 16 varieties of beer on tap will include local beer, most all from close-by craft breweries. Also look for Pacific Northwest wines and locally distilled spirits.
Citizen Baker, just off the lobby is not to be by-passed. They will have artisan breads, soups, sandwiches and pastries. What they had on display looked enticing. In the evening, the area will transform into a wine bar, an excellent social space.
The hotel’s open, light-filled lobby offers a comfortable area to relax or work, with 24-hour access to the hotel’s business center and fast internet service that is available throughout Hotel Eastlund.
Hotel Eastlund offers easy access to all that Portland has to offer as well as providing yet another exciting dining and cocktail hour opportunity for locals and guests alike. If you fly in, you can take the light rail to the hotel and to get around Portland. No car needed! – Story and photos by Elizabeth Rose, RFT Contributor
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1021 Northeast Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232