PORTLAND, Ore.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Holiday Inn Portland Airport is sporting a dramatic, new look after recently completing a $7 million makeover. At the core of the 284-room/suite hotel’s multi-stage, 22-month renovations is improved convenience for hotel guests, ensuring their enhanced ability to work and relax in a comfortable environment. In addition, the hotel debuts a new restaurant and lounge, Latitude 45°. Adjacent to the Columbia Conference Center, the Holiday Inn Portland Airport is operated by Springfield-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States.
“Since our hotel renovations, we have seen a transformation in lobby life. Our new space is so inviting that guests are congregating more in the common areas”
Located just two miles from Portland International Airport, the hotel’s newly designed lobby was doubled in size and the ceiling height extended to create an open, social concept. The communal space features modern décor with natural woods; modular furniture; whimsical fabric cubes; an artistic color palette of coral, gold and sage; extensive LED lighting; and media walls. A custom raw-wood table serves as a center piece for guests to congregate and recharge devices, while leveraging the common space’s free Wi-Fi access. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s new coffee bar and experience Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a local, upscale, specialty coffee.
According to Charles Holt, general manager of the Holiday Inn Portland Airport, the extensive property improvements appear to be resonating with travelers based on overwhelmingly positive feedback and an upswing in business.
“Since our hotel renovations, we have seen a transformation in lobby life. Our new space is so inviting that guests are congregating more in the common areas,” Holt said. “We are also seeing a significant increase in business demand, as travelers are eager to experience the improvements first hand.”
In addition to the extensive lobby makeover, the hotel refreshed all guestrooms/suites with contemporary furniture, carpet, wall coverings, Holiday Inn bedding, and 37” flat screen televisions. Bathrooms received granite countertops and large framed mirrors. The rooms’ clean lines and use of earth tones create a relaxing environment. Black and white artwork throughout the hotel features local Portland scenes, providing guests with a taste of the area’s inviting ambiance. The hotel’s exterior façade received cosmetic improvements, including fresh paint, stonework, a protective glass-enclosed walkway, and eco-friendly landscaping.
Portland’s New Dining Option
Award-winning Chef Richard Dickson comes from Napa Valley to oversee the hotel’s new restaurant and lounge, Latitude 45°. Offering upscale comfort food with original flair, the completely redesigned dining option is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including room service. Diners will enjoy an array of culinary delights, such as special house cocktails, Portland seafood chowder, pork schnitzel and salmon Wellington. Walk-ins are welcome and reservations are preferred by calling 503-256-5000 ext. 7147.
New Technology Upgrades for Convention Center Attendees
Another significant component of the hotel’s recent capital improvements includes the installation of an enhanced wireless network tailored to the convention space and offering 24/7 tech support to convention-goers. The design allows tech support to dial into the specific meeting space’s IP address to reconcile any IT problems convention guests encounter and at no charge to attendees/planners. In addition, the hotel now has the ability to direct select bandwidth into a specific space, providing efficient and fast Internet access to convention attendees where and when they need it.
“The Holiday Inn Portland Airport's commitment to providing guests with a quality lodging experience in our city means a lot to Travel Portland,” said Jeff Miller, CEO and president of Travel Portland. “With strong customer service already in place, the property's recent renovation welcomes visitors with a modern feel that starts at the front desk and continues through to the common areas and guest rooms.”
About the Holiday Inn Portland Airport
Located at 8439 NE Columbia Boulevard, the newly renovated 284-room/suite Holiday Inn Portland Airport offers easy access to the MAX Light Rail System and is just two miles from Portland International Airport. The hotel is also conveniently located near influential companies, such as Boeing, Toyota and Yo Cream. Guests can enjoy free wired and Wi-Fi access and a well-equipped, 24-hour business center to help them work smarter. The hotel and adjacent Columbia Conference Center combined offer nearly 30,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space and provide professional catering services and staff. Ballrooms are named after local Oregon land features, such as mountains and rivers, and convention planners can go online to review space options. For more information, to schedule a tour, to make reservations, or to book an event at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport, call (503) 256-5000, contact your travel agent, or visit www.hiportlandairport.com.
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About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. With a portfolio of 78 hotels representing nearly 19,000 guest rooms/suites in 24 states, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, visit the company’s website at www.jqhhotels.com or www.facebook.com/jqhhotelsresorts.