June 16, 2015, 10:55am PDT
Portland Business Journal
There was music and dancing, food and drinks. There were sunny, sweeping views of downtown Portland and the West Hills.
And there were close to a thousand people enjoying it all.
The Hotel Eastlund, a former Red Lion hotel in the Lloyd District that underwent a $15 million remodel, officially opened its new doors last Wednesday evening with a festive grand opening party. The event included a ceremonial ribbon cutting, appetizers and drinks from chef David Machado, who has two restaurants in the new hotel, and musical entertainment from a few different acts, including U.K. soul singer Andy Abraham.
The reborn hotel is a project of Grand Ventures Hotel LLC, a subsidiary of Seattle’s Posh Ventures. The developer was also behind the Hotel Modera, a once-rundown hotel at Southwest Clay Street reborn as a modern boutique hotel, much as the Hotel Eastlund has been.
Click through the gallery for a look at the Hotel Eastlund’s grand opening soiree.