Former Red Lion Hotel in the Lloyd District to reopen as boutique Hotel Eastlund
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Elliot Njus
When Seattle-based Grand Ventures Hotel bought the Lloyd District’s Red Lion Hotel in 2013 and launched a major renovation, it was one of a few scattered examples of private reinvestment in the eastside district.
As the hotel reopens Monday as the Hotel Eastlund, fresh from a $15 million renovation that took the building down to its bones, it’s in a district that could have thousands of new residents within a few years.
Meanwhile, the Lloyd Center mall is in the middle of its own $50 million renovation. And Metro is well on its way to landing a large hotel near its Oregon Convention Center, which the regional government says will help drum up new business both for the convention center and nearby hotels.
“When we started, we were not really aware of the breadth of development in the district,” said restaurateur David Machado, who will operate two eateries in the new hotel. “What’s happened around us was very surprising.”
Grand Ventures, hoping to duplicate its success in turning around the downtown Hotel Modera, bought the Lloyd District hotel in 2013 for $12.5 million. As at the downtown hotel, previously a Days Inn, they aimed to create a destination not only for travelers, but also nearby workers and residents.
The Lloyd District hotel opened as the Cosmopolitan Motor Hotel which, as its name suggests, was built for guests coming and going by car. For people walking by or traveling by transit, it might as well have been a fortress.
So a design by Holst Architecture of Portland aimed to turn the hotel inside-out, adding pedestrian access from all sides. Much of the lobby is space once occupied by an auto ramp. Space formerly used for guests-only breakfast will now be Citizen Baker, Machado’s bakery-cafe and wine bar that will be open to the public that will also cater meetings at the hotel and provide room service.
The hotel’s upper floors were largely gutted as well, necessitated by the presence of mold, asbestos and lead paint, Grand Ventures partner Alan Battersby said.
The top floor will house a 5,300-square-foot ballroom, small meeting rooms and Machado’s Altabira City Tavern, which replaces the Red Lion’s Windows Skyroom and Lounge. That restaurant and Citizen Baker are expected to open later in June.
— Elliot Njus
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 10:22am PDT
by Jon Bell
Portland Business Journal
Just a few months ago, almost any vantage point from inside the former Red Lion Hotel on Northeast Grand Avenue offered expansive views of the city in just about every direction.
The reason: the 1960s-era hotel had been gutted and stripped down to its steel and concrete skeleton as part of a $10 million remake.
“It was just columns and concrete floors and ceilings, and we took everything else out in between,” said Desmond Mollendor, general manager and a partner with Grand Ventures Hotel LLC, the firm behind the renovation. “You could see right through the building.”
With just a few weeks to go before the hotel reopens on May 5 as the Hotel Eastlund, that’s not the case any longer. The 168-room hotel has been nearly built anew, with a much more pedestrian-friendly setup, revamped rooms and meeting spaces and two new restaurants from Portland’s David Machado.
No longer can one see right through the building, but the hotel still offers commanding vistas of the downtown skyline, the booming Lloyd District and even an occasional peek at Mt. St. Helens.
The roughly nine-month renovation, led by S.D. Deacon, is expected to wrap up in time for a May 5 opening. The hotel has already begun taking reservations, with rooms starting at $189 per night. When it opens, the Eastlund will employ about 65 staff members. The two restaurants will have between 80 and 85 employees, according to Mollendor.
First View Atop The Eastlund Hotel
Friday, April 10, 2015
Byron Beck, GoLocalPDX Features Editor
In May of 2015 Hotel Eastlund will be opening their doors for the first time. Here’s a look at the space in progress. The view featured here is from inside the Altabira City Tavern, helmed by acclaimed local chef David Machado. Portland’s newest boutique hotel will feature rooftop dining, floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious work-friendly lobby, and a beautiful view of the Portland skyline.
The first contemporary, luxury boutique hotel of its kind on Portland’s Eastside, it is developed by Grand Ventures Eastlund Hotel, LLC, who also developed the renowned Hotel Modera in Portland, Ore., as well as Hotel Andra and Hotel Deca in Seattle.
Hotel Eastlund is adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center, Moda Center, Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Central Eastside’s creative hub. The hotel will offer easy access to both of the cities rail lines — the Portland streetcar and MAX Light rail. Hotel Eastlund, with its mid-century inspired design, features 168 rooms and suites, a flexible ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, two executive boardrooms and two private dining rooms overlooking downtown Portland.
The downtown skyline comes to life with the views from these outstanding venues. The rooftop restaurant and bar, Altabira City Tavern by celebrated chef David Machado, offers American cuisine with a beer-centric menu and Citizen Baker, adjacent to the lobby, is both a casual daytime café and evening wine bar.
Altabira City Tavern offers regional American cuisine focused on updated classic dishes with 16 taps of local craft beers, select Northwest wines and locally distilled spirits. The Tavern is open for lunch and dinner in a modern setting with large floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Portland’s downtown skyline and inner eastside. The dining room seats 60, the indoor bar area seats 76 and the expansive outdoor rooftop patio – with windbreaks, heaters and three fire pits with lounge seating — accommodates 103.
Citizen Baker is a locally owned, urban bakery/café located adjacent to the hotel’s mid-century modern lobby. The artisan bakery and gourmet coffee bar serves freshly baked artisan breads, pastries, soups, fresh salads and sandwiches as well as single origin coffee from Ristretto Roasters. During happy hour, the bakery transforms into a cozy and casual wine bar with local wine and beer on tap.
Hotel Eastlund is located, 1021 NE Grand Ave, Portland, Oregon 97232.
Altabira City Tavern
From the Portland Business Journal
March 24, 2015
by Jon Bell
It’s no HQ hotel, but the old Red Lion will soon be a modern boutique
What was once a ho-hum Red Lion Hotel is just a month or so away from being unveiled as Portland’s newest luxury boutique hotel with rooms starting at close to $200 a night.
Seattle-based Grand Ventures Hotel LLC is heading into the final stretch of the massive renovation that gutted the Red Lion in the Lloyd District to make way for the Hotel Eastlund. The new hotel, scheduled to open in May, will feature 168 rooms and suites as well as a flexible ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, two executive boardrooms and two private dining rooms overlooking the Portland skyline.
As of this week, the hotel has begun accepting reservations. Opening rates at the low end run $189; deluxe suites approach $470 per night. Guest rooms and suites have either California kings or what the hotel claims are the first-ever California queens, as well as commissioned artwork by Loui Jover and Badri Valian.
Read the entire article in the Portland Business Journal.