In mid-2019 it was announced that a Ritz-Carlton would be opening in Portland, Oregon. I wanted to take an updated look at plans for this property, as it could be opening in the next six months or so.
Details of the Ritz-Carlton Portland
The Ritz-Carlton Portland is expected to open in April 2023, though the property isn’t yet open for reservations. This will be the brand’s first property in the Pacific Northwest, and the development is expected to feature 35 floors, with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units. The hotel will feature a fitness center, full-service spa, and swimming pool on the 19th floor. Then there will be an indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar on the 20th floor.
The $600 million development will also feature some office space, retail space, and a ground-level food hall. The property will be located a few blocks from Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Marriott’s Chief Development Officer for North America Full Service Hotels had the following to say about this development back in 2019:
“This landmark project is a game changer for The Ritz-Carlton brand and the City of Portland. The Ritz-Carlton, Portland will set a new standard for luxury hospitality in Portland, expand this iconic brand to the Pacific Northwest and introduce locals to the refined elegance and amenities associated with the Ritz-Carlton Residence lifestyle.”
Below are some renderings of the property.
This will be Portland’s first luxury hotel
When it opens, the Ritz-Carlton is expected to be Portland’s first true five star hotel. What makes this so interesting to me is that Portland is a quirky place, and is fiercely loyal to local businesses. It’s not that other hotels are necessarily “local,” but as a general rule of thumb I can’t imagine many locals are a fan of this development. That’s especially true since the hotel is opening in the space of the Alder Street Food Cart Pod, which has closed.
Then again, I’m guessing on many levels Ritz-Carlton doesn’t really care what locals think, since that’s probably not their target demographic.
I think the below comment from a reader back in 2019 about the statement from a Marriott executive probably sums up a common view point:
“The Ritz-Carlton…will…introduce locals to the refined elegance and amenities associated with the Ritz-Carlton Residence lifestyle.” Word to Ritz Carlton’s marketing team: locals do not need to be “introduced” to “refined elegance.” We know it–we just reject it. Just because we live a more casual lifestyle doesn’t mean we’re country bumpkins. Our many amazing restauranteurs understand the local scene. Chefs like Gabriel Rucker and Vitaly Paley create world-class food served with zero pretense. “Refined elegance” in the form of a white tablecloth/dress code/stuffy maitre’d is NOT what folks are looking for here.
I imagine this hotel will be targeted at high end leisure traffic as well as conferences. In general the Pacific Northwest is highly seasonal when it comes to tourism, and hotel rates reflect that. It’s not uncommon to see rates 3-5x as much in summer as winter, so I’d imagine that will be the case here as well.
The Ritz-Carlton Portland is expected to open in April 2023, and should be Portland’s most luxurious hotel. I’m curious to see what pricing is like here, and what the finished product looks like in real life.
Portlanders (and others) — what do you make of this Ritz-Carlton?