Ritz-Carlton Portland Opening April 2023

Ritz-Carlton Portland Opening April 2023

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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.

Ritz-Carlton Portland exterior
Ritz-Carlton Portland guest room
Ritz-Carlton Portland suite
Ritz-Carlton Portland lobby
Ritz-Carlton Portland bar
Ritz-Carlton Portland spa
Ritz-Carlton Portland spa

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.

Bottom line

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?

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  1. Bihchaz Guest

    And watch the Chazbros occupy the suites.

  2. dwondermeant Guest

    The public areas scream luxury but the room seems like a new 4 star Marriott just pleasant
    I stayed at the new Ritz Carlton Downtown for 1100.00 dollars a night in NYC and preferred my 4 star property for under 300 dollars a night.Yes it was a decent new guest room.And breakfast was 60 dollars from an absent celebrity chef which sucked.Dry eggs stingy portions and wooden dry bacon
    But I've had better...

    The public areas scream luxury but the room seems like a new 4 star Marriott just pleasant
    I stayed at the new Ritz Carlton Downtown for 1100.00 dollars a night in NYC and preferred my 4 star property for under 300 dollars a night.Yes it was a decent new guest room.And breakfast was 60 dollars from an absent celebrity chef which sucked.Dry eggs stingy portions and wooden dry bacon
    But I've had better hotels for 200 to 300 a night overseas in Europe and North America
    They are the milking the cow with brand name.Ritz in Montreal beautiful Honolulu excellent etc

  3. Derek Guest

    That building is totally out of place in the Portland skyline. It’s also an eye sore from the viewpoint at Pittock Mansion. The reflection from the sun on the windows is blinding in the afternoons.

  4. FNT Delta Diamond Guest

    Do homeless people get a room here?

    1. Max Guest

      Yes, sponsored by your tax dollars.

  5. Motion to Dismiss Gold

    The spa looks nice but the pictures of the rooms/decor looks very blah, like an average Marriott or maybe JW Marriott.

    1. FNT Delta Diamond Guest

      Lately, all of the new or newly renovated Ritz-Carlton properties have had decors that look more like a JW Marriott than anything remotely luxurious. Some of the Four Seasons have this problem too.

  6. Anthony Diamond

    I've never been to Portland - next time I am in the PNW I will stop by a few days. Either this or the Nines. The Nines apparently still does well, so it seems like people will stay at the top hotels when visiting despite all of the issues

  7. AaronP Guest

    Will the City Council require a certain number of rooms be set aside every night for the homeless???

  8. Elijah Guest

    As a former longtime Portlander, it’s really hard to imagine this being successful honestly. Downtown Portland has gotten so rough and depressing in recent years and Pioneer Courthouse Square is basically ground zero for that. I know lots of locals who basically consider it a no-go zone these days. I can’t imagine guests will be very happy paying top dollar to stay in the midst of that.

    1. Alonzo Diamond

      Same could be said for tons of high end hotels in the Bay area, Minneapolis and Philadelphia. Four Seasons and other high end properties in those areas seem to do just fine with bad surrounding areas. You think Marriott didn't do their economic research before breaking ground here? They don't care about perception, they care about making that dinero homie.

    2. Steve Diamond

      Just dont see how this was the best place to build a new development. I would go to every single city including those you listed before portland.

    3. Bobsmith99 Guest

      They are not building for 2023 they are building for the future. There is ample historic data that shows Portland punches above its weight in terms of hospitality- great dining, easy outdoors access.

    4. Jon Guest

      The analysis was done pre-pandemic, before downtown Portland descended into its current dumpster fire. While I am cautiously hopeful that changes to state and local government may incrementally improve conditions in the region in the long-term, I predict bankruptcy of this property in the near future (note that at least four downtown Portland hotels have already declared bankruptcy).

    5. Steve Guest

      Its three properties The Duniway, Dossier and Hiton Portland Downtown unless you know of a fourth. And they are facing foreclosure not bankruptcy with one of them The Dossier saying they have reach a deal with their lender. But the downtown commercial vacancy rate is 26% so yes there is distress in the hospitality and office space sector. Whether the problems are are result of structural changes to the economy such as a lot more...

      Its three properties The Duniway, Dossier and Hiton Portland Downtown unless you know of a fourth. And they are facing foreclosure not bankruptcy with one of them The Dossier saying they have reach a deal with their lender. But the downtown commercial vacancy rate is 26% so yes there is distress in the hospitality and office space sector. Whether the problems are are result of structural changes to the economy such as a lot more people working from home or in the case of hotels self inflicted in that they have substantially increased their rates during a time they are experiencing increased competition from alternatives such as Airbnb is up for dispute.

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Steve Diamond

Just dont see how this was the best place to build a new development. I would go to every single city including those you listed before portland.

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Jon Guest

The analysis was done pre-pandemic, before downtown Portland descended into its current dumpster fire. While I am cautiously hopeful that changes to state and local government may incrementally improve conditions in the region in the long-term, I predict bankruptcy of this property in the near future (note that at least four downtown Portland hotels have already declared bankruptcy).

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Derek Guest

That building is totally out of place in the Portland skyline. It’s also an eye sore from the viewpoint at Pittock Mansion. The reflection from the sun on the windows is blinding in the afternoons.

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