In the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries, more businesses than ever are venturing into the luxury end of the market. Customers have greater expectations now than they did a few decades ago, and hotels are becoming increasingly competitive to entice people to stay in their establishments. To make their hotels stand-out, they are adding more services and amenities, while ensuring their décor and fittings are top-of-the-range.
Many of America’s second cities, including Detroit, Nashville, and Savannah, are trying to join the ranks of the major cities in terms of the number of boutique hotels they can offer. The latest city that is trying to join this league is Portland. The city has seen a wave of new hotels opening at the high-end of the hospitality industry.
Woodlark Hotel is one of the most recent establishments to open its doors in Portland and it is already attracting clients who want to enjoy a luxurious experience in the city. The 150-room hotel opened its doors to its first customers in December 2018.
Although everything in the interior is brand-spanking new, the exterior of the property has historic charm. Woodlark hotel is housed in two adjoining, historic buildings that are landmarks of the city. The first is a 20th-century building that was built in a French-Renaissance style, while the second is the Woodlark building, which was built around 1912. It is the latter of these buildings from which the new hotel has taken its name.
Prior to opening, the hotel underwent a $70 million renovation. Not only did this combine the two buildings, but the renovation also gave the interior a complete overhaul. The décor is contemporary in design but complements the history of the buildings. It is finished to the highest standard and reflects the luxurious nature of the hotel. The creativity of this hotel makes it stand out from many of its competitors in Portland.
From the moment guests step into the hotel, they can enjoy their surroundings and the great vibe. The first thing they will see is the wood panels, which are made from recessed molding and painted. These are similar to the original walls of the building. Guests will then head towards the reception desk, which has a rather impressive marble top.
In the lobby and other communal areas of the hotel, there are brass details and handblown glass pendant lights. A refreshing touch is added by the careful positioning of lush pot-plants. The lobby is also a place where some of the best brands and products of Portland are showcased. These include the floral retailer Calibri, which is the latest business venture of the award-winning chef, Naomi Pomeroy. Another local brand available for guests to enjoy is Good Coffee, which is one of the best-loved roasters in Portland.
Guests can expect the same level of luxury once they reach their room. The 150-rooms all have a welcoming atmosphere and the location is reflected in the choice of furniture, fittings, and décor. For example, they feature handmade rugs by local designer Christiane Millinger and wallpaper inspired by nature in local Forest Park. Guests can also enjoy a cup of matcha tea in their rooms that is produced by Steven Smith, who is one of the most celebrated purveyors of fine tea in the United States. Each of these touches means that the hotel is a true celebration of the City of Roses.
Although all the rooms are stunning, there are two that stand out as the most spectacular as they have certain features that set them apart from the luxurious yet standard rooms. One of these is the Woodlark Suite. This is a spacious room that also boasts a soaking tub for guests to some relaxation during their stay. The other is the Loft Suite as this is one of the largest suites and the 15-foot ceiling give it an airy and dramatic atmosphere.
If you are planning a trip to Portland and want to enjoy the luxury of a boutique hotel in the city, then the Woodlark Hotel is one of the best options available now. Great care has been taken in the design of this hotel to ensure that the needs and desires of guests who want a luxurious and enjoyable experience are fully met during their stay.
Written by Garrett Parker
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