Previously an aged 1960s structure in Portland’s Convention Center district, Holst transformed the building into a boutique hotel featuring numerous amenities, including a ground-floor café, rooftop deck with panoramic views of the city, and a top-floor restaurant and bar activated by a new express elevator.
In addition to an overall brand shift (Hotel Eastlund was previously a Red Lion), the entire exterior and interior of the hotel was renovated after taken down to studs and concrete. An open and inviting new lobby replaced the former driveway, connects the existing 1st-floor spaces, and provides ample room for guests to mingle, work, or enjoy drinks from the new café.
New energy efficient floor-to-ceiling window walls replaced the existing curtain wall, maximizing natural light and views to downtown Portland. A fin element on the façade marks the hotel’s entry and gives the hotel a visual identifier. The original brick exterior walls, with their unique and interesting detailing, were preserved and freshly painted.
A mesh screen and landscaping in custom-designed planters conceal below-grade parking and provide a dynamic pedestrian experience, while ground-level parking is partially screened by new trellises, greenery, and landscaping.