Dawson Design Associates transforms Kimpton’s Hotel Vintage in Portland

Kimpton Hotels opened a new version of the Hotel Vintage following a $16-million transformation and redesign. Seattle based Dawson Design Associates transformed the hotel, inspired by the bohemian aspect of Portland, as well as the Oregon wine story.

An entirely new two-story lobby space brings the story of Oregon wine to life, with light fixtures reminiscent of grape clusters, an area rug with an aerial view depicting the Willamette Valley, a life-size picture of Bacchus the god of wine and a wineology chalkboard that shows how an Oregon grape becomes Oregon wine.

The blackened steel floating spiral staircase leads to a game room, where there is a a pool table, shuffleboard and two video game consoles. A two-sided flat-screen television completes the space, set against a backdrop of a graffiti-wall. This adult playroom is available for private events.

For guests who prefer the ground floor, the 60-seat lobby bar Bacchus Bar is the newest brainchild of Pazzo Ristorante.

The 117 newly re-imagined guestrooms were named for an Oregon winery, emphasizing the hotel’s proximity to the Willamette Valley and giving a nod to local vintners. Elements include: a red couch, a purple accent wall and bedside lamps inspired by heat lamps used to keep grapes from freezing. More than 105,000 recycled wine corks make up 73 art pieces depicting a face in each room.

En route to the rooms there are several alcoves where guests can play the original The Oregon Trails game on either vintage computer consoles or as a board game.