Provenance and Woodbine open Sentinel in Portland

Provenance Hotels together with Woodbine Development based in Dallas purchased the Governor Hotel in Portland, Ore., in April 2012, invested $6 million in an extensive renovation of the 100-room hotel and now have reopened it as the Sentinel.

Aimed at reinventing the property, it included the reinvigoration of all guestrooms, four floors of meeting space and the lobby. Jackknife, a new destination for craft cocktails, wine and beer, is slated to open in Sentinel’s lobby in spring 2014.

The Sentinel project is the first collaboration between Provenance Hotels and Woodbine. “Transforming historic properties has been one of our specialties, and this hotel afforded us a great opportunity to apply our skills,” said Woodbine’s managing director Dupree Scovell. “The physical transformation called for a new name that tied back to the buildings’ architecture and origins.”


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“Sentinels look around, look out and look back if it helps them look forward,” added Bashar Wali, President of Provenance Hotels. “We felt, as we returned the two historic buildings that make up Sentinel to their original grandeur, it was appropriate to name the hotel in their honor.”

Built as the Seward Hotel in 1909, Sentinel’s East Wing was a favorite among the state’s timber and mining industries. It was renamed the Governor Hotel in 1932.

“Epic stories have unfolded within the walls of the historic buildings that make up Sentinel, and our guests are destined to add their own chapter,” added Wali. “Our goal with this hotel was to honor the past with a design that makes our guests feel at home but also inspires them to seize the day.”


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