Canopy by Hilton opens first West Coast property

Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District. Photo credit: Hilton

Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s lifestyle hotel brand, alongside PM Hotel Group, a national hotel management company and The Buccini/Pollin Group, a privately held, full-service real estate acquisition, development and management company, opened the brand’s first West Coast property, Canopy by Hilton Portland (Ore.) Pearl District. Located in an industrial zone populated with indie boutiques, art galleries, microbreweries, green spaces and eateries, the property brings a new lifestyle hospitality offering to the Pearl District in the heart of downtown Portland.

“As our brand continues to develop in North America, we are thrilled to bring Canopy by Hilton to its first West Coast home in Portland,” Gary Steffen, global head, Canopy by Hilton, said in a statement. “The Pearl District neighborhood is a natural fit for our lifestyle brand and we look forward to our guests and neighbors enjoying a fresh, comfortable and welcoming experience.”

“We believe strongly in the Canopy by Hilton brand and the focus on delivering authentic travel experiences that are connected to the hotels and neighborhoods that they call home,” Dave Pollin, co-president and co-founder of The Buccini/Pollin Group, said in a statement. “As a native of Portland, this project is personal for me. Portland Pearl District is the second North American Canopy by Hilton property that our team has launched with Hilton and we remain committed to the brand’s vision.”

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The 153-room hotel is inspired by its surrounding neighborhood. All guestrooms, including the 46 premium rooms, include nine-foot floor-to-ceiling windows.The interior design of Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District was led by Mark Zeff, the firm that also collaborated with Hilton’s team to create Canopy’s interior design ethos at the inception of the brand.

The hotel is a LEED Gold certified building that includes industrial finishes such as hot rolled steel metal beams, brick walls and concrete floors in parts of the lobby, café & reception area, known as Canopy Central. The guestrooms will feature an interpretation of a “canopy,” which will extend over the front of the bed and is made of timber resembling the Oregon state tree, a Douglas fir, creating a direct connection to the beauty and natural wonder of the Pacific Northwest. Amenities include natural Apivita toiletries, JBL Horizon Bluetooth alarm clocks, 55-inch TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines and filtered water stations on every floor. Guests of Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District can also take advantage of the only hotel rooftop fitness center in the city.

The hotel’s exterior, designed by ZGF Architects, acts as a symbolic bridge between the Pearl District’s old and new structures, incorporating materials that reflect and complement the neighborhood’s past and future. Casement windows at street level allow activities in the hotel to carry out onto the sidewalks of Glisan Street, creating outdoor seating and an inviting setting for both guests and passersby. Organically incorporating art throughout the hotel is an ongoing theme, reflected in common spaces such as the art wall in the guest reception area. The oiled bronze-inspired façade of the building changes its golden hue in synchronicity with the passing phases of daylight.

Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District’s art curator, Elizabeth Leach, selects works from local artists to showcase around the hotel, including Stephen Hayes, Charlene Liu, Judy Cooke and Mark Smith. In addition to the property’s permanent art collection, the hotel is home to a rotating exhibition space. Guests may also relax and enjoy the two-story winter garden, blending nature into the hotel’s public space.

Upon arrival, rotating welcome treats at the hotel may include a mini cupcake from Cupcake Jones or artisan chocolate from nearby A Yen for Chocolate. The property is home to Canopy Central, led by lead culinary enthusiast Sara Woods and featuring a regionally influenced menu. At night, guests can unwind and sample the latest local drinks direct from the innovative beverage makers of Portland’s Distillery Row as part of the property’s complimentary evening tasting.

Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District also provides a destination for groups, meetings and special occasions with its downtown location, nearby transportation options and proximity to business headquarters, startups, creative firms and technology companies. With 1,093 square feet of collaborative meeting space, the hotel offers unique settings accommodating small and medium sized groups in non-traditional areas, such as the community table in the lush winter garden or one of its four private meeting rooms. Each meeting space is named as a dedication and remembrance to a community or person who played a significant part in Portland’s history including Japantown, a settlement that existed before WWII in the Old Town-Chinatown neighborhood; The Hattie, named in honor of African-American suffragette Harriett “Hattie” Redmond; The Rutherford, named for civil rights activists, Otto and Verdell Rutherford, who championed civil rights legislation in Oregon a decade before it was on the national agenda; and The Henry, named for Henry Weinhard, Portland's first microbrewer and a pioneer in the city's craft brewing history.