Architect: H. Hanselmann/remodel: Hennebery Eddy Architects, 1912,
Marooned from the rest of downtown by Highway 405, the hotel-formerly-known-as-the-Mallory projects a modest but beneficent presence. Originally designed as a "strictly modern, high-class" building, its light brick is reminiscent of the Embassy Suites, which was constructed at the same time. When the hotel added its swanky cocktail lounge, some of the first-floor windows were lightly bricked over.
A 2006 renovation resulted in a retro-Hollywood makeover, with interior architectural flourishes from the Silver Screen era. While the rationale behind this is a little bewildering (do visitors to Portland yearn for a return to vintage Hollywood?), it was a quality job. Be sure to give the hotel's mother-of-pearl-lined elevator a ride to see which film director is honored on which floor. As to the hotel's atmospheric Driftwood Room lounge (described by the Willamette Week as having a "perpetual 1960s, Blake Edwards VistaVision sensation"), it was left blessedly unaltered.