by Matt Alderton | June 24, 2019
Although the Pacific Northwest is known for its rugged outdoors, travelers there will soon have an opulent counterpoint to the typical visitor experience, according to Marriott International, which last week announced plans to open the region's first-ever Ritz-Carlton hotel -- the Ritz-Carlton, Portland, in Oregon.

"We are excited to work with Marriott International to deliver an unprecedented level of service and accommodations to Portland's residents and visitors," said Walter C. Bowen, founder and CEO of BPM Real Estate Group, the hotel's developer. "Working hand in hand with the Ritz-Carlton team, we aim to create the best address to live and stay not only in Portland, but the Pacific Northwest."

Located just a few blocks from shopping hotspot Pioneer Place as well as Pioneer Courthouse Square, Oregon's most-visited tourist destination, the Ritz-Carlton, Portland, is scheduled to open in early 2023 as part of a new 35-story mixed-use tower that also will feature high-end office space, retail space and a ground-level food hall. Along with 251 guest rooms and 138 private Ritz-Carlton-branded residences, offerings will include a fitness center, a full-service spa, a swimming pool, an indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar on the 20th floor, and over 13,000 square feet of meeting space.

"This landmark project is a game changer for the Ritz-Carlton brand and the city of Portland," said Noah Silverman, Marriott's chief development officer in charge of North American full-service hotels. "The Ritz-Carlton, Portland, will set a new standard for luxury hospitality in Portland, expand this iconic brand to the Pacific Northwest, and introduce locals to the refined elegance and amenities associated with the Ritz-Carlton residence lifestyle."