by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 09, 2016

A multimillion-dollar renovation has begun at the 782-room Hilton Portland in Oregon, to be completed next spring. The propertywide project will include the addition of 6,500 square feet of new meeting space, as well as upgrades to the rooms, a new lobby configuration, and a new restaurant and bar.

"We are excited to begin the process of redesign and look forward to the finalization of the hotel's new concept, which will enhance the comfort level of both leisure and business guests," said Eric Walters, general manager of the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. "We will fill the needs for large groups and conventions by incorporating additional meeting space into Hilton Portland and continuing to reflect the unique essence of the city of Portland within our walls." 

The work will be done in two phases. The first will add the extra meeting space, carving a former athletic club into two breakouts; coupled with a new 5,500-square-foot ballroom with windows on three walls and a skylight, the extra space will bring the property's total meeting space to 60,000 square feet. A new fitness room already has opened on the first floor.

The second phase of the renovation will redesign the main lobby with a new front desk and a seating area between the front desk and HopCity Tavern & Market, the gastro pub that opened in 2015. The guest rooms will be outfitted with new artwork, furniture, technology and more.

The Executive Tower building across the street from the main tower of the hotel will be transformed into a 327-room boutique lifestyle hotel under a new flag, separate from the 782-room Hilton. The property's restaurant will be called Jackrabbit by chef Chris Cosentino and will open in the spring. Other details on the new hotel will be announced at a later date.