written by Kerry Newberry
photography by The Ritz-Carlton, Portland
Since first breaking ground in 2020, there’s been a buzz of anticipation surrounding the Pacific Northwest’s first Ritz-Carlton hotel. In October, the five-star hotel opened in the heart of downtown Portland. Befitting a city where reclaimed wood prevails over white table cloths, the overall design balances earthy with refined details throughout the space.
In the rooms and suites, the interiors celebrate the lush and wild landscape of the region. The immersive grand lobby, aptly deemed Forest Hall, evokes the evergreen landscape of the Pacific Northwest with sensational biophilic design. Nature as art also stars in the lobby bar where a luminous installation of leafy plants and twinkling lights unfurls from the ceiling.
In the 207 guest rooms and 44 suites, you’ll find signature amenities from luxurious Frette linens and plush slippers to soft waffle weave cotton robes. The interiors evoke misty rivers and coastal waves with a play of textures and murals in serene blue and oyster gray. All suites feature bars adorned with stitched leather and champagne copper and wood detailing. For history buffs, the bar trunk is a modern interpretation of historic travel trunks from those who settled in Oregon in the 1800s.
On the nineteenth floor, you’ll find the city’s first luxury spa and a sublime infinity-edge pool surrounded on three sides by soaring windows with showstopping views of the Cascade Mountains. The 4,400-square-foot fitness facility includes a yoga studio and spa oasis with sauna and steam rooms, plus a virtual snow shower used as cold therapy. Select from a suite of massages, facials and body treatments.
For conviviality head to the twentieth floor where cutting-edge interiors and dining awaits in the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge and Bellpine restaurant. Michelin-feted chef Pedro Almeida leads the culinary program, inspired by ingredients from local foragers, fishermen and farmers. Expect starters like salt-kissed purple uni and potatoes alongside dishes such as alderwood-roasted sockeye salmon. For dessert, try a five-star brownie topped with candied mushrooms and a dollop of mushroom ice cream.
Poetically named Meadowrue for a lacy plant that thrives in woodland gardens, the lobby bar evokes the local landscape with lush greenery and timber accents. Start the day with coffee (Coava developed an exclusive blend) along with breakfast specials like quiche with spring onions, toasted pine nuts and Rogue Creamery cheese. Come dusk, the space will transition to bespoke cocktails and light bites like salmon rillettes and charcuterie from Olympia Provisions.
900 SW WASHINGTON ST.