History in Portland is varied. Portland began in the 1800's with a little over 800 people. There was a steam sawmill, log cabin hotel, and newspaper in the town. In 1879 the city grew to over 17,000 residents, and it was finally named Portland in 1891. The location of the city was perfect for transporting up and down the Pacific Coast and to islands in the Pacific with Willamette and the Columbia rivers. It is also near the Pacific Ocean via the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Portland soon grew exponentially due to its perfect location with more and more commerce.
This long history of Portland gave rise to the Governor Hotel. The hotel opened in 1909, making 2009 its centennial year. It is considered a historical landmark for visitors and residents to see. The hotel is located downtown near Portland's theater district, popular restaurants and shopping center. Portland's Pioneer Place has over 90 shops and places to eat, which is just a short walk from the hotel.
The Governor Hotel supplies modern amenities in their older hotel. Wireless internet and a Starbucks are just a few of the amenities. From the hotel it is possible to catch the street car and head down to the Pearl District and Nob Hill. The airport is close by as well as the Portland Zoo, Rose Garden Arena, and Oregon Convention Center.
The hotel itself has a decidedly European architecture on the exterior. The building is made up of arches, intricate carvings, and awnings over the doors. The ball room is grand with a soft golden light to enhance the arches and glass windows. The rooms are tastefully decorated with white walls, wooden furniture, and soft duvet comforters. Rooms have balconies overlooking Portland and its shopping district. The room amenities include telephone, internet, toiletries, hair dryers, room service, and iron and ironing boards.
For individuals on business The Governor Hotel has meeting and event rooms. They can host large weddings, small intimate affairs, and conferences for the traveler. Onsite is a fitness center with brand new technology. Cardiovascular equipment such as treadmills and recline bikes allow for a good workout to a flat screen television. There are also free weights, yoga equipment, and circuit training apparatus. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Children under 16 have to have an adult.
The Governor Hotel is home to Jake's Grill. This restaurant is reached by the original hotel lobby entrance on 10th Avenue or through the hotel. They provide American grill cuisine and typical Northwest fare. Portland is known for its fresh seafood like lobster and halibut. There is a bar within the restaurant. They cater for events, offer room service, and allow for small parties.
From the hotel other restaurants can be reached. These other restaurants will vary in cuisine from Pacific Northwest options to worldly cuisine. Packages exist for the Governor Hotel, depending on what the traveler will need when visiting the city of Portland.