Nassau News Live
May 30, 2014
Grand Ventures Hotel, LLC is announcing the May 2015 opening of Hotel Eastlund, an upscale boutique hotel located across from the Oregon Convention Center in the Lloyd District on the east side of downtown Portland. Hotel Eastlund will be the centerpiece of this fast-developing neighborhood, targeting business travelers, leisure guests and convention attendees. The hotel’s location offers convenient access to downtown, Portland International Airport (PDX) and public transportation. This includes the MAX Light Rail and the Portland Streetcar, both located adjacent to the hotel.
Hotel Eastlund’s rooms and suites will feature contemporary architecture, modern interiors, tremendous views, state-of-the-art technology, and the finest luxury amenities. The hotel’s open lobby will provide a comfortable place to unwind or work, with high speed Internet and convenient printing services.
Portland chef and restaurateur David Machado will launch two culinary operations at Hotel Eastlund. The first will feature a full service restaurant with a spacious rooftop deck, fire pits and a spectacular view of the Portland skyline and Willamette River. Machado will also open a street level bakery/cafe and wine bar adjacent to the hotel lobby. Hotel Eastlund will become an iconic destination to meet and stay in Portland, setting the pace for the growing popularity of the east side.
Grand Ventures Hotel, LLC is a Pacific Northwest based company formed in 2013 to re-develop and operate Hotel Eastlund in Portland, Oregon. Its partners include Alan Battersby, Craig Schafer, Desmond Mollendor and Lars Pedersen who have collectively acquired and repositioned 11 hotels over the last 26 years. The group is recognized for re-developing hotel properties, installing advanced technology, and partnering with celebrity chefs to produce marquee destinations. Former projects include Portland’s Hotel Modera and Seattle’s Hotel Andra and Hotel Deca.
Holst Architecture is a Portland-based firm founded by Jeffrey Stuhr and John T. Holmes in 1992. The firm creates innovative buildings tailored to each client’s needs, while expressing the highest environmental, social, and aesthetic ideals. Holst works in a variety of project types across the country, including hospitality, commercial office, higher education, and multifamily. Recent and notable projects that Holst has completed include Ziba Design Headquarters, Hotel Modera, Bud Clark Commons, Glisan Commons and Ride Connection headquarters, Karuna House, Sawyer’s Row, and projects for Lewis & Clark College.
Restaurateur David Machado has headed several acclaimed restaurants on the east side and in downtown Portland, including Nel Centro, located in Hotel Modera. Machado was named Oregon Restaurateur of Year in 2009 by the Oregon Restaurant Association. He has been a past board member of the Portland Farmers Market, International Pinot Noir Celebration, Share Our Strength and Travel Portland. He was also elected president of the board of the Portland Jazz Festival.