The Lloyd District’s new hotel grand opening draws a grand

June 16, 2015, 10:55am PDT
Jon Bell
Portland Business Journal

Altabira City Tavern ballroom, photo by Andrea Lonas

A wide wall of windows lets guests take in expansive Rose City views. photo by Andrea Lonas

There was music and dancing, food and drinks. There were sunny, sweeping views of downtown Portland and the West Hills.

And there were close to a thousand people enjoying it all.

The Hotel Eastlund, a former Red Lion hotel in the Lloyd District that underwent a $15 million remodel, officially opened its new doors last Wednesday evening with a festive grand opening party. The event included a ceremonial ribbon cutting, appetizers and drinks from chef David Machado, who has two restaurants in the new hotel, and musical entertainment from a few different acts, including U.K. soul singer Andy Abraham.

The reborn hotel is a project of Grand Ventures Hotel LLC, a subsidiary of Seattle’s Posh Ventures. The developer was also behind the Hotel Modera, a once-rundown hotel at Southwest Clay Street reborn as a modern boutique hotel, much as the Hotel Eastlund has been.

Click through the gallery for a look at the Hotel Eastlund’s grand opening soiree.

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