Hotel Fifty Announces Completion of $7 Million Renovation Program

Premier Portland boutique hotel unveils renovations

Photo: Hotel Fifty // (c) 2008
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Coastal Hotel Group announces the completion of the more than $7 million renovation of Hotel Fifty, Portland’s premier boutique hotel in the heart of downtown. Located conveniently next to the Morrison Street Bridge at 50 SW Morrison Street, where downtown meets the river, the totally new Hotel Fifty remained operational throughout the renovation and now features high-end and comfortable guestrooms, a contemporary exterior, enhanced amenities, and the new H50 bistro & bar. The completion was celebrated on October 16, 2008 with a 300-person party that also raised $2,660 for Special Olympics Oregon.

A destination for business and leisure travelers alike, Hotel Fifty now offers 140 completely new guestrooms with all of the latest amenities. Of the updated guestrooms, there are 36 River View rooms and 52 Partial River View rooms, 16 of which have balconies. Hotel Fifty is situated directly across the street from Tom McCall Waterfront Park, offering relaxing waterfront views of the Willamette River, Mt. Hood, and Portland’s famous bridges.

Interior designer Gibb Fischer of MNID Associates in Seattle implemented design materials and color schemes that accent the natural and contemporary environment surrounding Hotel Fifty. Fisher transformed the property with blended design elements to create an upscale atmosphere boasting the ultimate in style and comfort. A cool and relaxing color scheme of neutrals, modern tones and clean lines embellish each room with a crisp ambiance. Exterior renovations to Hotel Fifty revitalize the contemporary 1960s architecture with new glass awnings, new exterior paint color, and colorful LED lighting around the building. In addition, new landscape designs and a fountain are scheduled to be added.

Guestroom renovation highlights include wood paneling, glass countertops, modern lighting, 42" HDTV plasma televisions, and ergonomic desk chairs. Each room is complete with an inviting top-of-the-line Simmons Beautyrest Black Beverly Hills bed adorned with luxury linens. Functional desk space and wall mounted cable televisions are included in every room, along with dual-line speaker telephones and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Upgraded bathrooms feature oversized walk-in showers, flooring of polished, rough and honed marble tile, and countertops of thick marble. Amenities include signature Gilchrist & Soames bath products, plush robes and handheld hairdryers. Guests at Hotel Fifty can also enjoy daily newspaper service and the use of Bally Total Fitness workout facility conveniently located across the street. Guest parking is available on-site at Hotel Fifty.

Business travelers can chose between the hotel's two private conference rooms that accommodate 10 to 65 people and offer space for meetings, meals and retreats. The Columbia Room, located on the hotel's second floor, and the Chefs Table private meeting and dining room offer accessibility and comfort in non-smoking environments. Amenities for business travelers include state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and coordination, high-speed wireless Internet access, business center facilities, voicemail, copy, and fax services. Meetings can be enhanced with the hotels catering and beverage services, and coffee breaks can be enjoyed with a stroll along the waterfront.

The makeover also included the addition of the new H50 bistro & bar led by Executive Chef Nicholas A. Yanes. The restaurant pairs a comfortable, welcoming Northwest ambiance with Yanes innovative culinary style. Chef Yanes brings nearly 8 years of culinary experience toH50 bistro & bar. His philosophy of cooking includes sourcing fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients to ensure a high level of quality while providing simple, unexpected touches that make the dining experience memorable. The restaurant offers riverfront views, an 800-bottle wine cellar and original, local artwork.H50 bistro & bar is an ideal setting for breakfast, lunch, or a romantic dinner for two. The bar offers a seasonal selection of specialty drinks and happy hour items.