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Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Luxury Hotel Set To Open In Central Downtown Portland, Ore. In Early 2018

WIth its four premier dining options, expansive library, luxurious indoor pool and meditation spa, The Porter is set to deliver the best of Portland

PORTLAND, OR. November 13, 2017 - The Porter, a luxury hotel located in central downtown Portland, Ore., has announced it will officially open in early 2018. Delivering the best of Portland, The Porter boasts 297 rooms, four premier dining options, an expansive library, a luxurious indoor pool with Jacuzzi, a meditation spa and a fitness center. The upscale hotel is poised to earn four stars when rated upon opening.

“Portland has always been known for its ardent independence, natural beauty, and pioneer sensibilities,” said Andrea Murray, The Porter’s General Manager. “The Porter resonates with these very Portland sensibilities via its rich, textured aesthetic and crafted beauty, with a name that personifies the traditional of personalized service. Our guests will truly experience the best of the Pacific Northwest, even if their stay is only 24 hours.”

Enveloped by a sense of purpose and comfort, The Porter is defined by its collection of distinct social spaces and unique design. A haven in the midst of central downtown Portland, the hotel’s neighborhood is adjacent to the Willamette River and filled with a rich history of local delicatessens, mercantiles, synagogues, residences, and entertainment—now known as the city’s epicenter of performing arts. The Keller Auditorium, home to the Oregon Ballet, Portland Opera, Broadway in Portland and scores of renowned performances, is within walking distance of the hotel.

With chef AJ Voytko at the helm, The Porter’s dining options include: Terrane Italian Bar + Grill, a soulful Italian-inspired restaurant where meats, fish, and vegetables share the spotlight equally in a refined Italian rustic setting. xport bar & lounge, which features small plates and crafted cocktails, two outdoor dining decks with fire pits and sweeping views of the city and the Cascade Range. Chiosco Neapolitan Pizza Window, offering a taste of Terrane, serving gourmet pizza to people on-the-move. Portland Exchange Grocer & Goods, delivering a taste of Terrane with an emphasis on cured meats, paninis, calzones, crafted gourmet coffee, pastries, gelatos, and more.

Each room at The Porter features a 50” Samsung HDTV, as well as Waldorf Astoria Beds with Frette bath linens, overscaled Calico walnut headboards with rich leather, solar shades for light control, Pendleton Plaid bed throws, locally inspired in-room coffee programs and artwork with an eclectic mix of regional, iconic images, maps and abstract works that tell Portland’s story.

The library at The Porter features a monumental staircase with under lighting, providing a striking visual effect. It is home to an engaging Portland-inspired book collection, with wallpaper made from recycled newspapers and carpet that features the Portland rose manhole cover.

The Porter is also home to a luxurious indoor pool with Jacuzzi, as well as a sauna room, steam room, meditation spa and fitness center, which is naturally lit and fully equipped with the latest cardio machines and free weights.

The Porter will host meetings and events, with capacity ranging from small intimate gatherings to large corporate retreats. All meeting rooms bask in natural light with city views. Each ballroom boasts expansive private patio spaces for exclusive outdoor experiences, with restaurant-style bars that depict the Oregon landscape.

The Porter was developed by Widewaters Group, working with HC Architecture Inc. and Skanska.

For high-resolution renderings of The Porter, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/ybjj29mt.

About The Porter

The Porter is a luxury hotel within central downtown Portland, Ore. The Porter’s neighborhood is adjacent to the Willamette River and filled with a rich history of local delicatessens, mercantiles, synagogues, residences and entertainment—and is now located in Portland’s epicenter of performing arts. The Keller Auditorium, home to the Oregon Ballet, Portland Opera, Broadway in Portland and scores of renowned performances, are within walking distance of the hotel. The Porter boasts four premier dining options: Terrane Italian Bar + Grill is a soulful Italian-inspired restaurant where meats, fish and vegetables share the spotlight equally in a refined Italian rustic setting; xport bar & lounge features small plates and crafted cocktails, two outdoor dining decks with fire pits and sweeping views of the city and the Cascade Range; Chiosco Neapolitan Pizza Window offers a taste of Terrane, serving gourmet pizza to people on-the-move; and Portland Exchange Grocer & Goods delivers a taste of Terrane with an emphasis on cured meats, paninis, calzones, crafted gourmet coffee, pastries, gelatos, and more. The Porter also features an expansive library, luxurious indoor pool with Jacuzzi, as well as a sauna room, steam room, meditation spa, locker rooms and a fitness center.

About Widewaters

Widewaters is a vertically integrated real estate organization with over 30 years of development, construction, management, and investment experience. Leveraging its entrepreneurial instincts, capital, and expertise, Widewaters continues to develop and acquire quality real estate across North America. Widewaters has developed or acquired millions of square feet of retail, office, residential, and hospitality. Widewaters manages all of its management companies, The Widewaters Group, Inc. and Widewaters Hotels, LLC. Construction is performed through its affiliate Widewaters Construction, Inc. Widewaters is based in Syracuse New York with additional operations in Charlotte, North Carolina and Park City, Utah areas. In-house capabilities include: acquisitions, site selection, entitlements, feasibility, legal, leasing, financing, accounting, construction, property management, hotel management, and asset management.

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