• Creative Spaces

     
    POSTED August 29, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Hotel Vance
  • Creative Spaces

     
    POSTED August 29, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Hotel Vance
  • Creative Spaces

     
    POSTED August 29, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Hotel Vance

In the heart of Portland’s Theater District, Hotel Vance serves as a space to support emerging leaders. Created with convenience in mind, the hotel provides a variety of amenities built to encourage creative collaboration.

“It is the Northwest’s first tribute portfolio hotel under Marriott. Tribute hotels are a bit funkier, not so cookie cutter and are a little bit more original with the design process. You are going to find aspects that you will not find anywhere else,” says Casey Baker, director of sales and marketing for the hotel. 

In addition to its accessibility to some of the major art centers in the city, the hotel also sits on the edge of the Portland State University campus and is just a mere seven-minute walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square (otherwise known as Portland’s Living Room). “It is the perfect location to reach everybody,” Baker says. 

Paying tribute to the uniqueness of the region throughout various elements in the hotel, the “V” in Vance also signifies the Roman numeral five, and is used to represent its proximity to the five major theaters in the district. Hotel Vance also uses this number for its High Five program, which is a weekly comprehensive list of the top five events for guests to attend. These suggestions are showcased on TVs and in elevators throughout the hotel to encourage exploration of southwest Portland. 

Though art and culture are at its forefront, the hotel also serves as a hub for individuals to collaborate with one another and stimulate productivity. Some of the amenities include high speed internet, comingle workspaces with outlets in every spot, extra-long desks, and four meeting rooms that that can accommodate up to 100 people. The rooms can be set up in a variety of ways to suit your needs: classroom, conference, reception, banquets, and more. 

And if you’re hungry, there is also Beastro, an Island and Korean fusion restaurant that serves up unique fare from matcha pancakes and a poke salad for brunch, to kimchi fried rice and seafood hot pot for dinner. 

The average event-goer spends long days sitting in meetings or professional development sessions, followed by an hour or two of standing and sipping cocktails. But holding your next big event at a spa resort opens a realm of possibilities for wellness breaks. Moving the action from the boardroom to the steam room can improve morale by combining business with pleasure—while also boosting attendees’ health. 

 

 Seattle is young and ever evolving, a dynamic city where newness is an integral part of the culture. And it has a long, proud history of hospitality.

In the early 1850s, Chief Seattle welcomed strangers to the banks of Puget Sound. Because of his kindness, they named their new settlement on Elliott Bay after him. “Seattle is a new city with an ancient culture,” notes Ken Workman, Chief Seattle’s great, great, great, great grandson. “It’s less than two grandmas old, as we like to say.” 

 

Many see Portland as a progressive city. No event venues are likely more in line with that world view than the two run by Ecotrust Events. Ecotrust, the events branch’s overarching nonprofit, leads a staggering number of social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental programs, from supporting Native American land rights to building intergenerational wealth for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) individuals. What does this have to do with hosting a corporate meeting? Everything.