PORTLAND, Ore. - The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton™ and Coast Hospitality Management, announced today the official conversion of the 287-room historic hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. Built by philanthropist and innovator Simon Benson, this fabled, European-style hotel is the last of its kind. No other hotel in the region comes close to the quintessential elegance, amenities and charm of The Benson. The property features two restaurants, historic meeting and event spaces, and is walkable to the city’s bustling downtown. In addition to its spacious guestrooms and suites, the property honors its rich history through the Historic Stairwell, a mini-museum, featuring over 160 photos and stories of Portland and its many historic landmark buildings, including the venerable Benson Hotel and its transformation over 100 years. In addition to building Portland’s finest hotel, Simon Benson, successful lumber baron, businessman and philanthropist, spent a decade of public service directed to the State of Oregon and the City of Portland, and his many contributions are highlighted in the stairwell.
The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic Stairwell features over 50 other famous landmarks in Portland, with photos dating back to 1847. It showcases the story about how Portland got its name (and other recognizable nicknames), and many fun facts about Portland, from its cultural offerings in museums, music, film and the arts, to its food scene that has become part of the city’s fabric. Deeply rooted in its community, guests are immersed in the timeless elegance and historic charm the moment they step through the door. The hotel’s lobby features Italian marble floors, Austrian crystal chandeliers, and Circassian walnut wood from the imperial forests of Russia.
“We are excited to partner with this iconic hospitality brand and to position this Portland landmark as one of the newest hotels that make up Hilton’s Curio Collection,” said Douglas Rigoni, president and CEO, Coast Hospitality. “By shining a bright light on this community and ensuring our guests feel the spirit of the city’s culture within these walls, our guests are sure to enjoy an authentic, one-of-a-kind experience.”
The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton has been host to the most discerning of tastes. In the hotel’s sprawling Presidential Suites, guests can enjoy their own private upscale experience high above the city. With high-end Italian furniture, custom wet bar and Swarovski crystal chandeliers, The Benson’s Presidential Suites offer comfort and elegance with city views that are sure to impress. Their large bathroom suites feature marble bathroom vanities, a television mirror and a large walk-in shower with a multisensory water experience. A floor-to-ceiling gas fireplace creates an inviting ambiance in the large living room space.
The Benson Portland’s 287 guest rooms and suites are elegantly appointed to provide all the comforts and amenities for a relaxing getaway. Each guest room features Tempur-Pedic beds, down pillows, luxurious linens and down duvet covers. In-room amenities include high-definition televisions, spa-inspired bathrooms with Gilchrist & Soames amenities, marble vanities and glass-enclosed walk-in showers, coffee makers, lush bathrobes and a mini-fridge. Additionally, the property offers a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center.
“Curio Collection has expanded to over 100 hotels in some of the world’s top urban markets, and we are thrilled to add The Benson Portland to our growing portfolio,” said Jenna Hackett, global brand head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “Each Curio Collection property is handpicked for its one-of-a-kind story, and The Benson Portland is a perfect example of bringing that story to life for our guests. The hotel’s rich history and local inspiration combined with elevated amenities and stylish accommodations will offer a truly remarkable stay experience.”
The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton is ideal for weddings, corporate events and social gatherings. It features over 14,000 square feet of flexible event space, including the historic Crystal Ballroom, replete with gold leafing, Austrian crystal chandeliers, cathedral windows and ornate coffered ceiling. With the same attention to detail and purposeful design found throughout the property, much of its event spaces feature crystal chandeliers, elegant fixtures and accessories that reflect the historic elements of the hotel.
The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton is also part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 18 world-class brands. Members who book directly through the preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Hilton Honors Points and money to book a stay, free standard Wi-Fi and an exclusive member discount that can't be found anywhere else. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using a Digital Key.
The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton is located at 309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, Oregon, just 10 miles away from Portland International airport, a short walk to Portland’s MAX light rail, historic Pioneer Courthouse Square, the trendy Pearl District, Powell’s Books, and several restaurants and breweries.
About The Benson Portland
Established in 1913, the historic Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton combines European elegance and charm with modern luxuries. The award-winning hotel is centrally located in Downtown Portland and has long catered to celebrities, dignitaries, and nearly every U.S. president since William H. Taft. The Benson, Curio Collection by Hilton is currently ranked as number two on TripAdvisor out of the 164 hotels in Portland. The area is one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world, offering visitors access to a variety of outdoor sports and activities in addition to a world-class convention center, festivals, and city-wide events. Learn more about The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton at newsroom.hilton.com/curio, and follow The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About Coast Hospitality Management
Coast Hospitality Management is a Seattle based hotel company founded in 2010 and deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. With 10 franchised hotels across the west coast in states including Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington, the company's philosophy of serving its guests through a superior standard of value, hospitality and service supports its continuing expansion. Coast Hospitality’s team members come from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, orientations, and beliefs; Coast Hospitality believes that drawing on a variety of life experiences makes them stronger and brings a richness to its culture. Coast Hospitality Management has assembled a dynamic, motivated team of highly-trained hospitality professionals, and perform their management services with a focus on future return, manageable risk, and exceptional value potential for each property.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 22 world-class brands comprising nearly 7,400 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 124 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for six consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 173 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About Curio Collection by Hilton
Curio Collection by Hilton is a global portfolio of more than 145 individually remarkable hotels hand-picked to immerse guests in one-of-a kind moments in the world’s most sought-after destinations. Each hotel in the Curio Collection evokes a bespoke story through distinctive architecture and design, world-class food & beverage and curated experiences, while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Experience Curio Collection by Hilton by booking at curiocollection.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Curio Collection by Hilton at stories.hilton.com/curio, and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.