by Alex Palmer | January 03, 2017
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, in Portland, OR, boasts extensive accommodations for visiting groups. This includes 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with full multimedia and A/V support, catering from the Northwest-inspired Red Star Tavern (including microbrews and a variety of small plates), and even an in-room tiki bar available for small groups looking to get a fun start to the evening.

But its latest addition -- a "Quiet Room" -- can appeal to visitors in a whole new way. This 100-square-foot space is aimed at business travelers looking to take a moment out of a busy day of meetings to meditate, brainstorm, or even roll out a yoga mat (guests can book for 30 minutes at a time from the front desk).

"The idea for a Quiet Room started when we realized that the needs of all meeting goers weren't being met by an available guest room, event space, or business center when they required a moment of privacy," says General Manager Robert Hannigan. "There was a small amount of square footage to work with, but our team put a lot of thought into the layout …Feedback so far has been phenomenal."

Thoughtful, quirky, and memorable -- those traits describe the Quiet Room, and also encapsulate the Pacific Northwest and its events offerings more generally. With a significant amount of exciting developments, it's a better time than ever to visit the cities of Portland and Seattle.

Take, for example, Sentinel, a hotel that offers what it touts as "Thought Provoking Meetings" in its 23,000 square feet of event space, including art-infused meeting rooms and the striking Governor Ballroom. Its parent organization, Provenance Hotels, recently launched a new set of services for guests with pets, including high-quality pet food at the property and a souvenir dog tag -- very quirky and very Portland.

There are currently 15 hotel projects in the works in Portland, which together will add 3,000 new rooms to the city. The biggest of these is the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, which will be breaking ground this summer with an expected completion of late fall 2019.