Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown

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Discover Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown, which was the Multnomah Hotel and named for the tribe of the Chinook indigenous people.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown was constructed at the dawn of the 20th century, in which the United States had started to emerge as a global superpower.

The Multnomah were a tribe of the Chinook Native Americans that inhabited what is now known as the Central Business District of Portland, Oregon, which featured a grand hotel, known for years as the Multnomah Hotel. The Multnomah were known as 'flat head' Native Americans, due to their practice of fixing a piece of wood to the brow of their infants, pressuring the skull to flatten from crown to nose, resulting in the desired look that commanded respect and authority. When it was built in 1912, it was Portland's most prominent hotel and, at the time, was the largest and most modern hotel in all of the Pacific Northwest.

The Multnomah Hotel was constructed by local entrepreneur, Phillip Gevurtz. It opened in February of 1912 with 700 rooms, each room boasting an ""outside facing window."" As Portland's most prominent hotel, it boasted a colorful history as well as a handful of notable guests such as Queen Marie of Romania, Charles Lindbergh, Elvis Presley, and nine U.S. Presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Richard Nixon. During his campaign, John F. Kennedy gave an impromptu speech from a balcony in the Multnomah and in the vein of progressivism, the first ""women's only"" smoking room was established.

The historic hotel's legacy came to a temporary end in 1961, and by 1965, this landmark establishment was converted into government offices and remained this way until 1992. The Multnomah was purchased in 1995 and carefully renovated to preserve its historic, Neo-Classical charm and reopened in 1997 as the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown. During renovation, the number of rooms were downsized to 276 in order to build more spacious suites. Now, most rooms boast two outside facing windows.

  • Famous Historic Guests +
    "Queen Marie of Romania, the last Queen of Romania. Charles Lindbergh, American aviator who made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Elvis Presley, American singer and the ""King of Rock and Roll."" John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States who gave an impromptu speech from a balcony in the Multnomah during his campaign. Nine US Presidents, from Theodore Roosevelt to Richard Nixon. "

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