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Sentinel: Historic Luxury

At the Sentinel, the mantra is “Make It So.” What does this mean? It means, when you stay at the iconic, luxury hotel, located in the heart of downtown Portland, you are completely catered to, whether it’s a basic amenity or a whimsical fancy—and, the same goes for your canine companion.
Written by Brandie Ahlgren | Photos by Emily Rieman
For starters, Fido has his own room service menu. With items like Brats-n-Tots (savory beef sausage links, sweet potatoes and Granny Smith apples) and Wingaling (brown rice and chicken wings simmered in gravy), your dog will be drooling in no time—and, at just $7.95 each, these doggie culinary delights won’t break the bank. Of course, you also have your own room service menu, and with items like filet mignon, with mashed potatoes and cabernet mushroom sauce or dungeness crab, shrimp and brie stuffed salmon, you’ll be drooling, too!

If you prefer to venture out, you don’t have to go far to find fine dining. Jake’s Grill, located on the first floor of the hotel’s East Wing, is an essential fixture on the downtown Portland dining scene. With some of the best steak and seafood in the city, the restaurant also serves specialty cocktails and a wide selection of whiskies—happy hour, anyone? A peek at the happy hour menu shows yummy-sounding items like oyster shooters and grilled flatbread with pancetta, blue cheese, mushrooms, caramelized onions and pesto.

Since we are on a roll with mentioning menus, we’ll keep going. Back in your room, you will find not only a pillow menu with your choice of specialty pillow types, but also an iPod menu, with music ranging from a Bach concerto to a local indy band. During your stay, feel free to borrow an iPod preloaded with your favorite genre of music. Feeling spiritual? There is also a spiritual menu with a variety of books of faith. Pet spiritual menu? No problem. The Sentinel also has a range of inspirational books on everything from dog massage to pet psychology; available to borrow for free.

When it comes to pampering your pooch, the Sentinel spares nothing. In addition to everything mentioned above, upon arrival, Rover will be greeted with a comfy bed, food and water bowls, a cute toy, tasty treats and a list of local pet resources, from dog walkers to pet psychics and everything in between.

Remember the “Make It So” mantra we mention above? Well, there’s an actual “Make It So” button on your in-room phone. Does your furry friend suffer from sore muscles, arthritis, or depression? Push the “Make It So” button and help is just a phone call away. In-room acupuncture, massage and Reiki, as well as a phone psychic reading can be arranged. Does your four-legged pal deserve a “spaw” day? Sentinel staff is happy to arrange a grooming appointment at Noah’s Arf or D’tails in the Pearl District. Looking for that perfect gift or a tasty treat for your best friend? Sentinel guests receive 10% off at Urban Fauna. Also, doggie daycare at Virginia Woof or dog walking services by Lexi Dog can be arranged if business takes you away for the day.

While your canine’s every need is catered to, have no worries—yours are catered to, too. In addition to the pillow, iPod and spiritual menus, there is also an ice cream menu. With flavors like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbin, Honey Balsamic Strawberry with Cracked Pepper, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, and Pear and Blue Cheese, order a pint from Portland’s favorite ice cream, Salt & Straw, and your sweet tooth will most certainly be satisfied.

Speaking of satisfaction, with ice cream in hand and pooch by your side, don one of the hotel’s luxurious bath robes, plug in that iPod loaded with your favorite genre of music, kick back on your king size bed with custom pillow-top mattress, and relax.

From menus for just about everything, to in-room amenities for you and Fido, to an onsite Starbucks with super extended hours (5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.), to a 24-hour fitness center, the Sentinel is the perfect spot for sentinels—the movers, shakers and doers—two- and four-legged alike.

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Sentinel Hotel
614 Southwest 11th Avenue, Portland
Phone: 503.224.3400;
Rates start at $169 plus $45 per stay pet fee.
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