When one of the world’s largest hotel chains decides to update the interior of its Portland property with something that truly defines this city, what do you think they’d pick as inspiration?
Bicycles of course.
According to KPTV, the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront just finished up a $14 renovation and bikes are at the center of the decor in every single room. There’s a bicycle-inspired mural above each bed and the main attraction is in-room bike parking.
We’ve seen this type of amenity in Portland’s new stock of residential developments; but this is a first for a hotel. A Marriott sales executive told KPTV that it’s about convenience and security. “I think you sleep better at night knowing your bike is right there.”
It’s great to see this recognition of cycling from such a large corporation. Now we just need Mayor Charlie Hales to make good on his promise to create a protected bike lane on Naito Parkway. If that ever happens, the management of the Marriott will sleep better at night knowing their valued guests have a similar amount of respect outside the hotel’s front door.
— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – firstname.lastname@example.org