The drive over the western Cascades takes you through winding roads lined with pine trees and pristine lakes before dropping down into long stretches of scrub brush, wide open fields and sparse vegetation.
As you enter the central Oregon towns of Sisters and Redmond, you instantly notice how the cites have kept their small-town, historic feel. It’s a marketing strategy that has worked well, bringing large amounts of tourists trying to escape the big-city Bend.
Now, a $7 million renovation in downtown Redmond seeks to retain that historic charm while providing visitors with a trendy lodging experience “for people who value personal wellness, social good and the environment.”
The New Hotel Redmond, developed by Soul Community Planet in partnership with the city of Redmond, is a stylish, modern version of the central Oregon aesthetic and lifestyle.
A grand staircase leads visitors to the 49 guest rooms and suites, all of which are located on the second and third floors. The 13,600-square-foot first floor includes a “vegan forward” market, a creative working space, and a two-story workout room that offers health and wellness classes.
But perhaps the hotel’s signature feature is a rooftop garden with amazing panoramic views of the Cascade Range, Black Butte and Smith Rock State Park. Its restaurant offers a locally-inspired small plate menu, along with handcrafted cocktails featuring herbs, fruit and spices — some of which are grown organically in The Rooftop’s own gardens.
The renovation is an outgrowth of Redmond’s decade-long redevelopment plans to spur investment projects in the downtown core. The city provided a $3.53 million urban renewal investment in the project, made possible by a public-private partnership between the city and the developer — a partnership managed by Alpha Wave Investors and RevOZ Capital.
“We are confident the catalytic nature of this important project will continue to have positive impacts on our economy for years to come,” says Redmond Mayor George Endicott. “The anticipation of the hotel opening has spurred other investment and redevelopment projects downtown.”
Built in 1927, the New Redmond Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Portland designer Kelly Ogden led the project’s design, transforming the hotel into a modern lodge that includes the use of green materials, eco-friendly products and signature hand-painted murals throughout.
The two-year renovation took the vintage structure down to its historic bones, replacing outdated infrastructure with modern and efficient plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems.
“In the revival of this historic property, we were inspired by the Neo-Georgian architecture and elected to merge its classical design with elements of SCP’s trademark mindful, minimalist style, including the use of regionally-sourced materials,” Ogden says. “For example, the Douglas fir floors have been fully restored throughout the property, along with the windows, and we’ve chosen a material palette of warm wood, crisp warm whites, and earth tones to bring the natural beauty of Oregon inside.”
The New Hotel Redmond has a full brick exterior, and each guest room is “thoughtfully detailed to be functional for adventure seekers exploring the region, as well as for those looking for a restful retreat,” according to promotional materials. ☸
The New Redmond Hotel is slated to open this fall. It’s located at the corner of 6th and Evergreen, at the intersection of Highways 97 and 126. Opening room rates will start at $125 per night. Learn more at scphotel.com/Redmond.