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'A beacon for Lake Oswego'

Every area of the Crowne Plaza was touched in a $9.3 million renovation

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Every area of the Crowne Plaza hotel was touched in a $9.3 million renovation that debuted last week, including the dramatic and airy atrium.Roger Beebe and Karinne Kerdel say their goal is for the Crowne Plaza to once again be the No. 1 hotel destination in Lake Oswego. In fact, they say they won’t settle for anything less after the unveiling last week of the hotel’s $9.3 million renovation.

“We want to bring it back to what it used to be,” says Beebe, the Crowne Plaza’s general manager. “When it opened in 1989, it was THE hotel in Lake Oswego.”

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Each of the Crowne Plaza's 161 guest rooms was redesigned, with new furnishings, new mattresses and upgraded showers. Guests got a chance to experience some of that grandeur at a grand opening celebration Oct. 13 that included tours, a scavenger hunt and even a visit from Bigfoot.

“The scavenger hunt took people all over the hotel,” says Kerdel, the Crowne Plaza’s director of sales and marketing. “On each stop, I heard compliments about the transformation.”

Kerdel says guests were especially impressed with the new atrium, an open and airy gathering spot that is now home to the Oswego Atrium Restaurant and Bar. Once a quiet and often empty space, the area now hums with life.

“Today, people don’t want to go to their rooms and just watch television,” Kerdel says. “They want to sit down and visit with other guests while they have a drink. They want to congregate, and this is the perfect place for it.”

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Northwest cuisine is featured in the Oswego Atrium Restaurant and Bar, which now serves as a focal point for the remodeled Crowne Plaza. Every aspect of the hotel — including all 161 guest rooms and 5,000 square feet of event space — continues the promise of the lobby. “This has been the most extensive renovation ever for this hotel,” Beebe says.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Chief Engineer Brian Evanoff shows the Oswego Board Room to a guest at last week's unveiling of renovations to the Crowne Plaza hotel.“Every area was touched,” Kerdel adds. “There are new mattresses and new showers, new meeting rooms, the pool area has been updated, there’s a new state-of-the-art fitness center.”

It all looks great now, but Beebe says hotel staff had to endure some tough times once the renovation started last December. “The jackhammers, the sawdust, the noise,” he says.

But the result is the start of a new era for the Crowne Plaza.

“We want to be a beacon for Lake Oswego,” Beebe says. “We want to be the gateway. And we’re here for all of the residents, too.”

The Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego is located at 14811 Kruse Oaks Drive. For more information, go to www.cplakeoswego.com or call 503-624-8400.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.