Downtown Eugene's art-filled boutique hotel The Gordon received some national praise Friday, being named the third-best new hotel in the country by USA Today.
Brian Obie, president and CEO of Obie Cos., said he was surprised at the high ranking but thinks it's well-deserved.
"I think it's great recognition for the community and for our industry," Obie said. "It's also great recognition for a lot of people and a lot of great work that made it happen. It truly is a special hotel."
The Eugene hotel ranked behind Margaritaville Times Square in New York City and Resorts World Las Vegas. Obie said he thinks The Gordon got attention for its unique artistic vibe and support of local artists.
Soon after it opened, Obie said he hoped the hotel could serve as a spark to help grow the creative scene in Eugene.
“It’s an opportunity for the community,” Obie said in March. “We’re really trying to build on that arts slogan that Eugene is a great city for the arts and the outdoors. We hope to provide that foundation.”
The hotel opened in February and is located in the expanded 5th Street Public Market. It's the third hotel for Obie's company, joining the Inn at the 5th in Eugene and the Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise.
More than 150 pieces of local art from 84 different artists adorn the hotel’s lobby, corridor walls and hotel rooms, with companion iPads throughout the hotel offering a catalog with bios, descriptions and links to artist websites.
The initial nominees for the best new hotel list were picked by a panel of travel experts who partnered with USA Today's 10Best editors, before the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. In its award photo caption, 10Best contributor Gerrish Lopez said Eugene's first modern boutique hotel "wouldn't be out of place in Los Angeles or Brooklyn."
The hotel consists of 82 rooms, and is a short distance from attractions including the Hult Center for Performing Arts and the Sessions Music Hall.
The full hotel award list is available online at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-hotel.
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