KEX Hotels to make US debut in Portland

Eloise Hanson By Eloise Hanson
4 weeks ago | Updated 4 weeks ago

US: Icelandic hotel company KEX will open its first US location in Portland, Oregon this autumn.

KEX Portland is a joint venture between Green Light, KEX - an Iceland-based hospitality company - and ChefStable - a Portland-based food and beverage hospitality management companty.

Housed in a restored 1912 building, the hotel will accommodate a total of 156 guests and will feature an all-day restaurant, performance and event space, and a rooftop bar overlooking the City of Roses.

Film set designer, Hálfdan Pedersen - the designer of the hotel's first location in Reykjavik - will continue his work in Portland. Pederson collects unique objects and assembles them later on-site. KEX Portland will incorporate objects from the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Egypt, and beyond.

"We are adjusting our ideas, concepts, design, culinary and beverage programs, to include what we think is the coolest stuff about Portland itself," said Kristinn Vilbergsson, owner of KEX Iceland. "It will have the same underlying ideas as our Reykjavik hotel, but the execution will feel totally at home in Portland."

Culinary director, Ólafur Ágústsson, is considered one of the top chef's in Iceland having led the kitchen at KEX Reykjavic, as well as the first restaurant in Iceland to receive a Michelin star: DILL.

Ágústsson will work alongside executive chef, Alex Jackson - Chef de Cuisine at the Michelin-starred Sons & Daughters in San Francisco - to run the hotel's ground-floor restaurant, Vivian.The KEX culinary team will create breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that incorporate the pillars of Icelandic cuisine: fermenting, pickling, drying, and smoking.

The hotel's beverage program will be overseen by KEX partner and general manager, Sean O' Connor. Offerings will include KEX-brewed and collaborative beers, an international and sustainably-driven wine list, as well as seasonally inspired cocktails. The green-tiled rooftop bar, Dóttir, can be found on the fourth-floor.

Other guest facilities will include a sauna and a communal kitchen, along with an additional 850 square-feet of meeting and event space that is available for hire.

KEX Portland is located at 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Portland, Orgeon.

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