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Inn on 5th brings edgy vibe to downtown Eugene

Courtesy Travel Lane

EUGENE, Ore. — A $14 million boutique hotel with sustainable features has opened downtown, adjacent to the 5th Street Public Market.

The 70-room Inn at the 5th is Eugene’s first boutique hotel and its first new downtown hotel in 30 years. The Eugene CVB has said that the additional hotel rooms in the downtown area will help attract larger conventions.

The luxury market is the hotel’s target, and it takes aim with amenities that include a Mercedes shuttle and in-room refrigerators stocked in advance with guests’ favorite foods.

Rooms have themes that showcase different aspects of Eugene and Oregon — from the Oregon Bach Festival to the University of Oregon’s track and field team.

Most rooms have a fireplace; all have a balcony, a window seat or spa tub. There are five executive suites with living areas, four terrace spa suites and a grand terrace spa suite.
Upper-floor rooms come with baskets that can be lowered to the ground so that staff of the LaVelle Vineyard’s tasting room on site can fill them with bottles of wine and cheese.

A butler’s door allows room service to be dropped off unobtrusively. Staff carrying iPads greet and guide guests through check-in. Business centers are located on each floor; the inn also has a fitness center.

In addition to energy-efficient lighting and other systems, recycled products were used, including wood from a tree that had to be cut down on the site.

The Inn at the Market at Seattle’s Pike Place Market was developer Brian Obie’s inspiration for the inn. Obie also owns the 5th Street Public Market.

The inn’s 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space includes a boardroom and a 1,400- square-foot meeting room.

More than a dozen shops and eateries are nearby, including the Market’s French restaurant Marché and Le Bar and the Gervais Salon and Day Spa.