Portland Harbor Hotel
This independent boutique hotel beautifully captures the essence of what it means to be “Made in Vermont”. TruexCullins developed all the interior spaces to celebrate the quality, craft and artistry of Vermont and to embody a strong sense of place.
TruexCullins Interiors collaborated with Smith Buckley Architects on this project. Since opening, TruexCullins has continued to work with the owners on additional improvements and enhancements throughout the hotel.
New Construction, 124-room boutique hotel
LEED Certified for New Construction
Voted 4th “Best New Hotel in the World” by Condé Nast, 2014
“Top 10 New Hotels” by Trip Advisor, 2014
Hertzel N. Pasackow Architectural Excellence Award, Burlington Business Association, 2014
Hotel Vermont was designed to engage the senses, exuding comfort and casual warmth while encouraging a sense of community. From the first step into the open and airy lobby, guests are introduced to a rich combination of nature and art. The predominant aesthetic is at once both rustic and modern.
The central core is clad in slabs of Vermont black granite, arranged in an abstract reference to the geometric markings found on the quarry walls. A series of overlapping, asymmetrical spaces flows around the core, leading guests on a dynamic journey through the hotel’s public realm.
The lobby is a multi-purpose space that adapts throughout the day. The space comes alive for gathering, dining, and live music performances.
A rolling landscape floats overhead, a sculptural representation of the mountains across the lake. The ceiling is comprised of 25 custom-cut oak veneer plywood fins, generated from 3d topographic models of the surrounding landscape.
Specialty lighting effects complete the space. Theater-style spot lights throw a pattern of shadows on the floor and walls, emulating sunlight filtering through a forest canopy. Supplemental downlights highlight the seating and performance areas.
The Juniper Restaurant and Lounge within Hotel Vermont serves hotel guests and Burlington locals alike. Located on the ground floor, Juniper transforms throughout the day from a breakfast bar in the morning to a comfortable lounge by night.
A copper bar with a black slate wall anchors the space, offering locavore entrees and creative cocktails. Guests can share a meal with friends at the custom designed community table crafted of reclaimed Vermont hardwood or partake in a more intimate dining experience among the artistically sculptured trees in the dining room.
Hotel Vermont was constructed on a shallow 45-foot parcel in the downtown core. The narrowness of the site necessitated a unique square shape of the guestrooms, which led the design team to a split bathroom configuration with corner sliding doors that open wide into the room.
Room offerings range from single king and double queen rooms up to 1-bedroom suites. Deluxe features include gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.
The furnishings designed for Hotel Vermont utilize classically rustic materials of the Green Mountains and reform them into a contemporary collection for hospitality use.
Floor-to-ceiling headboards are crafted from character-grade White Oak, with a cantilevered brim that supports a pair of intimate accent pendants. A built-in window seat makes maximum use of space in front of a window and integrates seamlessly with an adjacent desk and dresser unit.
The meeting and conference facilities at Hotel Vermont satisfy a local demand for fun and unique meeting spaces.
Juniper Hall & Common is a flexible space located just off Juniper Lounge. A large barn-style sliding door allows for the space to act as a semi-private extension of the adjacent bar and lounge.
On the second floor, the Van Ness Room and the American Room provide space for smaller meetings or more intimate gatherings. Corner windows provide views to the lake or the green roof deck.
A uniquely modern aesthetic is achieved by combining natural materials with playful forms, artful lighting, and clean lines.