By Jamie Hale – JHale@oregonian.com – The Oregonian/OregonLive
Visitors to Willamette Valley wine country will have a swankier place to stay in McMinnville.
Owners announced plans Tuesday for the new Atticus Hotel in downtown McMinnville, a 36-room “Oregon-inspired” boutique hotel, expected to open in spring 2018.
There won’t be any business conflict between the Atticus Hotel and the 3rd Street Flats, which are both owned by the same local real estate company, Live McMinnville LLC. The new hotel will inhabit a four-story 22,640-square-foot building, designed by Oregon architect Nathan Cooprider.
When complete, the Atticus will offer a variety of studio and one-bedroom suites, starting at $300 per night, as well as a two-bedroom penthouse. The hotel will also feature a restaurant, bar, conference room, exercise facility, business center and private dining space.
Owners expect the new hotel to generate more than $200,000 a year in local lodging taxes, inject about $2 million into the local economy and create 50 new jobs.
“The Atticus is our love song to McMinnville and an invitation to aspirational travelers who are seeking a sense of discovery,” co-owner Erin Stephenson said in a press release. “We want guests to feel like a part of our community, rather than just casual observers passing through.”