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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Bye-bye old Driftwood Room
The Oregonian ran a sad story on the final days of the Hotel Mallory and the Driftwood Room. The later isn't going anywhere and the former will remain standing under new ownership. Still, when the historic lounge undergoes remodeling it's set to receive not only new furniture but, get this, NEW CARPETING TOO!
No, seriously, bringing the lounge into the 21st century will kill a lot of the place's charm. Please, new owners, do what you want to the hotel itself but leave the Driftwood's 500 square feet or so tucked into that corner of the lobby alone.
If you dig ancient Portland night spots, you've got five or so days to see the Driftwood Room in all its old-school glory. Once the doors of the Hotel Mallory close, all the mini-lounge's classy dank will vanish forever.