This isn't the type of photo that the Eastland Park Hotel would use to advertiste their establishment, with the plywood in the windows and whatnot, but it's a good sign of the improvements that are taking place. As stated on their website, the hotel will be re-opening in the Spring of 2014 after a very extensive renovation project. When it is open for business again it will officially be part of the Westin Hotel franchise. I look forward seeing this landmark building all spruced up, although it's going to take a lot of work to beautify the brutalist-style addition on the north side of the building as pictured below.
Unrelated to the above (sorry I've been saying that a lot lately), check out the July/August 2012 issue of Portland Magazine to see a couple of my photos on pages 22 and 23. My photos, which you can probably spot, are of the observatory and of Congress Street during last year's Sidewalk Art Festival. Kudos to my flickr contact Cindy Farr-Weinfeld for her awesome photo on this cover of this issue.