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The Holman Hotel in Salem Oregon

The ability of ordinary people to affect change in Oregon is a long-standing tradition. The Holman reflects the unique culture and character of Salem, with design and construction of the building inspired by the pioneers, farmers, vintners, and government leaders that have brought modernity and affluence to Oregon. Inside, history meets art. Far from ordinary.

The Holman, located in Oregon’s capitol city, aims to be a living room for the city of Salem, its visitors and the great people who live and work here. Step into a world of contemporary art, light filled spaces, thoughtful amenities, modern design and comfort. Come. Stay a while.


Connection is Key

With modern spaces extending from the lobby and casual, yet refined meeting and event space featuring contemporary art, The Holman provides a unique and vibrant experience for the good people of Salem to come together. Exemplified by the central food and beverage experience of the Pacific Standard, The Holman beckons guests to gather, connect and imbibe from the moment they arrive.

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The Holman History

The Holman Hotel is located on the site of what originally was the Holman Building which served as the home of state government from 1857-1876 after a fire had destroyed the first Oregon capitol .

It served the new state legislature for almost 20 years until the second Capitol was completed in 1876. When Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859, the Holman Building, built by Joseph Holman, a Salem businessman and an original Willamette University trustee, was the center of state government. It was subsequently used for many business purposes since then, including The Commercial Hotel, however in the 1950’s, parking was very limited and there were no major parking garages. Despite its past as a home to the state and territorial legislature, its history was not enough to save the building from demolition in 1951. The Marion Car Rental and Park replaced it, becoming one of the first elevated rooftop automobile parking structures in Salem.

The building’s demolition incited the public to form a historical society with the hope of saving Salem’s other historical buildings that might be at risk. Inside the Salem Convention Center across the street, on the landing of the stairway at this Ferry and Commercial Street corner, an interpretive panel has been installed that highlights the historic importance of this building and others at that location.

According to tradition, the first street gas lamp was lit by Joseph’s son, George Holman, in front of this building. Replicates of these gas lamps decorate our parks today. It is also believed that George Holman brought the first maple trees to Salem to beautify city streets.

Due to the rich history of its location at the corner of Ferry and Commercial streets, The Holman’s developers took extraordinary time in working with the city of Salem to ensure the exterior architecture is appropriate in keeping with other historic buildings downtown such as Pioneer Trust Bank, Capital Center & the Masonic Temple.

“Joseph Holman had a pioneer spirit. His heart and soul were for Oregon, for its building up and prosperity. His loyalty was unbounded. He was honest, affectionate, and true.” OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Hotel Amenities

Pacific Standard Bar & Restaurant – Now Open
Lip Service Cafe
The Holman Market
Purified water bottle filling station
Outdoor patio
Fitness Center
High speed internet access
Self laundry available
Valet dry cleaning
Valet parking

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, The Holman believes that life is better when you can take your best friend with you.

  • Check-in time is 4:00pm.

  • Checkout time is 12pm.

  • Limited valet parking, based upon availability upon arrival for $23 per day.

  • Yes, special offers and seasonal packages are available year-round and listed on the Offers page.

  • Yes, The Holman offers a number of gathering spaces large and small for groups and special events. Inquire with our sales team today. Learn More.

  • The Holman is located in the heart of Salem’s downtown, adjacent to the Salem Convention Center and Riverfront Park. The State Capitol, Elsinore Theatre, and Willamette University are all within a mile. Explore award winning wineries, craft breweries, acclaimed restaurants, art galleries and boutiques all within walking distance.

  • Pacific Standard is a thoroughly modern West Coast drinking and dining establishment with small plate cuisine and craft cocktails. Lip Service Cafe offers well curated, fast casual options for breakfast, along with a variety of fresh baked goods and pastries.

  • Yes, free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

  • The Holman is located across the street, just steps away from the Salem Convention Center.

  • Salem Municipal Airport (McNary Field) is located approximately two miles from The Holman. Portland International Airport is located approximately an hour away.

  • Yes, The Holman offers over 3,200 square feet of meeting and event space. Inquire with our sales team today. Learn More.

  • Yes, catering is provided by Pacific Standard.


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