We had to be in Portland for a conference and a friend insisted that we stay at the Heathman Hotel. Are we ever glad we did! This is a historic property, so quirky rooms were expected. We had a lovely corner suite, with an accessible shower in one bath and an additional, much smaller, bathroom, adjacent to the bedroom. My husband loved the shower and I loved my private, intimate, bath. The physical comforts were well attended in our room, with a wonderful hot water kettle and French press set up, with incredibly good coffee and tea (they grind the beans in-house). As a tea drinker, I really appreciated being able to drink tea that hasn't been made in a nasty coffeemaker.
Portland is such a walkable city, I set out each morning on a five-mile walk through the city. The extremely friendly and helpful valet and bellpeople were great with suggestions for walking destinations, and it was such a pleasure to be greeted by these charming young men upon return!
The concierge (why can't I remember his name?) was super about making reservations and suggestions for us. He made a reservation for Ringside Fish House and when we were seated, a delicious truffled crab frite appetizer was served, compliments of the Heathman! Outstanding meal, by the way.
The library was delightful -- we decided that we wanted to write books so we can have autographed copies there -- the wine happy hour in the library was a great way to unwind in the early evening. Our conference had a hospitality suite in the Symphony Room, and the staff was superlative each night, food was delicious.
We really enjoyed the lounge, with a delightful piano trio playing unobtrusively. The drinks were well made and the service was friendly and perfect. We had breakfast in the restaurant and it was excellent as well.
Our corner suite overlooked the street, and street noise was minimal. This is Portland, not Chicago! Nobody beeps their horns here, we never heard sirens...the only street noise we heard was the occasional bus, and that wasn't an issue.
Great location, with many great restaurants, Symphony Hall, art museum, Nordstrom and the Farmers Market all within an easy walk. For breakfast, walk to the Farmers Market for some local deliciousness!
For us, the few extra dollars were well worth it, in terms of creature comforts and relaxation. Our friends who stayed across the street didn't seem nearly as happy and relaxed as we were! We had to restrain ourselves from bragging about how well taken care of we were!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the city’s most recognizable historic landmarks, the iconic Heathman Hotel in the heart of downtown Portland blends rich history with a reverent appreciation for the arts. The hotel’s library boasts more than 2,700 volumes signed by the authors, while its world-class art collection celebrates the work of contemporary artists. Here, the art of service is alive and well, from the welcoming Beefeater doorman to the attention of your personal concierge. The Heathman has retained AAA’s coveted Four Diamond Award for more than 30 years. Whether you are planning a unique Portland wedding venue, reception party, private party, corporate conference or an important business meeting, the historic Heathman is an unforgettable event setting for up to 150 guests. Downtown Portland’s premier luxury hotel, the Heathman offers 3,800 square feet of versatile meeting, event and banquet space within eight private function rooms on our Mezzanine Level. ... more less
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