Spending a weekend in Portland is a wonderful splurge. I wanted to be close to shopping and the whole downtown winter-holiday vibe, as well as having several excellent restaurants within walking distance. And once I park, I don't want to be dealing with my car until I'm heading home.
We arrived around noon (3 hrs before normal check-in). Not only did the valet (in full doorman costume) take our car, the hotel checked us into our room. There really isn't a typical front-desk at The Heathman. Instead each check-in person is trained as a concierge, and they seem genuinely interested in making your stay wonderful and taking care of you themselves. Forgot a razor -- no problem, the desk staff brought one up -- the same person who checked us in.
We mentioned that our friends were also staying there, and she offered to get us all on the same floor. When we asked about brunch places, she found reservations for us in the midst of the Sunday-brunch rush (we were a party of eight by that time).
Our 5th floor queen-bed room was beautifully appointed, with luxe bedding, a chaise-lounge, desk, large closet and tv. The bathroom was smallish, but had a nice european feel to it, and excellent lighting.
We booked through the Portland Visitors association site, which is a tremendous deal... It includes valet parking with in and out privileges (worth $20 easily) and generous food credits for their excellent restaurant, meant to cover breakfast, but which can be applied to any meal (nice!)
One more thing. I don't really like "stuffy" hotels, where you feel intimated by the elegance of the place or the attitude of the staff. The Heathman made us feel like we belonged there. I will definitely stay here again!
- 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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