The Heathman Hotel: Classic Lodging In Downtown Portland

Review of The Heathman Hotel | 1001 Southwest Broadway at Salmon
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If you love staying at luxurious and historic hotels, The Heathman should be right up your alley. Though originally built in the late 1920s, The Heathman underwent a 16 million USD renovation in 1984. With excellent management, the hotel still shines as it must have after the renovations.

Furnishings in the rooms and suites are in the 18th–20th-century styles, with fancy names like: Biedermeier, Ming, Empire, and Regency that few of us are familiar with. No matter the names of these stylish methods of decorating, what you will find are rooms lavished with luxurious comforts and pleasant decorations. Take your pick from 150 pet-friendly rooms and six types of suites.

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Enjoy the art of sleep

The Grand Suite

You will find the reception staff friendly and knowledgeable. I appreciated their tips of the area parks and restaurants during my stay. At check-in, don’t be surprised when the front desk offers you a glass of chilled bubbly from the Argyle winery, a Willamette Valley favorite. With your bags whisked away to your room, it’s time to relax with your glass of bubbly and explore the lobby and library areas.

For sleeping comfort, the Heathman offers their “art of sleep” bed menu and pillow concierge. Guests can choose from three types of mattresses for personalized sleep perfection. Even the standard rooms offer the “art of sleep” beds and a fully stocked private bar like the upscale rooms and suites.

For a real luxurious experience, a signature suite would be a wise choice. These themed suites offer the best in old-school luxury lodging. Maybe the Literary Arts Suite, or the Portland Center Stage Suite will make you feel at home if you’re in town for arts or a performance. The Fine Arts Suite was furnished to show the Heathman’s dedication to the craft with fixtures by local artists. The Oregon Symphony Suite, The Grand Suite, and the Andy Warhol Suite are made for a memorable stay. For as little as 250 USD per night depending on the season and occupancy, some of these suites are yours.

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Upscale tea and coffee

Tea Court curtesy of the Heathman Hotel

Amenities include 24/7 personal concierge services. Whether you require symphony tickets, dinner reservations, ground transportation, or sporting event tickets, they have you covered. The Heathman library holds over 2,700 signed volumes in a quiet second-floor space. Many of the authors are Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winners. Take time out and relax with one of these books with a glass of local beer and wine close at hand. If desired, guests can check out books from the Heathman’s library to take to their rooms.

Don’t miss the morning coffee and tea service in the hotel’s Tea Court Lounge with local teas from Smith Teamaker. Every afternoon, guests are invited to enjoy complimentary libations, also in the Tea Court Lounge. Want something stronger? Every evening between 5–6 pm, The Heathman welcomes guests to the Library for a featured spirits tasting, free of charge. For a healthy escape, the Heathman provides bicycles for guests to borrow and see the city on two wheels. After your bike ride, Salt and Straw ice cream can be delivered to your room for 12 USD per pint.

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A star chef

Headwaters at the Heathman Hotel curtesy of the Heathman Hotel

Save room for a fantastic dinner at Headwaters on the first floor of the Heathman. This exciting seafood-themed restaurant is under the command of talented chef/owner Vitaly Paley. Chef Paley is a James Beard award winner who will dazzle you from start to finish. Headwaters is also open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch for your dining pleasure. Also on-site is Cacao, a chocolate shop for the connoisseur. With several single-source chocolates on hand, it’s easy to find a delicious treat for later.

If you are considering holding a special event, business meeting, or wedding, the Heathman has 3,800 sq ft/353 sq m of event space for your needs. With just under ten venues to choose from, you’ll have a state-of-the-art space for your needs. Headwaters Restaurant stands ready to deliver the best in catered food and drink for your event if needed.

Many attractions visitors want to see are near the Heathman. Right next door is the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Pioneer Square is less than a ten-minute walk where plenty of shops big and small can be found. The famous Pearl District with all the delicious restaurants you could want is a quick Uber ride away.

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Once is not enough

It’s easy to see why the Heathman Hotel is a favorite of frequent travelers to Portland. Superb customer services, luxurious rooms, and suites provide a pleasant experience worth another visit.

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