I stayed at the Heathman for 4 nights in April. It's a lovely old hotel and my business partner was impressed I had booked the place and got the rate I did.
The lobby is intimate and check-in was fast. Despite it being an older building I rarely waited long for an elevator in the lobby or on my floor.
The rooms are nice, well appointed and comfy. They are not big by any description, but not "fall on the bed as soon as you walk in" small.
I liked the bar and happy hour food and beer prices, and they have one of the nicest restaurants in the downtown area. Breakfast was great one morning, though I have my doubts the smoked salmon hash was really smoked salmon. Think it was just salmon.
All in all, very, very nice. But ...
The supplied earplugs are for a reason. The walls are very thin, made worse by those cursed adjoining room doors. I could make out even a normal conversation when people moved in next to me. Thankfully they weren't a touring Motley Crue tribute band. Why do hotels not, at least, ensure those doors are soundproofed and bottom gaps filled?
I was in 514, middle of the floorplate, facing the street. WiFi was TERRIBLE. Consistently terrible and of no use. I had to go down the hall to the elevator lobby to get coverage. The staff reset the routers on the floor but that made no difference. It's free, which is great, but in this case you get what you are not paying for. Wifi was fine in the lobby and restaurant/bar.
I did not use valet parking because it was not at all clear how that would shake out. The front door is at a corner on one of downtown's busiest streets and there was usually a car or two there. Where would you stop to get valet'd?
There is secure public parking across the street, but they nail your budget butt even for parking after six and leaving before 8 the next morning.
- 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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