The Heathman Hotel Review | Portland's Best Boutique Hotel

November 12, 2018

Thanks to The Heathman Hotel for hosting us. As always, all opinions in the post are my own.

We encountered old-world classy meets modern sophisticated charm during our recent long weekend getaway at the luxurious and historic Heathman Hotel in the heart of Downtown Portland, Oregon. 

And yes, it is the same popular hotel which pops up 18 times in the book 50 Shades of Grey.

Located minutes from several tourist attractions, restaurants (and our favorite food trucks) and shopping centers in Portland downtown’s financial and cultural district, you couldn’t have visited Portland and not have passed by this hotel, even if you never stayed here. We had walked right past the Heathman Hotel several times during our many visits to Portland the last couple of years, but I am so glad that we finally got to stay and experience their hospitality this time around, especially after a noteworthy multi-million dollar renovation the hotel went through just this year. 

One of Portland’s most recognizable landmarks, the iconic Heathman Hotel blends rich history with a reverent appreciation for the arts. A cultural fixture since the day it opened in 1927, welcoming travelers to Portland with timeless hospitality bound in tradition and a rich appreciation of the arts. The latest chapter of our shining renovation pays homage to the city’s beloved history and the hotel’s role as muse to generations of travelers. It highlights the hotel’s one-of-a-kind Library and reaffirms the Heathman Hotel’s role as a welcome respite for the creative, artistic set in Portland and visitors from around the globe.”

We arrived at the hotel on a rather gloomy, cold and rainy night after checking out some Fall attractions along the way in Washington as we drove down in a BMW (thanks to ReachNow, read more here and use code RideWithSveeteskapes to get $5 off your ride) to Portland. So we couldn’t wait to head over to our hotel room, get comfy, and stay cozy under the sheets, which is exactly what we did after our quick (one of the quickest actually) and easy check-in. We were even offered some nice cold complimentary beer right after checking in. Before which, the very helpful valet took care of the parking situation (which can be a nightmare on a weekend night in downtown without the valet) and our luggage. And within a few minutes of heading into our stylish and modern room, we were treated to a delicious cheese board and some wine. Can you look at the pics and tell who was more excited about the spread? Yep, our little monkey. Up until then he was running all over the room (though we found the size of the room rather small to lend itself to our little one’s movements and mischiefs) and jumping on the bed, but that instantaneously changed with the arrival of some cheese, #mamasboy I tell you! 



After a while, we went back downstairs to check out the rest of the amenities in the hotel and were blown away by the tastefully done interiors and the gigantic art installations which decked up the walls of the hotel. We then soon engaged in a conversation with Jerry at the front desk who gave us more information about the hotel, the recent renovation, story/history behind some of the eye-catching artwork in the hotel (including how Portland got its name), things to see/do in the neighborhood (even though we know Portland pretty well, heard about the walking bridge for the first time and quite loved exploring it, rather chasing an unstoppable toddler on the bridge the next day). 


The state-of-the-art library at the hotel which is adjacent to the dining/lounge area which also doubles as a meeting or working area (love a multi-purpose space) was hands down our favorite. They apparently have a collection of more than 3,000 signed works by authors including Joyce Carol Oates and Tom Wolfe. I also heard that the authors who have stayed here have left signed copies of their books in this library, a nice touch! The design of the whole space and the addition of all the elements may it be the chandelier or the artwork on the walls or the decor items on the shelves, they all surely had my complete attention (yep, lover of all things decor and interior design over here!). 

The space right by the library also called the Tea Court is where we got to indulge in their popular Portland Style, Traditional Russian Tea experience. Featured teas were a combination of Smith Teamaker custom blends (and apparently greatest hits, no doubt why!), and the menu by Chef Vitaly Paley and Pastry Chef Tim Eckard is homage to the rich history of the Heathman which also adds a Russian flare highlighting Paley’s heritage by featuring dishes passed down from his grandmother, how interesting! Needless to say, we (including the little one) thoroughly enjoyed every bit, up to the last bite of all the ooey-gooey-deliciousness that was served to us (and let me tell you, Vinay and I are #AfternoonHighTea lovers and can never pass up on an opportunity to experience some of the best out there). In addition to afternoon tea, the Headwaters restaurant features local cuisine and seafood options and is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

If you are a local or are ever in the area, even if you don’t spend a night at the hotel I highly recommend that you try their Russian Tea. Note: Russian Tea is served on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 p.m and 2:30 p.m. You need to make reservations 48 hours in advance through the phone. 

The hotel also has several meeting and event spaces on the Mezzanine Level, again, styled with beautiful artwork, modern furniture, and other pretty details. 

There is also a fitness center, which both the dada and son made complete use of on a rainy morning during our stay. We let Aarush get on the treadmill for the first time (of course with his dada right behind him), he quickly got the hang of it and didn’t want to get off of the treadmill #ohthejoyofenjoyingthelittlethings. He also tried his hands at the rock climbing wall in the fitness center, hey anything that can keep our son occupied for an extra 5-10 mins is a win for us parents haha (I am sure fellow parents know the feeling). 

We also liked the fact that the lobby offered complimentary coffee and tea in the mornings and tasty infused water (yeah, totally my kinda hotel) through the rest of the day #littlethingsmatter. And the stunning artwork and modern furniture in the rooms or in common spaces including the hallways requires a special mention, again.


All in all, we had a wonderful stay at the Heathman Hotel in Portland

And I highly recommend folks visiting Portland to take full advantage of the several special offers and packages they have every season. Their current popular one being the Spirits of Christmas Package which includes a Christmas Carol Book, 3 Spirit Cocktails, Logo-ed Shaker set, and Comp parking. 

If you are in Downtown Portland this holiday season then you know where to stay. 

Stay warm and dry, and enjoy the festivities… 

“Portland is where the young people go to retire.”



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