For eight decades, Portland's cultural district has boasted a gem that has always provided award winning service and luxurious accommodations. The Heathman Hotel recently underwent a four million dollar "no landfill" renovation that now places this boutique hotel as one of the best eco-friendly hotel choices in the city as well. With its location right in downtown Portland, mere steps away from shopping, art and cultural experiences, your own personal concierge, and a host of unique amenities, including a world class contemporary art collection and a 4,000 title guest lending library with all books signed by the authors, The Heathman Hotel more than lives up to the title it earned from Conde Nast Traveler as one of the "World's Best Places to Stay."
The iconic ten-story New Heathman Hotel, built in 1927 by George Heathman Jr., became known simply as The Heathman Hotel and today features classic Italian Renaissance architecture and an Art Deco interior. The Heathman has long been known for its superior service, and throughout its long history has kept its reputation as Portland's finest hotel. It offers 150 guest rooms or suites, each with a mix of preserved charm in the teak trim, stone vanities and tubs, and modern luxuries and conveniences that will help make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. Its location in downtown Portland places it at the hub of Portland's cultural scene, with easy access to the Portland Center for Performing Arts, the Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society Museum, as well as nearby access to shopping, restaurants and galleries. Additionally, the hotel is listed among the World's Most Haunted Hotels for the unexplained occurrences that happen in rooms ending in the number "3," and it also caters to pet owners as it is one of the premier pet friendly lodging options in the city.
Among the many reasons to choose to stay at the Heathman Hotel are the unique opportunities and amenities the hotel offers. Guests can enjoy live Jazz music Wednesday through Saturday in the Tea Court Lounge, a charming room with Eucalyptus paneling, a marble fireplace and a hand cut crystal chandelier. The Heathman Bar and Restaurant is located on premises and is one of the finest places to eat in the city. Executive chef Michael Stanton oversees a menu of French inspired cuisine that is flavored with ingredients found locally throughout the Pacific Northwest. The restaurant also boasts a wine list featuring approximately 6,600 wine selections, plus accolades ranging from USA Today's Top Hotel Restaurant 2010 to Wine Spectator's 2012 Best of Award of Excellence, an honor the restaurant has earned for 5 consecutive years.
In 2009, The Heathman Hotel completed a "landfill-free" green renovation, where 99% of the construction debris was recycled through Portland's Re-Building Center, the largest non-profit building materials resource in the United States. Through preserving some of the historical pieces of the hotel, plus using local workmen and helping to boost the hotel's energy and water efficiency, this renovation helped place the hotel at the forefront of both luxury and eco-friendliness. The commitment to the environment doesn’t stop there, according to Chris Erickson, general manager for The Heathman Hotel, “A carbon footprint for a full service 150 room luxury hotel, with high-end restaurant, and laundry facility can be significant. The Heathman Hotel has been a part of the Portland community for 85 years, and we operate our hotel with the clear vision of being part of our community for the next 85 years. I quickly came to realize we could have a significant impact on our carbon footprint just by engaging our team.”
It is clear that The Heathman Hotel takes their commitment to green seriously. Chris Erickson continues, “Today we compost 80% of all our food waste and we divert nearly 70% (by volume) of all our non-food waste from our local landfill. We are Green Seal certified and promote a culture of “green” best practices, including green purchasing programs. All of these programs and initiatives, some small and some big, add up! Just by walking through our doors, every guest and every employee will have a much smaller carbon footprint than many hotels in the same category.”
From picking out your preferred bed from the hotel's "Bed Menu," to enjoying the complementary amenities including French Press coffee, Steven Smith Teas, free wi-fi internet access and access to an in-room safe, The Heathman Hotel offers everything you will need for a relaxing stay, including your own personal concierge and in-room massage services. As the awards, including the 2009 Energy Leadership Award and the AAA Four Diamond, a distinction the hotel has held for 27 consecutive years, continue to accumulate, it is clear that The Heathman Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind lodging accommodation that is sure to make your stay in Portland, Oregon, a memorable one.