It's always a good idea to read a book – do people even do that anymore? I think the Baby Boomers still do! If you fit that bill, then I have a great place for you to check out. It's the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. Located a few blocks from the Riverfront, 2 blocks from the Max Light Rail Train and darn near all the great shops, restaurants and galleries that this city has to offer, this hotel has 150 rooms and something else that is quite unique – a library, and not just any library. They house a “collection of 2,700 books signed by authors who have been guests at the hotel including past presidents, poet laurites and Pulitzer Prize winners.” The Library is open 24 hours a day and every Monday-Thursday from 5:00-6:00PM, you can attend an evening social for reading and complimentary wine.
The Heathman originally opened in 1927 as the The New Heathman Hotel and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To add to the ambiance and charm, you will be greeted by doormen dressed in Beefeater costumes. Talk about old school luxury!
Not only is the Heathman in a great location – did I mention Voodoo Doughnuts is a half mile away? But I digress – they offer free WiFi, have a gym, do wine tasting, house an art gallery focusing on American artists, are pet friendly and have an on-site restaurant.
Speaking of the restaurant, which is named Headwaters, they serve breakfast, lunch dinner, weekend brunch and have a Happy Hour and Late Night Happy Hour – you never have to leave the hotel! Plus, Chef Paley is a James Beard Foundation winner.
You are however in Portland, so do venture out and check out the Portland Art Museum, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (next to the hotel), Powell's City of Books, the Pearl District, the Oregon Zoo and loads of specialty shops, coffee houses and restaurants. As a bonus, shopping here is tax free!
So, what are you waiting for, book a ticket to Portland, bring your reading glasses, a good appetite and stay at the Heathman Hotel. You will thank me for the recommendation.
Web site: portland.heathmanhotel.com
January 21, 2017