We had a great time visiting Portland Oregon this week! We stayed two nights at the The Heathman Hotel downtown Portland in the Pearl District. Our last visit to Portland had been about seven years ago! Gosh how time flies. That was long ago and it was just one night in Portland with two of our kids and the rest of the time was on the Oregon coast. This was a nice getaway for both of us because we haven’t been able to spend much time together due to our work schedules. Plus Keith had to go pick up some motorcycle engine parts he had at a shop in the area. Hopefully his bike gets back together without any incidences, so, we can have fun road trips this summer!
We didn’t expect much from the weather in Portland as it’s pretty similar to Vancouver weather, but, we were hoping to escape the snow we’ve been getting everyday for what seems like a crazy unreasonable amount of time! I think we hit every weather system on the drive down to Portland! We had snow (in my opinion it was a blizzard), sleet, rain, wind, and best of all sunshine. When we arrived in Portland I think we hit all the weather systems except snow too while we were walking around on Monday. The snow in Portland happened at night and didn’t stick!
We were worried we weren’t going to be able to find a place to stay because we left it kind of late. I was working and coming off a night-shift Sunday morning when we left. Keith had been working nineteen days straight, so, we were both really excited to have a little road trip. We first looked at Airbnb, but, couldn’t decide on anything that suited our needs for this trip and we both wanted a bit of pampering, but, without a huge price tag. We found The Heathman Hotel, to fit the bill perfectly. It’s an iconic, historic building right downtown with the luxury we both wanted, yet with Keith’s reward points with his credit card, we were able to get a good price for two nights.
Initially, I was looking at this cool hotel shown in the picture below, Crystal Hotel. I actually reserved it. Then I reread the description and I realized the bathrooms are shared and out in the hall! That wouldn’t do for us! So, I was able to cancel without any difficulties. I was using hotels.com to do much of my hotel searching. We did check it out. There is a patio and in the summer it would be a nice place to hangout and eat. There’s a bar, a restaurant, and even a subterranean lounge with music.
The Heathman Hotel is very rich looking with all the dark wood and brass. The entrance has an area you can pull up to and unload. My husband found different parking a few blocks away that was half the price of the valet parking at the hotel. The valet parking was forty-two US dollars a day. We were able to unload and I took our things up to our room on the valet cart while Keith parked the car with no problem (let me tell you about the valet cart!).
We checked into The Heathman Hotel and they offered us a bottle of craft beer, which was a nice touch. Keith loved it. I was in the mood for a glass of wine and it would have been nice if they offered that choice. But, I guess Portland is known for it’s beer, so, they went with that. I do like my beer and I have my share, but, just at that moment I didn’t feel like one 🙁
I pushed our things up on the valet cart and put everything away into the room. Keith showed up a few minutes later. The concierge had given Keith some instruction on how to find the parkade where he was going to park. Our room had two bathrobes. I noticed in the hotel description that we were supposed to have slippers too. I didn’t see them and I didn’t need them, so, I’m not sure they were there. We had a nice big umbrella that we ended up utilizing, because, my compact mini umbrella didn’t stand a chance with the rain and wind in Portland! There was a lovely French Press, water kettle, assorted teas and some nice smelling ground coffee. The mini bar was stocked with the usual snacks, beers, wines, hard liquor, and sodas.
Now let me tell you about the bed. It was luxurious and I loved it! Keith and I are both relatively tall and we had stretch getting into and out of the bed. I didn’t mind that at all, so, anyone that’s a little shorter may need a step to get into the bed. The bed was made up with white linens and with a white duvet which I loved. I had a great sleep in that bed!
The bathroom had all the usual supplies including a blow dryer, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and mending kits. The bathroom is on the tiny side, but, I was prepared for that from the reviews I read. There wasn’t much space around the sink for my things, so, I kept everything in the drawers provided in the room. I expect smaller rooms from older hotels like this. The towels were really plush and absorbent. This is the first time that I can recall that towels had a scent to them. They reminded me of when my mom did laundry. Back in the day she used to use Downy for the rinse and that’s what these towels had a faint scent of lingering on them. I have to tell you I didn’t mind it at all. Probably because it brought back memories for me, plus, the scent was very faint and not overpowering. I don’t use any of rinse agents like that at home though. But, I have to say I liked it at the hotel.
Some improvements I would suggest for The Heathman Hotel
- Concierge should have mentioned that it was March dining month in Portland
- towel service when our room was made up we were only given one face cloth when, both, used ones were removed
- telephone wire kept falling out of the handheld piece, so, you had to hold it in place while talking
- directory booklet in the room with information on the hotel amenities or restaurants (we looked everything up online)
- movie channel there was no movie channel or guide for the TV
- lightbulb on the magnified mirror in the bathroom didn’t work
All these are minor and they would not keep me from rebooking at The Heathman Hotel. I loved so many things about the place! It was very clean. I loved the bed! Here you can see what the rooms looked like! The Headwaters Restaurant was comfortable and the breakfast was delicious. The staff were friendly and quick to assist when asked. The amenities in the room covered all our needs. The richness of the dark wood appealed to me.
So, the thing with the valet cart.
Well we had Keith’s motorcycle parts with us in a few boxes that we needed to bring into the room to keep safe (yes keep safe). When we first arrived it was no problem to get the valet cart, load everything onto it, and take everything to our room. In fact I did it all while Keith went to park. When we were leaving, Keith went to the parkade to pick up our car. When he got back to the room I wasn’t quite ready. Keith brought the car to the front and grabbed one of the several valet carts from the lobby, but, the staff insisted he could not bring it up to the room by himself. When he came to the room and I wasn’t ready he had the hotel staff with him. I asked if they could give me a minute. Thinking they would leave the cart, so, we could load our things on it. But, when he opened the door the cart was gone. He called down to the front desk and they sent us another staff member with a cart.
The hotel staff person was really nice and put a new spin on the reason why we couldn’t take the cart. She told us they want to do everything for us vs they have to always stay with the cart, which is what the other guy said. She did a good job of making Keith feel better, because, he had become a little annoyed about the “million dollar” valet cart. Keith loaded his precious cargo onto the cart while the nice staff person held the door and off we went. It was just a bit silly, but, in the end they were super friendly and they were doing their job.
Next up will be my Happy Cow app experience and the breweries we visited.
Have you been to Portland? What do you like about Portland?
Have a wonderful rest of the week!