By Lynne Tucker

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, the hotel underwent a renovation in 2018 that highlights its one-of-a-kind Library and reaffirms the property’s role as a welcome respite for the creative, artistic set in Portland and visitors from around the globe. The experience at the Heathman Hotel is more than surface-deep. Here, the art of service is alive and well, from the welcoming doormen to the Russian Tea Experience in the Library to Bedtime Story turndown service.


The Heathman lobby engages guests’ imagination with sculptural features and create opportunities for social interaction. Behind the front desk will hang an intricate three-dimensional map, aptly named “200 X 200,” that highlights Portland’s unique 200 ft. long city blocks, a human-scale feature of the city’s geographical layout that is celebrated and admired amongst city planners for making Portland one of Americas most walkable cities.


Located within the former Tea Court Lounge, a soaring two-story space in the heart of the hotel, the Heathman Library features more than 3,000 volumes signed by their authors in a grand bookcase that spans the full height of the room to prominently showcase the autographed tomes and make them accessible to guests. These signed editions from Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners, U.S. Poet Laureates and a former U.S. President as well as a cross section of genres and styles, represent more than 30 years of guests who have signed their books to contribute to the collection.


151 guestrooms at the Heathman embrace the beauty of the Portland landscape with natural materials and reclaimed elements to create comfortable, sophisticated space for curling up with a good book and drifting off to sleep.


The Heathman’s long tradition of tea service is served with a twist during The Russian Tea Experience in the hotel’s library. Featured teas are a compendium custom blends and greatest hits from Portland’s Smith Teamaker. Russian Tea is served on Sundays only for now. Reservations are required, must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (503) 790-7752 to reserve

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