This article is re-posted with permission from CityDog Magazine, from a recent overnight Deluxe Digs we did in Portland Oregon with Scout the boxer. It’s a beautiful hotel and I look forward to returning with my own pooch!
Howls for the Heathman
With a plethora of pet friendly amenities, the Heathman is a hound’s home away from home, located in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon.
Written by Brandie Ahlgren | Photography by Jamie Pflughoeft
The Heathman Hotel is a hound’s dream with its long-standing commitment to welcoming two- and four-legged guests. Built in 1927, the Heathman is the grand dame of luxury accommodations, combining the service and sophistication of a bygone era with modern day amenities and creature comforts. And, speaking of “creature” comforts, the hotel recently introduced its Pampered Pet Package, filled with everything a dog could want for a pleasant stay in the City of Roses.
The pampering begins as soon as you and your pooch walk through the lobby doors, with the Heathman’s highly personalized service called “The Personal Concierge.” Upon check-in, one staff person is assigned as your personal concierge, performing the tasks of front desk, bellman and concierge for the duration of your stay.
We arrive a little early before check-in, so while the staff prepares our room, we enjoy a beverage in the hotel’s lovely Tea Court, which serves a wide selection of teas and pastries created by pastry chef John Gayer. Every evening, Wednesday through Saturday, there is live jazz for your enjoyment. Sip tea (or a cocktail) by the marble fireplace, surrounded by comfy furnishings and artwork from the Vanderbilt Estate.
Art of Sleep | Bark of Sleep
Our room is ready and after the long drive from Seattle, we are ready to relax, which is easy with the Heathman’s Art of Sleep bed menu, offering three luxurious bed options including European Featherbed, European Pillow-Top and Tempur-Pedic. We chose the European Pillow-Top, a perfect blend of support and softness. But, wait. Scout has her choice of beds, too!
One of the many reasons the Heathman Hotel is the pick of the litter among four-legged travelers, is the Art of Sleep bed menu applies to pooches as well. Called the Bark of Sleep, the menu includes three doggy bed choices including memory foam, faux suede or bolster bed (for Scout, it’s memory foam). So, rest assured, you and your pooch will both enjoy a blissful night’s sleep in your beds of choice.
As we settle in for the evening, we are pleasantly surprised to find an array of services and amenities for both people and pooches. Our room is a 520 square foot Symphony Suite which is located on the entirely pet friendly third floor and features a seating area with a sleeper sofa and HD television and an adjacent bedroom with a king sized bed and HD television (pocket doors separate the seating area from the bedroom for privacy). There is nightly turndown service complete with bottled water, bathrobes and slippers, daily morning newspaper delivery, and 24-hour room service. In the room is a kettle and French press to prepare complimentary Peet’s coffee and herbal tea as well as other sleep-ease amenities including a sleep mask and ear plugs. Other in-room touches include L’Occitane bath amenities and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access.
For your pooch, amenities include a variety of crunchy and chewy treats, a collapsible water bowl and poop bag dispenser with bags. For pet potty breaks, there is a park located just behind the hotel—take a left out of the front doors of the hotel and make an immediate left onto Salmon street and continue one block to South Park Blocks on the left. It’s a small park, but provides enough grassy area for your dog’s duties.
In addition to the Bark of Sleep bed menu, tasty treats and other doggy amenities, the Heathman has partnered with Banfield Pet Hospital to offer you peace of mind while on vacation with your pet, with a complimentary office visit and physical exam at any of Banfield’s 760 pet hospitals nationwide. Luckily, this trip does not require a visit to the hospital but we’ll keep the voucher for future travels. This isn’t the first time the Heathman and Banfield have partnered—earlier this year the hospital donated the bronze sculpture of Zelda, “author” of the book series Zelda Wisdom, to the hotel. The sculpture, complete with water bowl for thirsty pets, lives outside the entrance of the hotel and serves as the welcoming watchdog.
After a restful night’s sleep, we enjoy a light continental breakfast before venturing to the hotel’s highly acclaimed library. The Heathman library is a main feature of the hotel, with over 4,000 volumes in its impressive collection including signed editions by authors who have stayed at the hotel—Bill Clinton, Stephen King, Tom Wolfe, John Updike, Alice Walker, Clive Cussler, Garrison Keillor, David Sedaris and Anthony Bourdaine, to name a few. Guests are welcome to borrow a book, with arrangements made through the Front Desk, but also take advantage of the personal tour and wine tasting every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
As we near the end of our tour, I bring up a rumor I heard about the hotel being haunted. Director of sales and marketing Stephen Galvan does nothing to dispel the rumor, instead sharing stories of strange occurrences that are enough to give us goose bumps. But have no fear Stephen tells us the hotel brought in a medium at one point, who assured them the spirits are friendly.
Moving on, another unique feature of the Heathman is its art. The hotel’s eclectic art collection includes a light screen by Hap Tivey at the entrance and an early 19th-century Japanese screen above the reception desk. The Tea Court features 18th century canvases by French landscape artist Claude Gellée. In the Marble Bar, Art Deco mirrors originally from the Waldorf Astoria counterpoint a 200-year-old bas-relief from Kenya. The mezzanine displays acrylic sculptures by Gregg Renfrow, Richard Misrach’s photographic series of classical Greek ruins, and a sculpture by Stuart Lehrman. In the Heathman Restaurant are displayed perhaps some the most famous works in the collection, Andy Warhol’s 10-part Endangered Species silkscreens.
The Heathman is adjacent to the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and just steps away from the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society Museum, Nordstrom, Niketown, Tiffany’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Powell’s Books, Pioneer Place, and the fashionable and fun Pearl District. And best of all, the Heathman is just minutes away from Lucky Labrador Brewing Co.
Located on Hawthorne Blvd., the Lucky Labrador serves up simple, yet delicious pub fare (soups and sandwiches) and offers a large, covered patio area perfect for pooches and people to hang out and enjoy some of the tastiest brews in the Northwest.
For a bit more fancier fare, the award-winning Heathman Restaurant, whose executive chef, Phillipe Boulot, was honored as “Best Chef of the Northwest” by the prestigious James Beard Foundation, offers such delicacies as grilled moulard duck breast, with creamy polenta, dried fig and duck jus. The restaurant provides a lovely atmosphere and impeccable service, but if you prefer to have your pooch by your side, the hotel is happy to provide room service.
The Heathman Hotel
1001 SW Broadway
Lucky Labrador Brewing Co.
915 Hawthorne Blvd.
The Pampered Pet Package includes:
• Deluxe accommodations for two people
• Complimentary continental breakfast
• $15 beverage credit in the Marble Bar
• Art of Sleep Luxury Bed Menu for you
• Bark of Sleep Pet Bed Menu for your pooch
• Four-legged friend goody bag at check-in
• Water bowl, pet waste dispenser and bags
• Complimentary office visit and exam at any Banfield Pet Hospital
• Complimentary area walking guide
• Portland dog-friendly restaurant guide