Located near New York City's best shopping and dining, Sixty SoHo made me feel like a downtown A-lister
Sixty SoHo is a long-established hip haven, adjacent to some of New York's best shopping and nightlife. The hotel's vibe exudes serious cool factor, and while some guests commonly complain of staff members being snobby or unaccommodating, I didn't experience that at all during my stay. I stayed in a King Suite, which starts at $500 per night. It's meant for those who want to feel like an A-list downtown New Yorker. For a more affordable option, the basic Queen Superior is quite reasonable, starting at around $200 a night. It's a great value for the location and reputation. Read all Business Insider hotel reviews here.
With two locations in New York, the Sixty brand has been a prominent member of the boutique hotel scene since 2001. Sixty LES, the Lower East Side location, often receives more hype due to its rooftop pool and Blue Ribbon culinary partnership, but Sixty SoHo is the true anchor as the first established property. I stayed in a King Suite, the basic suite option, which was comped for review purposes. Quick online research shows the 525-square-foot room with a sitting area, bathtub, separate shower, and private balcony starts at $500 per night and soars up to $800 in peak season. It's expensive, but if you travel midweek or offseason, the low end of that range is more accessible than other high-end New York hotels, where suites start upwards of $800 per night, regardless of time of year. For a dose of downtown sophistication at a less indulgent price point, the entry-level Queen Superior still has 300 square feet and a very fair starting price of $200 per night. That's one of the best rates I've encountered for a hotel of this stature. Need more New York hotel inspiration? Click on a link below to jump directly to all our coverage of the best hotels in New York City.
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Prices for Sixty Soho fluctuate wildly based on time of year and demand. In some instances, a standard room can run up to $600. On average, you'll find it from $300-$400 per night. Ultimately, it's an expensive hotel. However, when you want to feel like a SoHo A-lister with unparalleled access to New York's coolest shopping and dining, it's hard to beat Sixty SoHo.
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Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by Sixty SoHo.SEE ALSO: At Andaz 5th Avenue, standard rooms offer the greatest value — why I would skip the suite next time SEE ALSO: I spent a night at MADE, in Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood — here's what I liked most about the understated, boutique hotel SEE ALSO: I spent a night at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and loved the waterfront location, city views, and how my room embraced nature
In New York, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of buildings and storefronts vying for your attention. Sixty SoHo has found a simple way to stand out. The building is set further back from the street, placing it out of line with those that surround it. It creates space to breathe as you enter past the blue awning and lush greenery. Inside, the on-site restaurant, Bistrot Leo, is to the left, and the ground floor lobby is to the right. I was met with a small concierge desk, but no one manning it. A small plaque informed me to check in with the front desk. But the front desk was nowhere in sight. It wasn't until a staff member passed by and informed me the desk was upstairs that I was able to proceed with checking in. I arrived at around 3:30 p.m., a half-hour after the posted check-in time, and check-in was seamless. My room was ready, but several others seemed to be sitting in the lobby waiting for rooms.
As I stepped off the elevator, I found myself at the door to my room. I was surprised a suite would be located right across from the elevator. Though I learned it was due to the nature of the architecture: King Suites have private balconies, all of which run along the center of the building, where the elevator is. Thankfully, I didn't notice any elevator noise, likely because the bed was away from the door. My suite was split into two sections, separated by sliding pocket doors. One side was a sitting area with a couch, desk, and TV, and on the other side housed the plush king bed and second TV. It was pouring rain, so I enjoyed a night in and watched Holiday Baking Championship on Food Network for several hours. Once I'd spent enough time on the blue velvet sofa, I transitioned to viewing my cookie competition in bed — truly luxurious.
The red marble bathroom was a highlight as well, with a soaking tub and separate free-standing shower. To make room for the tub, the shower takes a bit of a hit in size. It was kind of like showering in a phone booth. Basic rooms contain just a walk-in shower. The balcony was lovely, but I didn't take full advantage due to the weather. It stretched across both the living space and bedroom, with an entrance from each area. Sixty SoHo is perfectly positioned on Thompson Street, offering a view of both the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower. I didn't get a chance to see a basic room during my stay, but based on traveler photos on sites like Booking.com and Trip Advisor, the King and Queen Superior rooms look typically sized for a New York hotel. There isn't a ton of space, but they won't feel too cramped. Indeed, there are very few reviews that cite room size as an issue. And if I've learned anything reviewing hotels, it's that guests will always let you know if their room feels small.
I stayed on a Sunday night when Sixty SoHo's bar, Butterfly, was closed. I glanced in for a sense of the ambiance, which was gorgeous. The space was decorated with sultry animal print and oversized round pieces of art pieces lit from behind, giving the appearance of stained glass. The rooftop bar, A60 was also closed for the season, and I wasn't able to see it. Both A60 and Butterfly have several negative reviews online, noting a sense of superiority from staff, or slow service when the bars weren't busy. I can't attest to either of these assessments, but it may be something to keep in mind before visiting in the future. Bistrot Leo is Sixty SoHo's in-house French restaurant. I did not dine here, as it was out of my price range for an ordinary Sunday dinner. I peeked inside and the vibe was perfectly Parisien with checker tile and rattan cafe chairs. Looking at photos of the food and reviews online, I'm beginning to regret not going for the splurge. The potato mille-feuille with dozens of layers of thin potato sliced, stacked, and fried, looks delicious enough to make me want to go back and make a meal out of just those.
Sixty SoHo is, as expected, in the heart of SoHo. This is one of the preeminent shopping destinations in New York, just five blocks from Broadway where many of the bigger brands make their home with flagship stores. The hotel is also conveniently placed by three highly-touted confectionary spots. Laduree is your go-to spot for macarons, Black Tap boasts over-the-top milkshakes, and Dominique Ansel sells cronuts and cookie shots with a cult following. The A/C subway lines are a three-minute walk away, so you're well-positioned to travel within the rest of Manhattan.
Sixty SoHo fares well on Booking.com with an 8.7, earning the distinction of one of the website's best sellers in New York. It ranks similarly on Trip Advisor where it's earned 4.5 stars and sits solidly at number 88 out of the 508 hotels in their New York database. Those who enjoyed their stay rave about the location, as well as the comfort level of the rooms. These are two aspects where I agree Sixty SoHo really shines. Disappointed folks most commonly took issue with the attitude of the employees. I didn't encounter this, but the hotel did know I was there to potentially review it. I also came across complaints that noise from Butterfly and A60 leaked into rooms late into the night. If you're a light sleeper, request something on the middle floors, far enough above Butterfly and below A60 so you won't be disturbed. You can also sleep easy knowing that Sixty SoHo has never appeared on the Bed Bug Registry.
Who stays here: Those who want to see and be seen at hyped spots like A60 and Butterfly, and who value a beautiful and cool hotel room. It's also a great spot for those who want to be downtown, in the heart of SoHo. We like: The artwork in the room. Harland Miller featured heavily in the hotel, and his paintings of book covers added to the hotel's funky mood. We love (don't miss this feature!): The vibe of the Butterfly Bar. Though it was closed during my stay, the aesthetic alone made me want to go back to experience it at its peak. We think you should know: Butterfly is closed on Sundays and Mondays. The rooftop bar, A60, is seasonal and will reopen in May. We'd do this differently next time: Get dinner at Bistrot Leo. All the photos I've seen make it look worth the splurge.
Sixty SoHo has a painfully cool aesthetic, and according to some past guests, you may encounter a superior attitude to match. I thankfully didn't experience any snobbery during my stay; in fact, everyone was very accommodating. Rooms are sleek, modern, and luxuriously lush for a design that fits perfectly with the warm but hip vibe of the hotel. Decorated with Harland Miller artwork, leather, and blue velvet, Sixty prioritizes cozy comfort mixed with pure style. Book Sixty SoHo starting at $200 per night here
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Hotels, motels, and resorts will be forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic. Business Insider spoke to...Hotels, motels, and resorts will be forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic. Business Insider spoke to top travel CEOs from companies like Hilton, Club Med, and Aman Resorts about how the coronavirus will change the experience of staying in a hotel. Hoteliers predict that travelers will prefer smaller, less dense hotels and outdoor amenities. Breakfast buffets could become a thing of the past, and room service could come in the form of a bag dropped outside your door. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Hotels and resorts are in a state of crisis. As of May 20, seven out of 10 hotel rooms in the US were sitting empty and thousands of hotels are completely closed, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Hotels have lost more than $25 billion in room revenue since the start of the pandemic, and 70% of hotel employees have been laid off or furloughed, per the AHLA. Empty hotels are desperately selling bonds for future discounted travel. But as US states and other countries start to reopen, hotel companies are looking ahead to make travelers feel safe and to entice them into coming back to their properties. Many major hotel brands, including Marriott — the world's biggest hotel company — Best Western, Hilton, and Hyatt Hotels, have pledged to abide by the AHLA's new Safe Stay guidelines for everything from contactless check-in to new cleaning standards and protocols. Here's what you can expect the next time you stay at a hotel or resort. People may seek out smaller, less dense lodging One major change travelers might see in hotels in the future is a change in design. "I think that people are going to migrate towards smaller properties, or perhaps migrate to properties that have larger open spaces and are not as high-volume," Mark Durliat, CEO and cofounder of Grace Bay Resorts in Turks and Caicos, recently told Business Insider's Madeline Stone. Carolyne Doyon, CEO and President of Club Med North America, told Business Insider that she believes "there will be increased demand for resort options that are less dense ... resorts that are integrated in, and respectful of, their surrounding natural environments and are spread out across larger areas." Visually, she predicts a big change to the design of resorts too, with a pivot to "low-rise buildings that blend in rather than traditional concrete high-rises." The humble motel may even make a comeback. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, which has adopted the AHLA's Safe Stay protocols and owns brands like Super 8 and Days Inn, is already seeing rising demand for its properties with exterior corridors — also known as motels — per The New York Times. Dave DeCecco, Wyndham's vice president of global communications, told Business Insider that motel owners are finding several benefits to the traditional motel design. For one, motels don't have interior hallways or large social spaces, limiting guests' exposure to other people and lowering the risk of infection. On top of that, the fact that guests can park directly outside their room further limits their exposure to strangers. Contactless check-in and temperature screenings upon arrival Hotels that didn't already have contactless check-in are now offering it via smartphone app to cut down on person-to-person interaction. At Hilton, for example, guests can check in using its Digital Key system, which opens any door a guest would normally access with a key card. That includes guest rooms, elevators, side doors, and fitness centers. Many brands, including Club Med and Loews Hotels, have said they will screen guests' temperatures when they arrive at the hotel. No more noisy neighbors: Some hotels will only fill 50% of their rooms Contactless check-in isn't the ony way your next hotel experience may involve fewer people. The next time you stay in a hotel, the rooms on either side of yours may be empty. Some cities, counties, and hotel brands have announced they will operate at no more than 50% occupancy for the foreseeable future. At some of its resorts that are reopening, luxury resort brand Aman Resorts will "skip a key," or only make every other room available for reservation, COO Roland Fasel told Business Insider. California's San Luis Obispo County is limiting hotel and short-term lodging occupancy rates to no more than 50% — and only for essential travel — in an order by the county health officer that went into effect May 17 and will be reevaluated every two weeks. And Pensacola Beach in Florida limited its hotels to half-capacity back in March, keeping them open throughout the pandemic. No more daily housekeeping Your hotel room itself may look a bit different than it did before the pandemic. The Four Seasons will place "Lead With Care" kits in each guest room that include masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitization wipes. Best Western, which has more than 5,000 hotels worldwide, said it will remove "unnecessary items" like decorative pillows from guest rooms as part of its enhanced sanitization procedures. And Hilton is doing away with the pen, paper, and guest directory normally provided in each room unless specifically requested. Another major change travelers can expect to see is the frequency of housekeeping. The standard that guests have come to expect in hotels is daily housekeeping unless they request their room be skipped. That's an expectation that's about to invert. For those hotels abiding by the AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, housekeeping will no longer enter a guest's room during their stay unless specifically requested. Rooms will continue to be cleaned thoroughly after check-out. The new room service: a bag outside your door, or a server in full PPE Travelers who frequent high-end hotels may be accustomed to room service delivered straight into their room by a dapper server pushing a white tablecloth-clad cart. But in the time of coronavirus, the AHLA recommends that traditional room service be replaced with a no-contact delivery method. Gregg Fracassa, general manager at Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recently told Business Insider that in-room dining service will come "in the form of a market bag left at the door." Aman Resorts said it has seen increased demand for in-room dining during the pandemic. Staff is still delivering meals into rooms — while wearing full PPE. "All in-room dining is served with food and drinks covered, and staff wear PPE [personal protective equipment] upon delivery," Fasel said. "If guests feel comfortable with us dropping the food off in their room we do so, however we can also place it on a table in the entrance." Say goodbye to the traditional hotel buffet The beloved continental breakfast buffet may be a thing of the past. Traditional buffet service should be limited and prepackaged foods and "grab and go" items should be the preferred method of food delivery, per the AHLA. Best Western has said that some of its breakfast rooms could be closed to avoid unnecessary guest congregation, and some of its hotels may switch to a pre-plated breakfast to minimize guest contact. If a hotel does choose to offer a buffet, it should be served by an attendant wearing PPP and food displays should include sneeze and cough screens. Expect to be wearing a mask during your spa treatments That brings us to amenities: Hotels love to tout their amenities, from pools and saunas to gyms and restaurants. But during a pandemic, shared spaces where groups of people gather can be cause for unease. The good news for amenity-seekers is that AHLA guidelines allow for fitness centers, pool areas, and meeting spaces to stay open — as long as they are configured for social distancing and disinfected multiple times per day. However, some amenities will take on a different look. Luxury spa treatments will continue, but they might take place inside your hotel room rather than at the hotel spa, and your massage therapist may be wearing full PPE. At Aman Resorts, which is known for its wellness offerings, all spa therapists will wear masks, as well as gloves if the guest requests them, Fasel told Business Insider. Therapists will change their PPE between each treatment and treatment rooms will have a minimum 30-minute turnover time to ensure proper cleaning and sanitization. Aman recommends that guests wear masks during treatments. Aman has also expanded its in-room spa services. In the spa area, only one person is allowed at a time inside shared enclosed spaces like steam rooms and saunas. These changes could also be accompanied by a growing demand for outdoor amenities. "When social distancing restrictions are lifted, we foresee our guests wanting to be outside, rather than confined indoors," David Bowd, CEO of Salt Hotels and operator of The Asbury and Asbury Ocean Club in Asbury Park, New Jersey, recently told Business Insider. "Catering to this expected demand, we'll be focusing on outdoor programming, such as outdoor movies and pool events." Aman Resorts will expand its nature experiences, such as offering a new foraging trek combined with a kitchen garden tour and outdoor cooking class at its Amankila resort in Bali, Fasel said. Ramped-up cleaning protocols and social distancing rules Hotels have vowed to boost their cleaning procedures and train employees in proper safety protocols. Per the AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, hotels will offer employees COVID-19 safety and protocol training and require that workers frequently wash their hands and wear proper PPE based on CDC recommendations. Common spaces like lobbies, gym equipment, pool seating, and dining surfaces, as well as other high-touch surfaces like elevator buttons and door handles, are to be disinfected multiple times per day. Many hotels have said they're installing hand sanitizing stations throughout their properties. Marriott is rolling out new cleaning technologies, like electrostatic sprayers that use hospital-grade disinfectant to sanitize surfaces, with the help of its new Global Cleanliness Council that was created to develop enhanced health and safety guidelines for Marriott's 7,300 properties, Business Insider's Melissa Wiley reported. Per the AHLA guidelines, hotels will advise guests to practice social distancing and stay at least six feet away from people not traveling with them. Hotels will make certain areas for appropriate distancing and, where possible, encourage one-way walkways. 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The Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland boasts a modern look, a notable library of signed books, and surprisingly affordable rates — though standard rooms start small
The Heathman is an iconic, historic hotel in Portland, merging classic architecture and postmodern works...The Heathman is an iconic, historic hotel in Portland, merging classic architecture and postmodern works of art with updated interiors and a great downtown location. The hotel underwent a major renovation in 2018 leaving rooms and public spaces fresh, stylish, and airy. Especially notable is the soaring two-story library lounge with an excellent collection of signed books. I stayed in a King Suite after being upgraded at check-in from an entry-level Deluxe King, and found the hotel to be an excellent value given its style, personal service, and location. Read all Business Insider hotel reviews here. A note from your Insider Reviews travel editor: Coronavirus has interrupted travel on a global scale forcing travelers to cancel and reassess plans in the coming weeks and months. We understand that right now is a challenging time to plan travel. But when this time passes and things return to normal, we know you'll be eager to explore the world again. Whenever that happens for you, and we know it will, we hope our travel content helps you make informed, useful, and inspiring choices on the best places and hotels to book. So whether you use our reviews now, bookmark them for the future, or simply need an escape from the news, we'll continue to share the world with you. In the meantime, we encourage all travelers to stay safe, follow guidelines from the CDC website, and take precautions. When I was invited to read from my new book at the Portland Book Festival recently, I chose to stay at The Heathman Hotel in the heart of Portland's cultural district. Built in 1927, the Heathman is a recently-renovated boutique hotel well-suited for art lovers. Restored in 1984 and updated again in 2018, the Heathman is a terrific example of an older, unabashedly classic hotel that's been lightened and brightened to feel stylish and elegant, while still retaining its quintessential Portland spirit. One of the city's last grand hotels, the Heathman has long been a hub of the city's cultural life (from the 1930s to the 1950s, its mezzanine was home to the studios of Portland radio station KOIN, the main stop for any musician passing through the city). Today, the hotel feels fresh-faced and offers genuinely personal service that isn't stuffy or "grand," but instead, spot-on for this casually trendy city. Entry-level rooms start small but come at prices significantly lower than similarly located Portland hotels, making it an excellent deal. Standard room rates start as low as $128 during off season, but can rise to $322 during popular August and September weekends. Although I originally booked an entry-level Deluxe King room for $146 a few weeks before my stay, I was upgraded a King Suite (which typically starts at $269) at check-in and appreciated the extra space. Bookworms will especially love spending time in the hotel's two-story library lounge that features an impressive collection of reads, many of which have been personally signed for the hotel. The first impression The room On-site amenities What's nearby What others say What you need to know The bottom line Book The Heathman Hotel starting at $128 per night Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by The Heathman Hotel in Portland. The Heathman won me over from the moment I pulled up in front of its classic facade lit by the Art Deco Schnitzer Concert Hall marquee down the block. The Heathman has an ideal location in the midst of Portland's cultural center, and since the night was rainy — not unusual for this Northwest city — a bellman appeared to valet park my car. (Portland is so walkable I didn't need a car the rest of the weekend and was relieved to be rid of it.) I've stayed in lots of small luxury boutique hotels over the years and found there's a certain formula to them. Typically, an older hotel or historic building with great bones is transformed to play up a fresh-faced lobby, with updated rooms, a cool vibe, and ideally, a lively bar and restaurant scene. Unfortunately, the boutique formula frequently misses the mark and disappoints. But the Heathman was a home run. The hotel set itself apart starting with kind and genuinely friendly front-desk attendants. I originally booked a standard Deluxe King but was delighted to discover that because the hotel wasn't full, I'd been upgraded to a King Suite at no extra charge. Every guest is offered a complimentary microbrew upon check-in, but I was also handed a sealed envelope. I opened it in the elevator and was nearly brought to tears. The Heathman is well known for its glorious two-story library lounge containing some 2,700 books — most of them personally autographed for the hotel by a book-lover's lineup of literary rock stars, Nobel, and Pulitzer Prize winners. My letter informed me that the hotel had taken the liberty of ordering a signed copy of my book from a local independent bookstore (how did they even know I was a writer?), and would be honored to add it to their library. I thought this was extraordinary, but from comments gleaned from other guests, discovered the Heathman is known for its uncommon attention to detail. Before unpacking, I rode the elevator back down to check out the striking library, of course, and make the most of my Heathman literary moment. All the Heathman's 151 rooms were renovated in 2018. My upgraded King Suite contained the exact same decor as a standard Deluxe King but included the addition small sitting area. A comfy bed was made up in white linens, a navy throw, and navy-herringbone sham offset by a caramel-leather headboard. Stone-white walls were hung with mirrors and terrific modern art added dimension and lightness to the space. Wood floors were warmed by swirls of navy and a tan floral rug. The 520-square-foot suite featured pocket doors dividing the space from a compact living area containing an L-shaped couch, coffee table, and vestibule with a complimentary mini-fridge and French Press. I greatly enjoyed the additional space and was glad I'd been upgraded since my original room would have run just 230 to 360 square feet. Even in my suite, the bathroom was tight by modern standards. But it was clean and functional, with a white-tiled shower (no bath), black-rimmed standing sink too small for a toiletry kit, and wooden shelves mounted above for my personal items. All rooms come with the same amenities and include an honor bar, 24-hour room service, set up for French Press coffee and tea, a plush white robe, and slippers. I slept well in the extremely comfortable bed despite the fact my room, located on a lower floor, was dark and looked at a neighboring wall. As a coffee addict, I thought the French press and coffee grounds were a nice Portlandian touch but would have preferred the convenience of an espresso machine. Premiere Kings (located on the 5th through 10th floors, most with views of Broadway) and Corner Kings (on the 4th through 10th floors) are the next levels up after entry-level Deluxe Kings and offer better views and more light than even my suite, but I was content with my lower-floor King Suite, though there are additional tiers of suites available including Studio, One Bedroom, and Grand. The Heathman makes up for the entry-level rooms' sometimes small-feeling spaces with abundant verve and style, along with wallet-friendly rates. For future stays, I would book a suite for the additional space despite the higher price point, and would even upgrade to a Corner Suite on a higher floor so I could ditch the dark wall and enjoy views of the city. However, it's worth noting that many reviewers on Trip Advisor were also upgraded at check-in, so it could be worth booking a room at a lower rate and gambling on a possible upgrade possibility slower months. Headwaters is a spacious restaurant and bar conveniently located on the Heathman's ground floor. Headed by chef-owner and James Beard award-winner, Vitaley Paley, it showcases locally-sourced Oregon ingredients and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast menu is fairly basic but offers everything from healthy to hearty (organic oats to Mimosas and Dungeness crab omelets), while lunch gets going with inventive local offerings (steelhead tartare to crab cake BLTs), and dinner sources heavily from streams and the sea, with entrees like local steelhead and Pacific Northwest paella. There is a small on-site gym with Pelotons, weights, and treadmills. Guests also have access to free bikes and in-room wellness kits with yoga mats. Be aware there is a resort fee of $30 per night per room to cover the cost of these amenities. By far my favorite space was the striking library. On my first night, I grabbed a Negroni from Headwaters and settled in for some reading. One quibble: there is no bar service in this beautiful space, so if you want to order drinks you must carry them in from the adjacent bar. As a result, there is little service either and the night I was there, empty cocktail glasses and teacups littered the tables. That said, I loved the soaring, two-story space with sleek sitting areas surrounded by rich wood paneling from the 1920s, and contemporary floor-to-ceiling bookcases lined with books. Most of the books are available for guests to peruse (or check out for in-room use), and I spent a memorable evening pulling out volume after volume, finding my favorite writers, and reading their whimsical notes, drawings, and inscriptions, made out personally to the Heathman. It's a fantastic collection and for word-lovers, worth a stay at the Heathman for this experience alone. The Heathman has a great downtown location and is especially well-suited for art lovers. It's in the midst of Portland's designated Cultural District, just down the block from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and adjacent to the Portland Center for the Performing Arts as well as the Portland Art Museum, which is particularly worth a visit. There are many notable restaurants within walking distance, and coffee addicts will find a Café Umbria right down the street. Shoppers are near a nice mix of flagship department stores and boutiques. A bit farther afield, don't miss Powell's Books, Portland's legendary independent bookstore, or the city's alluring Japanese garden. Check flight prices to Portland on Expedia On Trip Advisor, the Heathman earns 4.5 out of 5 stars and is ranked 9 out of 154 hotels in Portland. However, it is head and shoulders above some of the other budget hotels that are listed above it in terms of decor and amenities. On Booking.com the hotel has an overall rating of 9 out of 10 and is among their top-recommended properties. Feedback consistently praises the hotel for its beautiful and unique ambiance, its attention to detail, warmth, and hospitality. Negative feedback has to do with the small room and bathroom size, which many reviewers found to be cramped at the entry-level size, as well as lack of sound-proofing, as is often the case with older hotels. Finally, as noted above, there are additional resort and service fees upon checkout that some guests weren't aware of ahead of time and found disappointing. Compare reviews, prices, and book The Heathman Hotel on Trip Advisor Who stays here: A solid mix of savvy tourists and business travelers, well-heeled couples (many with dogs in tow, since the hotel is pet-friendly), and the weekend I visited, an extended family celebrating a wedding. We like: The genuine hospitality and over-the-top personal touches extended to all guests. We love (don't miss this feature!): The stunning library lounge filled with personally autographed books and collector's editions, as well as a notable art collection with 250 original paintings, photographs, and works on paper. The emphasis on Northwest artists, plus a cool collection of Andy Warhol lithographs, are also standout additions. We think you should know: This is a historic-hotel turned boutique-hotel. If you are seeking large rooms and serious luxury, book elsewhere. We'd do this differently next time: I look forward to returning when not on a book-tour budget and springing for a corner room with ample light and views. The Heathman Hotel is an iconic, spirited hotel in the heart of the city with a long history of celebrating arts and culture. Guests will like it for its prime location, chic and inviting public spaces, convenient bar and restaurant, and affordable prices, especially when compared with similar hotels in the area. The hotel is known for exceptional attention to detail and personal touches, which I experienced firsthand. The impressive, cozy library is an excellent place to nurse a cocktail while skimming through favorite reads, and the vast array of personally signed books by noted literary figures is worth a visit alone for book lovers. Entry-level rooms start small, and those on lower levels can be dark and lacking any views, so splurge on a roomier suite or high-floor corner room if you can swing it. That said, it's beloved by many return guests and I look forward to being one of them. Book The Heathman Hotel starting at $128 per night
Hotels are offering enticing deals in the form of discounted gift certificates for future stays. Yes,...Hotels are offering enticing deals in the form of discounted gift certificates for future stays. Yes, there’s risk involved, but some of these bargains may be hard to resist.