Nice, but itchy wool blankets, limited pool hours A review of Heathman Lodge
This is a nice hotel for the Vancouver area, which is sort of blue-collar and a poor step-child for Portland across the river.
Attractive hotel that is a bit more impressed with itself than its due.
Front desk staff were young and a little snippy. You feel like they are waiting for the important guest to arrive, and it's not you. When we asked to extend an additional day (Sunday night) on a three-day weekend, they bumped the rate to the weekly rate, even though the next day was a holiday and their parking lot was half-empty. They specialize in Pendleton wool blankets for the bedding, which we found itchy and not really better than the usual polyester spreads. They'd do better to upgrade their bedding to cotton comforter covers.
Restauruant is nice and very good for grownups, but the kids breakfast selection is limited. Great booths, but we felt like our kid was merely tolerated. We did have a very nice dinnerthere when we just the grownups had dinner and the grandparents looked after the kid.
Beautiful wood throughout the place. Could smell smoking rooms in hallways, and wide space under entry doors sends a lot of hallway and door-closing sounds into your room.
Sort of hysterical to have a Vancouver lodging act as if they were a destination resort and you are darn lucky to be there. It's an approach, but we travel quite a bit and think they are a sort of Hyatt or better wanna-be that doesn't cut it.
Weird hours of not opening the pool until 10:00 am - we and several other families took our kids in at 9:00 anyway, but we felt like we were sneaking around.
We were over the entry and thought that and the adjacent parking area made things a little noisy. Good sized rooms though, and as the nearest Embassy Suites is at the airport, it's a good option for the area.
Business travelers would be happy here, and although we don't think it's perfect we'd stay again given the local selection.
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