Stay here instead of Portland A review of Heathman Lodge
Our family of 4 stayed at the Heathman Lodge twice - about 5 years apart - and during our latest stay, the facilities inside and out look none the worse for wear - everything was as nice and clean as the first time we stayed there. Parking is ample, staff is competent and friendly. The free computer access is invaluable - especially being able to check-in for e-ticketed flights, check on work e-mail, etc. The bathroom is big, there's a microwave and coffee maker in the room, temperature control was very good, manuevering around the halls to the elevators and then downstairs was easy. The beds now have that body-forming foam mattresses which are very comfortable and quite warm. The pool and gym were wonderful. The restaurant is tempting, but since there are so many good restaurants nearby that are not available in our hometown, we chose to eat out. The surrounding neighborhood is great for taking an early morning walk, there are a few malls, and Portland is just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away. The directions to/from the airport given on the hotel's website are great. During our latest stay in Oregon, we also spent two nights in a 4-star hotel in downtown Portland, but the parking was nonexistent, the surrounding blocks in the shopping area were scary at night, and we vowed to always stay out in Vancouver whenever we come to Portland - the price is great and the atmosphere exactly what we'd expect from the Pacific Northwest!