What are five things to know about The Heathman Hotel?

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Before checking into historic The Heathman Hotel in Portland, there are a few things you should know:

1. Advanced reservations are suggested for afternoon tea. In fact, reservations 48 hours or more in advanced are required for the public, and while as a hotel guest you may get some special treatment, it’s still wise to book ahead of time to ensure you get a spot. And trust us, it’s worth it! The Heathman's traditional English tea is acclaimed for its elegance, delicious snacks and live music.

2. The hotel has many banquet halls and meeting facilities. And that may mean larger crowds at certain times. This most likely won’t affect your stay — these groups are generally kept out of sight from the average guest — but it could cause public spaces like the library to be louder than usual.

3. Cacao, the chocolate store in the lobby, should not be overlooked. Located just to the left of the front door on the corner of Salmon Street, Cacao is renowned for its premium chocolate, creamy “drink chocolate” for sipping and other dark chocolate products, and is a must-visit while staying at the hotel.

4. The fitness center at The Heathman is small, but well-appointed. Sitting in a converted guest room on the third floor, the on-property gym has the basics, but not much more. With Precor machines, including a recumbent bike, treadmill, elliptical and free motion weight machine, it will surely satisfy your need to stay in shape while away from home, but don’t expect an expansive variety of equipment.

5. In lieu of formal spa facilities, treatments are offered in your guest room. And while this adds a sense of comfort and convenience to a luxurious massage, it also means the hotel forgoes having locker room features like a hot tub or steam room. Ten minutes into your aromatherapy facial, though, and you’ll forget all about a sauna.

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