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The design style of The Heathman Hotel is unique and sophisticated, from the lobby to the private guest rooms and suites. The classic elegance of its historical roots shines through with gold accents, dark wood furniture and ornate upholstery, while playful additions such as a gray carpet with stripes of pastel blue, yellow and pink and a wall brightly painted with abstract birds and designs behind one reception desk add a bright, comfortable look. Beige marbled floors in the lobby and dark marble throughout guest floor elevator lobbies and within guest rooms steps up the level of luxury. The hotel’s signature suites, such as the Fine Arts suite, with its lighting installation by Oregon native Hap, have their own unique styles, each outfitted by an expert designer to pay homage to local arts programs and institutions.
The Heathman Hotel, completed at the end of 1927, was the last of the grand hotels to debut in downtown Portland. Designed with decorative details evocative of the Italian Renaissance style, the dark-hued paneling, tall arched windows and marble floors combine history and charm to stand out as one of Portland’s premier luxury hotels. Now listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Heathman’s attention to design detail includes acanthus leaves adorning the mezzanine’s large plaster columns and ceiling trim. The interiors of the Heathman also highlight remarkable original artworks by contemporary artists — especially appropriate given the Heathman’s presence in the heart of Portland’s cultural district.