Heathman Hotel, Portland, Oregon $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Heathman is old Portland through and through. Like a fine tweed suit, it is not flashy or trendy, but it does command a certain respectability. Yes, it offers guests all the modern amenities that you'd expect of a luxury hotel, but ultimately this is about preserving and showcasing the grandeur of another era. One look at the sumptuous tea courtwith its high wood-paneled walls, its sparkling antique chandelier, its velvet armchairs, and baby grand pianoand you'll get the idea. Ideally situated near Portland's Center for the Performing Arts, the Heathman has a long-standing affiliation with the arts and boasts an impressive collection of its own. The rather sober neutral-toned rooms offer eye masks and earplugs, but techies can still plug in with iPod docking stations, Wi-Fi, and HDTVs. It's understandable why the junior suites, which offer more space than the rather cozy standard rooms, are quite popular. The Heathman Restaurant located just off the lobby is a convenient and distinguished white-linen option, and the adjoining bar is a popular happy-hour spot. Bookish types should check out the mezzanine library, which has played host to readings by everyone from Salman Rushdie to David Sedaris, and therefore has a vast collection of signed first editions.
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