by Sarah JF Braley | February 16, 2018
The 151-room Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore., is undergoing a propertywide renovation that will be completed in June. Opened in 1927, the iconic hotel will be transformed with a lighter, brighter and more contemporary look, while still paying homage to its past. 
With this renovation, the lobby will become a living room designed for social interaction. A new three-dimensional map that highlights Portland's 200-foot-long city blocks will hang behind the front desk. The two-story Tea Court is being redesigned with a modern twist on the social salons of Europe using a warm palette of colors. A new grand bookcase the full height of the room will showcase the hotel's 2,700-volume library of works signed by the authors, including Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, past presidents and U.S. poet laureates. When the renovation is complete, the space will be used for readings in collaboration with Portland organizations like SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) and Literary Arts. The Tea Room also will host the property's popular weekend Russian tea service by executive chef Vitaly Paley, who runs the Heathman's Headwaters restaurant.
In the guest rooms, natural materials and reclaimed elements will be used in a redesign that aims to create space for curling up with a good book; a selection from local bookstore Powell's will be in every room. Baths also will be updated with new glass-door showers, stone vanities, wooden shelves and limestone-tiled walls.
The hotel is adding a new fitness center with natural light on the mezzanine level that will feature state-of-the-art treadmills and elliptical trainers from Intenza, and Peloton spin bikes as well as analog options like dumbbells, stability balls and TRX bands.