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The Heathman Hotel: Ghosts, Book, and 50 Shades of Grey.


The Heathman Hotel, Downtown Portland


How would you like to stay in style, and perhaps share your room with a ghost? The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon is one of the most interesting hotels in the downtown area, and by far the most famous. Besides its claim to fame as a haunted hotel, it’s also the location where 50 Shades of Grey was filmed. Naturally, I chose this as my temporary home during my trip to Portland.

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The Heathman  hotel has been famous for many years because of its supposed haunting. Guests in every room ending with a “3” have reported mysterious happenings, such as their towels being used while they are out or even feeling fingers in their hair or on their feet! Room 703 is particularly notorious. A few people have even reported haunted pets, like spirit dogs waking people up with cold noses. A lot of people say their furniture is rearranged while they are out, too. I tend to wonder if the housekeeping doesn’t use the towels and rearrange the furniture for the sake of keeping a legend alive.

50 Shades of Grey


50 Shades of Grey was filmed in part at this hotel, and this event has renewed its infamy. The actual hotel room that was used for shooting is pretty much perpetually booked out. There was no way I could have even tried to get a glimpse at the room! Still, it was cool to see the hotel in real life. I guess a lot of people go to the Heathman just because of the movie these days, never mind the ghosts.

The Hotel Itself


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The Heathman is pretty great on its own, apart from hauntings or movies. The building is historic—it was built in the 1920s— and it is beautiful. None of the rooms are the same; it’s certainly no cookie-cutter hotel! I loved all the little touches, like the guard at the front door wearing a snazzy uniform. Also, the lobby has a huge antique chandelier that gives the place a classy, old-fashioned feel. The second floor also has a lounge, where you can sit and read books. There are hundreds of autographed books on display, too. The best part of the hotel, in my opinion, is that it is centrally located and within reach of all the great stuff to do in Portland.

Most of the rooms are around $200-$350 per night. It sounds a little spendy, but it’s worth it, considering that you’re staying in a historic location as well as a movie set.

My Experience


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I had a great experience at the Heathman Hotel. The front desk staff was especially impressive. There were always about three people working, so I never even had to wait! They always helped me when I was going out and printed maps for me when I needed them. I’d totally stay here again if I ever return to Portland. Maybe I’ll get lucky next time and get to meet a ghost ( OR NOT!!!!) .

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86 thoughts on “The Heathman Hotel: Ghosts, Book, and 50 Shades of Grey.

  1. Sounds like a beautiful and unique experience! I am personally a total sucker for any location with a spooky legend [I live just down the street from one of my state’s most famously haunted places ;)]

  2. I’m not so sure if I would love to see a ghost (I would prefer a haunted pet but still 🙂 ). It definitely looks like a beautiful hotel to stay! I wonder if the ghosts enjoyed the filming of 50 shades 😉

  3. I love this hotel! We recently did a tour of Oregon, but didn’t make it to Portland (Blasphemy i know!), but I have a trip planned to return later this year. I will check this out for our stay. Thanks for the review.

  4. Not too sure about sharing a room with a ghost! Jokes aside, this hotel looks very stylish and unique. It really looks like an historical place.

    Glad you had a great time there!

  5. I’ve never actually seen Fifty Shades of Grey, but I would still stay in this hotel nonetheless! I just need to make sure not to stay in a room ending with 3, I wouldn’t be able to deal with the ghosts.

  6. Such a shame you didn’t meet a ghost, that would have been a great story to tell your grandchildren. On the serious side now, I didn’t know that 50 shades of gray was filmed here. I found it to be a very uninteresting movie, with lots of scenes cut from the book so I didn’t really pay attention to the surroundings.

  7. What a nice looking hotel. Great to hear that it also comes with excellent service! I am not sure about the haunted part though….definitely will avoid those rooms.

  8. I didn’t actually even know that Shades of Grey was filmed in Oregon, nor have I heard of the Heathman Hotel….I feel like a bad Oregonian! The hotel is seems unique and charming.

  9. Such an interesting experience- though I would not stay there alone (haha) I would love to stay there with another person who can protect me in case the ghost goes wild 🙂

  10. Okay this hotel is interesting on so many levels. I know why you choose it and I probably would too. I didn’t know the shooting locations of 50 shades nor that they would be interesting in shooting in a haunted place – how cool is that?

  11. This is so my kind of a place. with its old heritage and stories of haunting. I love haunted places and would love to stay a night here. Hope I meet a ghost myself !

  12. I’d be more interested in the haunting then the 50 Shades of Grey part! Either way- such a beautiful place!

  13. Now you let me curious Karla…. I will need to watch the movie so I can get a glimpse of the notorious room!
    Great review, sounds like a perfect place for a holiday!

  14. Oh god if I could just explain how much I love Portland….I stayed at two different Kimpton properties there several after my wedding when I came for a post-wedding wind-down and I considered the Heathman! Maybe next time, it looks gorgeous and Ill def be back to Portland!

  15. I can’t say I remember specific scenes from 50 Shades but it would still be cool to see where it was shot! I’m surprised it wasn’t shot on a sound stage…?
    Anyways, I definitely won’t be forking over hundreds of dollars to stay in a haunted hotel, that’s for sure.

  16. Sounds like you had a great stay! I love haunted hotels and I think a ghost dog sounds fun! You don’t have to feed or walk them. I’ll keep this in mind when I visit Portland.

  17. Looks like a very comfortable hotel to stay and loved the architecture specially the work on bed and the lightings. Beautiful!

  18. That is a magnificent looking hotel! If I ever get to Portland I will be sure to stay there–despite the fact that movie was partially shot there. I’d rather have the ghosts for company!!

  19. Looks like a great hotel! I love the ghost stories–would be fun to check out a room ending in 3 to see what happens 🙂 I always like visiting spots where movies were filmed as well, plus the location sounds fantastic! Would love to check out the Heathman Hotel sometime!

  20. Wow, this is a nice hotel. I wish I can be a traveler like you, I love to explore every part of the world.

  21. That’s a lovely hotel! I had no idea a movie was filmed here. The interior really takes you back in time! It’s elegant and it’s classy.

  22. The hotel looks amazing, though I’m not sure I would stay in a haunted place. How did you sleep?

  23. The Heathman is one of my favorite hotels in the Portland area. I once lived there and only visited when I had an audition for a commercial. The actors waited in the bar where a man was playing the piano – grinding blues with abandon. Turned out it was the actor Dennis Quaid in town for a movie! That was long before 50 Shades of Grey was even a concept!!

  24. I love hotels with history! It looks great and that’s soooo funny that the 50 shades room is always booked out 😛 That makes me laugh. Creepy that it’s haunted though!

  25. What a hotel and what a reputation. It is really intriguing that the hotel has rooms which may be haunted, probably that has added to the allure. It would be nice to experience the hospitality of the hotel as well as any any haunted entities 🙂

  26. I always love hotels with a bit of mystery or history and this one seems to have it all, plus it looks so elegant and refined too! I’m not sure if I believe in ghosts,but I believe that there are more things in heaven and earth that we do not understand, so who knows!

  27. It’s a pity you couldn’t see the room from the movie but the hotel looks very nice and I suppose it’s a great place to stay. Maybe besides the ghosts… 🙂

  28. My first thought was, I’d love to stay in one of the ghost hotel rooms. Then I thought, what is wrong with me?? What an interesting story though. It’s been awhile since I saw the movie, so I can’t recall which scene this hotel was in. Now I want to go back and watch it again.

  29. I’m too chicken, but I thought of Robin and was going to send her the link. I scrolled up and see she already found your post. 🙂

  30. It is a beautiful hotel in a great location with access to all downtown Portland has to offer. The photos you shared are beautiful.

  31. What an interesting hotel with quite a history. I’m not a huge fan of ghosts but I’d give it a try it looks lovely and seems to be in a perfect area.

  32. I like that the hotel has lots of history in it, but less the ghosts. Lol! The rooms looks elegant in your pictures, which room/floor did 50 Shades of Grey filmed? Just curious. 🙂

  33. From the interior itself to the furnishing I am bit spooked about the place. Last time we stayed in a hotel review we did it gives me creeps and the feel of something is around the room.

  34. Wow, if true this hotel is haunted, I am so afraid to visit there. I am very afraid of ghosts. but this hotel does look interesting. I like the buildings that were there.

  35. Wow! I didn’t know about such a hotel in Portland. It sounds fascinating, but I will not be staying there!! Haha!

  36. I am in love with that beautiful hotel right away & the pictures are simple good enough to tell you the best of it. The haunting experience is something I would be so much scared, but sounds like a wonderful experience to stay there.

  37. Oh wow I can’t believe the hype around 50 Shades but I can totally imagine how this can book up a room 🙂 the pics look stunning and very pretty.

  38. I am amazed to know people stay in the hotel even after knowing that its haunted. But yes its exciting for those who find it adventurous. Nice to knows such hotels do exist who promote themselves by calling it Haunted.

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