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.
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
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.
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!!!!) .
About the Heathman Hotel
Address: 1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205