October 29, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson
Long before 50 Shades of Gray made it popular, The Heathman Hotel had a reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in America. Rooms whose numbers end in 03 are rumored to be the most haunted in the hotel. The origin of this is a guest who committed suicide by jumping out of the window of room 1003. 703 is also considered haunted, but those not comfortable with the spirit world should avoid all 03 rooms.
Guests have reported clean towels used when no one is in the room, glasses of water mysteriously emptying, and chairs moving around. Cold spots, sounds that can't be explained, and faces that appear in the dark have also been reported. Most chillingly, some guests have reported feeling a ghostly presence in bed with them.
Shudder. Talk about double occupancy.
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September 28, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.
QUESTION: We are looking to stay in the Northwest. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family that offers a number of activaties and wine tastings?
ANSWER: The Allison Inn and Spa Hotel blends so naturally into the lush beauty of Oregon Wine Country's Willamette Valley, it's as if its always been here. There are 85 luxury guestrooms and suites with gas fireplaces, a signature restaurant featuring Oregon Wine Country cuisine, a pampering spa with 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio, and a swimming pool. The Allisons immaculate grounds on 35 acres beckon guests with fragrantly elegant gardens and pathways connecting to the hotel's vineyards and picnic area. The hotel offers a showcase for local artists, wine cellar, wine seminars, and tastings.
Guest Rooms are quietly luxurious and thoughtfully appointed with custom built-in closets, upholstered window seats, and king beds. Oversized windows let sunlight in and provide vistas of the vineyards and countryside. All rooms feature a gas fireplace, wet bar, original artwork, and custom crafted furnishings, while a complimentary welcome snack basket, luxurious robes, and slippers make guests feel at home. Cabinets contain an ironing board, iron, and full-length mirror. Bose sound systems, Wi-Fi, and movies on demand provide in-room entertainment and connectivity. Spacious spa-like bathroom with five fixture baths, double vanities, and a sliding panel provide a glimpse of the fireplace and outdoor landscapes from the soaking tub.
Larger families should consider booking the Grand Two Bedroom Suite. Located on Penthouse Level, the 575 square foot suite includes a spacious living room with fireplace, two bedrooms with private baths. reception foyer, butler's pantry, powder room, dining table for six, gas fireplace in master bedroom, large balcony with dining table and chairs, bay window seat, six foot soaking tub, dual vanities, and filtered water.
Nearby Activites Include:
-Wine & Olive Oil Tasting
-Equestrian rides to wineries
-Hot Air Balloon Rides
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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
August 6, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson
River's Edge Hotel and Spa makes being green look easy. The Portland luxury hotel combines upscale surroundings with warm Pacific Northwest hospitality and a commitment to responsible environmental practices. The hotel offers dog-friendly rooms, and a there's even a Bark Bar Menu available from room service. In keeping with Portland's bike-friendly reputation, the hotel offers complimentary bikes for guest's enjoyment. It is also located on the Willamette Greenway Trail. River's Edge Hotel and Spa recommends day hikes, walking tours, wine tours, and explorations of Hoyt Arboretum, Latourell Falls, and Ecola State Park to Indian Beach.
Green Awards Include:
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 - Hotels In Portland
TripAdvisor Green Leaders Silver Level 2014
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver Certification:
Energy Star Partner
Recycle at Work Award
Program Ally of Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc.
River's Edge Hotel & Spa was also recognized among hotels in Portland for improving the building's energy efficiency through a CFL retrofit and participated in a pilot project to change out all showerheads from 2.5 gpm to 2.0 gpm.
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November 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance
In 1984, The Heathman Hotel was the first luxury, art dedicated, boutique hotel to open in Portland. The Heathman has an outstanding collection that features a well-balanced and beautiful mix of historic, modern and contemporary art. Personally curated by Elizabeth Leach, from the Pearl District distinct gallery of the same name, the Heathman’s Fine Art Suite exhibits the most influential and stunning art in the collection. These works include a phenomenal light installation by Portland born Hap Tivey, a sensational abstract relief painting by local artists Joe Thurston and two unique pieces by internationally renowned artist and film maker Gus Van Sant. Your support, as a portion of your room revenue will be donated, assists the multitude of non-profit organizations across the city of Portland.
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May 28, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson
Portland, Oregon used to be known for being a sleepy little Pacific Northwest hamlet. About ten years ago, it quietly transformed into a yuppie/hipster nirvana, complete with coffee houses, organic restaurants, a quirky sensibility, and a stable of cool celebrities such as filmmaker Gus van Sant, Simpsons' creator Matt Groening, and indie rocker Carrie Brownstein. Then, the Independent Film Channel (IFC) showed up with Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen and Brownstein in tow. Thus was Portlandia launched. The sketch comedy show turned out to be a big hit for the cable channel, and tourism climbed. The city obliged with such ventures as walking and bike tours of notable spots featured in the show.
So, if the siren call of the hipster-doofus show has you booking plane tickets on your smart phone as you twirl your handlebar mustache whilst sipping a craft cocktail, here's some suggestions as to where to stay:
Don't even think about capitalizing the first word in the hotel's name. Just don't. So uncool. This boutique LEED Silver-certified hotel perches in the heart of the city center at the top of one of Portland most beloved landmarks, the stately Meier & Frank Building. Fine dining on site promises gourmet cuisine entwined with indigenous flavors," and toiletries are from the eco and animal friendly Bee-Kind line. Nightly rates for a mid-June stay currently start at around $253.
Hotel Monaco Portland
This being a Kimpton hotel, there's the company-standard wine happy hour from 5-6pm every day. Complimentary yoga mats are provided in each of the 221 guestrooms so you can get your zen on, along with complimentary bicycles to ensure that exploring the city doesn't mean expanding your carbon footprint. Pets are welcome, but those with allergies will be glad to know that there's an hypoallergenic, pet-free hotel floor featuring special air filters, allergen-free cleaning methods, and gluten-free honor bar selections. Nightly rates for a mid-June stay currently start at around $295.
Fitness fans can join Heathman General Manager Chris Erickson on an early morning run. Those preferring less-sweaty pursuits will appreaciate the downtown hotel world-class contemporary art collection and a unique cataloged guest lending library of 4,000 plus titles, each signed by the author who enjoyed a stay in the hotel. The Heathman Hotel is adjacent to the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and just steps away from the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society Museum, Nordstrom's, Powell's Books, Pioneer Place, and the fashionable Pearl District. There are 150 guestrooms, and nightly rates for a mid-June stay currently start at around $215.
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August 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.
Question: We would like to stay at the Hotel Monaco Portland and our family is 2 adults and 1 13 year old child. What room type would be able to accommodate all 3 of us?
Answer: The Monaco King Suite can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child, and there would be no extra person charges. This room option has a king bed in the bedroom area and a pullout sofabed in the living room area. The bedroom and living room are separated by French doors. To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the 'Best Available Rate - Monaco King Suite 550 Sq Ft Mini Bar' room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to add 'traveling with a 13 year old child' to the Special Requests field so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.
Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
By: Oksana Balytsky
March 12, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
I don't get to the Pacific Northwest as much as I should like. The quiet beauty of the temperate forests and mountain climes is as underappreciated as it is unbelievable. And the Sunriver Resort happens to be placed smack dab in the middle of all of this awesome (in the literal sense of the word) natural architecture. Sun sits right in the name of this resort, and for good reason. When dusk hits, and the light begins to diffuse across the countryside, you'll swear you've been transport to another world. The mute oranges and pinks drape themselves over the rolling hills and distant mountains like a blanket ushering in the nighttime.
You can enjoy the resplendent natural beauty of the outdoors by undertaking any of a number of activities made special by the backdrop alone. Three championship golf courses, tennis, fly-fishing, biking: It's all available to you, and that's not even to mention the outdoor pools and rafting down the Deschutes River. If, for you, the idea of luxury is being able to melt back into the landscape where we all came from while not sacrificing the wonders of the modern world, then Sunriver Resort is the place you should be taking a vacation. And if you're looking for some chillier activities for the winter months, Sunriver Resort was ranked one of the Top 50 Ski Resorts in America by Conde Nast Traveler, so it's natural wonders are equally breathtaking in all weather. I might just find myself getting up on their own and taking me there soon.
November 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Looking to get inspired for your next getaway? The savvy editors at Fodor's have just released their first-ever list of the world's best hotels. After careful deliberation, the team of Fodor's editors and writers curated the "Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards 2011" spanning eight hotel categories. Here's a sampling of some of our favorites that made the cut.
October 10, 2011
By: Christopher Roney
Sometimes hotel news is awesome. HotelChatter reports that a guest of the Hotel Monaco Portland wrote to jokingly request a “a bed full of puppies” and “a bathtub full of Reese’s Pieces” two weeks before his stay. On top of this, he wished to be treated like a man “just acquitted of quintuple homicide charges.” Two weeks later he had completely forgotten, but arrived to discover a bowl of reese’s pieces atop his dresser and a hand-written note congratulating him for exonerating himself. The Kimpton concierge wrote, "there weren't any spare puppies, but this kitten looked lonely and needed some love. We've been calling him "Whiskers," and even threw in a $10 coupon for the minibar.
In my mind, this is what customer service should be. There’s so much effort put into standardizing across brands so people are comfortable and know what to expect, but it’s the unique experiences that really create a memorable trip. We would never go to a McDonald’s or a Subway for a gourmet meal and it’s just so with the hotel world. I’d rather have an experience tailored specifically to me than even the most luxurious industry standards. If a hotel’s staff is having fun, the guests will be, too. So next time you book your stay at the Hotel Monaco Portland, or anywhere else, try cracking a few jokes, and who knows? You might just be rewarded for it.