Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington : One of our best hotel stays EVER!

Ok, straight up. Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington has got to be one of our best hotel stays EVER!!

We were invited by Visitvancouverusa.com and Heathman Lodge for a stay at their premise. Before our stay, we did a check online and found great things about the hotel (great environment, delectable food) and of course some funny comments such as “the fake ski lodge next to Westfield Mall”.

Well, as it turns out, this “ski lodge” definitely has more to offer and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here…


Entering Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington

Facade of Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington
Facade of Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington

 A quaint sitting area outside the lobby of Heathman Lodge
A quaint sitting area outside the lobby of Heathman Lodge

It was a cold day (about 5 degrees celsius) when we arrived at Heathman Lodge. But with its warm, “wooden” facade, we kinda felt right at home as we entered into its cozy lobby

 Lobby of Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington along with Christmas Decorations
Lobby of Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington along with Christmas Decorations

 A small gift shop named Trading Post
A small gift shop named Trading Post

 Another view of the lobby, reception and Hudson's Bar and Grill of Heathman Lodge
Another view of the lobby, reception and Hudson’s Bar and Grill of Heathman Lodge

There was a slight hiccup as we were checking in at the lobby. Apparently, we were placed on a different name by the tourism board (no fault of the hotel’s) and it took a while before the air cleared and we were checked in.

Special thanks to Marcie from Heathman, who was ever so patient, putting on that great smile all the way and also to Jacob from Visitvancouver for confirming our stay almost instantly, after calling him at his desk. We were slightly concerned as we came in at about 3pm not knowing if Jacob was still in and when we heard his friendly voice on the line, we knew that this would be solved in a quick time and it was! :)

 The team that received us at Heathman Lodge! Thanks you guys!
The team that received us at Heathman Lodge (Marcie in the centre)! Thanks you guys!


Deluxe Suite at Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington

We were told by our friends at the reception that we were on the 4th floor business level where amenities such as the daily reception (which we’ll talk a little more later) were…

 Level 4 with access to Hospitality Suite Reception
Level 4 with access to Hospitality Suite Reception

 Corridor of Heathman Lodge with birds chirping!
Corridor of Heathman Lodge with birds chirping!

As we walked along the corridor to our room, we were surprised to hear birds chirping! At first, we thought (or at least Tom thought) there was some birds on the loose at our level! But upon closer inspection, it was a recorded sound projected through one of the speakers. The reason we’re mentioning this is because the sound was light and sounded at intervals – very surreal sounding. It was as if we had really entered into the woody redwood forests! Even as we left our room each time, these sounds from the birds really perked us up. A great touch by the hotel!

So as we finally approached our room at 408, we were still not sure what was in for us (good move by the reception team to only mention the room number and let us be surprised by what the room has to offer). Words cant really describe why we’re ranking the room as one of our top hotel stays ever and so here’s the video tour…


Video Tour of Deluxe Suite at Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington

Did you see the fire place, the balcony, the space of the living room and of course the IN-ROOM JACUZZI!?!

Let’s check out what we saw as we explored the room before the “Oohs”, “Wows”, “Wahs” and “Bearbear, come see!” came a sounding…

 Ice chilled water, snacks and welcome note at the deluxe suite of Heathman Lodge
Ice chilled water, snacks and welcome note at the deluxe suite of Heathman Lodge

In-room coffee machine, oven and sound system which we used as we rounded up each evening
In-room coffee machine, oven and sound system which we used as we rounded up each evening

 Spacious living room, comfy sofa and fire place in Suite of Heathman Lodge
Spacious living room, comfy sofa, balcony and fire place in Suite of Heathman Lodge

 Closer look at the gas-operated fire place (so it's safe!) and balcony
Closer look at the gas-operated fire place (so it’s safe!) and balcony

 First view of the king-sized bed
First view of the king-sized bed

 Another view of the king-sized bed with tempur mattress
Another view of the king-sized bed with tempur mattress

At this juncture, we want to ask you (our readers), which picture of the bed was a better taken one? We shall not skew your opinions by telling you who took which. But the thing we really want to mention is that the hotel spared no expense on luxury in this room with a king-sized TEMPUR MATTRESS! Yes, it is the foam-memory mattress and when we slept on it, we thoroughly enjoyed every inch of support on our bodies! Even as we were lying and enjoying programmes on TV (which is another story to tell), we could feel our joints being supported, especially my elbows, the feeling was great! Makes me want to get a Tempur in our place, sponsors anyone? :p

As we entered the final part of our “exploration”, this was where the real “Oohs” were let out… an IN-ROOM JACUZZI!

 In-room jacuzzi in Suite of Heathman Lodge! Probably the most luxurious bathrooms we've ever been to!
In-room jacuzzi in Suite of Heathman Lodge! Probably the most luxurious bathrooms we’ve ever been to!

Yes, because of the in-room jacuzzi, the room has almost immediately been bumped up to the top few hotel stays ever. With the attached TV and mirrors around the jacuzzi, no matter which side you’re facing (one or 2 people), you can still watch TV and enjoy the jets of water massaging you as you relax – all in the comfort of your room!

Perfect for honeymooners and couples who prefer a little bit more privacy!

 Vintage wall paper with attached TV!
Vintage wall paper with attached TV!

 Wash basin and hair dryer
Wash basin and hair dryer


Facilities of Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington

As with all great hotels, there’s a gym which overlooks the pool area. A jacuzzi beside the pool as well. Yeah, we enjoyed our jacuzzi in the privacy of our room :)

 Gym at Heathman Lodge overlooking the indoor heated pool
Gym at Heathman Lodge overlooking the indoor heated pool

 Indoor heated pool Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington
Indoor heated pool Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington

There’s also a business centre where we printed out our tickets to the Winterhawks Ice Hockey Match on New Year’s Eve. It was the very first time we caught an ice hockey match and boy was it cool! (We’ll talk more about it in our subsequent posts).

Our Tickets to watch the Portland Winterhawks live in action at the Moda Center
Our Tickets to watch the Portland Winterhawks live in action at the Moda Center

PLUS! It’s walking distance to the Westfield Shopping Mall with over 150 stores here! Yes, Kate had a great time shopping here!

 Westfield Shopping Mall Vancouver Washington
Westfield Shopping Mall Vancouver Washington

As mentioned in many of our hotel staycation posts, we mentioned about afternoon cocktail receptions and Heathman Lodge offers its guests at level 4 entry to the Hospitality Suite (formerly a presidential suite) for breakfast and cocktail reception!

 Hospitality Suite at 442 for cocktail reception and breakfast at Heathman Lodge
Hospitality Suite at 442 for cocktail reception and breakfast at Heathman Lodge

There were beers, wines for you to choose from. Finger foods included tacos (with a warm tub of cheese!), salsa, nuts and healthy celery and carrots. Though we have seen more exquisite cocktail receptions, the fresh celery (with blue cheese – yes alot of cheeses during this trip!) and carrots were a refreshing change.

 Snacks at the cocktail reception of Heathman Lodge
Snacks at the cocktail reception of Heathman Lodge

 A good selection of wines and beers (both bottled and tapped)
A good selection of wines and beers (both bottled and tapped)

 IPA with nachos and vege
IPA with nachos and vege

You can enjoy this in the common area, watching TV and sipping up good times or go to the next room for a more private conversation…

 TV area during evening reception at hospitality suite of Heathman Lodge
TV area during evening reception at hospitality suite of Heathman Lodge

 A small lounge next door for a more private conversation
A small lounge next door for a more private conversation

Oh, we forgot to mention that when we first entered, the room had a fresh oven-baked cookie smell and there it was, the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies! We wanted to have more but we had a dinner at Red Lobsters which we were looking forward to that evening.

 Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!
Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!


Breakfast at Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington

Breakfast at Heathman Lodge was interesting with the self-made waffles.

 Freshly made waffles with maple syrup!
Freshly made waffles with maple syrup!

The key to making a good waffle is

1. Remember to spray the waffle spray next to the waffle machine. It helps to spread the heat a little more evenly and prevents sticking on the sides

2. Dont be greedy! If you put more than required, it will overflow and create a mess! (not that we did…) Just 3/4 cup full as the instruction says and you’re good to go!

 Our self-made waffles with freshly baked breakfast bar with coffee and banana
Our self-made waffles with freshly baked breakfast bar with coffee and banana

 Bagel with cream cheese and grape jam
Bagel with cream cheese and grape jam

 Breakfast spread at Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington
Breakfast spread at Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington

 Yoghurt, juice, milk, soy milk, parfait and fruits in the fridge
Yoghurt, juice, milk, soy milk, parfait and fruits in the fridge

The best part of our breakfast was actually meeting Audrey. She was a friendly staff in the Hospitality Suite who attended to all our needs (also reminding us to press the blue button – guests here will understand what we mean!)
We started a conversation with Audrey and she told us all the beautiful sights that Vancouver had to offer. Told us all about Beacon Rock and Multnomah Falls which we visited the next day. Thanks to her great service, we had an enjoyable and informative breakfast! Thanks Audrey!

Audrey who was friendly and helpful when we had our meals at the Hospitality Suite!
Audrey who was friendly and helpful when we had our meals at the Hospitality Suite!


Hudson’s Bar and Grill – Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington

If you’re staying at Heathman Lodge, you have got to visit Hudson’s Bar and Grill at its first level. Many people across town come here just for its food and after trying its brunch menu, we think you should too!

 Hudson's Bar and Grill - before dinner time. Yes it usually gets CROWDED!
Hudson’s Bar and Grill – before dinner time. Yes it usually gets CROWDED!

As it was the festive season, only the brunch menu was available. But nonetheless, we were thoroughly surprised by the standards of the meals that we were about to have…

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Dungeness Crab Cakes Benedict – 14 USD

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Smoked Salmon Skillet – 11 USD

In terms of value, these must have been the best egg benedicts ever! How can 2 HUGE pieces of Dungeness Crab Cakes together with 2 perfectly crafted egg benedicts only cost 14USD?! The crab cakes were fresh and had a light crisp on the outside of the crab cakes. We’ve had crab cakes before and were thoroughly disappointed but with this, it totally revived our confidence in crab cakes once again! In one mouth, you can taste the crisp on the edge of your tongues and when you go in for the bite, fresh crab meat (meat only, no shells) just fills your cavities! Yummy! Simply the best crab cakes ever!

For the salmon skillet, we were quite skeptical that it costs only 11USD, the salmon must be no where to be seen right? WRONG! The salmon came in HUGE CHUNKY PIECES and coupled with the sauce and sourdough bread? Mamamia! Remember to let the yolk ooze unto the sourdough bread and enjoy it with a huge piece of that fresh grilled salmon yah?

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Bloody Mary for 10 USD

As for the drinks, we went for the Bloody Mary which was recommended by many patrons. When we ordered, we did not know it was 10USD! For us, it was a little too expensive, but the taste was great. You could taste the fresh tomatoes, lime and celery mixed into it. Very different from the BMs that we drank before. Tasted healthy actually :)
But truth be told. For the price, we would have gone for the beers on tab instead.

Conclusion

After visiting Heathman Lodge, we cannot imagine a visit to Vancouver Washington without visiting this quaint hotel.
Whether its for the stay, for the service, for its great location (for Westfield and Columbia River side trips) or simply for great food and company, Heathman Lodge has got to be your choice of stay during your visit to Vancouver Washington!

Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington
Heathman Lodge Vancouver Washington

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