But what exactly happens in the Heathman in 50 Shades of Grey? What are our visitors reliving in their pouille fume-spackled rooms? Using Google Books to search for all 16 references to the Heathman within 50 Shades pages, we have found out.
"One is our Charlie Tango package," [Heathman general manager Chris] Erickson said. "If you've read the book, it's the Charlie Tango helicopter is what Christian names his helicopter, and it's $2,700 for a flight and a dinner for six right here at the hotel."
There's also a $40 package that includes a bottle of pouille fume wine, a vintage shared by the main characters in the first novel, and a keepsake grey tie.
"Holy crap!" is one of Anastasia Steele's catchphrases.
It goes on in this vein for a long while, but eventually they get around to the promised punishment.
So that's what people are doing at the Heathman. Spanking, and using words as towels. But this is not the only scene featuring the hotel. There's also a terrible hangover, a cautionary tale of what happens when you have too much pouille fume.
This would be an amazing hotel slogan, by the way. The Heathman—oh no, the vomiting.
Anastasia also gets a crucial revelation in a Heathman elevator; it's on a page Google Books won't show us, but the results are vivid.
It's a little bit like the elevator scene in Drive, but in Portland.
Finally, Christian Grey takes Anastasia Steele to a private dining room above the Heathman Restaurant & Bar, where they have oysters.
This is by far our favorite scene in 50 Shades of Grey. But the book's appeal—and the allure of Portland as a sex-tourism destination—is summed up earlier in the novel.
The Heathman is definitely okay with this. You want to run to the Heathman for sex? You can have it express delivered. Along with a complementary necktie.