4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,270 reviews)
The basic hotel amenities were comfortable. Room layout was good, memory foam beds are fine although not for everyone. Could use additional blankets on the beds/in rooms. The lamp in our room was broken. It was surprisingly quiet for a hotel stuck between a freeway and a mall.
We were completely put off by the cultural appropriation on full display. The hotel's "rustic" theme depends on tired displays of Native culture from the European colonizer point of view. Carvings, inappropriate naming of meeting rooms, the totem pole, the statue of a chief. Not to mention a completely problematic canvas by European painter Henk Pander, supposedly showing some romantic notion of "sharing" between Native women/children and a colonial family although you can't really tell what's going on. Our restaurant server wasn't able to explain it. What tribes were involved with the placing of Native imagery in the hotel? Why do western artists get named but no attribution to any tribal artists? No mention of any local tribes that were involved with the Native artificats and themes on display. Where's the land acknowledgement?
Heathman Lodge and Co need to get with the times and seriously reflect and reconsider their use of Native imagery. The tired, racist, colonialist view on the "history of the west" has to end.
Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021