Downtown Kirkland’s boutique hotel the Heathman has earned yet more honors, being name the 88th best hotel in the world and the No. 1 hotel in the Northwest by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
In January the Heathman was named the fifth best hotel in America by customers of the travel website TripAdvisor. Now in the most recent issue of Conde Nast Traveler, the Heathman was ranked as the 88th best hotel or resort on the planet, tied with properties in Bangkok (2) and Egypt.
The accolade, which included being ranked the No. 1 hotel in the Northwest, came in the magazine’s 25th annual Readers’ Choice survey, this year of 46,476 readers.
"It's the people of the hotel who make it happen. We strive to be the best of the best, so it's been a very exciting day," Troy Longwith, the Heathman's new general manager, said Tuesday. "Obviously it's very satisfying."
Longwith, formerly general manager of Tulalip Resort Casino, was named in September as the new Heathman GM, replacing Les Utley, who moved on in August to a job as general manager of a hotel in San Antonio.
"I knew this was going to be a special place and this is validation of the people here," he said of the Conde Nast news. "There are folks who have been here since day one, and they've earned this. I'm just honored to be here steering the ship to hopefully a higher rating next year."
The Conde Nast survey gave The Heathman an overall score of 94.5, based on scores on rooms (97.2), service (95.3), food (95.1), location (91.6), design (93.5) and activities (100).
The awards represent a strong rebound from the hotel’s recent two-month closure and redesign after catastrophic flood damage from a burst pipe in late May.
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