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“Contemporary design, squeaky clean, close to old port area” 5 of 5 stars
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Residence Inn Portland Downtown / Waterfront Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   145 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101   |  
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Ranked #7 of 18 Hotels in Portland
Rockland, Maine
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Contemporary design, squeaky clean, close to old port area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We booked a suite to use as a base of operation to celebrate a friends birthday, visit the Portland Museum and to sample some of Portland's best restaurants. The hotel is ideally located for walking tours of the old port area, shopping and restaurant going. Micucci's is just around the corner for great Italian groceries and wines. Our suite was lovely - a living/dining/and kitchen area flanked by two bedrooms and two baths. The kitchen was full size with all the appliances one has at home and it was furnished with all the china, silver and cooking utensils one would need to prepare entire meals. The staff were lovely and accomodating (we needed an extra blanket) and we discovered that the hotel has a shuttle that takes guests to places of interest and restaurants that are a little too far away to walk to.
Bill dropped us off at Emilista's and picked us up several hours later to take us back to the hotel. This is a great value in a great area of Portland.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston, TX
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136 reviews 136 reviews
96 hotel reviews
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

This hotel has checked most every box. The mattresses are great. The wi fii is strong. The bar is fun. There is a nice fireplace that adds some ambiance to the lobby. The rooms are well appointed (although a little smaller than I anticipated.) There is a pretty extensive kitchenette. However, a family would be tight in the space. The fitness center has ample high end equipment.

Still, for north of $250 per night, I expected a little bit more. For example, there is no valet parking. This means, you drop your luggage off in the front and then drive a block to a garage and self park. You come back, you find a luggage cart and take your luggage to your room. Not a big deal, but kind of a pain. The breakfast area had no tables free so we either had to stand and eat our breakfast or carry it to our room. The breakfast choices were pretty much your standard: powered eggs, bagel, juice, etc. Nothing special. The location is fine. However, both Hilton properties are more centrally located.

For half the price, I would have loved this hotel. I just had a hard time paying high end prices and getting a normal Residence Inn. Because they are cheaper and have a slightly better location, I think I would have gone Hilton if I had to do it again. I just don't think this place really shows why it is worth the extra price. However, it is a great place to stay and there are many things to like about the property.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
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18 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

At $300+ a night it might have been just OK. The Portland Harbor Hotel where we like to stay was booked and cheaper. I really like luxurious boutique hotels so was surprised at how nice the room was. Not luxurius but clean and modern. The staff was great was excellent and that is always a plus. Pay the extra for a room with a view. It was so nice to watch the cruise ships and other vessels coming and going. On the edge of the old port not as convenient as the Portland Harbor or Regency but it was fine. The big negative was parking in the garage next door for an additional $12 a night.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sonoma, California
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed in the Residence Inn Waterfront twice in our recent trip to Maine since it is very convenient to the Portland airport. On the first leg of our trip, we had a room on the 5th floor overlooking the harbor. The room was beautiful and the view even better. We asked Barbara, the concierge, for dinner suggestions and she was wonderfully helpful, even letting us know that the hotel van could drop us off and pick us up. All of the staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. We highly recommend the hotel and will stay again. If your group is very rowdy, there are posted notices that there is a 10pm noise curfew and that the hotel will evict particulary noisy guests. I don't know what caused the notice but it is posted in the lobby and elevators.

We did not particularly like the breakfast buffet but noticed that many people were enjoying it so it may be our tastebuds. The hotel is within walking distance to the Old Port with it's shops and restaurants and we did not have any worries about being there after dark as has been noted in a few reviews.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington
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56 hotel reviews
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213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is very clean, quiet, and nice Residence Inn we have become used to stay at when we travel. The location is a bit far from downtown shops and restaurants to walk, especially after dark, not heavily travelled. However it is a very short drive, and street parking becomes free after 6:00 pm.

We enjoyed the hot breakfast, very good variety. One down side is that the parking is across the street in a separate garage. Why didn't they build a parking structure below the hotels? A lot of the Courtyard or Residence Inn we've stayed at had that. Parking is $12 per night, typical for waterfront or downtown locations. Allow extra time if you have luggage to unload/load, pull up to the small semi circle before parking your car.

First hote I've seen with a quiet hours posted. Must be a NE thing, because the second night, a Fairfield Inn also had a posted quiet hours sign.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The Residence Inn is the perfect hotel to stay in while exploring Portland and other parts of Maine. The location is excellent, it is within walking distance to everything in Portland. My wife and I stayed here on a weekend trip to Maine and we loved it so much, the continental breakfast was great and the rooms are very large and spacious. The hotel was very clean and the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about Portland. We will definitely be returning to Portland and staying at this hotel again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Maine
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

My husband and I have stayed at this hotel before. When we go to Portland for dinner, we prefer to stay over. I have rated this hotel before and I think it's the best. However, after reading many of these reviews, I thought that maybe I was not getting good value. So I checked around.

Parking: It was the least amount of money for any hotel that I found in the city. Although the parking garage is right next door, I was told that they do not own it. The regular rate is $31. per day. The hotel charges $12. and picks up the difference. It's convenient, dry, and safe ( at least I think so).

Room Charge: Again, I checked the other hotels in the city. The room charge was less than 4 other hotels and $5. higher than one. I guess if you stay in downtown Portland, the rooms are on the high side. But this hotel is a bit more realistic than some of the others.

In addition, I continue to find the hot breakast as very good as well as the complimentary afternoon buffet. I have never been disappointed with the service and we love the fact that they have a van to bring you to restaraurants and pick you up. The van drivers can tell you anything about the city.

I would certainly recommend this hotel.

All and all, we think that this hotel is the best in Portland.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 145 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101
Location: United States > Maine > Portland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Portland
#6 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#6 Family Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Portland Downtown / Waterfront Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 179
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Portland, Maine's only all suite hotel is located in the heart of the historic Old Port district. The Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown/Waterfront is perfect for business trips, family vacations, relocation, corporate housing, and small meetings. Business travelers will find easy access to all organizations in Portland, Maine. The hotel is near major attractions that include the birthplace of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal, Merrill Auditorium, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Cumberland County Civic Center, and Portland Museum of Art. Whether you are in town for a Maine lobster roll and blueberry pie or to sample the premier cuisine of the city's award-winning chefs, all are just a stone's throw from our doorstep. Book now to stay with us and experience legendary Marriott service. ... more   less 
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