When I'm visiting Portland, and wish to stay "in-town" (as opposed to staying in South Portland at the numerous chain hotels near the mall),
I had previously stayed at the Eastland Park. When making arrangements
for New Years, I decided to take TripAdvisors' advice, and give the Portland Regency a try. Boy, and I glad I did!
First and foremost is its location - which truly can't be beat. In the
middle of Portland's Old Port area, close to many clubs, restaurants (DiMillo's is still by far my favorite) and great shopping on a bunch of streats within two blocks of the Hotel.
Second, while the building in which the Regency is located is an historic armory, the interior was gutted and redone when the building was converted. While this may have also "gutted" some of the old-world
charm, I am happy to sacrifice a little charm for modern amenities, etc.
The Regency has a real "classy" ambience about it, without being stuffy. The furniture, fixtures in the common areas are all great, clean, solid. The room was great - big windows, lots of room.
I did a little late-night boozing at the hotel bar (downstairs - I think it's called "The Armory"). Great atmosphere (sort of like being in a English manor study), fair prices, good top-shelf choices.
I had breakfast at the small lobby restaurant on New Year's Day. The decor is classy and a little formal (again without being stuffy). The
service was spectacular, and the food was great at a relatively reasonable price.
I stayed New Year's Eve and the next night. The rates were fair, and the overall service from the front desk, to the valet (nice touch anywhere in Portland - especially nice in the Old Port area), to the restaurant and bar staffs was unmatched. I would never consider staying anywhere else in Portland, especially considering that their non-holiday rates are comparable to other nice hotels (Sable Oaks Marriott, etc.). Portland is a great city to wander about, and the Old
Port is the place to do it. I would recommend the Regency to anyone and everyone!
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- Also Known As:
- Regency Portland
- Portland Regency Hotel & Spa Maine