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“Perfect Location in the Old Port” 5 of 5 stars
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Hampton Inn Portland Downtown - Waterfront
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   209 Fore St, Portland, ME   |  
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Portland, Maine
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Perfect Location in the Old Port”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

Even though we live in Portland, we decided to celebrate our anniversary at Portland’s new downtown Hampton Inn. We couldn’t have chosen a better place for our mini-vacation. The staff at the hotel is efficient and friendly, especially Gail at the front desk. The morning of our stay I called and requested an early check-in. Gail called back in a short time. She wished us a happy anniversary and told us that our room was ready.

We stayed two nights in a King Studio Suite on the top floor with a view of the harbor. We walked to dinner that night and to lunch the next day. Walking around in the Old Port is one of our favorite things, but it was hard to leave that beautiful corner room with three big windows. While having coffee in bed, we watched seagulls, tugboats and ships. The wet bar and refrigerator in the living area made it convenient for happy hour before going out in the evening. We highly recommend this comfortable hotel with the perfect location in the Old Port.

Room Tip: Room on water side for harbor view, higher is better.
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  • Stayed February 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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newtomaine12, Manager at Hampton Inn Portland Downtown - Waterfront, responded to this review, March 13, 2012
Thank you for the kind words about our hotel and about Gail. She tries to be helpful to all and when her efforts are recognized we appreciate it. Glad you had a great Anniversary. Come see us again!
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  • Location
    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
    5 of 5 stars
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Paris/Boston
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67 reviews 67 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in February 2012. We are a family of 4, children ages 9 and 12. Our room was clean, new, and much larger than other hotels at which we have stayed in the past. We had a large window, and, even though we were on the 2nd floor, we could see the water. The pool was clean and large enough for play. The breakfast was varied, and while not gourmet (which one would not expect) it was good, and the gentleman in charge was charming and really seemed to care about his guests (and I use the term "guests" truly here. Often, hotels call their clients "guest" but really are just customers). Housekeeping was nice, we had a spill and it was not a problem to get extra towels and a replacement pillow was brought quickly. The gym, especially for this type of property, was great. Several treadmills, 2 elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, weights, balance balls and a water cooler. Free wi-fi and the fridge and microwave ensured that we did not have to go out for every meal or drink. I wish all hotels were this good. And the price could not be beat. Thanks to the Portland Hampton Waterfront for a great stay.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

I stayed at this hotel in January. This hotel is within a short walk to all of the attractions in the Old Port. The hotel is fairly new and clean and the staff was friendly. A small brewpub is located in the restaurant. The only drawback is that this hotel charges for parking and only offers valet, no self-park here. This apparently is due to some city ordinance related to parking. Other than that the hotel was enjoyable. I'd stay here again.

Room Tip: Although the hotel description says "waterfront", don't expect to have an ocean view...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ambridge, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

The Hotel choice for this trip was excellant. The room was clean and spacious, very comfotable. We used the pool, the breakfast was so good and convenient, your staff is friendly from the valet to the room attendants. we would definitely come back.

Room Tip: Adjoining rooms was great for added comfort, room with waterfront view very enjoyable.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

This review would likely have been five stars if we hadn't been treated brusquely by the front desk clerk. Over the course of the weekend it became clear that Portland was a little overwhelmed by the number of visitors it had on this February weekend, maybe due to the nice weather. The front desk person was more than a bit sharpish with me, and I didn't appreciate it, then stuck us in a room overlooking a parking lot. A bad first impression.

The rest of the stay was great, though! Every other staff person that I interacted with was charming, visitor-focused, and professional. The room was adequate sized and the king bed was comfortable. There was a mini-fridge in the room that came in handy for our champagne and a microwave we didn't use. We turned the TV on once, and it was fine, but we had some trouble when the remote stopped working - I had to unplug the TV to get it to go off. A small but cool addition was a clock radio alarm clock that had buttons for "Pop", "Country", "Jazz" and a couple other things - that was helpful. I hate trying to find radio stations in new cities, and I felt like a little music. Another helpful thing was that the bedside lamps were easy to reach and easy to turn on and off -- I am amazed at how hard some hotels make it to use these lamps!
The hotel had a pool, but it was filled with the childrens and so I didn't use it at all. It also had a fitness room, but I skipped that after walking six miles around charming (and some not-so-charming) Portland.
This hotel was also in a great location -- if you are visiting the Portland Waterfront district (the tourist/visiting section), you can't do much better than this. It is located on Fore Street, right at the end of the commercial/tourist area. You can easily walk to any of the shops, cafes, and restaurants. The area is safe, well-lighted, and welcoming.

Room Tip: Ask for a Harbor View -- the parking lot is not charming.
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  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston Area
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We took the train up from the Boston area and spent 1 night here on the recommendation of some friends. The hotel is new and immaculate, with a fancy feel that exceeds the rate level. (The indoor pool isn't huge, but it's beautifully done and plenty to keep our eight-year-olds splashing for hours.) The location is good -- right near the old section of the city with all its little lanes, shops, and restaurants. But best of all was the friendliness of the staff. Everyone we met seemed to go out of their way to make our stay a good one. We'll definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Roanoke, Virginia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Just stayed at the Old Port Hampton Inn. I have stayed in all four hotels in the Old Port and I have to say this was fantastic. Rooms are clean!!!!!!!!!! Large and the staff is great. Was going to take my car to dinner but they offered to take us in the courtesy car and it was wonderful, called to be picked up and they were there in a second. The staff went way out of their way for us and seemingly everyone else.
One more thing, the beds were extremely comfortable.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 209 Fore St, Portland, ME
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Location: United States > Maine > Portland
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#2 Family Hotel in Portland
#3 Business Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hampton Inn Portland Downtown - Waterfront 2.5*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hampton Inn® Portland/Downtown - Waterfront hotel is nestled in the city's Old Port District and offers breathtaking views of lovely Casco Bay and the historic waterfront. Stroll along the cobblestone streets as you explore the many boutiques, museums, galleries and bustling cafes. There's so much to see and do within walking distance of our Portland hotel! ... more   less 
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