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“Good location, great value” 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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Waterville, New York
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good location, great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is probably the best value in the Portland Harbor area. Went to visit our son at college and was pleased by this very nice and new hotel, located within an easy walk to all the restaurants/shops etc. Rooms are large and well appointed. Staff is friendly and professional.
Valet parking is very reasonable, and quick.
Great free breakfast!
Pool is nice and is a decent size.
Connected to an adjoining Sebago brew pub restaurant/bar.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Pete W, General Manager at Hampton Inn Portland Downtown - Waterfront, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Thank you for the nice review of our hotel. I hope we have the opportunity to be of service the next time you visit your son and Portland!

Sincerely,

Pete Wagner
General Manager
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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
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Bangor, Maine
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21 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed here while at a fraternity/sorority function in Portland. The hotel, amenieites, the staff (especially the valet parking attendants in the driving SNOW!). There is no on-street parking, you have to use the valet service-$15/day as many "ins and outs" as you want. The room was well "outfitted", all sorts of goodies on the vanity in the bathroom, step-in shower, and profuse, thick towels. Great breakfast (cheese omelot, scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, hot oatmeal, cereals, breads, juices, and coffess), all included in the room rate. Great place, will be back when in the Portland.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Pete W, General Manager at Hampton Inn Portland Downtown - Waterfront, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Thanks for the kind words about your recent stay with us. Please come see us again soon.

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Pete Wagner
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Seattle
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4 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

My stay here was really great. The staff were efficient and attentive. Complementary breakfast was average quality but had lots of choices. Rooms were very clean and updated. Location is very convenient.

NOTE: I was very surprised by the $15.00 VALET PARKING FEE! There seemed to be no way to avoid it as street parking was metered. Nowhere in the confirmation was this fee disclosed. They have a HUGE parking lot and when I arrived I passed by the valet sign and parked the car myself. The valet met me at the car and said it was valet ONLY! Told me to back the car up and into the portico. No mention of the fee. No other option to self park.

I understand this in very large cities like Philadelphia, Boston and NY, but Portland, Maine?

This charge needs to be very clearly stated on their website prior to purchase and in their confirmation.

Not until I checked into it the following morning

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Pete W, General Manager at Hampton Inn Portland Downtown - Waterfront, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Thank you for the review of your recent stay with us. We are glad you did have a good stay.

I appreciate the comments you made on parking as well. We lease the lot we use so that guests of the hotel have a convenient place to park. There is street parking and other lots within walking distance to the hotel but obviously the lot next to the hotel is convenient. I will certainly review reservation sources to make sure the hotel information being provided is correct and complete.

Thank you again for your comments. Please come see us again.

Pete Wagner
General Manager
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Belfast, Maine
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Great location near waterfront day/night life; clean, quiet, and comfortable accommodations; professional and personable staff. Lounge is Sebago Brewing pub; great beer. Only complaint is being hostage to valet parking fee unless you want to chance parking on nearby streets. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Vineland, New Jersey
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We drove up right after the early Feb blizzard. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. The location was ideal. After parking the car (valet for an extra charge), we were able to walk everywhere -- to the waterfront and to the restaurants. Perfect, and just what we were looking for. We had a comfortable room on the 5th floor with a view of the harbor, allowing us to watch the ships come into the harbor in the early morning. The room had fantastic double darkening shades. The only negative in the room was a fan which operated all night long, but after I inserted ear plugs into my ears, I was able to sleep soundly. Also the shower water control was weird. You had to turn it around twice in order to start to control the hot and cold water flow. It did not follow the markings on the faucet. Breakfast was your usual chain hotel hot breakfast buffet. . .

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gaillac, Midi-Pyrenees, France
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

This hotel was a good location: walking distance to the waterfront. A very good pub at 5 mins walk: Ri Ra, an Irish pub that also serves food. Don't miss the quiz every Tuesday night - we won 3 T-shirts! Also, the excellent Sebago restaurant (quiz every Monday night) can be reached via an inside hotel door so you don't have to go out into the cold. Reception staff were very friendly and helpful - they thought nothing of printing off driving instructions for us even though we had a GPS in our hire car. Although we didn't like the daily valet parking charge (the parking site is privately-owned), the valets were really friendly and helpful - wiping off the snow from the windscreen etc. Our room was clean and quiet, fluffy towels changed daily. A good breakfast was included. Tip: if you're vegetarian, just ask the staff and they'll provide meat-free hot food.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amherst, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We were very happy with our stay at the Hampton Inn Portland Downtown. The room was extremely clean and comfortable. The staff was extremely pleasant and helpful especially considering we were there during the recent blizzard of Feb. 8,9, 2013. They didn't skip a beat and took a personal interest in the wedding we were there to attend. I would highly recommend them and looking forward to checking out Hampton Inns in the future.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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: 209 Fore St, Portland, ME
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Location: United States > Maine > Portland
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#3 Family Hotel in Portland
#4 Business Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hampton Inn Portland Downtown - Waterfront 2.5*
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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