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“Comfortable room in a great little city” 4 of 5 stars
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15 Pine Street, Portland, ME 04102   |  
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Ranked #11 of 12 Portland B&B and Inns
Tolland, Connecticut
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3 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable room in a great little city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

We stayed at the Percy Inn on an extended weekend visit to Portland -- Friday - Sunday. When we arrived we found, as did all others, no one to greet us but an envelope with our name on it lettling us know the rooms was ready and waiting for us. There was a sign on the dutch door directing us to call the Inn keeper as he ws away from the Inn to let him know we were there. I did speak to Dale and he welcomed us to the Inn and also told me that the Portland Museum of Art offiers free admission on Friday evenings. He then confirmed that the room was ready and the key was in the room and to go right on up.

Up we did go. To the 3rd floor to the Walt Whitman room. After getting over the shock of the stairs we walked into a very quaint room. Nicely furnished with a queen size bed, comfortable chair, a desk and dresser. There is also a sink and small refirgerator in the room that was stocked with soft drinks for our use. Right next to our room was a small pantry room that had tea, hot chocolate coffee (instant) and a spigot on the sink that had instant hot water. There was also an ice maker as well. The bathrom was more than sufficient. Nice size pedestal sink, full size tub and well working shower.

The breakfast was just as advertised and was all we needed. Continental breakfast consisting of berry pie of sort, fruit, hard boiled eggs (kept warm), assorted toast, muffins, bagels.

Other than the "Phanotm Innkeeper" the staff at the Inn were bvery pleasant and helpful and our stay was very enjoyable.

Porland is most definitely a walking city. Even though the Inn is located on the west side of the city, we never used our car the entire weekend. We walked every place we had to go.

Room Tip: Be aware since the building is a Row House with 3 floors there is no elevator. The stairs are narro...
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  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Pelham, MA
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

Carrie, who managed our time at this great little place, made our entire experience here a pleasant one. She was relaxed and fun to talk with, and pretty much knew the correct answer to every one of the many questions we had about Portland. She was generous with the Inn and a joy to have around...in some B&Bs we dread having the manager or owner close at hand, and this was definitely not the case here.

We knew we were getting the last available room, the Ralph Waldo Emerson room, which is off the downstairs kitchen. It's an add-on to the main building, and doesn't have near the historic atmosphere of some of the other rooms we saw while there, but turned out to be pleasant and homey in a way that we don't usually experience. Next time we are there, we plan to get one of the older historic rooms...if we book far enough in advance.

There was a nice large, clean, attractive private bath, a room heater very adequate even in the blustery cold weather we had, and all the amenities we required. I seldom recommend the beds when I travel, and like nearly every hotel bed, the bed was so-so...but we're used to very firm memory foam and thin pillows. I recommend bringing your own pillows...something we always do. That said, the bed wasn't unusual for an Inn.

I'd recommend this place to friends looking for a friendly stay in a great little city.

Room Tip: The Ralph Waldo Emerson room is an add-on to the Inn, and has a "Average Hotel" feel, as o...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We did a micro-vacation to Portland and stayed at the Percy Inn. They had rooms available at short notice and at a very good price. The location is very good, and just a short short walk to many fine restaurants and the harbor. Unusual for a New England B&B, the property is a brick row house. That means you have a lot of up and down stairs, so it is not really suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Our room was the Keats Room and it was fine and the bed was comfortable.

Breakfast was continental, but we had plenty of choices so we didn't miss the cooked breakfast that we would normally have.

Room Tip: Rooms are varying in size and you can view and select online. Be aware that the staircases are stee...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

If you're searching for an attentive, intimate B&B that feels like a stay at grandma's the Percy Inn is not suited for you, but for those who enjoy privacy, simple comforts and don't mind serving themselves the Percy is perfect! True, we never met the inn keeper, but we were not bothered by it. There was an envelope with our name waiting for us at the desk that provided everything we needed to direct us to our room and get settled in. The inn keeper was just a phone call away and when we needed the password to access the wireless network he cheerfully provided the answer on the first dial out. The mini fridge in the guest room was stocked with sodas, there were coffees and teas in the poets corner on the third floor as well as cereals, pound cake, yogurt, and a few other complimentary items available to guests 24 hours in the second floor pantry. We stayed in the Walt Whitman room. It was small but cozy. The bed was very comfortable. The reception on the TV was a little touch and go but we don't travel to watch TV. Major pluses are the historic building and matching decor, available parking and location. There are many quaint shops and restaurants literally just steps away. The staff was available and pleasant each morning and were fantastic at checkout. The only thing that made our visit just good and not great were the dutch style stairs, particularly the flight leading from the second to the third floor. They are very steep and going down them was a little dizzying. The railing was also loose and I can see how that is unnerving to guests, as we did slightly feel that way ourselves. We would certainly stay again if we return to Maine, but will probably book farther in advance to ensure we can grab a room on the first or second floors.

Room Tip: Stairs leading up to the 3rd floor are very steep, not for all travelers. Would reccomend rooms on t...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Albany, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

Confused by the lack-luster reviews.

The Inn itself is beautiful and charming, our room (the Ralph Waldo Emerson) was large, comfortable and reasonably priced.

Though we never met the Innkeeper (which didn't bother us - we went away so we could spend time with each other, not hang out with an innkeeper), we had the company of other Inn staff who gave us great restaurant suggestions and walking directions.

Breakfast was exactly as described on the website - a continental buffet. We were lucky enough to have warm triple berry pie that morning also - which was delicious. The room breakfast was served in was very cute.

We will be back.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

Hard to believe that the owner of this establishment was a travel writer. The room was off the breakfast area. Very dark - could not even a book. No water pressure in the shower, no soap provided. Never saw a person until it was check out time. Breakfast was so uninviting we walked across the street to a restaurant. We have stayed In B & B's across the country and have always had a hot breakfast. We spoke to another couple checking out just before us and they too said it was the worst place they had ever stayed in. Obviously, we will never return to the Percy Inn.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

It seems that the charm of B&Bs has been fading. Although we try to stay away from hotels when leisure traveling, the personal touch of the B&Bs we have found lately has been missing. That is true of the Percy Inn. We spent 2 weekdays there and the best we got from Dale, the innkeeper, was a personally signed form letter extending his welcome and regrets for being out on an errand upon our arrival.

The property is neat, clean, and in a quaint neighborhood. Amenities are what you would expect from an average B&B or a nice hotel. The small breakfast room was adequate, as was the fare.

It seems as if the innkeeper relies on the building to supply the charm which he must lack. For the price, we will look elsewhere on our next visit to Portland.

Room Tip: Steep, winding, narrow stairs make carrying bags to the 3rd floor tough. Stay low.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15 Pine Street, Portland, ME 04102
Location: United States > Maine > Portland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Portland
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
The Percy Hotel Portland
The Percy Inn Portland, Maine

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