I stayed here with my husband & daughter between 16th - 20th of June 2014. The 3 of us loved it. This was our first trip to Portland & I was really happy that we stayed here. Its different to any hotel we have ever stayed in. Food was good, beer & wine was excellent. Staff were really friendly & helpful. We stayed in room no:111 Broom & basket room, which nice & quiet even when there was a band playing the gym. Our room was located around the corner from the reception. My daughter was really happy with the blackboard & didn't care there was no TV. Room was nice & bright, king size bed was really comfortable & our daughter slept on a roll-away bed. The soaking pool was fabulous. The artwork all over the building was really beautiful. It was interesting to see that the school is 99years old.
We met various locals on our travels who all recommended the hotel & its amenities. The hotel is really popular with locals who use the soaking pool, movie theatre, eat lunch, dinner & drinks in one of the bars. As it popular, you may have to wait to get a table for dinner. I think it says a lot when the locals are really positive about the hotel place.
The only negative comment I would make is the public transport details getting to & from the hotel are not listed on the website, but should be! We used the bus service to get to & from Portland city centre. There is a bus stop, for bus route 73 directly outside & the 70 around the corner. I think we changed route to the number 15 in order to get to Downtown Portland. I think the cost of the ticket for an adult was roughly $2.50 which allows you to make transfers during a 2hr period.
Overall a really nice hotel. I would highly recommend it.