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Blind Tiger

163 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04102-3813
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#6 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Portland
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A historic piece of Portland's vibrant West End, our guest house is designed to make you feel like a true Portlander. Located in the heart of one of the country’s most happening cities, Blind Tiger offers an easygoing style and creative design in an intimate setting, for an experience that embodies the spirit of Portland.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Private check-in / check-out
Free internet
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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    2.5 stars
    Historic Hotel, Quaint
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Stayed at The Danforth two nights. Gavin, Brock, and Marissa were friendly and personable. The room was clean,spacious, cozy and the fireplace was a highlight. However, the breakfast was fresh the first day; but stale leftovers the 2nd day. On the 2nd day, they served us 2-day old, hard frittatas and stale, old hard pancakes that I couldn't even slice. The muffins and "overnight" oatmeal were also definitely from the previous day. The boiled eggs also tasted awful. So, there is room for improvement: half of staying at a bed and breakfast is the breakfast.
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Property's Favorite Review
Hosts are wonderful, informative, and friendly. Location is ideal if you like to park the car and forget it! It is located in a quiet neighborhood. We could easily walk to Old Port and to the Cross Arena from the inn. Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable. However, if you are short in stature, the bathroom sink may be a challenge. It is a counter height vanity upon which sits a lovely glass bowl which adds about another 5 or 6 inches to its height.The Danforth serves a light breakfast which is adequate to get your day started. (I'd recommend High Rollers for a lobster roll for lunch and Scales for dinner.) I have not stayed at Pomegranate, Lark's other hotel in Portland, but I would certainly stay at the Danforth again.
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Response from AbbeyHybl, Public Relations Manager at Blind Tiger
Responded Jul 23, 2019
It certainly sounds like you were able to make the most out of your recent trip to Portland and we're so glad that you had such a great stay with us! From our wonderful, informative staff to our great, walkable location to the light, small plates breakfast, it sounds like you had everything you needed to ensure for a great getaway (and what great suggestions for local dining options!). We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon!
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The Danforth Inn was very nice. Caroline was accommodating and breakfast was yummy. Everything was very clean. The quaintness of the Inn with the eclectic decor was refreshing. The location was within walking distance to many attractions. Recommended!
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Response from AbbeyHybl, Public Relations Manager at Blind Tiger
Responded Nov 3, 2019
So glad you had such a great stay with us in Portland–it's certainly a wonderful and cozy time of year to visit! From the tasty breakfast to the clean and quaint feel of the property, the eclectic decor and fabulous location (with so many of Portland's best eateries just steps away!), it sounds like you had everything you needed to ensure for a great getaway. We hope to welcome you back in the future!
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Positives Very nice location, around about 15 minutes from the old centre. Comfortable room and beds, all nicely finished. Very characterful building well decorated. Opportunities to Improve Parking area a bit messy with bins, and entrance at the side is unlit at night. Breakfast was appalling for hotels at this price - worse than chain hotels at half the price. Very little laid out, no menu, no tables made up. Minimal selection of cereals, no breads/toast, when asked for toast then found there weren’t any jams. Hot option was a frittata due in 20 minutes. All very haphazard and we went away feeling both disappointed and hungry. Based on this we could not recommend this hotel. Note previous reviews here and on booking.com say similar - management you need to pay attention to your reviews and do something about it!
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Response from AbbeyHybl, Public Relations Manager at Blind Tiger
Responded Oct 30, 2019
While we're glad that you found your room to be comfortable and we do hope you enjoy exploring Portland, we're sorry to hear that your stay left you feeling so disappointed. We understand that our breakfast is not the traditional approach one might expect and it may not be for everyone. Our untraditional small plates breakfast has become very popular across Lark Hotels' properties however, we do understand that it may not be for everyone and please know we have been listening to guest feedback.
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Superb beds, enough hot water for all, earnest & accommodating staff, easy walk to museums and downtown. After a few visits to the Danforth in prior years, we chose the inn once again. But oh, how the atmospherics have changed! Cozy downstairs seating areas replaced with tacky aquamarine colored velveteen sofas, the very last decor appropriate for a historic inn. The once comfy dining area tossed out, in favor of institutional seating, lack of wall decorations, a rather sad place to dine. We had anticipated our previous sumptuous breakfasts. Instead, we faced mornings of "overnight oatmeal" served cold, hard boiled eggs served cold, even rosemary toast served cold along with a frittata on hot plate served some days not on others, grateful for small cups of fresh fruit with a dollop of yogurt. Depending on the staff in the kitchen (some more facile than others), we had decaf or not, even when requesting it our first day. One morning we were informed the inn ran out of bread and oven not working (staff member had delicious bagels delivered to compensate). Fancy raw sugar cubes provided along side ersatz coffee creamers, some days afternoon snacks provided and other days not, trash near breakfast service not emptied regularly. We never stayed at an inn where we were dreading the breakfasts by the last day. Some days a full complement of towels provided, other days not. Most days used water glasses in our room not replaced with clean ones. Helpful staff member cleaned a grungy shower fan but is anyone watching the details? And that is the issue, it is the details where inns really shine. Room armoire had no key to open it and only one working shelf. Fake flowers throughout the inn, some looking worse for wear. There seemed to be a steady turnover of folks in the kitchen and the front desk and that discontinuity showed. We applaud changes to tired inns but one can execute updates without eroding the character of a place. If a guest never stayed at an inn, perhaps the Danforth might be a refreshing change to chain hotels. The unevenness of service and ill-suited Asian decor was a disappointment. Unfortunately, this will be our last visit here.
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Response from AbbeyHybl, Public Relations Manager at Blind Tiger
Responded Oct 27, 2019
We’re so sorry to hear that your most recent stay with us did not live up to your expectations based on past visits. While it’s true that the property has gained new ownership within the last year, the furnishings and design haven’t changed within the past 2-3 years. That being said, we can certainly understand that the feel and decor may not suit everyone’s taste. The breakfast service has indeed changed however and again, while it may not be for everyone, many guests enjoy the small plates offering, having the chance to try a little bit of everything. We understand that guests may be looking for a more substantial meal and for that, we’re more than happy to make suggestions for local dining options. While we’re disappointed that you felt as though they were missed, we certainly agree with you–part of a great stay is the smaller, fine details. The Danforth will be undergoing some changes in the coming months and we would love if you might give us another try following. We’re sure we can provide you with the kind of fabulous stay you’ve had at the property in the past.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blind Tiger
Which popular attractions are close to Blind Tiger?
Nearby attractions include Portland Museum of Art (0.3 miles), Victoria Mansion (0.2 miles), and One Longfellow Square (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Blind Tiger?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Blind Tiger?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Blind Tiger?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Blind Tiger?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blind Tiger?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Green Elephant, Becky's Diner, and BaoBao Dumpling House.
Is Blind Tiger located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Portland.
Are there any historical sites close to Blind Tiger?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wadsworth-Longfellow House (0.5 miles), Fort Gorges (2.3 miles), and Goddard Mansion (3.0 miles).