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The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection

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119 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101-5002
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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The Press Hotel captures the indefinable essence of Portland, Maine, providing an approachable unique and utterly memorable full-service boutique experience that is truly Beyond Words. Built in 1923 as the offices for the Portland Press Herald, our hotel takes inspiration from the writer's offices of that era: each of the hotel's exquisite 110 guest rooms and suites feature a vintage-styled journalist desk, wood floors with herringbone area rug, and the work of local artists and artisans. The historic building boasts oversized windows in every guestroom, providing natural light and fresh Maine air during your stay. Playful newsroom references abound, including thought-provoking quotes and occasional one-liners in the most unexpected places. The hotel also hosts two utterly unique spots for food and drink. The restaurant UNION is Portland's newest farm-to-table (and sea-to-table) hotspot, with creative takes on recognizable "Americana" favorites from coast to coast. Inkwell Bar echoes the energy and intellect of its former occupants, with serving hand-crafted vintage cocktails, Portland microbrews and small plates in our lobby space (the former City Room of the Press Herald.) The hotel also features four meeting and event spaces ranging in size from 300 to 1,170 square feet, conjuring images of the spirited editorial meetings that once took place in this historic building, At the base of a dramatic open staircase that descends from the lobby, these spaces resemble private residential libraries and are ideal for executive retreats, small business meetings, board meetings, weddings and social functions. A unique Art Gallery featuring works by local artists is a perfect location for a reception event.
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Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Free airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
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Breakfast available
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Special diet menus
Free shuttle or taxi services
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Concierge
Newspaper
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Allergy-free room
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Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
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Iron
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Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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CJuliet wrote a review Nov 2021
Washington DC, District of Columbia1 contribution
Great stay with my family. Requested connecting rooms and had them on the 7th floor was a plus with great views. Staff was friendly, efficient and professional. Shuttle was a plus and provided transportation on a rainy night. Walking distance to 88 donuts, the corner room, high roller, crispy Gai, hunt alpine, timber and the grill room. Awesome location for exploring.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 2 days ago
Hello Safari57491080183, We appreciate the glowing review! Thank you for taking the time to detail your experience and all of the great restaurants that are in our neighborhood. We hope to welcome you back again very soon! Sincerely, AJ “Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.” –Kahlil Gibran
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Gretta H wrote a review Nov 2021
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I recently had a small wedding (17 people) at The Press Hotel and was beyond impressed. First off, the pictures of the hotel online do not do the hotel justice. It's more glamorous and beautiful in person. It's extremely clean with large rooms and bathrooms. The hotel is also perfectly located in downtown portland which made it amazing for after wedding festivities and also beautiful city shots! It is across the street from city hall as well which is a stunning place for some wedding pictures. Above all was the level of professionalism from the team at the Press Hotel. They were extremely detail-oriented, patient, and easy to work with. We were able to marry on the rooftop of the hotel, cocktail hour in the art gallery, and had the reception in the Library. The rooftop is amazing and overlooks the entire city and has views of the water. The Art Gallery was BEAUTIFUL. It was perfectly lit and the bar they set up was adorable. They also suggested we can do a seafood bar (Oysters, shrimp etc etc) and it was outstanding. Alll fresh from local vendors~love it!! On to the dinner in the dinner in library... It was beyond beautiful and they dressed up the room with little candles on the bookcases, had a kings table, and surround sound! We were also able to adjust the lighting in the Library which made for the perfect mood. The dinner itself was also spectacular, service- next level. All in all, it was an amazing wedding and that's because of how much the team at the Press cares about detail. The last thing I'll say is the hotel has a great place to eat at for breakfast (Union) and in the morning the place feels alive with newspapers to read in the lobby and a breakfast area when you can pick up a scone and a coffee if you prefer to take breakfast on the go! What a great spot, can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from AJ Walsh, Guest Services / Front Office at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 2 days ago
CONGRATULATIONS 11grettah! To an amazing couple, wishing you a lifetime of joy and happiness! Thank you so much for taking the time to review your wedding weekend and providing such a beautiful photo. We'll be sure to share and celebrate with all team members involved. Please do not hesitate to reach out directly the next time your travels bring you back to Portland! Have an amazing holiday and best wishes in 2022. Warmest regards, AJ “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao-Tzu
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E2207 wrote a review Nov 2021
Portland, Maine38 contributions17 helpful votes
Lovely hotel with professional and accommodating staff. The room (superior king) was clean and the bathroom was nice, but the room was very very small. Fortunately we were out and about a lot, as this was not a room to lounge in. We’ve stayed before in a larger room and it was fine, we wouldn’t stay in the superior king again. Otherwise, a good experience overall.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from AJ Walsh, Guest Services / Front Office at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 2 days ago
Greetings E2207, We appreciate the kind remarks in regards to the property and our wonderful team. We sincerely apologize that you were placed into one of our more cozy superior king rooms. Please do not hesitate to reach out directly to our team, we would be delighted to add profile notes to your reservation to have you in the largest room when available. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! Warm regards, AJ “No matter how much experience you have, there’s always something new you can learn and room for improvement.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
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Relax17136902663 wrote a review Nov 2021
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first, let me say the staff was excellent - everyone from the valets to the front desk, and even including everyone at Union (the hotel restaurant - if there's a reason to stay here, it's because of them. my low rating is a reflection of the accomodations - room was small and cramped, as were the beds, there was a leaky window (rain came in), walls were thin so i could hear neighbor noise, there was not enough lighting (way too dark in the room even with all lights on), water pressure in the bathroom sink was horrible, and the hvac system didn't seem to work - no matter how low we turned the temperature down, it was too hot and humid (i noticed the AC compressor never turned on). all this for a higher price then staying at almost any of the portland hotels near the water.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from AJ Walsh, Guest Services / Front Office at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 3 weeks ago
Greetings Relax17136902663, Thank you for taking the time to compliment our valet, front desk and UNION restaurant teams. We are delighted the team provided excellent service during your time with us. I sincerely apologize on the experience with the layout of the room, we will ensure these items listed are addressed right away with our facilities team. I would love an opportunity to connect with you to discuss the experience further. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly via email: ajwalsh@thepresshotel.com or my direct extension 207-808-8705. We hope to welcome you back again in the future! Sincerely, AJ "There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you've been in the business." - Oscar De La Hoya
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nlgale wrote a review Nov 2021
Califon, New Jersey184 contributions75 helpful votes
My goodness,you will not find a better, more friendly staff than at this hotel. They cannot do enough for you. We stayed here on points and I wasn’t sure that we would be treated as well as paying customers. Quite the opposite. The hotel is right across from city hall and in a lovely location. Our room was clean and seemed brand new. Excellent housekeeping and lovely amenities. I would stay here again o our next visit.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from AJ Walsh, Guest Services / Front Office at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 4 weeks ago
You are too kind nlgale! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, highlighting our amazing team! We try to ensure all guests feel appreciated regardless of booking method. We are truly delighted to hear that we provided a "beyond words" experience. We look forward to welcoming back in the near future. Be well! AJ "Always have an attitude of gratitude." -Sterling K. Brown
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PRICE RANGE
$195 - $577 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Which popular attractions are close to The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Nearby attractions include Wadsworth-Longfellow House (0.3 miles), Commercial Street (0.3 miles), and Merrill Auditorium (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gorgeous Gelato, Portland, The Gelato Fiasco Old Port, and Standard Baking Co..
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Does The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection have airport transportation?
Yes, The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Portland.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.