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The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection

119 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101-5002
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What you can expect during your stay
  • 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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Updated 07/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 23 hotels in Portland
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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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Property amenities
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
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Happy hour
Special diet menus
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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McGee_7 wrote a review Apr 15
Washington, DC56 contributions45 helpful votes
We had an extended stay in the Press Hotel in August 2020. It's a lovely, clean, very modern, well-located hotel, with some very pretty views. The service was at times extremely helpful and accommodating but just as often only correct or reluctant to help and just outright snooty. Still, overall, we really enjoyed our stay. But our experience was marred by the lack of bill transparency and seemingly questionable business character/practices. When we checked in, we were not told that breakfast was complimentary due to our Marriott status--I only found out when I directly asked them later. We never received bills for delivery of breakfast or any meal to our room--we didn't even know there was a delivery charge or mandatory tip until I saw the bill at checkout. That was partly resolved. The kicker was that five days after checkout the hotel charged my credit card an additional few thousand dollars. They concocted some new charge per night that contravened the confirmation emails I received from the hotel manager and Marriott. I emailed politely many times over a couple weeks requesting they address it, and received curt replies when I did get a response. It was eventually fully resolved, but I was made to feel like they were doing me a favor by fixing a significant overcharge. They never apologized. I'm a Marriott ambassador and never had an experience like this. I subsequently stayed elsewhere when visiting Portland.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from AJ Walsh, Guest Services / Front Office at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 5 days ago
Greetings McGee_7, We appreciate your kind remarks in regards to our cleanliness, views and location! Thank you for taking the time to provide some constructive feedback from your August 2020 stay with us. I am very sorry to hear that there were some communication opportunities during the course of your trip. Candidly, back in August 2020 we were still trying to strike the right balance between providing great service, limiting touch points and ensuring guests felt as comfortable as possible during the pandemic. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at ajwalsh@thepresshotel.com to discuss the billing portion of the trip so we can better understand what occurred and ensure it is an isolated experience. For our loyal Ambassador members, we do offer an excellent breakfast for two in our UNION restaurant each morning of your stay or additional Marriott Bonvoy points. We sincerely apologize about your experience and would love another opportunity in hosting your travels to Portland! Warm regards, AJ "Not everyone gets a second chance. If you do get one, take advantage of it because it’s a gift, and it may be something better than you had before!" -Nishan Panwar
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MenemshaSunset wrote a review Apr 15
Boston, Massachusetts21 contributions6 helpful votes
We recently had the pleasure of staying at the Press Hotel in Portland. AJ and the team made us feel right at home. After complaining that I hadn’t slept well the night before we arrived due to snoring husband, AJ made sure we had just the right quiet room with double beds. Between the room choice and the comfort of the beds I had two incredible night’s sleep-not an easy thing for this poor sleeper. As if this weren’t enough, the location is perfect for access to shopping and walking distance to many of the best restaurants in town and on the waterfront. Can’t imagine a better choice when staying in Portland-lucky we landed there.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Gordon Greenberg wrote a review Jan 2021
Skowhegan, Maine3 contributions
Enjoyed a suite at the Press in December with the confidence that they have always run a tight ship and we'd be safe in terms of Covid. Cleanliness was clearly a priority - distancing and masking were in effect in the common spaces, and we were able to enjoy take-out from their restaurant Union in our room. All-in-all another great stay. A growing edge for the property to consider is the quality of the mattresses in suites. For the money being spent per night, perhaps a latex mattress is worth considering in deluxe rooms? The bed we got felt concave and not terribly comfy. Really this is a small complaint - the evening was great.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from AJ Walsh, Guest Services / Front Office at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded Jan 6, 2021
Greetings O7699HZgordong, We appreciate your high remarks in regards to our cleanliness, we work hard to ensure this is our top priority during these times. Thank you for the feedback on the suite and the comfort of the bed. If you didn't mind reaching out to me at ajwalsh@thepresshotel.com to let me know the room, I'll ensure this is addressed right away. We appreciate our Mainers and hope to welcome you back again soon! Sincerely, AJ ajwalsh@thepresshotel.com
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Elise S wrote a review Dec 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We stayed one night in December, and it was wonderful experience. The decor is so beautiful, and everyone we interacted with, including the valet , the front desk, and room service was so nice and very helpful. Very good food from the Union restaurant on site was a treat. I would highly recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from AJ Walsh, Guest Services / Front Office at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded Jan 6, 2021
Hi elisesU9125NC! Thank you for the glowing review. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Stay healthy and safe in 2021! Be well, AJ
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meboats wrote a review Dec 2020
Greenville, Maine28 contributions9 helpful votes
We’ve looked to stay here many times but always went back to the tried-and-true places. We missed out on this for a long time! Firstly, the people that work here are all fantastic. Extremely kind and welcoming. Your car valet ran out to our car to retrieve a cell phone that we forgot...great service above and beyond the call for sure. The rooms are spotless clean, great beds. We requested an upper level floor and extra pillows; both were received! This will be our spot that we come back to in Portland. Great job!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from AJ Walsh, Guest Services / Front Office at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded Jan 6, 2021
Hi meboats! Thank you so much for giving us a chance for the first time. We appreciate the kind words on our team members as we want all guests coming to the property to feel like long lost friends. We hope to welcome you back again in 2021. Be well, AJ Walsh ajwalsh@thepresshotel.com
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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 (0.2 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.
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.
Does The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.