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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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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.

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#1 of 22 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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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
Parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Special diet menus
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
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Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
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Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Christy wrote a review Aug 6
New York City, New York11 contributions2 helpful votes
The rooms were clean but very small. Although staff was friendly, they were not very attentive. Breakfast was simply terrible, the food and service was just unforgivable. The second morning we skipped breakfast at the hotel. Fun decor, good stay but has some issues.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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lwade4900 wrote a review Aug 2
New York City, New York81 contributions46 helpful votes
I could only give three stars for two reasons: 1) there is a huge homeless encampment/protest right next-door at City Hall - this was surprising and unexpected and, although we Iive in New York City and are used to homeless people, this was more of a demonstration/social unrest, to the extent we had to watch out for needles while walking and make sure our car was locked in a secure garage. Other issue: I left my large, heavy Lulu lemon yoga mat in my room and have called the hotel 3 times to see if it was retrieved and have it mailed to me. Each time they take my number and say they will call me if it is found. I think it's strange that somebody took my yoga mat and nobody will call me back to discuss this - there's no was a huge yoga mat "disappeared" Otherwise this is a very nice hotel. They are taking COVID precautions.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from Ginny Petrovek, Other at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 5 days ago
Dear lwade4900, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback in regards to your stay with us. We appreciate you sharing your concerns about the activity across the way and are hopeful in receiving more assistance from the City of Portland to control this situation for our guests and associates alike. I have asked our team to do another search for your yoga mat. I do apologize that it has not been found on property but, will follow up before the end of the week if it has been located or not. We thank you for choosing The Press and hope to see you back at the hotel in the near future. Sincerely, Ginny "Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." -Walt Whitman
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VKRR77 wrote a review Jul 2020
Haddonfield, New Jersey17 contributions5 helpful votes
I really recommend this hotel - the location is amazing. The service was impeccable. They offer free bikes (just reserve as soon as you know you’re schedule. No return time so take your time!!) We got bikes and took the ferry to Peaks Island. Their happy hour at the bar was good ($5 Pinot Grigio and $1 per oyster). The room was a good size for 2 adults/2 kids.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Ginny Petrovek, Other at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Vinita K, Thank you for choosing The Press Hotel on your recent trip into Portland! We are thrilled to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and in Portland! Heading to Peaks with our complimentary bicycles is a perfect activity this time of year! Thank you for joining us for our "Off the Record" happy hour, too! We hope to see you back with us at The Press in the near future! Sincerely, Ginny "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop
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EJT1966 wrote a review Jul 2020
Cambridge, Massachusetts84 contributions15 helpful votes
We spent two nights at the Press Hotel and had a great time. It is very Covid safe and the staff is very friendly. The hotel is conveniently located within a nice stroll from the port and all the activity. The valet parking at $35 per day is a good deal.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Ginny Petrovek, Other at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 1 week ago
Dear EJT1966, Thank you for choosing The Press Hotel on your recent trip into Portland. We very much appreciate your feedback as we get back into the swing of the operation in our new environment! I hope you were able to take in all the wonderful activities here in Portland during your visit. We hope to see you again in the near future! Sincerely, Ginny "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." -Edgar Allan Poe
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Rtk wrote a review Jul 2020
Southampton, New York3 contributions
Press hotel is the perfect combination of great atmosphere and service and high quality food , room at good value for the total experience. The location is great. Tons of free bicycles to get around Friendly baristas at the free AM coffee bar AJ at the front desk was terrific with handling all our Questions, he made us feel like we were staying in an Inn with a few rooms. He was friendly, professional and very competent.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Ginny Petrovek, Other at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Rtktennis, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on our tripadvisor page! We truly appreciate the feedback and are pleased to see you enjoyed your stay. The bicycles are a great way to see the city; especially after a fresh cup of hot coffee! Thank you for your kind words in regards to our Guest Service Manager, Aj. We will be sure he receives and sees these positive comments; we are lucky to have a team member like him! Sincerely, Ginny "You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist." -Indira Gandhi
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PRICE RANGE
$195 - $577 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesMainePortland
NUMBER OF ROOMS
110
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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 Maine Foodie Tours (0.3 miles), Wadsworth-Longfellow House (0.2 miles), and Commercial Street (0.3 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 is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Conveniently located restaurants include Standard Baking Co., Gorgeous Gelato, Portland, and The Gelato Fiasco Old Port.
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.