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“Nice Hotel, but a bit pricy--Quality in Some areas could be better!”

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Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Waterfront
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Portland
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Windham, New Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice Hotel, but a bit pricy--Quality in Some areas could be better!”
Reviewed September 16, 2011

We stayed here for two nights as part of our wedding anniversary celebration. It is a nice location, with many things in walking distance. We used the hotel parking ($12/night), which I was originally told was mandatory, but later found that to not be true. There is street parking available and it seemed to be generally a safe area.

We decided to take a smaller room with a view over a larger suite without a view. The view was nice (good, not great), and the room came with a nice sitting area and small kitchen area. The kitchen was furnished nicely for our needs, including a wine bottle opener. We enjoyed having a lobster dinner there, after getting it from Three Sons, just a few blocks away. We did not experience any noise problems, like some others reported, which may be attributed to being on the 4th floor and closer to the front of the hotel.

We had no problems with the house keeping, as some others have mentioned. They did want to clean the first day before we were ready to leave, but had no problem coming back an hour later. Everyone at the hotel was helpful, but I was surprised that they usually only had one person at the front desk, and no doorman or others to help with your bags.

So here are my complaints for this hotel: they did a nice job furnishing the room, but then put in cheaper bedding, and very uncomfortable towels. One thing I look forward to in a nice hotel, is a nice comfortable bed, with very soft and comfortable pillows and sheets. This bed seemed like they had put something on top of a standard bed to attempt to make it nicer. The pillows were just standard ones, and despite asking for additional ones, the four small ones they had barely covered the top of the king bed. Did I say the towels were very uncomfortable? Why don't they have nice plush towels in a $300/night hotel? The lobby itself also had kind of a cheap industrial feeling, rather than the warm feeling you get in most nice hotels.

We didn't try the free breakfast or other evening food offerings. That is because we had gone to Whole Foods and had some nice meals in our room. We tried at first to walk to the grocery store, which we were told was only a few blocks, but ended up driving when we found out it was more like a mile away.

Overall a nice place to stay, but when I pay $300/night, I just expect more!

Room Tip: Going for a room with a view, which ends up not being in the back, was a good choice. There are onl...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

We enjoyed staying at the Residence Inn on our recent trip to Maine. The large room was in perfect condition and the bed was very comfortable. It was great to have high speed internet included in the price of the room. The breakfast in the morning was enjoyable and convenient. The hotel is within walking distance of shops, galleries and restaurants. Parking is next door and cost $12/24 hours. The staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. We would definitely stay here again on a trip up North.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

We spent a couple of days in August as a family even our dog joined us. The Hotel was very accommodating and the 2 bedrooms suites were perfect for a family ample room for all. The access to the waterfront district was nice especially in the morning to walk your dog and or to take a ferry to the outer islands. The rooms were clean and modern and having a full kitchen was great. Must go to Micucci's grocers next door fabulous Italian delicacies, wines and freshly baked breads. Yummy. Duckfat restaurant and East End restaurant just around the corner as well. Parking was included with our room. Nice pool for relaxing and a good workout room. Good Breakfast was included but it gets busy. Overall two thumbs up.

Room Tip: Try to get a view of the harbor. Go to Micucci's fresh baked bread around the corner.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We loved staying here. We took advantage of the kitchens and cooked a little, and their free full breakfast in the morning is great. We went out for drinks and dinner (Duck Fat- really awesome place for paninis, beer, and wine) literally down the street. Our vehicle was parked directly next door ($12/24 hours). The hotel has a nice pool and workout room as well as laundry facilities (brand new). The water is directly across the street. We walked around town and there is so much to do without getting in the car. The staff knows what they are doing, are quick, and pleasant to speak with. Can't wait to stay again!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wolfeboro, NH
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We did a weekend escape to Portland, Maine last winter, we want to visit the Old Port area and not deal with the summer crowds. We stayed here for two nights the rooms were large and comfortable, we were on a upper floor that had a view of the bay. The morning sunrise over the bay was very nice. It was quiet but busy that weekend, as the breaskfast setting was crowded on both mornings. We walked to Old Port each day, about a 10 minute or so walk from the Inn.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brentwood, Tennessee
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We spent several days in Portland and found this hotel to be very convenient. It is located at the edge of the waterfront district, about 2 blocks from the water. There is no ocean view from the hotel.
The area is very safe and you can walk to all the waterfront shops and restaurants from the hotel. The hotel is very clean and well managed. The rooms are large and comfortable. The exercise room is well equiped and the laundry room is very clean.
An excellent hotel for family or business trips.

Room Tip: They have special parking for RVs and vehicles with trailors.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Fredericton, Canada
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

Residence Inns have a particular feel to them, but this one exemplifies how they should all be run.

An excellent welcome, with very convenient parking.

Spotlessly clean and well appointed rooms.

Good facilities and an excellent breakfast.

In a good location, just 5 minutes walk from the center of town and some excellent shopping and restaurants.

This is now our default for trips to the Central Maine Coast.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Waterfront
Address: 145 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4810
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Location: United States > Maine > Portland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#6 Family Hotel in Portland
#6 Business Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Waterfront 3*
Number of rooms: 179
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Portland, Maine's only all suite hotel is located in the heart of the historic Old Port district. The Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown/Waterfront is perfect for business trips, family vacations, relocation, corporate housing, and small meetings. Business travelers will find easy access to all organizations in Portland, Maine. The hotel is near major attractions that include the birthplace of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal, Merrill Auditorium, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Cumberland County Civic Center, and Portland Museum of Art. Whether you are in town for a Maine lobster roll and blueberry pie or to sample the premier cuisine of the city's award-winning chefs, all are just a stone's throw from our doorstep. Book now to stay with us and experience legendary Marriott service. ... more   less 
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