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!
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- 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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