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Fireside Inn & Suites Portland
Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Portland
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Obviously this is a well built commercial hotel from the 60s or 70s but it is worn. The front desk staff is great. No issues with highway noise but the AC, ice machine, and soft drink machines make for a high background sound level. Prices for newer places downtown are out of reach for us and even this place seems high compared to what we usually pay for a good nights rest along and Interstate elsewhere so the rate here seems high for the facility but not compared to Portland downtown. The king bed room was spacious and comfortable.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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firesideinnportland, Front Office Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Portland, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2013

Thank you for your review of our hotel. We are glad you found your accommodations comfortable and appreciate the kind words about our staff. Prices do fluctuate depending on supply and demand, and September is still considered peak season in our industry. We hope you found value in our complimentary amenities such as breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi, business center, indoor pool and hot tub. Please come visit us again the next time you’re in Portland.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Very quiet hotel off the interstate, short drive into downtown Portland. Inviting lobby, fantastic and reasonably priced restaurant on-site, really firm beds for those who like firm mattresses, excellent water pressure in the shower, and the room came with a microwave and mini fridge. Continental breakfast was all carbs, no fresh fruit to be seen. Would stay there again. Maine's treat are whoopie pies - we were greeted with this wonderful treat upon check-in.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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firesideinnportland, Front Office Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Portland, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2013

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Fireside Inn and Suites Portland. We strive to sell peace and quiet, and it is noteworthy that we are able to do so in such close proximity to the highway. Please come back and visit us soon!

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This hotel is funny as it is an old / large style hotel that is trying to be modern while trying to maintain the old style charm. Rooms need to be redone, cleaning staff needs to figure out how to push a vacuum around, beds are only doubles and not queen size..but for all what is wrong is sure made up for in what is right. Restaurant is very good, the outdoor pool and pool area is great when the weather is nice and you want to feel like you are in a small resort. Again, old style hotel with a great character.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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firesideinnportland, Front Office Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Portland, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2013

Thank you for the compliments of our hotel property, restaurant, and our staff. We strive to provide excellent value and service at the Fireside Inn and Suites. Our outdoor courtyard area is beautiful in the spring and summer season. We hope to see you on your next trip to the area.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Front desk, repair rep & restaurant staff were EXCELLENT! I hope they get paid well. The property is disgusting. Owner needs to spend money on cleaning, upgrades, etc. Our first room television was a green screen, next TV was fuzzy, the building & rooms had strange odors.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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firesideinnportland, Front Office Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Portland, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2013

Thank you for giving us your feedback. We are constantly working on improvements to make our hotel the best in the area. We appreciate any feedback we can use to achieve that goal. Thank you for the compliments of our hotel staff. Our company only hires the friendliest faces and we are proud of them! We have several newly renovated suites with fireplaces and a hot tub. We are currently updating more rooms in our hotel, and will be adding fireplaces and flat screen TVs to more rooms! Next time you’re in the area we hope you will try us again and see the improvements.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Welcoming arrival for tour bus group, but the dinner arrangements on arrival night for group very lacking in quality and quantity with food running out towards the last in the line (i.e., lettuce but no tomatoes left in salad) and no facilitation,in light of some restrictive state laws, for those who wanted to have (at extra cost) wine with the dinner. As alcohol is such a profit for establishments, this doesn't make much sense.

The first breakfast in main dining room was also very lacking, food running out, no toaster for bagels, etc. Subsequent two breakfasts greatly enhanced and improved in a private spacious rooms, although some complaints of eggs being cold, although this was not my experience.

Large room but tiny bathroom, which may make it difficult for two women sharing a room, but serviceable, and most important very clean with plenty of towels.

Very few complimentary USA Today newspapers; believe that none left by Saturday.

The hotel is comfortable in terms of facilities and the housekeeping was excellent; overall very clean. It just needs some improvement in handling large groups better in terms of meals and organization (i.e, some dining room staff unaware whether group having breakfast in main dining room or separate room). Outside of a tour group setting, my rating would probably have been VERY GOOD.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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firesideinnportland, Front Office Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Portland, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing the details of your experience at the Fireside Inn and Suites in Portland. We are happy to have accommodated your group during your visit to the area. If you get the chance to stay with us again outside of the tour group setting we look forward to welcoming you back!

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We just recently got back from a trip to Maine with Bar Harbor being our ultimate goal. As we were planning out our trip, we decided to make reservations here for two nights before we made our way to BH. We arrived to a quaint hotel lobby and were given two whoopie pies upon check-in! (They were delicious!) Our room was a good size with two chairs and a fireplace. We had a slight view of the outdoor pool from our window, Bathrooms were nice, and bed was comfortable. They also give you a ton of pillows - which I loved! Hotel was nice and a great location: right off the highway, right across the street from a shopping center with a grocery store, Kohl's, etc., Denny's is down the street, and a gas station is right there as well. Not to mention it's only a few miles from downtown Portland - an easy commute! The hotel also had a restaurant connected to it - we went there for breakfast and were pleased. It was a great place to break up the drive/refuel/recharge before we started the next phase of our journey. Also: The hotel is two floors, but has elevators if you need them. We didn't manage to find them, but we had a room right next to a stairwell so it made things super easy to get things to and from the car.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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firesideinnportland, Front Office Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Portland, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us about your stay at the Fireside Inn and Suites. We are pleased to know you enjoyed all aspects of your stay here in the Portland area. Our company has over 30 properties in the Maine and New Hampshire area, including Bar Harbor. Hopefully you enjoyed your time up north just as much as you did here. All of our hotels strive to provide excellent customer service, value, and clean comfortable rooms. Please come back and stay with us again or visit one of our other Lafayette Hotel properties!

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

My husband and I stayed here on the last night of our vacation to coastal Maine - we had an early morning flight and wanted to be close to the airport. The location is only 2 exits away, about 2 miles, from the airport, so it is very convenient and easy to access the airport (the hotel is literally next to the onramp). We checked in about 10PM and did not take advantage of the pools or any other services, but we certainly enjoyed the whoopie pie given to us when we checked in! Our room was on the second floor, and we were a LONG way down a hall that had many bends and twists - we started laughing that it was some sort of haunted never-ending hall. There were fire escapes so that in the worst case, one could get out, but there was no easy way to get from the room to the lobby when there is no emergency. The room was clean and it was really pretty large. It did have a distinctly 80s feel, and I think it could have used a general revamp - things were a little dingy. Clean bathroom with decent supplies from Bath and Body Works. We had to rush to the airport in the morning, but stopped long enough to grab a hot tea and some to-go breakfast items, like muffins and a packaged oat bar. The muffins were not very good, all mushy. But, that is often the case in these types of settings, and I don't expect much. Overall, the hotel was a good experience and I would stay there again in a similar situation.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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firesideinnportland, Front Office Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Portland, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us about your stay at the Fireside Inn and Suites Portland. We are glad you had a pleasant experience and were able to take advantage of our location. Our hotel has 196 rooms, making us one of the largest properties in the Portland area. We have many different types of rooms available including suites, fireplace rooms, and courtyard rooms. You mentioned upgrades; currently we are adding more fireplaces and flat screen TVs to the rooms. We hope you will come back and have the opportunity to see the improvements and use our pools!

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Additional Information about Fireside Inn & Suites Portland

Address: 81 Riverside St, Portland, ME 04103-1045 (Formerly Holiday Inn Portland West)
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 ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Portland
Price Range: $84 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fireside Inn & Suites Portland 3*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer today’s features with yesterday’s charm. Just minutes from the Portland Jetport and situated directly off I-95 Exit 48, our travel-friendly location is easily accessible. With its comfortable rooms, courtyard views and hospitality, the Fireside Inn & Suites Portland is the ideal choice for you and your family while visiting the Greater Portland Area.While staying with us, we invite you to enjoy Zackery’s Fireside Restaurant for dinner and evening entertainment. Our menus appeal to a wide set of tastes and we are extremely proud of our Staff. Please browse them at your leisure. We serve breakfast, dinner and wonderful desserts! We also have a full bar in Zack’s Club Lounge and offer drink specials for Happy Hour. We are pretty creative with martinis too! Whether you are joining us for business or pleasure, we are waiting for you! While you are here, why not relax by our Lobby Fireplace. Enjoy our late afternoon complimentary fresh coffee right here! Stay with us and each guest will receive a FREE Isamax Snacks Wicked Whoopie Pie! The Whoopie Pie is Maine’s Official State Treat (officially becoming law on September 28, 2011)! ... more   less 
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