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The Elms
Ranked #1 of 1 Westbrook B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 2, 2007

Three main problems.

1. The B&B, whilst being an OK drive from Portland centre, is definitely not IN Portland and, more importantly, is on a main road and opposite a very large factory (think it's a paper mill, which is mentioned on the website and sounds quaint but is HUGE and very industrial!)

2. It feels like a hostel. There was no obvious or signed way in. We went through the first door which was into a utility area and then went round and found our own way. Guy sitting behind the desk goes 'are you Helen? There's an envelope for you on the table with your keys'. No showing round the communal areas. No showing up to the room. No offer of help with luggage, recommendations for dinner etc. The room itself was cavernous and spectacularly bare. Apart from the bed and desk in front of the window with a 1999 desk diary and one bedside table...nothing. No mention of breakfast and in fact, we scarpered in the morning. That said, it was very clean, and the combination of good curtains and blinds, and a rear outlook meant it was actually the darkest, quietest place we stayed in for the whole trip. Given we say that is all we look for in a B&B, I should probably stop now, but...

3. The main thing though, without wanting to get myself sued, is that this seems to be a gay B&B! We spent 4 weeks in New England and almost 50% of the places were run by gay couples so, before you bring down the lawsuit, that is absolutely, utterly irrelevant...what is relevant though is when somewhere has obviously been given that positioning in terms of the customers it wants to attact. It's like if somewhere was run by two major PC gamers, which would be fine, but what wouldn't be is if you turn up and there's a massive gamer convention going on, and games being played everywhere, and you're made to feel persona non grata because you're not a gamer. When we arrived there were bikes and pick ups in the parking lot, one featuring a 'LEATHR 1' license plate, and loads of men hanging around, we could see the communal area we were never shown through the window which was crammed with guys playing pool...it actually would have been kind of funny had this not been our wedding anniversary trip and therefore probably not the place I would have chosen for a romantic sojourn! I felt just as outnumbered/intimidated as if I'd unwittingly booked myself into a far right B&B run by a far right couple. I think it's only fair this is flagged up, sorry.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2006

Our son attends Maine College of Art in Portland, and last weekend was Family Weekend. We live in Brooklyn, NY and sprinkled all over our neighborhood are charming and intimate B&Bs. We wanted some of that for our trip to Maine.

So, we departed last Saturday morning at 5AM and drove with our 15 year old up to Boston where we picked up our eldest daughter and her boyfriend and then on up to Portland.

About 2 weeks before the trip, I tried to book a room at the local Holiday Inn, and fortunately there weren't any rooms left. The year before, we stayed at "the finest and oldest" hotel in town which really felt like a dump. Then I had an ah ha moment and Googled B&Bs in Portland. My LUCKY day!

We arrived at The Elms and were greeted by Scott at the front door. It was around a 10 minute drive from Downtown Portland. The ELms is located across from a paper mill, and upon our arrival, Scott gave us the short history of the building. When it was built, for whom, .........He was gracious and charming. We went up to explore our rooms and the rest of the house which was bursting with beautiful antiques, incredible rugs, beautiful bathrooms, etc.

We left to pick up our son and spent the day exploring an interesting art show on one of the local islands off the coast. That evening after dinner, we returned to the Elms, had a cup of tea, and chatted in the pool room with some other guests who had just arrived. The feeling of comfort and familiarity was really lovely. NO TVS!!!!! - YEAH!

The next morning, there was a great hot homemade breakfast and wonderful conversations around the diningroom table which seats around 20. It was all fantastic and the other guests were interesting and as much fun to chat with as the Inn Keepers, Scott and Matt.

I feel very comfortable in recommending this beautiful and eclectic setting if you're going to the Portland Maine area for a visit.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Elms

Address: 102 Cumberland St, Westbrook, ME 04092-3501
Location: United States > Maine > Westbrook
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Westbrook
Price Range: $79 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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