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A Review of the Residence Inn Downtown/Waterfront Hotel, Portland Maine

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A Review of the Residence Inn Downtown/Waterfront Hotel, Portland Maine Residence Inn

The Bottom Line

The Residence Inn Downtown/Waterfront Hotel is an all-suite hotel located in the historic downtown/Old Port district of Portland, Maine. The new hotel (built in 2009) is a good choice for business travelers looking for hotel rooms with kitchens (stove, fridge, microwave), a nice downtown location near lots of excellent restaurants and bars, and good amenities like free breakfasts, grocery shopping services, an indoor pool, and a nice fitness room. The hotel also features a comfortable lobby area for relaxing, and a good business center area with office supplies, computers, and printers.

Pros

  • All-suite hotel, rooms with kitchens
  • Newly built (2009)
  • Convenient Old Port location, near restaurants, bars and businesses
  • Amenities for long-term guests, grocery shopping, breakfast, happy hours
  • Nice business center, pool, fitness room

Cons

  • Parking is extra
  • Mattress a bit soft

Description

  • Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Waterfront 145 Fore Street Portland, Maine 04101 USA Phone: 1-207-761-1660
  • 5 floors 179 suites
  • 2 meeting rooms, 1,235 sq ft of total meeting space
  • Off-site parking, fee: 12 USD daily
  • Wired/Wireless Internet
  • Kitchen (Conventional oven/Dishwasher/Microwave /Fridge/Stove/Silverware/toaster/etc.)
  • Free HBO
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • Buffet breakfast and evening receptions
  • In-room coffee and tea

Guide Review - A Review of the Residence Inn Downtown/Waterfront Hotel, Portland Maine

The Residence Inn Downtown/Waterfront Hotel is an all-suite hotel located in the historic downtown/Old Port district of Portland, Maine. The new hotel (built in 2009) is a good choice for business travelers looking for hotel rooms with kitchens (stove, fridge, microwave), a nice downtown location near lots of excellent restaurants and bars, and good amenities like free breakfasts, grocery shopping services, an indoor pool, and a nice fitness room.

The hotel is located on the edge of the historic, downtown Old Port area. Front rooms have a view of the ferry terminal and Portland's working harbor. Areas in front of, and around, the hotel are undergoing construction, with another new hotel and restaurant going up nearby. A couple blocks over (easy walking distance) is the start of the main row of upscale shops and restaurants.

The kitchen, even in the studio (one room) suite, was very nice. It was sectioned off somewhat the from the main room by a circular design on the ceiling and floor. The small (but efficient) layout makes it possible to enjoy home-like cooking capabilities without feeling like you have a kitchen that clutters up the living room.

Rooms were nicely sized, with comfortable sitting and working areas. They have a stylish design, from the vibrant red wall behind the bed's headboard, to the granite counter tops in the kitchen area. My room had a nice reclining chair, as well as good sofa and large, flat-screen TV with free HBO and a wide range of channels that made it easy to relax after a day of work. The front desk also lends out DVD players, if you want to watch a movie that you rent or purchase.

My room also had a nice desk that faced the windows overlooking Portland's picturesque but working harbor. The desk offered free wired (and fast!) Internet, as well as wireless throughout the hotel.

Like many new hotels, the Residence Inn Portland seemed to be well thought out, and well-equipped for business travelers that end up in hotels for the majority of the week. The exercise room was well-stocked, and medium-sized, with multiple cardio machines. The pool area was clean and well-designed. Elevators ran fast, even with a full hotel. I rarely had to wait longer than 30 seconds for a car. There's also a small, 24-hour market at the front desk.

The clerk managing the front desk during my stay, Daniel, was extremely helpful, making recommendations for dinners, and helping address business needs and computer questions.

The hotel also has a nice shuttle service that not only can bring guests to other parts of the downtown, but pick them up as well. Self parking is available in the garage next door, for $12 per day. The only two items that really came up short on my list were the lack of an in-room safe, and a mattress that was slightly soft for my taste.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Residence Inn Portland Waterfront hotel. It's well-designed, comfortable enough for longer stays, and is close to Old Port's culinary and social action.

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