We live about two hours away from Portland, Maine, making it a great New England weekend getaway spot. This past week, we decided to head up to Portland to check out some of their delicious food and to go outlet shopping at the nearby outlet malls in Freeport.
In the past, we stayed at the Westin Portland Harborview hotel, but this year we wanted to try something in a slightly different location. There are so many wonderful places to stay in Portland, that it’s definitely worth visiting different hotels on every stay.
After researching hotels, I decided to book the Hyatt Place Portland Maine, which is located in the Old Port section of Portland. Although it’s a chain hotel, it feels like a small boutique hotel. It’s conveniently located in downtown Portland, and great for a Portland family vacation.
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Review of the Hyatt Place Portland Maine
The Location of the Hyatt Place Portland Maine
The best aspect of the Hyatt Place Portland Maine is the fantastic location. It’s located right in the Old Port section of town, one block from the waterfront and right near many popular shops and restaurants.
We were just one street away from Holy Donut, a Maine institution offering potato donuts, and within walking distance of the Arts District.
We didn’t need our car during our stay, except when we drove the 30 minutes to Freeport, Maine for more shopping. It was so nice to just be able to walk out the door of the hotel and immediately be downtown. If you choose not to bring a car, you can either fly into the Portland Airport or take the Amtrak Downeaster train from Boston.
Amenities at the Hyatt Place Portland Maine
Hyatt Places are typically known as business hotels, and the Hyatt Place Portland Maine is definitely a great spot for a business trip stay.
However, it also worked well as a family friendly hotel. Family-friendly amenities at the hotel include the following:
- Free Wi-Fi Internet access
- Complimentary morning Kitchen Skillet™ breakfast, which includes hot items (we had breakfast sandwiches, french toast, and bacon), as well as fresh fruit, cereals, oatmeal, coffee, and juices. The breakfast was busy, but never overly crowded, and they had plenty of seating
- A Grab ‘n Go case with bottled beverages, sandwiches, salads, and snacks for purchase
- A coffee bar serving coffee drinks, alcoholic beverages, and small plates
- A small indoor pool
- A 24-hour fitness center
- A small business center
- Valet parking (additional fee applies)
There’s also an attached lounge, called Glass, which offers small bites as well as beer, wine, and cocktails. We got a few glasses of wine there, and it was definitely a nice place for a drink.
For breakfast, I’d definitely recommend arriving early to avoid the crowds, especially when the hotel is busy. We ate there a few times, but also opted to get Holy Donut for breakfast several times. With complimentary breakfast buffets like this one, we typically will go for breakfast outside the hotel one or two times just to try the local breakfast cuisine.
The Rooms at the Hyatt Place Portland Maine
As a business hotel, most of the guest rooms at the Hyatt Place Portland Maine have one king bed. However, there are also nice-sized sofa beds that pull out into a bed. There are several room options – standard rooms, accessible rooms, high-floor rooms, view-rooms, and suites.
For an extra special stay, the Hyatt Place Portland Maine also offers balcony suites with beautiful views.
We had a high-floor room with a beautiful view of the Casco Bay port (see our view in the photo above). The room also had the following amenities:
- 42″ HDTV
- Sofa or sofa-sleeper
- Bathroom vanities with granite countertops and complimentary amenities (soap, shampoo, and conditioner).
- Complimentary Wi-Fi and remote printing
The room did accommodate the four of us, but it was a little on the small side when the sofa bed was pulled out. That’s fairly common for rooms with pull out sofas in the living area, however.
Since we weren’t spending much time in the room, it wasn’t a problem at all. You’ll probably find that you don’t spend much time in your hotel room when visiting Portland because there is so much to do.
We also found the pillows to be a little uncomfortable. If I stay at the hotel again, we’ll probably bring our own. That’s easier to do, however, if you are driving to your destination.
Before our stay, I did read some online reviews complaining of noise at the hotel, which is why we booked a high-floor room for our December visit. However, we didn’t hear any noise at all, not even from other rooms at the hotel.
If it’s a busy time in Portland, you may want to book a higher floor to avoid any outdoor noise during your stay.
The Hyatt Place Portland – Old Port Maine is pet friendly. A separate fee and a weight limit applies – contact the hotel directly for specific information.
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