When I book hotels for our family vacations, I look at a variety of factors. Location, price, and amenities are definitely very important. But, if a hotel has a unique theme or background, that is something I consider. During one of our family vacations to Portland, Maine, we decided to stay at the Press Hotel Portland Maine.
Built on the original site of the Portland Press Herald, this boutique hotel takes advantage of its history. The 110 guest rooms are modeled after 1920s writer’s offices. The whole hotel is reminiscent of the old newspaper building – from the manual typewriters in the lobby to the decor in the guest rooms.
When we arrived at the hotel, it was a few minutes before check-in time. We were able to valet our car at the entrance, and headed to the front desk. Our room wasn’t ready because the hotel was busy, so we settled into the lobby to relax.
In contract with the cold winter weather outside, the lobby of the Press Hotel Portland is warm and inviting. In addition to several old-fashioned typewriters (available for guests to use), there are also couches. You’ll also find Inkwell bar, the lobby bar with coffee in the morning and cocktails in the afternoons and evenings.
Our room still wasn’t available until shortly after check out time. However, they offered us a complimentary breakfast at the farm to table Union restaurant, which is located in the hotel. We only waited a few extra minutes.
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Review of the Press Hotel Portland Maine
Location of the Press Hotel Portland Maine
The Press Hotel in Portland Maine is in a great location right in Portland. Located on the corner of Congress and Exchange Streets, this hotel is between Old Port Portland and the Arts District. Everything in these two areas is walkable from the hotel, so you can just leave your car parked and walk.
If you are flying into Portland Maine, the Portland International Jetport is a short drive away. You can also take the Amtrak Downeaster, which originates at Boston’s North Station. The hotel offers complimentary transportation from both the train station and the airport.
Portland is a very walkable city, so if you aren’t driving, you really won’t need a car. You could easily walk to most spots and take a rideshare or cab if your plans including anything outside of walking distance.
Rooms at the Press Hotel Portland
We absolutely loved our room at the Press Hotel Portland. The little touches reminiscent of the hotel’s history as a newspaper office, are so fun.
There are several different hotel rooms available. Options include:
- Superior rooms with one king bed or two double beds
- Deluxe rooms with one king bed or two double beds
- Executive king rooms
- One-bedroom suites
- A penthouse suite
During our stay, we booked the superior room with two double beds. It’s not a huge room but had enough space for our two-night stay. I would definitely book that room again for our family for our next stay.
Room amenities include a desk with a fun writer’s chair, complimentary coffee (served in the morning at Inkwell Bar), comfortable beds with Frette linens, turndown service, morning newspaper, bottled water, mini-fridge, Keurig coffee maker, hairdryer, safe, and Sangean mini stereo. You’ll also get complimentary WiFi.
Like the lobby, the room and hallways have lots of fun newspaper themed touches. These include the quotes all over the hallways and the quotes on the desk chair in the room.
Amenities at the Press Hotel Portland
As a city hotel, the Press Hotel isn’t a resort. However, there are lots of fun amenities that make it a great place to stay in Portland Maine.
The hotel offers a shuttle that can pick you up and drop you off at the Portland International Jetport and the Portland Transportation Center (which is a station for both trains and buses).
Valet parking is offered at the hotel for an additional fee. You’ll be able to access your car at any time. We did that and didn’t touch the car again until we were ready to leave Portland.
In season (Memorial Day through Columbus Day), bicycle rentals are offered through the hotel. These can be a great way to get some exercise and travel around the city. They come with helmets and water, so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Although the Press Hotel doesn’t have a spa onsite, they have worked with the nearby Akari Spa to create a customized list of treatments. These can be booked directly through the spa.
Although you are likely to get lots of exercise just walking throughout the city, the Press Hotel Portland does offer a fitness center. It is open 24 hours a day and includes two Pelotons.
I also recommend walking around the hotel to check out the artwork. On the lower level, there’s an art gallery featuring works from local Maine artists. There are also some great wall galleries featuring suitcases and typewriters.
Food at the Press Hotel Portland
Although we didn’t initially plan to have a meal at the Press Hotel, we received a complimentary breakfast. I’m so glad we did, because the restaurant is absolutely delicious.
The Union Portland is located in the hotel, right on Congress Street. It offers farm to table cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brunch is offered on the weekends, and light bites are offered between lunch and dinner.
We loved our breakfast, and there were so many options that it was difficult to choose what we wanted. I ended up getting the Red Flannel Hash and Poached Eggs, which was delicious. There are also lighter options, including a detox smoothie.
For dinner, you’ll find seafood, steak, and more. There’s also a kid’s menu, so you can be comfortable bringing your children. Entree items for kids include noodles, fish, chicken, and hot dogs.
In a city known for its restaurants, Union definitely holds its own. I’d recommend eating there, even if you aren’t staying at the Press Hotel.
In addition to the Union Restaurant, there’s the Inkwell Bar, located in the lobby. It offers coffee and pastries in the morning. In the afternoon, it’s transformed into a lobby bar with cocktails and light bites.
Menu items include things like pretzels, lobster rolls, and flatbread. Signature cocktails are also offered as well as beer and wine. A happy hour is held from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm from Monday through Friday.
Marriott Autograph Collection
The Press Hotel is one of the Autograph Collection hotels. Members of the Marriott Bonvoy club can earn points on their stay.
You can read more guest reviews of the Press Hotel Portland here.