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Excellent Inn with a Great Host
My husband and I were in Portland for interviews because we were trying to relocate to Maine. We stayed in the Back Cove room and it was very clean, quiet and luxuriously decorated without being froufrou. The blanket was so great that I asked where to buy one. The Back Cove room is up two flights of stairs, so think of that when you pack :)
The inn is in a residential neighborhood and in good (warmer) weather, you could walk to the Old Port area but driving was easy and just a few minutes and there are plenty of parking garages downtown.
David was so friendly and very helpful. We told him of an apartment complex we were going to visit to check out to live and he suggested another complex which was right on the mark for what we were looking for. We never would've found it without his tip and we are now moving there next TUESDAY because my husband got the job.
Breakfast was hard boiled eggs, bagels, muffins, toast, yogurt, fruit, many cereals and wonderful baked goods. The muffins were scrumptious.
I would recommend this inn to anyone who enjoys a quiet stay in a beautiful inn with an excellent breakfast and wonderful host. And the free parking is a major plus.
We've stayed at over 20 BnB's and this one rates right at the top.
My wife and I stayed here for a few days in October of 2006 and were very impressed with the establishment. We arrived mid week and were offered a no-charge upgrade to a nicer room by the gracious inn keeper. This level of service set the tone for our stay. The inn was impeccably clean, our room was large and nicely furnished and tastefully decorated. We were provided with great advice on local restaurants (had a memorable meal at Street & Co.) and shopping. A great location in a quite neighborhood yet easily walkable to most everything Portland has to offer.
One Caveat: I am confused as to why the inn only rates 2 1/2 stars on this site as it is easily nicer than many 4-star places I have stayed.
We will definitely stay here again the next time we are in town!
Warm and charming!
I recently went to visit my son, a 20 year old student at Maine College of Art in Portland. As I was going to fly up, I was looking for something within walking distance to his apartment and the studio building. In addition, I was going to be there for around 5 days, so I wanted comfort and a place where he and I could hang out to talk and relax.
I FOUND IT!
From the moment I walked in the door, I felt right at home. I think that I am probably a tough critic as I own and operate a small B&B myself, but I have to say the the Inn Keeper, David, was a gentle and accommodating person - he really made my stay great! He was unobtrusive, yet always willing to chat. We found that we had much in common. I loved his dog, Moby.
David is a great baker, and always put out a lovely breakfast. He made sure that there were plenty of treats available all day long as well. In fact, he packed things on a plate to take to my room for my son.
I ended up renting a car for one day. As I wasn't able to get anything with a GPS, David patiently gave me directions, and they were always right on the money.
All in all I would highly recommend this B&B to all. I just hope he has rooms available next time I go!
Worth the trip and then some........
Fantastic Bed and Breakfast!! We stayed in the "back cove room" over New Years weekend and had a blast. The owner David really hit a homerun with the renovations of this building. We had a chance to see most of the rooms and they were all decorated beautifully. Great linens and pillows not to mention the marble in the bathroom. Loved the coconut and chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon. And after a night on the town. The brownies however were spectacular!! The only bad thing I can say about the place is that our bed was a little creaky when you rolled over at night. None the less, we enjoyed our stay and we will be back soon. Don't look anywhere else other than the Morrill Mansion.
A Beautiful Inn
My visit to Portland was to attend a seminar and I wanted to stay somewhere other than an ordinary chain hotel. I was fortunate to find Morrill Mansion. What a treat! The inn is beautiful and has been meticulously restored. I was able to see many of the rooms and would find it difficult to choose a favorite. It is obvious that great care was taken in choosing the fabrics and furnishings for each one. The room I stayed in was just wonderful. Super comfy bed with a roomy bathroom. No detail was overlooked. The room was on the second floor which also has a lovely sitting room.
David, the innkeeper, was very welcoming. He was also very good at helping me find my way around the area. I am hoping to return to Portland when I can spend more time, and when I do I will be sure to stay at Morrill Mansion.
What a wonderful place to stay in Portland. The owner Dave has taken great care in restoring this property back to it's original glory. The rooms are very comfortable, quiet and well appointed. Dave has a great feel for the area and will surely point you in the direction of one of the many fine resturaunts (ie Caiola's... great crab cakes) in the west end or the old port. If your looking for a place to get a feel for Portland you will not be disappointed in the Morrill Mansion.
A really fine place for a fun stay
An excellent Bed and Breakfast. Newly renovated with care and attention to detail. We stayed in the Morrill Suite on the second floor- it was beautiful and comfortable- plush 4-post bed, sitting room and bathroom with jacuzzi. The Innkeeper could not be more helpful with recommendationss for dinner and day trips. And, to add to all this, the breakfasts are delicious- creme fresh with raspberries, homemade fresh chocolate custard along with fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, eggs, toast, bagels etc. Also, there is none of the forced conversation and social contact that I have sometimes felt at B&B's- you can sit by yourself at breakfast and the Innkeeper leaves you to yourself unless you need him. A really fun, nice place to stay.
An excellent new B&B
This well-renovated mansion opened as a B&B in the summer of 2006 and we stayed there about six weeks later. We took the second floor suite ($189), which was beautifully done up, a queen size bed with an adjacent sitting room with a fold-out couch. The innkeeper was gracious and welcoming, and the breakfast was full of fresh fruits and breads. The only drawback is that the property is about a 10 or 15 minute walk from downtown, in a rather ordinary neighborhood, though very convenient to the hospital across the street. Recommended.
I agree with the previous review to the letter: i'm a little leery of the inn experience, but the Morrill Mansion completely won me over -- very private and congenial, wonderfully elegant rooms, touches of luxury everywhere, maximum comfort packed into a small space -- gorgeous towels and bed linens, complimentary water and even chocolates! The Inn is within perfect walking distance of the Arts District, and a lovely 20-minute stroll to the Old Port area. Dave was very amiable and helpful with tips on Portland and other parts of our itinerary. And breakfast was delicious! Very highly recommended.
Excellent, NEW B&B in Portland, Maine
We just returned from a 3 night stay at the Morrill Mansion in Portland, Maine. The property just opened in August and it is truly a fantastic place.
I typically do not stay at B&B's (I don't find them to be private enough and don't like sitting with other people at breakfast!!), but the lack of quality hotels in the downtown Portland area led me to the Morrill Mansion, which is perfect. Beds were extremely comfortable, the entire place is IMMACULATE, the owner, Dave, is great (he made fantastic restaurant recommendations - 555 Congress Street and Caiola's), and he offers a lovely continental breakfast, with homemade treats. All the rooms have private baths and AC, and there is a refrigerator in the room with complementary bottled water. This was a great touch - Portland has some great wine and cheese shops and it was nice to be able to keep it in your room for a pre dinner drink and snack. There were irons & DVD players in each room as well, and plenty of free DVD's to use while you are there. The Inn also offers free high speed internet and free off street parking. It is a short walk to downtown.
The décor was also lovely, fresh, and new. No chintz that I could see!!! I peeked into a few of the rooms and each appeared to be decorated a little differently. Ours had great accents, like a couch, a satin and chenille throw, and cool mirrors and lamps. Bathrooms had all the requisite amenities as well (shampoo, conditioners, and full size hair dryers). Dave has thought of everything, including huge umbrellas for those rainy days!!
I usually stay at a Ritz or Four Seasons (or similar) type hotel when I travel and I was quite pleased with the Morrill Mansion. And it's reasonable price sure beats paying $300+ for a 3 start hotel in downtown Portland. Every guest that I encountered shared our view of the Inn and can't wait to return. I would recommend the Morrill Mansion to anyone who is looking for a great place to stay in Portland!!!