Holiday Inn Portland By The Bay
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- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Portland By The Bay
We just recently returned from Portland & by far this was the best place we stayed. The view from or room was GREAT. We stayed on the 11th floor. The people at the front desk were very helpful with telling us what do go see and where to eat. I would stay there again any time.
We stayed at the Portland By the Bay hotel the week right before Christmas while visiting family in town. I was very pleased with the hotel overall. We had an executive type room with beautiful views out over the bay. It was wonderful seeing the sun come up in the morning and the lights of the harbour and town in the background at nighttime. The restaurant service was outstanding. the food was always hot and cooked just right. The staff went out of their way to be pleasant and were very friendly. We enjoyed having the pool for morning swims before we started our day. The gym was also nice to have. Our room was very comfortable. We had a king size bed with a double sofa bed that we pulled out and left out for our two boys to sleep in. It was out of the way, tucked in the corner of the room near the window, away from walking traffic, yet still leaving us ample room to move about our room. We had a tv and a desk and lots of room in the bathroom, dressers and closets for all our stuff. The hotel was very nicelly decorated and had a very elegant feel to it when in the lobby and restaurant. It was convenient to the L.L. Bean in town, although I would travel to the original site for a better selection. The room and service of the hotel was an outstanding quality, especially when I saw the amounts being charged further in town, that were not near as nice. Our family loaned us a car to use while we were there and the free parking garage was a nice amenity too. Other hotels in town charged $18/day to park in their own parking lot! It was nice to be able to park in the enclosed parking garage and take the elveator straight up to our room. I would definitely recommend this hotel and we plan on staying there again when we return.
Great location, poor hotel
The hotel is situated above the bay and enjoys good views of the port. Portland itself was a great experience and the hotel is within walking distance of the centre.
The hotel itself was rather dingy and in need of refurbishment. The staff were somewhat formal and did not go out of their way to be helpful.
Rather disapointing and we will not rush back
Beautiful lobby,great views
I was up in Maine in autumn and spent an extra night in Maine to avoid a long haul home.I enjoyed the views from the 9th floor overlooking the seaports.Excellent location for checking out the stores,waterfront.They had what seemed to be a GIGANTIC indoor swimming pool which put my muscles at ease after a long drive.The sauna was a pleasure as well.A tad pricey but the amenities made this hotel well worth it.
Great location, veiws, staff & comfortable rooms.
I had to drive up to Portland on a quick business trip and decided to bring my four year old daughter since Portland is such a wonderful, fun city (I lived ther for a while years ago). The Holiday Inn By The Bay is great. We were lucky enough to get a corner executive room on the top floor overlooking the bay, which was facinating. My daughter spent ages just looking out of the huge windows and watching the goings-on. She didn't turn on the Wiggles once (that was worth the cost of the room alone!!). Good resturant, helpful staff, big rooms, very clean and thoughtfully designed for a mid-range hotel. Absolutly the best full service hotel value in one of my favorite cities!
I stayed here after reading the reviews on this board.
What a great hotel. Recently renovated, spotlessly clean, large rooms and great views from our room. We really couldn't believe the value for money.
The hotel is an easy 3 block walk to the bay shops.
The parking is free, but we didn't move the car, as everything is a pleasant walk away.
We ate a great breakfast buffet ($8.95) at the on site restaurant but didn't try other meals.
We were really happy with thishotel, which is far superior to any Holiday Inn I have seen
great hotel with a great location, have stayed here several times and have always been pleased with the service, rooms and amenities. walking distance to downtown and old port area. would recommend to anyone coming to portland to visit. try and get any of the top four floors with bayview, its lovely.
One of the best Holiday Inns I have stayed at
We stayed in Portland for a week after spending a long weekend in Boston. The hotel was in excellent condition, no signs of wear and tear. The staff were all friendly, particularly those who worked in the restaurant over breakfast. Really gave you a welcome feeling.
Our room was on the 9th floor and overlooked the harbour. Yes, it is a working harbour and not the prettiest, but a great view with something always sailing in or out to watch.
I had wanted an executive suite, but they were all booked up. However the deluxe harbour view room was in excellent condition. The kingsize bed was extremely comfy, as was the big reclining armchair. No complaints whatsoever about this property.
The hotel has its own underground car park which was busy, but never presented a problem getting a space.
Location-wise, the hotel is only a short walk down to the old harbour area (although it is slightly up hill when you are returning in the evening!) and this means you can forgo the car and have a drink with your meal.
There are other hotels a little closer to the old harbour, but not so much closer that you would care. Overall, well located, well run, well maintained - I would return again.
While Holiday Inns are never the swankiest of hotels, this one was pretty darn nice! Our room had a nice view of the harbor and was within a couple of blocks of everything. I found it to be cheaper than most of the other hotels downtown. The staff was very cool and parking is free.
If you are a music lover, be sure to stop at the Old Port Tavern to hear live rock and alternative.
Good for business or family
If you have stayed at other Holiday Inns you will find this one just fine. I have stayed here a few times over the past several years. Although this high rise hotel is older, they continually upgrade the furnishings, carpet etc. The lobby and rooms are clean and equal or better than the average Holiday Inn. Rooms overlooking the bay will show a lot of roof tops and the working harbor but it's a great view if you are on a high floor. My 12 yr old son loved the internet access-- like paying for a movie -- about $8 for 24 hrs. The hotel is several blocks to the Old Port shopping area and Casco bay ferries. A few newer hotels closer to the Old Port are at least $50 more per night. All staff were very friendly and service was good.
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... a steamed bun with drizzled brown butter. Everything was so yummy, so fresh, so tempting, we vowed to return. And we did, for our last meal in Maine before boarding our plane home.
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