Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks
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Historical Traveler Reviews Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks South Portland
We stayed here Veteran's Day weekend. I got a great holiday/family rate through Marriott...$119 per night which included the breakfast buffet for all of us both mornings, one in-room movie, and a large pizza with 4 drinks. The room was clean, the bedding fluffy and comfy, and the pool was warm (enough)...though we preferred the hot tub! The buffet was okay. We've had better at other Marriott properties but it was included so I'm not complaining. The hotel staff were very pleasant and accomodating. The front desk clerk thought my two oldest kids were cute so gave them each a voucher for a free stuffed animal in the gift shop. Also, they had complimentary chocolate chip cookies and hot apple cider out each night and a coffee service each morning. The hotel is conveniently located to the Maine Mall, downtown Portland, and both the Freeport and Kittery outlets. We would definately stay here again!
Stayed here for a weekend away in Maine. Thought the hotel including the furniture and bathroom was clean and well-maintained. The bed and bedding were elegant, soft and plushy-similar to the heavenly bed. Staff was gracious and welcoming and the breakfast buffet was great especially the omelette.
Needs An Extreme Makeover
It's time for this Marriott to get a face-lift. The decor is circa 1980. The Sunday newspaper was still in front of unoccupied rooms on Thursday. A gigantic wasp nest was outside my window. And the air conditioner dripped water like a sieve. It is a shame because this hotel has so much potential - golf course within walking distance, easy drive to the airport and shopping malls. Very easy access to all major highways and restaurants. A perfect location spoiled by disinterest on behalf of the management. Oh, did I forget the "business center"? One computer into which you must swipe a credit card to get Internet access and an inadequate printer. Mr. Marriott, you need to do an overhaul here and bring this hotel into the 21 century!
Great Room and Buffet Breakfast was Excellent
We stayed at this Marriott it was easy to find, in a very clean area of South Portland, Maine. The beds were so comfortable and very clean rooms. The buffet breakfast has everything you would want. From fresh fruit, yougurt, to specially cooked omelettes, make your own waffles with all the toppings.
There were two weddings the weekend we stayed here, so the breakfast lines were just a little long, but not bad, considering all the people they had to feed.
They served the most delicious cookies and fresh lemonade in the lobby everyday around 2:00 p.m.
Service was excellent from the housekeeping to the bar lounge and restaurants. I would highly recommend this hotel.
Pets Allowed - hmm
We were pleased that a Marriott allowed pets and we certainly don't mind paying a cleaning fee for the convenience. However we were not told when directly speaking with the hotel that we would be booked in a SMOKING room. YUCK!! One small hallway full of smoking rooms - even the dog ducked while walking down the hallway. They were accomodating with housekeeping bringing a bottle of air freshener but we all left with sore throats and smelling like we slept in a bar. They should have advised us that it was a Pet/Smoking Room.
I wish they had better customer service at the Marriott!!!
The Marriott Sable Oaks is just okay. The previous review regarding the lack of heat in the pool is Right On! The rooms certainly could be much cleaner. You do not get that Old Maine feeling from this hotel. It is located across a busy street from the Maine Mall. There is a general surly attitude from all of the staff, especially from the front desk. Look elsewhere. Marriott should work on training the staff in better customer service.
We arrived at the Marriott Portland Sable Oaks in the late afternoon. The parking lot was jammed and it looked like there was some event that was attracting lots of kids with their parents (some sort of sports tournament or something). We waited a short while in the check-in line and were given a king bed on the 4th floor. When we got off the elevator we heard quite a commotion in the hallway as several youth were talking excitedly about something. This did not bode well for a quiet evening. Later we went down to the bar for a beverage. Ordered the lobster salad which was priced reasonably, but disappointed that it featured what was clearly previously frozen lobster. Frankly you don't expect to get anything but fresh lobster in Maine! Anyway, the bartender wasn't particularly creative in his drink suggestions, but we hung out for a while before going out to dinner. We returned to the hotel around 9pm. After the door closed it was actually quiet and we heard only the faintest sounds from the hallway and the nearby airport. The room was small, but tidy. The bathroom fan sounded like a diesel engine idling, but the provided ammenities were perfectly acceptable. All things considered we were pleased with our stay. The little things this Marriott offers are nice. Apples at the front desk, cookies in the lobby in the evening. Swift check out despite what must have been a full house and an efficient solution to a mix-up on our frequent traveller # which was adeptly handled by the pleasant desk clerk. We'd definitely return again. For $99 a night it's hard to complain.
Early Check In was a God-send!
We thought this hotel was very nice. We flew in on the red eye from CA and we were exhausted. The hotel let us check in early!! A real life saver! Decor was nice and the room was clean and comfortable.
Spent a quick nite at the Sable Oaks Marriott. When they say it's right across from the Maine Mall they mean it -- have fun battling the traffic. The hotel itself is nice, as expected of any Marriott. The parking was disappointing - we had to park in an office building lot next door and hope we didn't get towed. Whether that's because of the snow banks, or just limited parking, I couldn't tell.
Pros: Great location, Near LL Bean, Modern hotel, Great in the summer, Marriott affiliation. Cons: The hotel advertises an indoor heated pool, but the indoor pool is so cold it cannot be used. The room was a little dirty. I found some things left from previous guests under the bed. The staff does not seem interested in solving these problems.