Portland Regency Hotel
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Jdye64 stayed here on Jan 24, 2014 during their trip titled: Jdye64's Great Adventure.
... a bus across America teaching people about permaculture and resiliency. They converted their bus to run on vegetable oil and used it as a tool to spread the word that communities can work together to be sustainable. As with everyone I've met in America so far, Lesley extended her hospitality and invited me to join her on a road trip tomorrow, she's going to show me Brunswick and some towns north of here on our way ...
It's well documented that communities pull together in times of need. I learnt about a great example of this when I was in Boston. Carol a timebank member told me about neighbors for neighbors. ( http://neighborsforneighbors.org/ ) An initiative set up by a Boston resident during a major snowfall. The website united people who were snowed into their houses or couldn't dig out their cars with people in their area who ...
Here is a collection of things I have learnt while in Portland. 1. The state bird of Maine is the Chickadee 2. A large number of Timebanks shut within 3 years of starting up. 3. Stephen and Louisa love The I.T Crowd 4. Whole Food stores are amazing 5. Nestlé have bought local water brand "Poland Springs" 6. The population of Portland is 55,000 and swells to 100,000 in summer 7. The Hour Exchange ...
Today I went out on Stephen and Louisa's boat. It was glorious, I wore my anchor vans and hoisted the main sail twice! The weather here is prone to change. As Louisa and Stephen said "if you don't like the weather wait a minute" Here are two pics of the same shot of the harbour, one with heavy fog and one clear ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Arrived at PWM airport where we met with 3 degree weather. The regency sent a nice black suburban shuttle to pick us up with a really friendly driver who was more than willing to talk and entertain us even though it was around 1am. He even took a detour to show us places we should go around the city. The hotel is a cool old armory that was really comfortable with a cool vibe
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Mixed Reviews are Right
My positive comments are that the location of this hotel is great for walking and the bathroom (2nd floor room), although not huge, was finished in a marble/granite and seemed new. The room however, was not great. When you look at the online photos it is similar to your first impression, but then you realize the furniture, bedding, and carpeting are all low grade. Not bad if you can get a corporate rate, but definitely not luxurious.
Don't Do It!
We can't say strongly enough not to waste your money here! Our first room had a "skylight" window which basically meant a dark room. That was almost fortunate because when they moved us to another room we could see how dilapidated they were. Peeling wallpaper and a stained ceiling with decor that reminded me of a low end Best Western. Also, the view from the window was of a parking lot with 2 large dumpsters and a parking garage. We found ourselves at the Hilton Garden Inn later that afternoon and promptly decided to stay there instead- beautiful, clean, well-appointed room with water view for less money! Fortunately, we did not even spend a night at the Portland Regency. Don't you either!
Portland Regency - nice hotel
We stayed at the Portland Regency for 3 nights the last week of July. The hotel room was well appointed and the spa was very nice. If you are looking for a downtown location, the Regency is the best. We had no noise complaints as expressed in previous posts.
Far from perfect.
This was a strange hotel. We did have a nice big double but it reeked, really reeked, of cigarette smoke....However, it was clean and pleasing to the eye. We had one strange experience with a housekeeping employee. There was a raucous knock on the door and this very loud housekeeper was at the door with an employee and she wanted to show him our room which had been remodeled...I feel like this was a genuine lapse in hotel etiquette; surely the employees should be invited...This woman was boisterous and we could hear her in the hall on and off during our stay....Not the paragon of a good hotel's integrity.
Rundown and Not Worth The Price!
We cut our stay short(1 terrible night) in this hotel because: no windows in room-only 1 skylight that opened up, noisy bar crowd across the street until 2 a.m., garbage trucks collecting at 3:30 a.m., room clock radio went off blaring at 4 a.m., toilet broken and wouldn't stop running, and lumpy old pillows. Got a corporate rate but then told no breakfast included as originally stated and the final straw: valet parked clean car overnight in outdoor lot and when brought back to us next morning IT WAS COVERED WITH BIRD DROPPINGS. HOTEL SAID THEY COULDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
We stayed here the last night of our honeymoon, and it was far less then perfect. We appreciated the complimentary room upgrade, but what we didn't appreciate was that the "better" room was windowless and across the street from a bar that had live music playing until very late. We might as well been there because we heard everything, which is impressive due to the lack of windows. Now about other impressions of the Regency. We generally thought this place lacked the charm mentioned in other posts. The location is key, but it lacks the characteristics that make a hotel seem special in a good way. The room was fairly dirty and felt drab of any style. Don't even get me started on the concierge. Do yourself and don't ask for dinner recommendations. It is fairly obvious he gets some type of kickback from the place(s) he strongly recommends, but don't buy into it. Horrible!!!! Definitely not worth the money or the time. Take my advice and stay somewhere else.
Portland Regency - Nice New Spa
Have stayed at the Portland Regency several times but my last visit 1/18/04 allowed me to enjoy the new spa and fitness center. It's size is proportionate to the size of the hotel and top notch in quality (also very quiet & private). Robes, slippers and amenities are provided in the locker rooms. The rooms are quaint and the beds are comfortable. I slept very well. Even though some newer hotels have popped up in the Old Port area of Portland, I will continue to stay at the Regency for its' charm and price.
This hotel, though overpriced, is still too comfor-table to say no to. It's old, elegant, and right in the heart of "Old Port", Portland's unique tourist shop-ping area. Everything is in within walking distance, the rooms are especially comfortable, and their lounge is low light ROMANTIC! Service is good; although, by necessity, your car must be parked and retrieved by a valet because their lot is a block away. Other than that, this is a SUPER place to stay!
Nice Romantic Hotel
We stayed here for one night recently. The building is a cool transformation of an old Armory. It felt like an older British hotel.
The staff was great, they set us up with a very good restaurant pick that matched our tastes well. The courtesy van driver and front desk staff were gracious and welcoming. The room as very nice with a 4 poster bed, marble bath, and all of the standard ammenities. We would definitely return on our next visit to Maine.
BEST AS BEST GETS
We absolutely love this hotel because it's posh and comforatble and right in the middle of "Old Port", where there are hundreds of unique shops along old brick streets that make you feel like you're walking through the 1840s. Hotel has a large and warmly lit bar that's so inviting and a real friendly staff. We never go to Maine without spending a couple of nights there. Well worth the extra money.
Stan and Judy