Actually Surprised A review of Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks
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.