Let me start off with a few facts about myself. I am cynical, like to critique, and rarely like to give full credit for doing what was promised. I bring this personal info up so those that are trying to decide where to stay in Portland know that I am serious when I say this is the only place you should consider. True, I have not stayed anywhere else, and therefore, I do not doubt there are many other quality places. But this B&B delivers!
Starting with our arrival, where after a 2+ hour drive we were met with a smile and welcoming voice of the owner, Buddy, who seemed more excited about our arrival then we were. He then proceeded to take all of our luggage up to the top floor to our room, which seems minor but it set the mood and left us with a very good feeling about the place.
Moving onto the rooms, they are at least exactly what I envision a room in a New England B&B should look like. While we only stayed in our room, we were able to have a peak in most of the others as we walked through the inn. Each room has a special feeling of comfort and coziness. Our room had a nice, comfortable bed...a little gas fireplace, big bathroom with bath, TV, and reading chair. It felt private, but was easily accessible. Usually when you stay at a hotel of sorts you intend to spend less time in your room for obvious reasons. But at this inn, part of the trip should be used to relax and enjoy your room.
Moving on to the other aspects of the place. Breakfast is part of the reservation. There is a nice little 'dining area' next to their living room, which has a fireplace, comfortable seating and reading materials. The breakfast is great, at the level of anything else you could get in town. The food is made by your host Buddy, who is always willing to customize a meal for you, tho I suggest going with his morning special. As great as the food was, the service was even better. We had the fortunate opportunity to have Cindy to greet us each morning and provide us with everything we need. She is incredibly kind and sweet. She knows the area well, and is always willing to help you with you plans (as is Buddy). Cindy and Buddy both truly seem to care about who you are and what you think, and they are sincere.
In terms of location, it is in a great spot within the west end of Portland. You can walk to several great bars, restaurants, and shops. Or, you can easily take a taxi to the Port or west end. I love where this inn is because it is close enough to everything, but far enough away to have privacy and relaxation.
It seems like most of the other reviews agree with me on how great this place is. But like in life, there are always a few people who take their high demands and unrealistic personal experiences and make comments off of that. While I have been bias and in favor of this B&B, as I started this review I remain someone who is not easily impressed. And I am trying to pass along info that I think would be helpful for someone who is trying to determine if this is the right place for them. Parking is not a problem, a barking dog is not a problem, and a sweet breakfast is not a problem. Problems only exist if you are 'one of those type of people'...and I think most of you know what I am talking about.
I highly recommend this place and cannot wait for a return visit in the spring!
Thank you Buddy and Cindy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Restored 1869 Victorian located in Portland's historic Western Promenade. A short walk to the Portland museum of art, Maine medical, the arts district, the waterfront with shops and fine restaurants. ... more less
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