What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Art everywhere, from a four-foot lighting sculpture to hand-painted guestroom walls
- Working fireplaces in five of the eight rooms
What To Know
- Queen Rooms are a petite 195 square feet
- The stately West End location is charming, but it's a mile to the city center
- Smoking and pets are not permitted
- Free WiFi
Within walking distance of Portland’s Arts District, the Pomegranate Inn has large common spaces that could serve as an eclectic gallery. A puzzle of oil paintings by local artists covers the walls from floor to ceiling. But the antique furnishings and enormous fireplaces keep the feel more home than museum. Add playful touches of animal print and wooden Chinese sculptures, and the finished product is chic enough to serve as the setting of an Anthropologie catalog. It’s all tucked into a 19th-century mansion on a tree-lined street in Portland’s distinctive West End.
Bed and Bath
In light of the artsy vibe downstairs, it’s no surprise that each of the eight guestrooms has its own character. The largest and brightest is Room 8, which has a separate sunroom and a gas fireplace for chilly New England nights. With a partially slanted wall on the third floor, Room 3 is the smallest, but its hand-painted walls and quirkily carved headboard give it a big personality. Martha Stewart chose the floral-themed Room 1 for her stay here. Bathrooms range from spacious to tiny and have Lather herbal amenities. The only surface that doesn’t have a pattern is the silky, white Harbor Linen sheets that cover every bed.
At the Pomegranate Inn, the breakfasts are as artistic as the decor. Tuck into the hearty currant and coconut-topped overnight oatmeal or opt for something lighter, such as a strawberry, lemon and basil salad with a side of walnut bread. After serving you, Henry and Erin, the hipster husband and wife who manage the hotel, will offer advice on exploring the city.
In the Area
A 10-minute stroll past the West End’s well-preserved Victorian architecture will deliver you to the Arts District, anchored by the Portland Museum of Art and the historic State Theatre at Congress Square. To see more of the city, grab a bike at Gorham Bike and Ski, or book a tour with the Maine Brew Bus and spend the afternoon sampling award-winning craft beers. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, check out Eventide Oyster Company, where you’ll find an array of fresh shellfish from the Gulf of Maine.
How to Get There
We had a lovely stay at this B and B a couple of weekends ago. We stayed in "room 1" which was painted like a matisse paiinting. It had a nice bathroom, and a separate sitting area. The downstairs areas were lovely, and we enjoyed sitting in front of the fire when we returned from our day out. The staff was very welcoming, and held our bags both at the beginning and the end of our stay so we could explore the city. Breakfast was a bunch of small plates, which we found more than adequate, and enjoyed. In fact, I loved one their almond cake, and they were happy to share the recipe, which I plan on making over Thanksgiving weekend. The Inn is a good 25 minutes walk from downtown, but Ubers are easy as well. We liked the neighborhood location, and felt safe even at night walking back.
A wonderful, very eclectic, inn. The staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the history of the inn and the surroundings. It is located in a very quiet beautiful neighborhood but close enough to the Portland shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend this inn!
Pomegranate Inn is definitely not for everyone. We, however, loved its ecclectic interiour, its cosy atmosphere and its freshly prepared vegetarian breakfast. Particularly nice was the fireplace in the living room.