The Press Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Press Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection, you’ll be centrally located in Portland, steps from Merrill Auditorium and minutes from Monument Square. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Cumberland County Civic Center and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Make yourself at home in one of the 110 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, as well as phones with free local calls.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. This hotel has 5 meeting rooms available for events. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.
How to Get There
I stayed here earlier this month. There are a lot of good things about this hotel, and also some annoyances.
1. Great location in Old Port
2. Its Union restaurant serves truly delicious food (we ate there for breakfast and lunch)
3. Friendly and helpful staff
4. Good, interesting décor related to building’s past use as a newspaper operation
1. The hotel has valet parking only, which isn’t bad in and of itself (with very friendly valets!), but the entrance to the hotel is on a narrow one-way street, with no turn-in area for a car, and there aren’t many places on the street to park a car so that you can unpack and have the valet take over. When we first tried this, there were no spaces to pull over so we went around the block and then found a space on our second try in front of the hotel.
2. Our room was clean and well-lit with plenty of drawer space and outlets, but it was very small, with no room on either side of the night tables bordering the bed. It had a nice desk/working space but the only chair in the room was for this desk; a second person has to sit on the bed. The chair can be raised or lowered, but at its height it is too small (compared to the height of the desk) for someone whose height is under 5’5”.
3. The clothes closet was too small to hold two persons’ clothing and outerwear.
4. The bathroom was large, with a spacious sink/counter, and marbled (or fake marble) floor and walls. But the walk-in shower had its water come out directly vertical from the ceiling of the shower rather than at an angle, which makes it difficult to rinse oneself off without always getting your head wet; the area at the back of the bathroom where the toilet was had no lighting overhead, so that the area was dim; and the bathroom door had a large glass insert with “ridges” that allows someone to see inside the bathroom, even though the ridges distort the view. (Lobby bathrooms had the same type of bathroom door.)
5. The building has two elevators. One of them is smallish, and the other one is tiny. Because this used to be a newspaper building, I’m sure there were various constraints when the building was renovated to become a hotel, but those constraints did lead to some of the problems I’ve listed.
So overall my impression of this hotel was mixed. To repeat, there are many good things about it that make it a very nice hotel to stay in, but there are also some problems that make it less than an ideal hotel, even if still a very good one overall.
Thank goodness for The Press, you are the only non-meh hotel in Portland. I will definitely be back, as soon as possible. Exchange and Market, @alpine and hunt club, fore st, miyaki lobster roll. I never tire of Folly, Blanche and Mimi, Rough and Tumble and Judith and Portland Trading Company.
Right from the get go... the warm welcome by the valet and by the people at the front desk. Everyone was wonderful and helpful. I have to say what stood out for me the most was the attitude and helping nature of the hotel staff. I have traveled to many cities across the country because of my work. I cannot remember a hotel staff so eager and willing to help. Not only help but doing it with a smile as if we had been friends for years.
The hotel itself is gorgeous and very clean. The attached restaurant, Union, was a delight when we had dinner there. It was a perfect stay!
I stayed at the Press Hotel with a bunch of girlfriends for the weekend and loved the modern updated amenities and unique touches. Perfect location within walking distance to many of the shops, restaurants and waterfront. Would definitely stay here again during my next trip to Portland.
I've never written a review for any hotel in the past, but this one deserves it. We've stayed at several different hotels throughout the years in Portland and I have to say this is the place to be at. One great feature of this hotel is how they braced the history of the building by keeping with the "press" theme throughout. My wife and I enjoyed seeing and reading all about the history.
This trip was to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and the staff made every point to help us feel very welcome. We were pleasantly greeted with a complimentary suite upgrade. Our first night we had reservations at their restaurant, The Union. Food and atmosphere was on par. As we were leaving, they gave us a small celebratory gift for our anniversary to take back to the room (small box of assorted cookies). The hotel is centrally located to all area shops and the coast to walk along ocean.
So if you are looking for a memorable place to stay in Portland, this place will not disappoint. You will be welcomed from the hotel reservations coordinator, valet, front desk, and every staff you happened to meet.