What We Love
- Primo location puts the best of Portland’s downtown peninsula within a 20-minute walk
- Order wine from the innkeeper, a certified sommelier; head to the cupola for divine sunsets
- Free on-site and street parking are available
What To Know
- No air conditioning in the public rooms
- Three floors and no elevator, but innkeepers help with luggage
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Inside this classic brick Federal mansion, the Danforth springs to life with a contemporary vibe and sophisticated decor. Neutral walls allow challenging abstract paintings and classic landscapes by contemporary Maine artists to shine, and vibrantly patterned pillows to pop. Balancing the new and now are original architectural accents, including wood-burning fireplaces, interior pocket shutters and big sash windows.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are individually decorated, but all are carpeted and spacious, with Queen or King beds dressed in soft white linens, comfy sitting areas and original contemporary artwork. Some rooms have wood-burning fireplaces, with Duraflame logs provided. All have window air conditioners (in the summer) and flat-screen TVs. Most bathrooms have been updated with granite or tile accents; some have pebble-floor showers, while others offer traditional soaking tubs.
Order a bottle of wine from innkeeper Justin Fuller, a certified sommelier, or brew a Keurig coffee, and then chill: Shoot pool in the billiards room, tickle the ivories in the front parlor, book a treatment at spa, then read some literature in a sitting room, ogle the gardens from the second-floor patio, savor the sunset over Casco Bay from the cupola.
In the Area
Tour the Victoria Mansion, distinguished by its architecture and opulent decor as one of the nation’s most important historic homes. Plan a doubleheader with the Portland Museum of Art: view Winslow Homer masterpieces, then see their inspiration on a tour of his Prouts Neck studio. For the inside scoop on Portland’s nationally renowned culinary culture, take a walking tour with Maine Foodie Tours. Get the lowdown on lobster, and help haul traps on a cruise with Lucky Catch Lobster Tours. Even better, you can buy any lobsters caught at boat price, and a waterfront restaurant will prepare them.
How to Get There
Staff was very helpful and available. We had good tips for local spots and navigation. Celebrating a graduation, the staff were very accommodating. Very clean, lovely room, interest historic inn. We liked the location - near to downtown, but also near some nice strolling in the nearby neighborhoods.
The Danforth was everything and more! Mitch and Brock and Carolyn were nothing short of informative, super friendly and hospitable hosts! It's so unbelievably close to downtown portland and the waterfront, great for plenty of food options and walks next to the water. We were also close enough to walk to some more inland local restaurants, just as tasty! We are 100% PRO New England so if you love the architecture, old colonial style homes and don't mind some good ol' NE fresh air (it does get pretty warm but super comfortable once you open the windows), it's the absolute perfect stay. Different breakfasts in the morning, it's only 9 rooms so there's no hustle and bustle of a large hotel with many guests. Friendly staff and clean spaces (and for white carpet we can't imagine how difficult that must be!) And the most comfortable pillows our heads have ever known! We're so grateful for the experience at The Danforth and definitely look forward to booking again on our next visit to Portland!
The Danforth Inn has so much potential however it needs some serious updating! We were disappointed! Our room was okay however the bathroom needs to be renovated. The bed was comfortable and the inn keeper was nice.
My husband and I spent a weekend at the Danforth last year and had such a great time that we immediately planned to make it a yearly trip. We booked our second stay before the hotel was purchased and were hopeful that the stay would still be as nice. Unfortunately, we were a little disappointed. The number one reason is the comfort of the bed, which had a visible lump in the middle, clearly from years of use where two people lay on each side of the bed - not exactly comfortable for a romantic getaway. The temperature was also very warm, which is nice in the winter, but was a little too much to make it comfortable to sleep. We also missed the welcome drinks and personal breakfast, which are no longer offered in the hotel. The staff was still very friendly and helpful, although they disappear after 9pm, so you have to get everything from them before then. I’m not sure we will stay again, given the cost for what we got, which is very disappointing because we love our weekend getaways to Portland. I also let the hotel know this feedback, and did not get a reply. 😕
The Lark Hotel group just picked up this property as it’s second Portland, Maine inn. Brock was the Manager while we were there, and he had amazing suggestions on where to dine. Our room was on the top floor, and we had a working fireplace in our room! There is a cool billiards room in the lower level, and there is a beautiful coupula with 360 degrees of Portland and the waterfront.
The breakfast was incredible, and the dining room area is so pretty and peaceful to dine in. We will definitely be back!