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
Like going back in time to simpler living, but luxurious nonetheless and where service came with a capital S. The perfect antidote to savoring Portland. You can easily see what this former mansion was the address of a noted sea captain.
We spent a few nights at the Danforth while visiting Portland for the first time. This has to be one of my favorite Inns ever. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The rooms were spacious and clean. The breakfast, which was included, was fresh and nothing short of gourmet. The Danforth’s location was within walking distance to major Portland attractions. I would recommend this property to anyone looking to experience this historical part of Maine.
Lovely property. Our room was Old Port and it was very spacious. The breakfast was delicious each day and the little touches really make you feel special. The staff could not have been any more helpful and accommodating. Great location - off the beaten path but an easy walk to the waterfront and Fore street shopping. We highly recommend it and would stay there again.
Overall a great, quiet place to stay within walking distance from the louder, bustling downtown area. We appreciated the beauty and elegance of this historic Inn. The bed was very comfortable, the room clean and elegantly furnished, and the amenities top notch. My shirred eggs for breakfast were divine!
When you want to feel special, this is the place to stay. It was a very elegant home that now as a hotel makes you feel welcomed and like you are visiting a wealthy relative. The room was well appointed and the staff attentive. The recommendation for dinner was excellent and only a short walk away. The selection for breakfast the next morning was diverse and wonderful.