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
The Danforth Inn was very nice. Caroline was accommodating and breakfast was yummy. Everything was very clean. The quaintness of the Inn with the eclectic decor was refreshing. The location was within walking distance to many attractions. Recommended!
Very nice location, around about 15 minutes from the old centre. Comfortable room and beds, all nicely finished. Very characterful building well decorated.
Opportunities to Improve
Parking area a bit messy with bins, and entrance at the side is unlit at night.
Breakfast was appalling for hotels at this price - worse than chain hotels at half the price. Very little laid out, no menu, no tables made up. Minimal selection of cereals, no breads/toast, when asked for toast then found there weren’t any jams. Hot option was a frittata due in 20 minutes. All very haphazard and we went away feeling both disappointed and hungry. Based on this we could not recommend this hotel.
Note previous reviews here and on booking.com say similar - management you need to pay attention to your reviews and do something about it!
Superb beds, enough hot water for all, earnest & accommodating staff, easy walk to museums and downtown. After a few visits to the Danforth in prior years, we chose the inn once again. But oh, how the atmospherics have changed! Cozy downstairs seating areas replaced with tacky aquamarine colored velveteen sofas, the very last decor appropriate for a historic inn. The once comfy dining area tossed out, in favor of institutional seating, lack of wall decorations, a rather sad place to dine. We had anticipated our previous sumptuous breakfasts. Instead, we faced mornings of "overnight oatmeal" served cold, hard boiled eggs served cold, even rosemary toast served cold along with a frittata on hot plate served some days not on others, grateful for small cups of fresh fruit with a dollop of yogurt. Depending on the staff in the kitchen (some more facile than others), we had decaf or not, even when requesting it our first day. One morning we were informed the inn ran out of bread and oven not working (staff member had delicious bagels delivered to compensate). Fancy raw sugar cubes provided along side ersatz coffee creamers, some days afternoon snacks provided and other days not, trash near breakfast service not emptied regularly. We never stayed at an inn where we were dreading the breakfasts by the last day.
Some days a full complement of towels provided, other days not. Most days used water glasses in our room not replaced with clean ones. Helpful staff member cleaned a grungy shower fan but is anyone watching the details? And that is the issue, it is the details where inns really shine. Room armoire had no key to open it and only one working shelf. Fake flowers throughout the inn, some looking worse for wear. There seemed to be a steady turnover of folks in the kitchen and the front desk and that discontinuity showed. We applaud changes to tired inns but one can execute updates without eroding the character of a place. If a guest never stayed at an inn, perhaps the Danforth might be a refreshing change to chain hotels. The unevenness of service and ill-suited Asian decor was a disappointment. Unfortunately, this will be our last visit here.