Prices are in New Zealand Dollars.
The city's vibrant Old Port, with dozens of shops, restaurants, and cafés along cobblestone streets, is the setting for this hotel, housed in a historic 1895 armory just two blocks from the waterfront.
Amazing locationPros: I loved the location and the hotel/room was very clean. Cons: There was a continuous noise above the bed. It sounded like a pipe clanging. Thank goodness for the sound machine feature on the alarm clock. Also, the bed was very firm with starchy sheets. The terry cloth robe had a large rip in it as well.
Pros: Great location. The spa was good. Cons: Our room was on the first floor and it sounded as though every toilet in the building was directly above us.
Pros: Perfect location in downtown Portland - a very short walk to the wharf and local restaurants/pubsCons: A bit pricy, but it's in line with other hotels in the area.
Comfort and ConveniencePros: I am a female and was travelling alone to see my son. I got my room and from then on, felt comfortable, secure, close to conveniences and within walking distance to great shops, restaurants and more.
I was also given the gift of a spa treatment while there, and that experience was heavenly!
The dining room was decorated for Christmas and was absolutely lovely! I was also quite comfortable eating alone here, with a seat by a warming fire.
I will be returning to Portland shortly, and would like my same room and experience. Loved it.
Pros: locationCons: would have enjoyed a fridge and coffee maker in room
Pros: Great location, rooms and serviceCons: The weather
Portland Regency StaffPros: All of the staff - from valets to room service, desk clerks to lounge staff, housekeeping to spa staff - were friendly, knowledgeable, professional
Pros: The room service staff and valet were super friendly and extremely helpful. Other than that, it was a horrible experience...not a bit relaxing! Cons: I work in the hospitality industry, so I know what great service is. When I got there, the TV wasn't even plugged in...then I went out with some friends, came back to a dark room, and when I tried to turn on the lamps on the side tables, I found that neither of them were plugged in. It was as if the room hadn't been used in months! When I called the front desk to complain, the woman at the front desk blew it off like it was no big deal! I ordered room service at 8:30 in the morning (which was great) and then put the do not disturb sign on the door. Well evidently it was irrelevant...I had fallen back asleep after I ate my breakfast, then at 10:30 I got a call from housekeeping seeing if I was still there...she didn't even apologize for waking me up, but at 11 I got a knock on my door from housekeeping! Check out was at 12, and I felt very rushed! For the money I spent, it was a horrible experience! I will never go back, and I will spread the word about my awful experience.
Pros: Great location. Walking distance to the old port and lots of restaurants and bars. A great stay.
A very relaxing getawayPros: Everyone at the hotel was so nice and went above and beyond to be helpful. The location is perfect right in the center of the city. There are so many great restaurants just around the corner. I also really enjoyed the spa at the hotel. The facilities are very relaxing and everyone that works there can help you figure out exactly what you need. We had a great stay and will definitely be coming back.
Pros: I liked the historical nature of the building, and the architectural details. I found the hotel to be big on comfort, cleanliness, and friendly and helpful staff. Loved the complimentary coffee delivered to your room in the morning, much nicer than having to make substandard coffee in the room. The Mill St. restaurant on the premises has wonderful food and a lovely ambience.
I didn't take advantage of any of the spa offerings, so I can't comment on those. Cons: It would be helpful for rooms to have a small fridge. The lighting in my room was not great for reading, but the huge windows let in a lot of natural light. The internet was painfully slow. I didn't understand the need for the valet parking, since the lot was just across the street, and I would have happily parked on my own and walked over. But it was inexpensive, $12, so this is not really a complaint, just an observation.