Rooms have sofa beds, wet bars, microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges
Executive Rooms have 24-hour snacks and Keurig coffeemakers
Free breakfast and happy hour wine tasting
On-site gym with treadmills and stationary bikes
Indoor pool with sun loungers and whirlpool
Business center with two computers, and meeting space
Free Wi-Fi and newspapers
Free airport shuttle
Pet-friendly (for a fee)
Some rooms have worn furniture
Fee for parking
Pool not quite big enough to swim laps
Only a one-minute drive from Portland International Airport, Embassy Suites Portland is a convenient choice for travelers who have an early departure, a long layover, or want to rest after a long flight. The 119 suite-style rooms in this upper-middle-range hotel are comfortable and equipped with cushy sofa beds along with queen- or king-size beds. All rooms have wet bars, mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers, but some guests complain of the room furniture being worn. The notable event of the day is a happy hour wine tasting in the lobby. And free Wi-Fi and breakfast add more value. Travelers interested in staying in the Portland Airport area could also consider the Courtyard by Marriott Portland Airport; it's a little farther away from the terminal and has fewer room amenities, but it offers a lower room rate.
The boxy brick exterior of the Embassy Suites Hilton Portland resembles a lot of other upper-middle-range hotels. Inside, however, the decor of the renovated lobby has more warmth. High-back chairs are arranged around a fireplace, and the dark-wood columns and molding suggest accents that might be found in an English library or pub. Oversized contemporary couches and chairs fill out the rest of the room. Part of the lobby is used as a bar, and the hanging glasses accentuate the taproom style. The dining room decor is more contemporary with slate-green chairs and beige walls decorated with modern artwork in gold tones. The event rooms are fairly basic with stackable metal-and-cloth chairs as well as fan-shaped lighting sconces on the walls. These rooms can be arranged either for business presentations or celebration dinners. Guests are a mix of business travelers, couples, and families who want easy access to the airport.
A half-mile away from Portland International Airport
This Embassy Suites by Hilton is so close to the Portland International Airport that arriving travelers can walk to the hotel in seven minutes. Downtown Portland, home to the Portland Museum of Art as well as other restaurants and attractions, is about 12 minutes away by car. The Tate House museum, a pre-Revolutionary War home built in 1755 with beautiful period furniture and an herb garden, is a three-minute drive away. The University of Southern Maine campus is a 10-minute drive away. Hadlock Field, home of the minor league Portland Sea Dogs baseball team, is nine minutes away by car. The Sable Oaks Golf Club, one of the most celebrated 18-hole courses in the area, is a seven-minute drive away.
Decor in the 119 guest rooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland is pleasant and practical; the room perks are much more memorable. Suite beds are either king- or queen-size, and the overstuffed sofas in the suites' living rooms also have pull-out beds. For travelers who need to get a little work done, each desk has enough space to spread out with a laptop and several piles of paper. Each standard room kitchenette has a small sink, coffeemaker, microwave, and mini-fridge. Executive Rooms have the added bonuses of Keurig coffeemakers and access to premium snacks and drinks from a vending machine around the clock. Room service is available 24 hours for guests who don't want to put their microwaves to use. Wi-Fi and daily newspapers also come with the rooms. Each bathroom has a marble-top counter, shower/tub combo, and free toiletries. Do note, some guests complain about the beds being a bit worn.
Daily wine tasting, restaurant serving local seafood, free breakfast, gym and indoor pool, and meeting space
Given that the Embassy Suites Hilton Portland is an airport hotel, accommodations come with several notable amenities. The lobby bar offers a free daily wine tasting and gets a good turnout. The Café Stroudwater serves local seafood as well as steaks and burgers. Breakfast is free with plenty of options (although it gets mixed reviews from guests). The gym has several treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. The pool is a bit small for doing laps but large enough to float and relax. Working travelers can use the computer and printer in the business area. The meeting space can either be used for boardroom discussions, business presentations, or large events. The biggest meeting space is 1,620 square feet. Wi-Fi is free throughout. And traveling families with small children will appreciate that cribs are free.
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