A contemporary boutique spot in Portland
95 Rooms / 10 Suites
If you look up as you pull into The Portland Regency Hotel & Spa's cobblestoned, circular drive, you will get an instant clue to the building's history: the word "armory" is cast in stone near the top of the brick façade. Once the friendly valet takes your car and directs you into the lobby, however, you will find no other sign that this stylish boutique hotel once served as a base for military maneuvers.
Located in the center of Portland, Maine's historic Old Port, the Portland Regency — which celebrates its 27th anniversary in 2014 — is ideally situated for your visit to this lively coastal city. Specialty shops, coffee houses and many of Portland's renowned restaurants are in easy walking distance, as are the waterfront and ferries to the islands of Casco Bay.
The hotel's 95 guest rooms, including 10 suites, are on four floors; accommodations on the top two floors have recently been renovated in a clean-lined, modern style and the rest will be revamped by 2015. Some of the fourth-floor rooms and suites have private decks, boasting stunning views of the harbor and the city skyline.
While the Portland Regency is a perfect base for exploring the city, some of what you will want to experience most is right in the hotel. Just off the lobby, the property’s signature restaurant, Twenty Milk Street, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in an intimate atmosphere. Outdoor dining is available in the warmer months at The Garden Cafe, a tree-and-flower-filled outdoor oasis across the drive from the entrance. Accessible from the street, the cozy, subterranean Armory Lounge is popular with locals for its extensive list of creative martinis, including many mixed with Maine-made spirits. Designed to evoke a library, the lounge is a hot spot for happy hour — ask for the gratis plate of pretzels and pub cheese — and serves a casual menu for lunch and dinner.
Another in-hotel experience unique to Portland is the full-service upscale spa, which offers an impressive array of treatments for individuals and couples, a fitness center, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi.