Portland, Maine is a special place. It’s a small town with a very big culture. They’ve had a huge influx of amazing restaurants, shops and hotels over the past 15 years, and I have to say, I think it’s one of the coolest cities in the US.
One of the hippest spots in town is The Press Hotel. Part of the Autograph Collection, The Press is located in the former home of the Portland Press Herald, Maine’s largest newspaper.
The character and history of the newspaper is woven throughout the hotel. From antique typewriters to old newspaper tabletops to vintage letterpress movable type. No detail is overlooked and you notice it immediately upon entry.
As you check in, make sure you look beyond the friendliest front desk team ever. (Seriously, everyone is SO nice at The Press.) The wall behind check-in is covered in letterpress movable type. Nice touch, design team.
As you head to your room, you’ll notice a wall of vintage typewriter cases. I mean, so cool.
The details don’t stop there. Once you reach your floor, take a look at the carpet and wallpaper.
And the door numbers… *clapping emoji*
My room was perfect. I had a cozy corner room with a king bed. Like most people, I’m particular about beds and pillows. Well, don’t you worry your pretty little heads because THE BEDS ARE SO COMFORTABLE. It might even be more comfortable than my own bed, and I love my bed. Same goes for the pillows. UGH, SO COMF.
Even the bedside table is great. A clock, room for a water and your phone, and a safe. The safe in the bottom drawer is particularly genius.
Oh, and there is an outlet for your phone near the bed. (It blows my mind when there isn’t one, but this one is extra convenient.)
The rest of the room is beautiful. There is a huge desk area with a rolling chair with the phrase “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” embroidered on the back. For all of you baby boomers, you might recognize it. *type**type**type*
The desk also serves as the bar. Corkscrew and all! 😉
Moving on to the bathroom. Prepare yourself.
Can we say bathroom goals?
For the record, the quote in this ^ picture is so true. Mainers really do think they can get a little more out of everything.
After I hanging out in my room for a bit, I made my way down to the Inkwell bar in the lobby for a little sparkling wine before I head to dinner at UNION restaurant (more to come on this).
The lobby at The Press is one of those places where you just want to hang. Seriously, grab a drink at Inkwell and park yourself on one of the many couches.
Or play a little Scrabble by the fire.
Very chill night out, if I do say so myself.
After drinks at Inkwell and my dinner at UNION, I crashed hard. Because the comfy beds were calling my name.
I woke up super refreshed and ready to stay in bed all day. JK! (I would if I could, but I can’t.)
Before I head downstairs the next morning, I scope out the cheery view from my room.
You’re cute, Portland.
If you’re not into big breakfasts, The Press turns Inkwell liquor bar into Inkwell coffee and pastry bar.
I’m into big breakfasts so I hold out for brunch at UNION but after a proper dose of caffeine, I snoop around the lobby a bit more.
This typewriter display is probably my favorite thing in the hotel. You don’t see things like this in most hotels. It’s so unique.
And how great is this meeting room? I feel like I could get a lot of things accomplished if this was my office.
After brunch (more to come, promise!), I pack up and get ready to head out.
There’s just one last thing I need to do…
Say “thank you”.
Thank you, Press Hotel. I can’t wait to visit again. Meaghan
A million thank yous to The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine for generously hosting me! If you’re interested in staying at The Press Hotel, visit their website at www.thepresshotel.com. All opinions and images are my own.