The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection

119 Exchange St | Portland, ME 04101  [SEE MAP]Portland, ME  [SEE ADDRESS]

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This hotel features journalism-themed accommodations and amenities
Rooms are on the smaller side

Arguably the best place to kick back and read a newspaper, this boutique hotel (which opened in May 2015) draws design inspiration from the newsroom that used to occupy the property. Each of the hotel's 110 guest rooms features decor inspired by a 1920s-era writer's office, including a vintage desk and reeded glass doors. However, several recent guests pointed out that the rooms, while well-appointed, are on the smaller side. But just because this Autograph Collection hotel nods to the past doesn't mean it's taking a step back from the future. Marble bathrooms, minifridges, flat-screen TVs and coffee makers come standard in all accommodations, plus there's a fitness center and on-site bike rentals. The hotel's location in the artsy Old Port district of Portland, Maine, seems to rub off on UNION Restaurant & Lounge, which utilizes farm-to-table techniques to create modern, artisan dishes. Recent guests were charmed by the quirky decor of the property and applauded the superb service of the entire hotel staff. Many travelers strongly suggested taking advantage of the complimentary bikes, noting it's the best way to explore the surrounding Old Port district. Keep in mind that because of this hotel's Marriott affiliation, members of the Marriott Bonvoy program can accrue or redeem points by choosing to stay here.

Portland, ME
Hotel Class
Property Type
Hotel, 110 rooms
Primary View
City center
Traditional, Historic
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families


  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Frommer's Exceptional

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Design firm Stonehill & Taylor took inspiration from the building’s heritage as the former home of the Portland Press Herald. You’ll find playful journalism motifs peppered throughout, from the lobby installation made of antique typewriters to the custom wallpaper printed with headlines chosen by the newspaper’s editors.

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The look is inspired by the building’s original purpose, with newsroom touches like vintage journalist desks in the rooms and reeded glass doors (similar to those found in old newspaper offices) in the bathrooms.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Frommer's Exceptional

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 946 have reviewed the The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 946 reviews 4.5 (based on 946 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Designed to evoke the feel of a 1920s newspaper office, guest rooms at The Press Hotel feature vintage-style journalism desks with ergonomic leather writing chairs, herringbone rugs, wood floors, local artwork and various newsroom references. Each room includes a flat-screen TV, a mini-stereo system, a minifridge, Frette linens and a Keurig coffee maker. The marble-tiled bathrooms have sliding glass doors similar to news offices, C.O Bigelow toiletries and rain showers.
  • Turndown service available
  • Separate soaking tubs in suites and executive rooms
  • Penthouse Suite features private rooftop patio
  • No rollaway beds

Standard room size295 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Set within the former home of the Portland Press Herald, The Press Hotel features a whimsical take on journalism-inspired decor, with newspaper headlines as wallpaper, antique typewriter artwork and writing references throughout the property. Hotel amenities include the Inkwell bar, the UNION Restaurant & Lounge and an art gallery. Additionally, the property’s location in the Old Port and Arts District at the corner of Exchange and Congress Streets provides easy access to the area’s locally focused food and arts scene.
  • Complimentary airport shuttle offered daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Situated 5 miles northeast of Portland International Jetport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($29)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach


The Press Hotel's on-site eatery, UNION Restaurant & Lounge, features New England cuisine crafted from locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant utilizes sustainable ingredients from nearby farms, oceans and streams. There’s also Inkwell, which serves small plates and crafted beverages in the Portland Press Herald’s former city room. UNION Restaurant & Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Inkwell Bar open from 6 a.m. to noon and from 4 p.m. to midnight. Inkwell Bar also serves an "Off the Record" happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Kids menus available at UNION Restaurant
  • Room service is available

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The Press Hotel does not have an on-site spa; however, the property has a special partnership with nearby Akari Spa (a block from the hotel), which offers a variety of massages and spa treatments that incorporate news and journalism references. Salon services include hair care, nails, Botox treatments and more.

    Services offered:

    • Massage
    • Facial
    • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
    • Salon services
    • Outdoor treatment area
    • Steam room
    • Sauna


    The Press Hotel has an on-site fitness center that has cardio machines and free weights. There is also a theme-related antique paper scale, which guests can use to weigh themselves.
    • Complimentary access
    • Towels provided
    • Bicycle rentals available
    • Seasonal and complimentary fitness classes are offered through SHIFT Portland
    • Peloton Bike available
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
    • Bicycles (with fee)
    • Tennis
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats
    • Motor boats


    The Press Hotel has five spaces available for meetings and business functions, including an art gallery. The property's news-themed event space includes built-in audiovisual services and local artwork. The Art Gallery can host up to 200 guests for receptions, while The Composing Room can accommodate up to 100 people for receptions and theater-style events.
    • On-site catering available
    • Customized event websites for guests
    • The Editorial Room has built-in bookcase

    Number of meeting rooms5

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    The Press Hotel can accommodate weddings with up to 200 guests. There are five news-themed event spaces, including The Editorial Room and The Composing Room, which features wood- paneled walls and large transom windows. The Art Gallery is also available for pre-function gatherings, and The Press Room and The News Room are ideal for smaller gatherings like bridal showers. The Art Gallery can host receptions with up to 200 guests, while The Composing Room, the largest banquet space at the hotel, can host up to 64 guests for a banquet.
    • Dedicated on-site professionals to manage catering, venue set up and other details
    • Catering provided by UNION Restaurant & Lounge
    • Customized wedding website for guests

    Maximum wedding guest capacity200

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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