Located in downtown Portland, the Westin is one of two Starwood properties in the State of Maine. On a recent trip to Midcoast Maine, I had an extra night before flying back to Kansas City, so I booked a Cash & Points stay at the Westin Portland Harborview.
The property is less than half a mile from Commercial St, the main drag in Downtown Portland. Offering a variety of restautants, shops, hotels, and more, Portland has a lot to offer. For guests without a rental car, the hotel even offers a complimentary shuttle from 5am until 11pm. Though the shuttle only covers destinations within a three-mile radius of the property, you can see from the map below that it allows for visits to much of the Portland area.
We reached the hotel around 9:15pm, and as expected, it was pretty quiet. The associate working the front desk, a very friendly fellow from Ireland, quickly checked us in and thanked me for being an SPG Platinum member. He confirmed my preference for the Platinum amenity (500 points or continental breakfast), added my parking ticket to the room, and gave me some general information about the property.
Our room was located on the 14th floor, which shares access with Top of the East, the hotel's rooftop bar. Because of this, all rooms on the 14th floor are behind another secured door.
The room was located at the end of the hallway, close to the second elevator. Despite the proximity to the elevator, we heard no noise throughout our short stay. Even noise from other rooms shutting their doors, or guests walking down the hallway, was not noticeable. The hotel sure seems to have done a good job on their sound proofing!
Inside, the room was as you would expect from a Westin. Despite an older look on the exterior of the hotel, the room was modern and offered plenty of power outlets- my typical annoyance with hotel rooms. The beds were the standard Westin Heavenly bed, one of my favorite hotel beds.
The hotel TV offered a wide variety of HD and non HD channels, in addition to a bunch of music channels. Though I didn't come to Portland to watch TV, it was nice to have a wide variety of programs to choose from.
Complimentary Water - a Starwood staple
Not a bad day-time view!
SPG Platinum Perks
As a Starwood Platinum, benefits include a welcome gift (continental breakfast, bonus points, or local amenity), access to the club lounge, late check-out, an upgrade to the best available room and more. I much prefer the amenities that Hyatt offers to Diamond guests, as I can choose bonus points and get complimentary breakfast!
I selected the 500 points, rather than continental breakfast, as I figured we could find something better in the area around the hotel. We ended up at Marcy's Diner, which later turned out to be the same diner that made the news in July. The food was excellent and sitting near Darla, the owner, made the experience even more exciting. :)
As with most hotels these days, the parking fees are pricey. The Westin offers valet service for $34/night or self-parking for $24/night. Parking is available on the street, as well as in a few local garages, for much less than what the hotel charges, though due to the late hour, we elected to park in the hotel garage.
The signage outside the garage was lacking, so for a few minutes, I was unsure if I had parked in the correct garage. Inside, there appeared to be no signs pointing us in the direction of the Westin, so we wandered around until we found a hallway that connects to a set of glass doors on the side of the hotel.
The Westin does not offer a pool or hot tub, though they do have a small gym with a variety of up-to-date equipment and a nice selection of weights. In addition, Akari, a full-service spa, is located on first level.
Overall, I was pleased with our time at the Westin. Though we did not receive a complimentary suite upgrade, I figured that would be the case when I requested a room with two queen beds. Nevertheless, the room was clean, comfortable and nicer than my last Westin stay.
I likely would not pay the normal rate that the hotel commands ($249/night), so I was glad to find cash and points availability less than 10 days out. Unfortunately I do not have any more trips planned to Maine, though I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
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