This place is convenient as it is an easy right hand turn off exit 48 and right into the lot. You'll pay for that convenience when you leave. If you're heading back to the turnpike, it's a left hand turn across two lanes from a busy intersection against a traffic light. Snow and ice can really aggravate this problem. They also offer a free shuttle to and from the airport.
It's a clean and well maintained older property that hides it's age pretty well. Just about everything you'll see and touch has been kept up / upgraded regularly. There is an above average channel selection on decent TVs which are to be upgraded shortly, I'm told. The pool, hot tubs and gym are adequate and in good shape. The staff and management are quick, thorough, friendly and helpful.
The two attached restaurants are super convenient if your plans do not include a trip downtown. Friendly's is a reliable chain. Verillo's is a casual, full service restaurant that has been around for a long time. It's family owned and they know what they're doing. When they're on, the food and service can be very good. When they're off, it isn't bad, it just isn't as good. I find the prices to be more than fair considering the quality of the menu. You can't offer a menu like theirs at not charge for it. There is also a separate bar and you can get room service from either restaurant.
So, why no love? It's priced right for the market but the market is overpriced. The Old Port hotels drive the market, they are ridiculously high and make this place (and many others) seem like a bargain. Not a bargain by value but by contrast. Hojo's is a $60 - 70 maybe $80 property that fetches $110 and higher for single summer nights . . he wrote as he booked his next 3 night stay . . but not for love . .
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- Howard Johnson Plaza Portland Hotel Portland
- Howard Johnson Portland
- Portland Howard Johnson
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