The Press Hotel Est. 2014

119 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine

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Fabulously decorated by local artists, this modish Portland hotel gives new life to the brick-and-stone former home of the state's largest newspaper while paying tribute to it in design.
Even in the beating historic heart of Rose City, guests can feel stress melt away in the hotel's hip restaurant, bar, or spa. And between the four community rooms, the boutique inn offers a space for any gathering, whether you're looking to brainstorm, laugh, or straight up party with 12, 40, 70, or 130 guests.
The Lowdown
Type
Art Gallery
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Boutique Hotel
Historic Building
Penthouse / Rooftop
Views
Cityscape
Ocean
Style
Contemporary
Cultural
Romantic
Urban
Whimsical
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
LGBT Weddings

Venue Setting

Taking inspiration from 1920s writer’s offices, each of the hotel’s exquisite 110 guest rooms and suites feature a vintage-styled journalist desk, wood floors with herringbone area rug, and 100% local artwork, including a woven wall tapestry by Angela Adams. The historic building boasts oversized windows in every guestroom, providing natural light and fresh Maine air during your stay. Playful newsroom references abound, including thought-provoking quotes and occasional one-liners in the most unexpected places. All of our unique rooms offer pleasing amenities.
Fees
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Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $30 to $250

Additional Charges

ME State Sales tax 8%, Service Charge 20%

Insurance

N/A

Capacity

Seated
140
Buffet
140
Standing
200
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2014
Curfew
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Outdoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Inside Scoop

Room 701, our Penthouse suite has exclusive access to our roof top deck which showcases breath taking 360 degree views of the Portland cityscape and harbor. The open-plan 1200 square foot room and deck provide stunning photo opportunities and a dramatic place to have your first look! Our professional event staff will coordinate everything from flowers to on site hair & beauty services to table & room design. Portland’s newest farm-to-table (and sea-to-table) hotspot features creative takes on recognizable “Americana” favorites from coast to coast. Best known as the originators of the farm-to-table, James Beard Award winning Chefs Mark & Clark, offered sustainable cuisine before it was a trend. The chefs stay true to old world techniques that include growing and foraging their own crops, curing their own meats and making their own cheese.

Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Magnificently reborn, The Press Hotel is located in what was once the Gannett Building, housing the offices and printing plant of the Portland Press Herald, the state’s largest newspaper. The tapestry brick and stone building in Portland’s historic Old Port District was constructed in 1923 and an adjoining structure added in 1947. The newspaper operated there until 2010. Aptly named The Press Hotel, it retains virtually all of the building’s architectural details, including its vintage exterior lettering and the newspaper’s “City Room” re-purposed as the Inkwell Bar. Many of its artifacts have also been salvaged, including a scale used for weighing the huge rolls of newsprint right down to the ounce. This unique piece will find a new home in the Fitness Center (naturally).
Design:
Interior Design Firm Stonehill & Taylor worked on the conversion of this historic building into a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel to be a new four-star, lifestyle boutique. Stonehill & Taylor took inspiration from the site’s unique history in their design narrative. Referencing letterpress type cases, rectangular frame motifs are found throughout the design of the public areas, guestrooms, and function space. The reception desk pops from its surroundings featuring a custom sculptural wall commissioned by a local artist, a collage of enlarged letter blocks. The corridors are lined with digital wall covering containing custom graphics, a pattern comprised of historic headlines from the Portland Press Herald. The property is historically sensitive, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable.
Standout Venue Features:
The Press Hotel offers a truly unique and unimagined event space and experience to enhance and ensure all your wedding festivities are utterly memorable. We will design a celebration that is distinctively personal and representative of you, in the same spirit in which we strive to capture that indefinable essence of Portland. From the ceremony, to the Penthouse Suite and private rooftop deck, to the post wedding brunch, we can customize every aspect and deliver a remarkably authentic occasion. Our full service wedding planners will inspire, harmonize, & streamline all aspects of your event allowing you to enjoy every moment.
Extra Perks:
Every aspect of your celebration will be enhanced by our spirited touch. Host your wedding ceremony and reception with us, and we'll customize a guestbook for you with our vintage typewriter and long sheets of paper for your guests to leave their well wishes for the happy couple.
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Join us at M.C. UNION, Portland’s newest farm-to-table (and sea-to-table) hotspot. Founded by James Beard award-winning chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, M.C. UNION features creative takes on recognizable “Americana” favorites from coast to coast, uniting the pair’s California and Maine childhood culinary memories. The restaurant features an open kitchen and dinning room for 65, Lounge and Bar Seating for 35, and a Chef's Table for 5. A large communal table for 12 provides the perfect setting to enjoy your company while sharing thoughtfully prepared dishes.
Bars & Lounges:
Once the Portland Press Herald’s busy city room, the Inkwell Bar echoes the energy and intellect of its former occupants. Serving hand-crafted vintage cocktails, Portland microbrews and small plates, this lobby space features tables emblazoned with Press Herald headlines spanning 150 years. The Inkwell Bar is open daily for specialty coffees and pastries (6:30 – 11 am), along with cocktails and light fare (11 am – midnight).
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