Today West Elm announced Portland, Maine as the newest location for its West Elm Hotels portfolio, expected to open in 2020. The 150 room, full-service boutique hotel will be developed on Portland’s waterfront by Portland Foreside Development Company LLC, and operated by hotel development and management company DDK, West Elm Hotels’ exclusive operator.
“Portland has experienced a renaissance within the past decade, creating a distinct and modern vibe, while honoring its maritime history,” said Peter Fowler, vice president of West Elm Hospitality. “Our collaboration with Portland Foreside Development Company brings forth local knowledge and expertise that will deliver an original experience for guests, as well as the surrounding seaside community. Together, we will celebrate the city’s past and create opportunities for discerning guests to discover Portland.”
The property will be located in Portland Foreside, a new neighborhood development in the area formerly known as the Portland Company Complex. The Foreside neighborhood will be a vibrant area of town with a wide mix of retail, food and beverage, residential, office, hospitality, and a deep-water marina, all designed to encourage year-round enjoyment and community engagement. Portland Foreside is positioned to become the city’s premier destination for locals and tourists to appreciate Portland’s history, engage in the harbor’s many activities, celebrate special events, enjoy retail and entertainment offerings, and indulge in the renowned local food fare.
"Portland Foreside Development Company is excited about West Elm’s commitment to the City of Portland. We share the vision of connecting travelers to the daily life of Portland by focusing on a unique experience, highlighting the city’s local character, and delivering one-of-a-kind amenities and services modern travelers crave most,” said Casey Prentice, manager of Portland Foreside Development Company.
The hotel will be situated overlooking Portland's waterfront, directly east of the Ocean Gateway Terminal and the waterfront public open space known as Portland Landing, and will offer expansive vistas of Casco Bay, Fort Gorges and neighboring island communities. West Elm will utilize its extensive retail and marketing expertise to design a unique hospitality experience that pays homage to the coastal city’s rich history and burgeoning waterfront community.
Plans for the hotel and surrounding development include:
- 150 guest rooms
- Lobby bar and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating
- Outdoor pool, including spectacular views of the harbor
- Retail spaces curated in the historic core of the development and next to the hotel
West Elm Hotels was announced in September 2016, with properties scheduled to open in Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Oakland and Savannah, beginning in early 2019. As part of West Elm's ongoing commitment and relationship with makers around the world, each West Elm Hotel, including the Portland location, will feature local design elements that celebrate the community and reflect traditional décor, handicraft, cuisine and culture from the region. As West Elm Hotels’ exclusive operator, DDK will lead property development with local partners, from the spirit of the General Manager as Innkeeper, to engaging makers, artists, and community empowerment within the Portland market.
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