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Canopy Portland Waterfront: The Greatest Hotel in America

by JonPharr

As a person who spends what feels like half his life in hotels, I can assure you that the Canopy Portland Waterfront in Portland, Maine, is more than just a place to rest your head; it’s a retreat, an experience, and a breath of fresh coastal air. Having recently spent three unforgettable nights at this impeccable establishment, I can confidently say that the Canopy Portland Waterfront is not just a hotel; it’s a haven for those seeking a luxurious yet authentic Maine experience. From the exquisite rooms to the exceptional staff, the mesmerizing rooftop bar, and the delectable breakfast at the Salt Yard, this hotel experience was nothing short of extraordinary.

Upon arrival at Canopy Portland Waterfront, I was immediately struck by the kindness of the valet, who immediately explained to me the hotel’s very simple and convenient procedure of requesting my vehicle via text, before immediately offering to help remove my luggage from the vehicle. Stepping into the lobby, I was welcomed by the warmth of the staff. As I approached the front desk, their impeccable hospitality shone through as I was efficiently checked in and informed about the various amenities and services available to enhance my stay. The staff went above and beyond to provide me with recommendations for local dining and activities, ensuring that I got the most out of my time in Portland. I should also mention that throughout my three-day stay, I had to visit that front desk quite frequently for various reasons. Despite encountering several different staff, they all greeted me with the same warm smile, and were all equally as kind and helpful.

The room, however, was where the magic truly unfolded. The Canopy Portland Waterfront offers a variety of room types. I didn’t have the privilege of staying in a Bay View King Room, as they were all booked, and I was a walk-in booking on very short notice. However, I did stay in the Deluxe King Room with City View, and the moment I walked in I was struck by the beautiful view of Portland that stretched out before me. The room was thoughtfully designed, exuding a bright, chic ambiance that perfectly balanced modern aesthetics with warm, inviting textures. The elegant nautical wood tones, tasteful décor, and thoughtful lighting design created a soothing environment, instantly making me feel at ease. The room was spotlessly clean and well-maintained, a testament to the high standards of housekeeping.

The plush king-sized bed was a cocoon of comfort, ensuring that every night’s sleep was restful. From the heavenly bed linens to the oversized bed pillows, no detail was overlooked. It was a place of solace, a space where I could recharge after a day of exploration. The addition of a chaise lounge and a desk only added to the room’s functionality and comfort.
The bathroom was equipped with a rainfall shower. The amenities provided, from the premium bath products to the fluffy towels, elevated the bathing experience to a whole new level. The large mirror and well-lit space made it easy to prepare for the day ahead or unwind in the evening.

Moreover, the room was equipped with modern conveniences, including a smart TV and high-speed Wi-Fi, ensuring that I could stay connected and entertained. The in-room Nespresso machine was a delightful touch, offering a fresh cup of coffee to start the day.

Whenever I give a review of a hotel, I prefer not to stay in the hotel’s most luxurious accommodations so that I can get an honest experience of what the hotel has to offer. However, in this case, I felt so spoiled in my deluxe room that I now have to go back and stay in the Canopy’s most luxurious room, just to experience it.

The Canopy Portland Waterfront’s staff was a shining example of what exceptional hospitality should be. From the valets who greeted me upon arrival to the front desk personnel who were always ready to assist, their dedication and genuine warmth were evident throughout my stay.

Housekeeping, too, deserves special commendation. They consistently maintained the room’s impeccable condition, ensuring that it was always a joy to return to after a day of adventure. The attention to detail and commitment to guest comfort was truly impressive. I greatly appreciated the hotel very conveniently placing a QR code in the room that allowed me to tip the housekeeper.

The Luna Rooftop Bar and Patio at Night

It was not just the efficiency and professionalism of the staff that made the difference; it was their genuine passion for creating a memorable experience for me as a guest. Whether it was a friendly chat in the elevator or a personalized recommendation for a dish at the hotel’s restaurant, the staff made me feel like a treasured friend visiting their home.
One of the standout features of the Canopy Portland Waterfront is undoubtedly the spectacular Luna Rooftop Bar. Perched high above the bustling streets of Portland, this unique establishment offers a breathtaking, unobstructed panoramic view of Casco Bay. As someone who appreciates both the beauty of the natural world and the craft of mixology, this rooftop was nothing short of paradise.

Upon arrival at Luna Rooftop Bar, I was instantly captivated by the open-air setting and the modern yet relaxed atmosphere. The wooden deck and stylish furnishings exuded a coastal elegance that perfectly complemented the stunning vistas beyond. It was a sublime spot to unwind, whether sipping on a signature cocktail or simply gazing at the mesmerizing sunset over the bay.

The cocktail menu was a carefully curated masterpiece with a range of creative concoctions that celebrated the flavors of the region. I had the pleasure of indulging in a “Tijuana Temptress” with Clase Azul and a refreshing blend of hopped syrup, grapefruit, lime, and bubbles. The bartenders were not just masters of mixology, they were also friendly and knowledgeable about the local area. The place was beyond busy, yet I was waited on with care as though I was the only one at the bar.

The rooftop was also an ideal place to socialize with fellow travelers or locals. During my visit, I met some fascinating individuals who shared their love for the city, and I even made a few new friends over a shared appreciation for the scenery and the libations. The atmosphere was convivial and warm, making it easy to connect with others and create memorable experiences. My server was a gentleman named Petar, who was the epitome of exceptional service; the perfect balance between being personable and having a sense of humor, and the ability to make sure his customers have everything they need.

Amazing Breakfast Spread at Salt Yard Canopy PortlandWaterfront Hotel

A great day starts with a great breakfast, and the Salt Yard at Canopy Portland Waterfront set the bar incredibly high. Each morning, I indulged in the hotel’s breakfast offerings, and I was consistently impressed with the quality, variety, and service.

The Salt Yard offered a delightful range of options, catering to various tastes and dietary preferences. From fresh fruit to pastries, eggs to local cheeses, and a selection of gourmet coffees and teas, there was something to satisfy every craving. The menu celebrated local ingredients and flavors, providing a genuine taste of Portland’s culinary scene. I ordered the Classic Breakfast, and as a person who has dined everywhere one can in the city, I can honestly say it is the best breakfast I have ever had in Portland, Maine.

What truly stood out was the professionalism and warmth of the Salt Yard’s staff. The servers were attentive without being intrusive, and their genuine interest in ensuring my breakfast experience was exceptional was evident. It was a pleasant way to start the day, with a delicious meal in a cozy and stylish environment.

In retrospect, my three-night stay at the Canopy Portland Waterfront in Portland, Maine, was more than just a hotel experience; it was an immersion into the soul of this beautiful coastal city. From the enchanting rooms that were a sanctuary of comfort and style to the exceptional staff who went above and beyond to ensure my stay was unforgettable, the Canopy PortlandWaterfront exceeded all expectations.

The Luna Rooftop Bar was a revelation, offering a unique perspective on the city and the bay, while the Salt Yard provided a delicious introduction to the culinary delights of Portland. This hotel is not just a place to stay; it’s a destination in and of itself.

Many hotels make the mistake of going above and beyond for the sake of being larger, offering an abundance of options that range from multiple restaurants to shops, spas and so on. Personally, I feel as though simplicity that knows how to do the important things right is the winning formula. Canopy offers everything one needs without overextending themselves, which allows them to do all of it perfectly.

As a frequent traveler and food and travel enthusiast, I hope you’ll take me seriously when I state, if you’re seeking an exceptional and truly authentic experience in the heart of Portland, look no further than the CanopyPortland Waterfront – it’s quite simply the best hotel experience I’ve ever had, and I can’t wait to return. •

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