Room Set

Newsroom, Meeting Room

A Portland, Maine, 110-room boutique property has a one-of-a-kind space for meetings.


The Press Hotel in downtown Portland, Maine, doesn’t so much honor its history as the former home of the Portland Press Herald as report on it. Throughout the 110-room boutique property, design elements recall the building’s use as the Press Herald’s newsroom and printing plant, from a 1920s-style reporter’s desk in each guest room, to a cascading wall of 80 vintage typewriters in the lobby, to a house bar called The Inkwell.

The conceit also carries through to the hotel’s four meeting and event spaces, including the 525-square-foot Editorial Room, where the wall covering is made of recycled newspaper in a “Big News” pattern that becomes visible on closer inspection. “Within the overall design concept, we wanted to include nods to the building’s history as a printing press, to allow the guests to experience the writer’s trade in a sincere way,” said Michael Suomi, principal and vice president of design at Stonehill & Taylor, the architecture firm that designed the Press. “The meeting rooms were designed to resemble private residential libraries, which we felt helped capture the essence of the industry, and as a fun tieback to the newspaper, each meeting room features custom carpeting that highlights a different element from the production of a newspaper.”

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