Portland Harbor Hotel Earns AAA Four Diamond Award for Third Consecutive Year

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Portland Harbor Hotel remains Portland’s only Four Diamond hotel.

It acts as recognition of our expert staff, further motivating them to continue diligently delivering the best possible experience for our guests. The Award also encourages local residents to take advantage of Portland Harbor Hotel’s many amenities.

Portland Harbor Hotel, the stylish and sophisticated downtown hotel located in the city’s hip Old Port waterfront shopping and dining neighborhood, has received the AAA Four-Diamond Award again for 2006. This is the third consecutive year that the Hotel has earned the award, by consistently demonstrating its commitment to providing an unsurpassed level of service and a regal hotel quality. AAA evaluates hotels based on exterior grounds, public areas, room décor and ambiance, guest room amenities, bathrooms, housekeeping, management, and guest services. The Award was presented Thursday, May 11, to Portland Harbor Hotel and twenty-one other Maine hotels and restaurants, at a lavish dinner prepared by Chef Jeff Landry, Executive Chef at Eve’s at the Garden, Portland Harbor Hotel’s four-star restaurant.

“The AAA Four Diamond Award is more than a rating looked for by travelers,” said Gerard Kiladjian, General Manager. “It acts as recognition of our expert staff, further motivating them to continue diligently delivering the best possible experience for our guests. The Award also encourages local residents to take advantage of Portland Harbor Hotel’s many amenities.”

Properties in the running for this prestigious Award are evaluated by a AAA representative without prior notification, a process that involves at least one unannounced inspection and one overnight visit each year. Hotels must excel in all areas to be considered for the Four Diamond Award. When rating a hotel, AAA takes the size, age, and overall appeal of an establishment into consideration, as well as regional architectural style and design. Four Diamond properties are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities, combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail. AAA Diamond Ratings represent a combination of the overall quality, the range of facilities, and the level of services offered by a property.

Kiladjian added, “We continue to ‘go above and beyond’ to present the Portland Harbor Hotel brand as the preferred choice for upscale business and leisure travelers.” To build its reputation for quality, the staff at the Hotel participates in detailed etiquette trainings from the elite Protocol School of Washington. In addition, senior managers at the Hotel are tenured travel and tourism industry professionals. The combined impact of these factors has created what Kiladjian refers to as Portland Harbor Hotel’s “art of hospitality.”

The Portland Harbor Hotel also received official notification this spring that the property had been recommended for inclusion in Condé Nast Johansens 2006 Guide to Recommended Hotels, Inns and Resorts & Spas for the Americas, Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific. Only four Maine hotel properties were selected for the 2006 Guide. In addition to Portland Harbor Hotel, these properties include Balance Rock Inn, The Lodge at Moosehead Lake, and The White Barn Inn.

Located at 468 Fore St. in the heart of the Old Port, the Portland Harbor Hotel’s old world charm, distinctive design, and top-notch service have earned it the distinction of being an American Automobile Association (AAA) four-diamond hotel, the only hotel to receive this honor in Portland. The Hotel’s deluxe guest rooms and suites offer views of Portland and the alluring Hotel Terrace. On-site services and amenities include a state-of-the-art conference room, wireless high speed Internet access throughout the Hotel, valet parking, complimentary Lincoln Towncar service, certified concierge services, 24-hour room service, nightly turndown service, meeting and banquet facilities, and a fitness center. The Portland Harbor Hotel is home to the four-star restaurant, Eve’s at the Garden. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in the dining room overlooking the Terrace.

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2006 AAA Award Recipients: MAINE

Hotel Properties

Balance Rock Inn 1903 (BAR HARBOR)

Bar Harbor Hotel-Bluenose Inn (BAR HARBOR)

Bar Harbor Tides Bed & Breakfast (BAR HARBOR)

Inn By The Sea (CAPE ELIZABETH)

Harraseeket Inn (FREEPORT)

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake (GREENVILLE)

The White Barn Inn (KENNEBUNK BEACH)

Captain Lord Mansion (KENNEBUNKPORT)

The Yachtsman Lodge & Marina (KENNEBUNKPORT)

The Inn at Oceans Edge (LINCOLNVILLE)

The Inn at Sunrise Point (LINCOLNVILLE)

Portland Harbor Hotel (PORTLAND)

Berry Manor Inn (ROCKLAND)

Samoset Resort & Marcel's (ROCKPORT)

Stage Neck Inn (YORK HARBOR)

Restaurants

Michelle's Fine Dining (BAR HARBOR)

The Rose Garden (BAR HARBOR)

Arrows Restaurant (OGUNQUIT)

Hugo's Restaurant (PORTLAND)

Primo (ROCKLAND)

Marcel's (ROCKPORT)

The White Barn Inn (5 DIAMOND) (KENNEBUNK BEACH)

Contacts:

James Britt

gBritt PR

207/767-6488

207/767-6366 Fax

Gerard Kiladjian 207-775-9090

Portland Harbor Hotel, General Manager

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