Learn more about our historic Portland Hotel
The Portland Regency Hotel & Spa is located in a 19th Century, neo-classical armory building – a historic landmark in Portland, Maine’s Old Port district, just two blocks from the waterfront.
The “State of Maine Armory”, as it was called, was built for Maine's National Guard in 1895 at a cost of $20,000. At the time, it was considered one of the finest and best-equipped armories in New England.
The Armory was vacated in 1941, when Maine’s National Guard troops came under the control of the federal government. For a brief time, a caretaker was the lone occupant of the building. City officials ultimately decided to open the armory to house soldiers, sailors, and marines who were temporarily stranded in Portland. During one two-month period, over 4,000 men took advantage of the facility for overnight stays.
In 1942, the United States Navy took control of the armory and used it as a recreation center for the duration of World War II. At the close of the war, the building once again served multiple purposes: as a home to the National Guard's citizen soldiers, a civic auditorium, and as the city's public bathhouse. In 1962, the Armory was taken over by the city of Portland for conversion into a waterfront parking lot. Before this transformation could take place, the armory was sold to State Paper Company for use as a warehouse.
The armory was finally purchased in 1984 for conversion into a hotel. The Portland Regency Hotel opened with 95 rooms in 1987, complementing the city’s restored Old Port. The exterior of the armory was preserved intact, with the exception of the skylight windows on the upper floors. Many of the original architectural elements now create unique features within the guestrooms. Highly detailed fireplaces and turret windows bring a special ambiance to this historic hotel.
As recognition for its preservation of a historically significant building, The Portland Regency Hotel was invited by the National Trust of Historic Preservation to become a distinguished member of the Historic Hotels of America in 1990
In August of 2003, the Portland Regency Hotel became the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa, the only hotel in downtown Portland to have its own fitness center and full-service day spa.
Marking its 25th anniversary in 2012, The Portland Regency Hotel & Spa underwent a unique 5-month renovation on the third and fourth floors. Outdated guestroom furnishings were replaced with modern features, adding to the elegance of the armory building. On the fourth floor, the skylights were all replaced with outdoor decks, which now offer breathtaking views of the city and harbor.