Uncommon Hospitality's The Longfellow Hotel to Open in 2023

Maine-based, family-owned hospitality group Uncommon Hospitality has announced its newest project, The Longfellow Hotel, designed in partnership with New York-based design firm Post Company. Opening in summer 2023, the property will be the first independent full-service hotel to open in Portland in 20 years and is the namesake of famed Portland poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Longfellow will be a five-story, ground-up building located in Portland’s historic West End neighborhood. The hotel will be located across the street from Uncommon Hospitality’s Francis Hotel, a restored historic mansion that was transformed into a hotel in 2017. Guests can expect a residentially inspired and design-forward hospitality concept with a Nordic-inspired wellness offering.

The lobby at The Longfellow has a communal lounge with casual seating and an intimate bar, handcrafted by local millworkers. The bar is a focal point of the lobby experience at The Longfellow. As well, The boutique property will have 48 rooms with 44 king rooms and four suites. Several of the rooms have French balconies or bay windows. Tip: The Longfellow will also offer pet-friendly rooms. 

The food and beverage offering will be curated by local purveyors and will include the Twinflower Café and Five of Clubs, a European-style lobby bar. Twinflower will be a wellness-focused café serving clean and wholesome breakfast and lunch offerings, as well as espresso drinks and fresh juices. The café and bar will be operated by Siobhán & Mike Sindoni, owners of Wayside Tavern, located in The Francis Hotel. In the evening Five of Clubs will focus on classic cocktails, local seafood and charcuterie.

The Longfellow Hotel

Asteria is the wellness spa at the resort. Inspired by Nordic spa traditions and focusing on full body and mind wellness, the spa will offer sauna, massage and meditation experiences. The 1,800-square-foot space comprises two massage treatment rooms, which can combine to offer couples treatments; two private infrared sauna experience rooms with halo therapy; and a meditation room with Mind-Sync Harmonic Sleep Loungers.

The private sauna experience rooms offer the freedom to cycle through the heat in the infrared sauna and the cold plunge of the experiential shower, with time to relax in a private area in between. The meditation room will have Mind-Sync Harmonic Sleep Loungers which marry sound wave therapy with Zero Gravity positioning for relaxation. 

Asteria will use products from OSEA, which comprise nutrient-dense, vegan formulas created to nourish skin and spark the senses. The street-level spa reception will also have a retail boutique highlighting both OSEA products and hand-crafted items by Maine producers and artisans. Asteria will donate a portion of proceeds to local nonprofit, Full Plates Full Potential, to help ensure food security for children and youth in Maine.

The neighborhood is rich in history, with a collection of cultural attractions, restaurants and shops, plus a walkable connection to other parts of the city, including the Old Port, East End and Arts District. Reservations are anticipated to be available for booking beginning in spring 2023. For more information, visit longfellowhotel.com.

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