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Percy Inn

The Percy Inn is located in Portland, Maine, centered in Longfellow Square, near dozens of restaurants and downtown activities. Portland is the most populous city in the state of Maine, sitting at a population of 66,215 as of 2019. The building that makes up The Percy Inn has been around since 1830, which was just a few years after the state of Maine was created and recognized. There are a total of eight different rooms available for guests to choose. Due to the location of The Percy Inn, there are an abundant amount of interesting locations that are within a short distance from the inn, such as Portland Fire Museum, Deering Street Park, and places to eat like Local 188.


Located in a city lot, the Percy Inn comes supplied with eight rooms, each named after a famous poet. The Elizabeth Barrett Browning Jr. Suite, located on the ground floor, serves a queen-sized bed to its patrons. A gas burning fireplace in the room is used as decoration through the months of May to September, and for heating purposes for the months after. A leather loveseat with an ottoman in the room provides additional seating arrangements for guests, as well as a footrest. A cocktail table, chairs, and a flat-screen TV make up the remainder of the seating/entertainment services provided in the room. A private bathroom includes a walk-in shower and a toilet. Complimentary soft drinks are located in the refrigerator in the room, as well as complimentary WiFi.

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Suite provides a private entry and deck for their patrons, ideal for couples who wish to minimize their steps. A sitting area made from the wicker technique offers seating arrangements for guests. Like the other rooms, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Suite comes with a refrigerator, TV, A/C, and a private bathroom. The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Suite serves a marble bistro table with cane reading tables. An original 1830 fireplace still resides in the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Suite, providing heating and decoration for the guests. A study in the suite adjoins with a wet bar and refrigerator stocked with complimentary soft drinks. In the study area, bookshelves are lined from floor to ceiling, with several books placed throughout for guests to read. An extra twin bed can be placed in the room for an additional person, with a fee applied.

The Percy Bysshe Shelley Suite is decorated after Shelley's home in Horsham, England, complete with a walk-in cedar closet. The bathroom in the suite comes equipped with a pedestal sink and a tub. Similar amenities to the other rooms are provided, along with a rollaway twin bed for additional guests. The Dorothy Parker Junior Suite features a two-person shower, as well as the same amenities as the other rooms in the Percy Inn. The Walt Whitman Suite is located on the third floor, providing similar amenities as well as a view of Mount Washington.

The John Keats Suite delivers views of the Sacred Heart Church, along with other similar amenities as the rooms prior. Lastly, the Pine Studio contains a queen bed, a full-size sofa, and a studio for things such as cleaning and eating. A full kitchen in the Pine Studio comes equipped with a microwave oven, refrigerator, coffee maker, dishwasher, and sink. This studio can be combined with the John Keats Suite to make a six-person stay.


The Percy Inn focuses on the culture of an "1830 row house" by presenting antique decor and accommodations for their guests. Dale Northrup, the owner of the Percy Inn, mentions the inn as an "intimate and historical getaway for couples." Guests who have stayed at the Percy Inn mention in their reviews the location, with one review stating, "it is a great location, right in the center of the historic district. Several stores and restaurants are within steps of the inn." Other guest reviews focus on the staff of the Percy Inn, stating, "the staff is very friendly and attentive, focusing on each of my needs with a smile." With the Percy Inn being located near the historic district, the parking lot is seen as a "desirable feature," with guests being able to "park their cars for free and walk to the close locations." The Percy Inn also strives for cleanliness in all they do, with specific policies in place, such as a no pet policy and no smoking policy. The only exception to that is that smoking is allowed on the rear deck and the private balcony of the ground floor Emerson Room. A buffet-style breakfast, serving items such as eggs and bread, is served daily between 8 AM and 10 AM.

Several local businesses and restaurants are located close to the inn, including the Maine College of Art. The Portland Museum of Art is located two blocks away, with antique shops situated throughout those two blocks. Serving as the most populous city in Maine, Portland derives from the Old English word Portlanda, which means "land surrounding a harbor." Portland is organized into neighborhoods, as shown in the city signs.


The Percy Inn was built in 1830, ten years after Maine became an official state of the United States of America. It was designed as a Federal-style brick row house, meaning the home was connected to others through sidewalls, forming a continuous grouping of dwellings. Renovation occurred to transform this home into an inn through 1997.

Dale Northrup, the current owner, is a famed hotel critique, serving as the contributing editor for Inside Hotels and Cruise Ships for syndicated ravel radio. Northrup has also personally written over 23,000 hotel reviews throughout 70 different countries during his 20 years at STAR service, a critical guide on hotels and cruise ships. Nearly 100 cruise ships have also been professionally critiqued by Dale Northrup. Due to his experience with critiquing hotels, Dale Northrup decided to purchase the Percy Inn, and try running a business himself. He purchased the inn in 2000 and has run it ever since. The Percy Inn has been featured in several magazines, including Vogue, Martha Stewart, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and more. The inn was also featured in an NBC segment on the TODAY show, as well as named the Best Bed & Breakfast in New England by YANKEE, the magazine of New England.

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15 Pine Street
Portland, Maine 4102
United States


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