To be fair, this place might be great and service might be fine for any night when the Sox are out of town or if you're there during the offseason. I don't recall ever making the trip, so my rating is based solely on pre-gaming for the red sox.
Roof deck is awesome on a nice day/night, if you can get a table. The prices here for beers are great if you are looking to pregame before heading into Fenway. However, you want to get here early. Usually you'd suggest that because of the tables getting filled, but at this place they always seem to be overwhelmed by the amount of people ordering food/drinks and the wait for food can last forever. In my last trip (before a sox game), I ordered a chicken sandwich and a Narragansett tall boy. My food came to me before my beer....I finished my sandwich and started picking at my fries before the waitress came over and said "your drinks will be right over." Unacceptable.
So why am I giving this place 3 stars instead of 1? As long as you're just getting beer, this place gets 4.5 stars. If you sit down I give it 1.5 stars, expect to wait for service and you'll get food that's "egh."
I stayed at this hotel for a bachelor party in Portland this past weekend with 9 other guys. We booked two 'Deluxe King Parlor Non Smoking' rooms. I entered the hotel from the main entrance and went up to our room on the 5th floor. As I exited the elevator, we must have been in the smoking section. For the first twenty or so feet the corridor wreaked, as if years of smoke had been absorbed into the walls. Luckily, as we turned the corner and found our room, the smell had dissipated. When I entered my room, I was pleasantly surprised with the size. We had a narrow hallway, which lead to a "TV room" (couch, "old school" tv, desk, coffee table and two chairs), which opened to the bedroom (king bed, "old school" tv, large closet along the wall), which then lead to a changing room and finally the bathroom. The bathroom was fairly small and could only really fit one person when we were trying to get ready to go out. But, overall the furniture/tvs/wallpaper was pretty out-dated and the bed was OK. I wish we could have opened the curtains to the windows a little more to lighten up the room. Also, from time to time our electrical plugs would stop working. So we'd end up changing the locations of lamps/cell phone chargers.
I should note, the staff was very friendly and helpful during check -in. When I got to the room I noticed an ice bucket, but after walking up and down the entire hallway I could not find an ice machine. I called the front desk and they told me that some of their ice machines were out of service and gave me directions to where I could find one in service (8th floor).
The hotel is close enough to walk comfortably to the Old Port area. I'm not sure if it was something specific to Portland as a whole, but there were a lot of homeless people on the walk between the hotel and Old Port. The highest concentration seemed to be in the area around this hotel.
Overall, I think you get what you pay for - the price was not bad at all and that's the main reason this gets 2 stars.
The course is very short, couldn't believe it was 18 holes when I checked the address on google maps. Although short, its challenging for the average golfer. Cranberry bogs on almost every hole swallowed up more of my balls than I'd like to admit, but I was not alone. You will see hundreds of others littering this course. I'll give this course 4 stars. We paid $37 to tee off at 3 PM with a cart. I thought it was well worth that price and the course was in decent shape considering the winter we've had and how early it was in the season.
I had the Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwich, which came with seasoned fries and potato salad. With a drink, the total was less than $7. The sandwich was AWESOME! The fries were GREAT! The potato salad hit the spot to finish the combo!
Unfortunately, I'm not from the area. However, next time I'm around, I will be heading back to Harvey's!