Sable Oaks Sheraton Review – November 2019
In Portland Maine, the Sable Oaks Marriott transitioned to the Sable Oaks Sheraton earlier this year after a major makeover. There was an M11 3000 bonus points a night promotion for this property. Since we were looking for someplace closer to home this year for Veteran’s Day weekend, and we looking to add some points to our Bonvoy account, we decided to check it out.
I had a bunch of SNA’s left but not option to use them. I called the hotel and spoke to Errol, who ended up checking us out when we left, and he informed me there were no upgrades as the hotel had a big event that weekend.
After a long work week we ducked out a bit early that Friday to head north on 95 for what was an unseasonably cold weekend. We arrived before dark and found it on the hill above the Maine Mall and next to the Sable Oaks golf course. Jason checked us in and recognized us as Titanium and asked if we wanted points. I also asked about the M11 bonus points and he said he’d take care of it. It’s worth noting that they were posted to my account the next day. I asked for a quiet room and he put us on the top floor down the end of the hallway. He told us about the wifi login, lounge and restaurant hours and was very professional.
They offered us the hotel van that would take us to any restaurant within a mile of the hotel and recommended the Tuscan Table. We decided to check out the hotel first. Jason explained that they had been completely renovated. After going to our room which was of good size and had lots of outlets for charging devices and a 50 or maybe 60 inch TV we snooped the hotel.
They do have a nice indoor pool and decent size gym. The pool area was really warm which was nice considering we went through flurries on our way there. Towels were provided and restrooms were nearby. Then we went to the conference area which was setting up for something that required a stage and sound and lights. Interesting. Finally we went into the lounge which is in the back of the Farmhouse restaurant and separated by a glass wall.
The lounge had a nice feel to it. Some wood planks on the ceiling and some plaid chairs. There was a sofa and chairs under the large TV with a big wood look coffee table. Mainly tables of 2 and 4 and up to 30 could be seated. There were also 6 backless plaid stools under the island. The evening offerings included 2 hot items, a nice cheese and fruit platter and complimentary beer and wine. There was also a coffee station with Keruig available with snacks and breakfast bars against the restaurant wall. The attendant Tami was very nice and helpful.
After a libation in the lounge we decided to stay in and try out the Farmhouse restaurant. It had a nice fire feature as you first walk in. We sat at the bar and Brian took good care of us. We decided to have the pizza and it was really delicious. Just what we needed!
The next morning we had an outstanding breakfast. We did notice as we walked to the lounge a big sign for the Miss Maine pageant that was being held at the hotel. Also Miss Junior Maine. Lots of lovely young ladies with long legs and spiked heels were walking around. Now we understood the event. One thing to note about the breakfast was on the weekend they offer the lounge to the restaurant folks as a buffet for $18.99 per person. There was a lot more offered on the weekend than on Monday morning when we left. Regardless there was plenty to eat all days and it was delicious. Eggs, a meat, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. No complaints here.
We went out to explore. Cabela’s wasn’t too far and we enjoyed a little shopping diversion. Then it was off to Portland Head Light. The Museum was only $2 each and it was worth it to warm up a bit. It was beautiful but brisk day. It must be amazing in summer.
Afterwards, we headed into downtown Portland which has a ton of character. You can still find old cobblestone streets. This was Longfellow’s home and there is a square and a statue of him. I did investigate Bonvoy Eats and found a great Irish Pub, Bull Feeney’s, with an attachment to the Hollywood Director John Ford and a history of helping newly arrived Irish immigrants. Great spot for a cold Guinness and a lamb stew. We also scored 511 points.
There is plenty of shopping and restaurants with new hotels popping up along Commercial Street. I found the Courtyard and Residence Inn but never made it to the Press Hotel. I think if I come back I’ll want to stay downtown so that you can walk around and have an adult beverage.
Sunday was a trip to LL Bean and Freeport. It was the beginning of the holiday shopping season and both parking and the store were crazy busy. I think I preferred Cabelas! As a veteran, we popped into the Deering post in downtown Portland. They were preparing for the parade and open house the next day. It was a grand old building downtown and the folks were very welcoming. It was one of the Legions that still allows smoking however.
After we ended up back to the waterfront and had a late lunch at the floating restaurant DeMillo’s. It is a stalwart in the community and the DeMillo family still owns and runs it. We validated our parking (parking is roughly $7 an hour everywhere downtown) and sat in the bow and enjoyed a nice relaxing meal. Scallops were delicious!
We headed home early Monday after Errol checked us out. Honestly, after calling and being told the hotel would be busy I had anticipated the worst. I was pleasantly surprised. You can tell she’s an old hotel – the windows and elevators need to be overhauled – but most of the other work was tastefully done. The food was above average and all the personnel we interacted with were welcoming and informative. I would stay here again however I think next time its downtown Portland for us.
This stay also was the one that got us our 2000 bonus so the weekend scored us over 20K points (before credit card bonus points).Enjoy the photo’s and feel free to ask questions.