The classic facade of this handsome 1884 Italianate in the architecturally rich Western Promenade area gives no hint of the splashy, modern surprises within. The large common spaces have who-would-have-thunk-it combinations like bright faux marble walls, a painted checkerboard floor, and a leopard-print runner; most of the guest rooms are hand-painted with fun florals, bird motifs, and even gold pom-pom balls. The inn feels like a gallery, with almost every available surface
covered by contemporary art. Somehow it all comes together, creating a whimsical, outrageous, and wonderful effect.
Aug 1, 2011
The Pomegranate is under new management as of April, 2011, so some of the reviews before then are misleadingly negative. My wife and I just got back from a twentieth anniversary trip to Portland and points east, and the Pomegranate was our favorite place. The food, now prepared by proprietress and breakfast cook book author Dana Moos, was out of this world. Our first breakfast was Pineapple Banana Cairns with Cinnamon Crème followed by Cheese
Blintz Souffle with Mango Puree, Blackberry Coulis, and Local Maine Blackberries. The next morning we had a wonderful fruit plate followed by Egg Roulade filled with sautéed leeks, garlic scapes, and Parmesan with carrots, asparagus, and curry butter. I was so inspired that I bought her lovely cookbook. The service and hospitality were first rate, the room was clean and lovely, and the entire house is filled with beautiful and entertaining modern art. The house is an old mansion in Portland's historic West End, and we enjoyed walking from there to several spots in our Fodor's Down East book. If we're ever fortunate enough to return to Portland, we'll stay at the Pomegranate again.
Mar 5, 2011
Stayed at The Pomegranite Inn during Restaurant Week 2011 after business in Maine. The Inn is unique and comfortable on the inside. Stayed in the nicest and largest Room Suite 8. The Service just seemed incomplete. Different gal in charge at varying times, more anonymous mgmt as opposed to quite a few other B&B experiences. No one seems to be on premises at night...In fact the last evening no one was here. The police showed up responding to an alarm??
Knocked on my door and another couples trying to find someone in charge? Overall, this is a nice Inn. It retained a warm feel even in the difficult Winter time I was here.