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December 20, 2019

'Urban inn' opens in historic Portland building

Courtesy / Commonwealth Hotels All the units at 121 Middle, the new "urban inn" in Portland, include kitchens and living spaces.

An “urban inn” has opened in Maine’s largest urban area.

Dubbed 121 Middle with an address of, unsurprisingly, 121 Middle St., the inn features 11 rooms on the third floor of the historic Thompson Block in Portland’s Old Port district. Floor plans include two-bedroom apartments, suites and studios, and each unit has a kitchen and living space, according to a news release Thursday.

The inn is a joint venture of Commonwealth Hotels, a Kentucky-based hotel operator, and Portland developer East Brown Cow Management.

121 Middle offers no frills and virtual check-in, like Airbnb and other short-term rental services, but also can provide traditional hotel amenities, according to the release.

"Guests can customize the level of engagement with our team,” 121 Middle’s proprietor, Alen Saric, said. “They can utilize their residence like their own home, or they can engage with our local personnel for a tailored experience."

The Thompson Block, a four-story brick building with a mansard roof, was constructed for commercial use in 1867 after Portland’s Great Fire. The new inn represents the building’s first use as a residence, Commonwealth said.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

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