Relais and Chateaux Camden Harbour Inn owners buy Danforth Inn in Portland
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2014
Gillian Britt, 207-775-2126
Danforth Inn new owners bring Relais & Chateaux experience to
Portland’s hospitality scene
PORTLAND, Maine – The Danforth Inn, a 9 room boutique Inn set in the heart of Portland’s West End, near the renowned Victoria Mansion, was purchased today by Raymond Brunyanszki and Oscar Verest, the owners of the Relais & Chateaux property the Camden Harbour Inn in Camden, Maine.
Brunyanszki and Verest had been exploring the possibility of opening an Inn in Portland for some time, “We’ve always loved Portland and have been keeping an eye out for the right spot for our brand,” explained Brunyanszki. “The Portland market, despite having many hotel rooms, did not offer any truly luxurious accommodations. We plan to bring our dedication to service and the guest experience, which enabled us to achieve Relais & Chateaux status, to Portland with this purchase.”
The Danforth Inn was built in 1823 and is a Federal style mansion, complete with a cupola with views of Portland’s harbor. A John Calvin Stevens designed addition was added to the property in 1901. Brunyanszki and Verest plan to renovate the property in the winter of 2014 and open a restaurant on site in 2015.
"Kim Swan has done a terrific job of running the Danforth," Brunyanszki said of the Inn's previous owner. "We couldn't be more excited about this new venture; and we're grateful to be able to take over this property from Kim."
The Danforth Inn is located at 163 Danforth St. The gracious Inn features nine rooms, many with working fireplaces; several comfortable seating areas, a wood paneled billiard room, a private garden and off street parking. Guest amenities include complimentary breakfast, free wi-fi and more. For more information or to make reservations, visit danforthinn.com.
About Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie’s:
The nationally acclaimed Camden Harbour Inn is a member of Relais & Chateaux. The property consistently receives praise from publications such as Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, Departures, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Yankee Magazine and Dispatches for its world-class service and amenities and unparalleled views. Awarded among “51 favorite splurges in the world” by Sherman’s Travel, the Inn attracts an upscale clientele who return often to experience one of New England’s most tranquil, inspired and treasured settings.
Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn has been called the finest gourmet eatery in Maine and was recently honored as one of OpenTable Diner’s Choice Top 100 Best Restaurants in America. Eater Maine named Natalie’s one of 18 Essential Restaurants in Maine and the restaurant was identified as one of the Best Meals of 2012 by two Maine-based food writers, Joe Ricchio and Nancy Heiser. Natalie’s earned 4 ½ stars from the Maine Sunday Telegram, which called the “dining experience flawless and the food magnificent.”
Natalie’s is redefining modern, fine dining in Maine. The restaurant places an emphasis on Maine seafood and offers a four-course Lobster Tasting menu, a three-course prix fixe menu and a Chef’s Tasting menu. The Wine Spectator-honored wine list features more than 250 specialty wines.
The restaurant is open currently Tuesday through Sunday and seven days in the summer; reservations are recommended and may be made through OpenTable or by calling (207) 236-7008. To make a reservation at the Camden Harbour Inn, call (207) 236-4200.
The Inn and the restaurant are located at 83 Bayview St. in Camden, Maine.