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A Significant Overhaul is Underway for The Daniel And Captain Daniel Stone Inn, Transforming it Into a Charming Boutique Property

Upon acquiring the Brunswick, Maine property previously known as The Daniel and Captain Daniel Stone Inn in 2020, Gerard Kiladjian’s Principal Hospitality had a vision of converting the historic establishment into a boutique hotel. However, the onset of the pandemic brought unforeseen challenges.

After a thorough renovation process and some pandemic-related setbacks, The Federal was unveiled earlier this spring as the hospitality group’s inaugural concept.

With over 35 years of experience in the hospitality sector, Kiladjian, formerly the general manager of the Portland Harbor Hotel, decided to venture into this new project. Despite being just a 30-minute drive from Portland, the rates at this property are significantly more affordable.

“You won’t find these prices in Portland,” he remarked.

Kiladjian aims to demonstrate that Brunswick is a desirable destination for travelers. Situated near Bowdoin College and midway between Portland and Boothbay Harbor, this coastal town, located two hours north of Boston, serves as an excellent base for exploring the mid-coast of Maine.

“Camden is an hour away, and Freeport is merely a 10-minute drive from here,” Kiladjian pointed out. “Brunswick is emerging as a popular stop, but you can also embark on day trips from the property to visit neighboring attractions.”

Originally built in 1810 as the residence of Captain Daniel Stone, the meticulously restored property now features a grand two-story atrium lobby adorned with a maritime theme. It comprises just 30 guest rooms distributed across two buildings.

The larger East Wing accommodates king and queen guest rooms furnished with antique pieces and contemporary conveniences, seamlessly blending the past with the present to create a chic and comfortable narrative of the hotel’s heritage, as mentioned on the website.

The cozy Federal building constitutes the renovated 19th-century home of a sea captain. Within this section, you’ll find four guest rooms and two generous suites.

During our recent stay in The Captain Stone Suite at the Federal building, we experienced the exquisite suite situated on the top level. It boasts a king-sized bedroom with an ornamental fireplace, a separate living area with a functional office setup, and a spacious bathroom complete with double sinks, a walk-in shower, and premium William Roam bath amenities.

The captivating interior design, featuring elements like a petrified wood table weighing 1,300 pounds and rooms furnished with Restoration Hardware pieces, was crafted by Kiladjian’s wife, Annie Kiladjian. The creative mind behind Annie K. Designs in Portland, she infused the hotel and restaurant with sophisticated designs.

Each morning, guests can enjoy complimentary freshly brewed coffee on the upper level overlooking the lobby. Free amenities offered here include high-speed WiFi access, entry to the fitness room and yoga studio, and the option to bring along dogs for an additional charge. Adjacent to the lobby, there’s a small market where snacks and beverages can be purchased.

The revamped restaurant at The Federal has already made a significant impact. The former Coast Bar + Bistro has been rebranded as 555 North. Helmed by the acclaimed chef duo Steve and Michelle Corry from 555 Portland, the custom-designed establishment promises to deliver a high-quality dining experience focused on local ingredients and fresh seafood.

A picturesque brick fireplace graces the bar area of the new 140-seat restaurant, accentuated by a hand-painted mural. The bright dining room is enveloped by walls of windows and elegant glass barn doors that separate it from the bar.

555 North’s menu features innovative interpretations of classic dishes. To start off, we recommend sampling the bread and butter paired with house-made lemon-chive butter. The Bangs Island mussels and the grilled Caesar topped with garlic croutons are must-tries. The autumn duck breast, served with cranberry duck jus, steals the spotlight as a delectable main course.

The Federal and 555 North are conveniently situated at 10 Water Street in Brunswick, Maine.

Image Source: The Portland Press Herald

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