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Welcome to Our New Fireside in Belfast…

For Immediate Release

Barry Asalone
[email protected]


Belfast, Maine – The award-winning Comfort Inn Ocean’s Edge will become the Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean’s Edge on January 1, 2014.  The Comfort Inn in Belfast is owned by Lafayette Hotels of Bangor.  “We have chosen to end our franchise relationship with Comfort Inn,” said Barry Asalone, General Manager.  “This was a tough decision because the Comfort Inn brand has been good to us over the years, but we believe that operational decisions are better made by the owner than the franchisor.”

When the Comfort Inn franchise agreement came up for renewal, Lafayette Hotels opted not to extend it. Contracts with national hotel brands are very restrictive, occasionally even prohibiting upgrades that exceed brand standards.  Converting the hotel to a Fireside Inn & Suites will allow Lafayette Hotels to greatly enhance guest services and amenities.  For example, Fireside Inn & Suites uses Keurig coffee brewers and serve Green Mountain coffee.  They use Bath & Body Works soaps and shampoos.  All rooms have a refrigerator and microwave.  Some rooms have: fireplaces, massage chairs and Tempur-Pedic beds.

“We are excited about the change,” said Asalone “and we look forward to offering the same award-winning service delivered by our excellent staff.” In addition to the hotel, the on-site Ocean’s Edge Restaurant will continue to serve first-class cuisine.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-303-5098 or online at

The Fireside Inn & Suites brand is a New England based brand, owned and operated by Lafayette hotels.  The Comfort Inn Ocean’s Edge will become the eighth Fireside Inn & Suites in the Lafayette portfolio.

Lafayette Hotels is a Maine based hotel company with thirty owned and managed hotels in Maine New Hampshire and Michigan.   There are Fireside Inn & Suites properties in Bangor, Belfast, Waterville, Auburn and Portland, Maine and in Gilford, West Lebanon and Nashua, New Hampshire.


Introducing the Fireside Inn Belfast…

Belfast Maine HotelOn January 1, 2014 we welcome the Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean’s Edge in Belfast, Maine.

The Award-Winning property is in the heart of Maine’s Mid-Coast. Every one of our rooms has a view of beautiful Penobscot Bay. Feast on fresh Maine seafood in our Ocean’s Edge Restaurant serving seafood, steaks, and pasta, as well as our Chef’s delicious homemade desserts. Stroll our beach or perhaps explore the coast by sailboat or kayak.

They are only a short drive from many of Maine’s most picturesque coastal villages and harbors including Belfast, Camden, Castine, Boothbay Harbor and Bar Harbor. Acadia National Park is 55 miles away. Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory are just 15 minutes from the Inn.

A stay at Fireside Inn Ocean’s Edge is an experience you won’t want to forget. For more information: Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean’s Edge – Belfast, Maine

The Welcome Home Club for Frequent Travelers

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All of the Firesides are members of the Welcome Home Club.

The Welcome Home Club is a reward program designed for frequent travelers who stay at our participating hotels at least 10 to 12 times per year; and generally stay Sunday through Thursday.  Benefits may be added or changed from time to time and vary from hotel to hotel.

If you would like to sign-up for the Welcome Home Club please visit: 

In addition to the Fireside Inns – a handful of other Lafayette Hotels are members of the program – please visit our Rewards Page for more information.


Welcome Fireside Inn Nashua!

We are very excited to welcome a new Fireside Inn & Suites to our family! Please read the press release here…

For Immediate Release

December 2012
Contact: Maranda Twombley
B&C Management – New Hampshire, Inc.
(603).883.7700 [email protected]



Nashua, New Hampshire – Lafayette Hotels of Bangor, Maine has signed a management contract with the Granite Inn in Nashua, New Hampshire. The property will become the seventh Fireside Inn & Suites – the third Fireside in New Hampshire.30024 pbimg4 P 300x197 Welcoming a New Fireside Inn to the Family...

The Fireside Inn & Suites of Nashua is located off of US-3 on the outskirts of downtown Nashua and a 45-minute drive to Boston. The hotel is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenic landscape and foliage that New England has to offer.

The Inn features 100 well-appointed and newly renovated guest rooms and suites. A 99 Restaurant and cocktail lounge are on-site, as well as a complimentary continental breakfast for guests.

“We are excited…we feel that this decision by the company will help to better serve and provide a better experience for our guests,” said Maranda Twombley, Assistant Manager of the Fireside Inn & Suites – Granite Inn.

Screen shot 2012 12 04 at 4.51.36 PM 300x198 Welcoming a New Fireside Inn to the Family...The Fireside Inn & Suites of Nashua is owned by B&C Management – New Hampshire, Inc., a New Hampshire based company.  The Fireside Inn & Suites located in Nashua is one of the company’s locations, along with Maine and Vermont.

Other Fireside locations in New Hampshire include: Lake Winnipesaukee/Gilford and West Lebanon. The four Maine properties include: Auburn, Bangor, Portland and Waterville. For more information on the Fireside Inn & Suites brand, please visit:

Lafayette Hotels owns and operates 31 hotels in Maine, New Hampshire and Michigan – including the Nordic Village Resort in the North Conway, New Hampshire area. Maine properties include: the Senator Inn & Spa in Augusta, the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort in Wells Beach, and the AAA Four-Diamond Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor.  Learn more about Lafayette Hotels at

Owners Danny and Carla Lafayette of Hampden, Maine are actively involved with fundraising for cancer research and treatment. They have played an important role in the creation of the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer, Maine. For more information about the Lafayette Family Foundation visit


Established in 1982, Lafayette Hotels is a Maine-based company, which owns and operates 31 hotels in Maine and New Hampshire and one in Michigan. Lafayette Hotel properties also include the Black Bear Inn and Conference Center in Orono, the Best Western Merry Manor Inn and Fireside Inn in Portland, the Best Western White House Inn in Bangor, the Fireside Inn in Waterville, among others.
For more information about the Lafayette Hotels family, visit

Rewards Program News

Fireside Inn & Suites Portland, Maine

The Fireside Inn & Suites in Portland is offering a Bonus Rewards Points Specials for their Fireside Rewards Program. Earn 250 bonus points for staying between November 18 and December 30, 2011. Find out more about this special here: and sign-up for the Fireside Rewards Program here

**Please note: The other Fireside Inn & Suites are in the Welcome Home Club Program (download the Welcome Home Club flyer here).

Maine’s Official State Treat

It’s now a law – you must eat Whoopie Pies (not really, but they are definitely yummy)!

On April 21, 2011 a bill passed making Whoopie Pies Maine’s Official State Treat. This bill became law on September 28, 2011 (90 days after the legislative session ended).

The bill titled, “‘An Act To Designate the Whoopie Pie as the State Treat,” states:

The whoopie pie, a baked good made of 2 cakes with a creamy frosting between them, is the official state treat.

Come into a Fireside Inn & Suite and enjoy a complimentary Whoopie Pie (up to 2 per room). We enacted our Whoopie Pie giveaway back in March – we are ahead of the curve!

The Fireside Inn & Suites in Gilford Welcomes New GM

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2011
Contact: Frank Tuscano
Fireside Inn & Suites – Lake Winnipesaukee
(603) 293-7526

The Fireside Inn & Suites Lake Winnipesaukee Welcomes New General Manager

GILFORD, New Hampshire: Fireside Inn & Suites is pleased to announce that Francis Tuscano has joined the hotel as General Manager. Mr. Tuscano has thirty-five years of experience in the Hospitality Industry.

He has worked for the past 8 years as the General Manager of the Anchorage Inns & Suites in Portsmouth and Rochester N.H.

Mr. Tuscano was previously employed by LaCava Associates as a general Manager at several of their properties in Waltham, Marlboro and Fitchburg, MA.

Mr. Tuscano is looking forward to getting involved with the local community charities. In the past 12 years he has been a member of Rotary International as well as other organizations.

The Fireside Inn & Suites is located at 17 Harris Shore Road, Route 11, in Gilford and has 24 suites and 59 full size rooms. The Fireside Inn & Suites is owned by Lafayette Hotels. Established in 1982, Lafayette Hotels is a Maine-based company which owns and operates 29 hotels in Maine and New Hampshire and one in Michigan. Lafayette Hotel properties include 6 Fireside Inn & Suites located in Auburn, Bangor, Portland, and Waterville, Maine, as well as Gilford/Laconia and West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Other locations include: the Senator Inn & Spa in Augusta, Holiday Inn by the Bay, the Boothbay Harbor Inn and the Tugboat Inn in Boothbay Harbor, among others. Visit for more information.


Free Pet Bowl with Stay

All of our Fireside Inns are Pet-friendly. We also are offering free pet bowls (one per room) when you and your pet stay with us.

Mason with Free Pet Bowl from the Fireside Inns

Mason with Free Pet Bowl from the Fireside Inns

Whoopies on the house …

Wicked Whoopies from the Fireside Inn & Suites… when you stay with us.

Fireside Inn & Suites are now offering each guest a Wicked Whoopie at check in.

“The Fireside Inn & Suites brand of hotels is a proud Maine-based business so it seems only fitting that we celebrate our Maine roots with the state’s favorite treat at check-in,” said Peter Daigle, chief operating officer for Lafayette Hotels, the parent company of the hotel group. “Our hotels are proud to support Isamax Snacks and their wonderful Wicked Whoopies.”

Read the rest of the press release here…

A New Year, A New Fireside…

Fireplace in Fireside Inn & Suites Portland LobbyWe want to wish you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year. As we usher in 2011 we also welcome our newest Fireside Inn & Suites in Portland, Maine.

The Fireside Inn & Suites in Portland is centrally located and offers warm Maine hospitality, coupled with the conveniences of the Portland Metro area. After a long day of exploring Portland, relax in their beautiful indoor pool and well equipped fitness center including a Jacuzzi tub. Dine in Zackery’s Fireside Restaurant or relax by the beautiful stone lobby fireplace. Find out more at