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About Portland, Maine
Historic Portland, with its wonderful views over Casco Bay, its busy working port, redbrick warehouses and Victorian shipbuilder’s mansions, is both pretty and vibrant, with great museums and art galleries and some even better restaurants. Many of the best places to stay in Portland, Maine can be found in its Old Port district, which is also where you’ll find numerous museums, galleries, bars and restaurants.
But if you’re looking for a great escape or a holiday by the sea then venture out onto the bay itself and there you’ll find some of the best places to stay in Portland, as well as some of the most amazing ocean views you can imagine.
Portland’s working port keeps this little capital with its cobbled streets from becoming too much of a museum to its great seafaring past. As well as contributing to the foodie culture. And as well as having the grand old neighbourhoods with graceful 19th Century mansions, Portland also has its share of up-and-coming hipster districts.
Some of Portland’s ‘must visit’ sights include the Old Port - of course, the Portland Head Lighthouse, Fort Williams Park on Cape Elizabeth, the West End neighbourhood, the Museum of Art and the Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby house, one of the finest examples of a Pre-Civil War mansion in America.
While you’re here you may also want to take a cruise, take a stroll along Back Cove, go to the beach, and of course, eat some lobster.
Use our pick of the best places to stay in Portland, Maine to help plan your trip. Just don't forget to book early - it's a popular spot during the busy summer months.
For a seaside break
- The Inn by the Sea is a luxurious oceanfront hotel with great views and 61 contemporary, but inviting rooms. As well as the elegant restaurant they also offer morning yoga, garden tours and nightly fire-pit sunsets.
- The Inn at Diamond Cove has just 44 rooms overlooking Casco Bay - or the outdoor pool and Cabana Bar. Beach access, plus access to miles of scenic walking trails, make this a relaxing spot.
- Blackpoint Inn is a 25 room seaside hotel with a country club feel. You have water views on three sides, plus a fine dining seafood restaurant and plenty of New England charm.
For great value
- The Portland Regency Hotel is right in the heart of the Old Port district, just two blocks from the water and close to the boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants. There are 95 smart rooms with fireplaces and marble bathrooms, there’s access to a Fitness studio, a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi and plenty of historic charm.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Portland for you?
Best Hotels in Portland, Maine
Portland Regency Hotel 95 rooms from $135Portland, Maine
In the heart of the city's Old Port district, this hotel is surrounded by boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Two blocks from the waterfront. Beautiful, smart rooms feature fireplaces and luxurious marble bathrooms. Full of historic charm. Ideal for exploring Portland's top landmarks.Local exploring - In the center of the city's vibrant Old Port, easy access to whale watching, ferry rides, The Victoria Museum...Spa - All guests have complimentary access to the Fitness studio, steam room, sauna, and jacuzziOutstanding location - Two blocks from the waterfrontFull of character
Inn by the Sea 61 rooms from $219Portland, Maine (Cape Elizabeth)
A luxurious oceanfront hotel. Modern, warm, and inviting. Breathtaking ocean views from rooms, which feature a smart, contemporary design. Activities include nightly fire pits, beachfront sunsets, early morning yoga and garden tours. Ideal for a stunning and elegant sea-side retreat.Sights nearby - Crescent Beach State Park, Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth Light...Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Secluded setting - For escaping.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
The Inn at Diamond Cove 44 rooms from $259Portland, Maine
In the heart of Casco Bay, this idyllic hotel offers a relaxing retreat with a smart outdoor pool and Cabana Bar. Beautiful sea views. Access to Pebble Beach and to miles of scenic trails. Full of historic character. Contemporary rooms with plush beds and flat-screen TVs.Back to Nature - Explore the nearby scenic trails along the island or admire the seaviewsSights nearby - McKinley museum located on the islandViews - Great views from hotelFull of character
Blackpoint Inn 25 rooms from $348Portland, Maine (Maine)
An unpretentious and relaxed seaside hotel with a country club feel. Uniquely surrounded by water on three sides, Blackpoint Inn boasts magnificent sea views. Sophisticated and tasteful bedrooms and a smart, fine dining restaurant serving locally sourced seafood. Quintessential New England charm.Kayaking - Kayaking Equipment AvailableBirdwatching - Prouts Neck Bird SanctuarySeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.On the beach - In front of the hotel.Recommended by - Fodors