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.
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.
Portland, 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.
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.
Portland, 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.