Downtown Portland Maine Hotels
Stay In The Heart Of It All!
Portland Maine hotels in the downtown area (a.k.a. "on the peninsula") are where you want to stay if you're looking to be close to all the action.
Of course, you must be willing to pay for the convenience, but most of the hotels really offer a wonderful stay for the money you dish out.
Whether you are looking for new, modern and state of the art - or - old, historic, charming and quaint you'll find it in downtown Portland.
During the summer, expect to pay more than $200 per night for most hotels downtown, sometimes over $300. The closer to the Old Port district you are, the more you will pay. If you visit Portland Maine during the winter, spring or fall seasons, you can get a great deal and still enjoy most of what Portland has to offer.
Portland Maine Hotels in the Old Port
The Old Port District is well known for its cobblestoned streets, shopping, dining and nightlife. It is definitely the hottest spot in town. Staying at a hotel right in the thick of it all is not only fun, but very convenient.
My husband and I recently gave ourselves a much needed night away and stayed at the Portland Harbor Hotel at 468 Fore St. The location can't be beat if you love to shop, dine and party the night away.
The hotel is a wonderfully clean, tastefully decorated hotel with comfortable beds and beautiful bathrooms (there's just something about a great bathroom that makes an awesome hotel, isn't there?). The toiletries, the robes, slippers (there are hard wood floors here), were all nice touches we enjoyed. They have packages and services to make special occasions like honeymoons and anniversaries even more so.
Other nice features are the complimentary town car service to area attractions and restaurants, and bikes that you can use to explore town. Valet-parking at $17 per night is your only option for parking here.
One tip: there are nightclubs close by that are hoppin' until about 1 a.m. so if you go to bed early, you might want to bring ear plugs! We could hear music thumping in our room on the 6th floor.
Two other hotels with the best location relative to the Old Port are The Portland Regency at 20 Milk St. and the Hilton Garden Inn at 65 Commercial St. While the Hilton is a newer property, The Regency offers historic charm.
Housed in a renovated 100 year old armory, The Regency offers 95 rooms and spa services. It has a fine dining restaurant on site and a great lounge to relax and have cocktails. Hospitality and gracious service rule here, and many people enjoy its cozy, comfortable rooms. Rooms are expensive mainly because you are paying for location - it really is a great spot - but don't expect too much (from the rooms, I mean), or you'll be disappointed. My husband and I stayed here years ago when we were in our twenties and it was probably the most upscale feeling place we had ever been because of its service. You'll love it if you enjoy historic charm and don't mind paying for a great location.
Tips: Some rooms don't have windows (only a skylight) so if that would bother you, be sure to request a room with windows! Also, there is no in-room coffee maker but you can request coffee to be delivered to your door in the morning. Valet parking here is $12 per night. They DO have a pool and fitness facilities.
The Hilton Garden Inn offers another great location in the Old Port at the waterfront across from the Casco Bay Ferry (so convenient for those great day trips to the Casco Bay Islands!). Clean and modern with great amenities including free shuttle service and indoor saltwater pool, this is a great hotel for families, couples and business travelers.
There is a restaurant on site for breakfast and many great area restaurants are nearby. Be sure to go to the Standard Baking Company right next door - they have the best bread in town and awesome pastries!
Portland Maine Hotels - Downtown, Outside of the Old Port
As you move away from the Old Port, hotels in Portland Maine cost less, of course. Still, the other hotels on the peninsula are in great locations, close to dining and activities and might be just right for your vacation in Portland Maine.
A popular hotel for families and business travelers is the Holiday Inn By The Bay at 88 Spring St. This hotel is centrally located to the Old Port, Waterfront and Arts Districts - all are within walking distance if you don't mind walking for as much as 15 or 20 minutes. On a beautiful spring, summer or fall day, it can be a great walk (uphill on your way back from the Old Port or waterfront).
This Holiday Inn in Portland Maine offers quality and comfort. They have large banquet facilities and often host conventions, weddings and business meetings. It is also located right next to the Civic Center, so can get booked up during concerts or major events held there.
Rooms will run you anywhere from about $125 to $225 and great views of the bay can be had from above the 7th floor. They have a large indoor pool, offer great service, free parking, free shuttle service and are currently in the process of renovating all the rooms. Breakfast is not included here but they do have an on-site restaurant open all day (closed from 2-5 PM).
Two other Portland Maine hotels in downtown are the Residence Inn Portland Downtown at 145 Fore St. and The Eastland Park Hotel at 157 High St.
The Residence Inn is a really nice, new, very clean hotel close to the East End. It is within walking distance (about 10 minutes) of the Old Port, but the immediate outside area around the hotel isn't exactly great for walking. It is safe, though not picturesque and there is a lot of construction going on. If you don't mind that, it is a great hotel that offers beautiful rooms with full kitchenettes. A good choice if you're looking to save some money and make some of your meals in your room or if you have children.
Parking at this hotel is $12 per day in the garage next door to the hotel. Breakfast is included, they have free shuttle service and a pool. The Shipyard Brewery is right next door where you can take in a free tour and taste some great Maine beer. Be sure to explore the East End including the beautiful Eastern Prom walking path and waterfront, as well as some of the great Portland Maine restaurants in that area of town.
**The Eastland is currently closed for renovations - summer 2013** The Eastland Park Hotel is an old hotel with a lot of character located in the Arts District. Built in 1925 with a $2.5 million renovation in
2004, this hotel offers an affordable place to stay. Be sure to go to the Top of the East, the 13th floor cocktail lounge, that offers awesome views of
You've got some great choices for Portland Maine hotels in the downtown area! I hope this helps you narrow it down and pick the best place to make your stay in Portland a memorable one!
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