If you’re planning a visit to Portland, Maine you’re in for a treat. As the largest city in Maine, Portland offers an eclectic mix of urban style and coastal beauty. Alongside the historical charm of Victorian mansions you’ll find contemporary brick and glass buildings. With all of the museums, restaurants, shops and galleries you’ll find plenty of ways to stay busy.
Portland and the surrounding area offer a wide variety of accommodations for romantic trips, weekend getaways, business travel and family vacations. From luxury resorts to historic inns Portland has the perfect accommodations to suit your needs. Some of the more interesting places to stay are outlined here.
1. The Danforth is a small luxury inn located in the heart of Portland on Danforth Street. Built in 1823, the Danforth has a storied history. It has been the home of wealthy merchants; the home of a select private school; a rectory and church office for the Episcopal Diocese; and now, a luxury inn. Guest rooms at the inn are luxuriously appointed with private baths and modern amenities including televisions and wireless Internet access. Most rooms have working fireplaces. Guests are welcome to relax on the inviting second floor balcony or in the third floor conservatory and sitting room. The inn also has a wood-paneled billiard room, private gardens and rooftop cupola with built in benches.
2. The Portland Regency Hotel and Spa, a neo-classical boutique hotel built in 1895 as a home for Maine’s National Guard, is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. The hotel is in Portland’s Old Port district and offers 95 guest rooms and suites which showcase the unique architectural features of the building including alcoves, turreted windows and skylights. All guest rooms have complimentary wireless Internet access, air conditioning, flat panel LCD televisions, and morning coffee or tea delivered to your door. Some rooms feature working fireplaces and Keurig coffee makers. Guests are pampered with complimentary transportation to and from all major Portland transit hubs, an award-winning Spa and Fitness Studio and the gourmet restaurant Twenty Milk Street.
3. The Inn at St. John, built in 1897, is an historic Victorian Bed and Breakfast located in the west end of downtown Portland. It is the city’s oldest continuously operating historic Victorian inn. The inn’s thirty-nine rooms range from luxury accommodations to value priced rooms and are all uniquely decorated, some with period Victorian wallpaper and Victorian furnishings and others with contemporary furnishings and exposed brick walls. Continental breakfast is served everyday in the inn’s breakfast alcove.
4. If you’re looking for a hotel in the heart of the arts and shopping district, try the Eastland Park Hotel. Surrounded by galleries, restaurants, shops and museums, this 84 year old hotel is adjacent to Congress Square and only minutes from the Old Port waterfront. Guest rooms include wireless Internet access, cable television and coffee makers. Guests have access to 157 Café and Bar, a casual restaurant which showcases reproductions of newspaper articles featuring the hotel, old photography and reproductions of postcards of the property during the last 75 years. The Top of the East, Portland’s only rooftop lounge, offers drinks and appetizers along with stunning views of Casco Bay and the city skyline.
5. Portland’s only AAA Four Diamond hotel, the Portland Harbor Hotel, offers luxury accommodations, fitness room, a spa, wireless Internet access throughout the hotel and is pet friendly. Guest rooms and suites feature 250 thread-count linens, his and hers armoires, pillow-topped mattresses and feather down pillows. The luxurious bathrooms dazzle with a granite-top vanity, make-up mirror, granite and glass enclosed shower and a large soaking tub. Guests wanting even more space and luxury can book one of the hotel’s Jacuzzi, Honeymoon or Executive suites, all of which feature over-sized rooms with a separate sitting area. The two executive suites feature double-sided fireplaces dividing the sleeping area from the sitting area. Services offered by the hotel include personal town car service to all downtown restaurants & attractions, professional nanny services, concierge services and 24 hour room service.
6. For those who want to get out of the city, the Inn by the Sea provides a relaxing, luxurious alternative. Located on the coast in beautiful Cape Elizabeth, just 10 minutes from downtown Portland, the Inn by the Sea was voted one of the top 500 hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine readers for 2011. The inn’s fifty-seven guest rooms, suites and cottages all have flat screen televisions, coffee makers, High Speed Internet access and cordless telephones. A variety of suites and cottages offer additional amenities such as porches, lofts, wet bar kitchens and direct ocean views. In addition to the luxurious accommodations, the inn also offers a full service spa, a pool, pet friendly amenities, and a Boules court. The Sea Glass restaurant features stunning ocean views and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch.