The Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Maine, USA

Maine has some charming accommodation options that won’t break the bank
Maine has some charming accommodation options that won’t break the bank | © dbimages / Alamy Stock Photo
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4 December 2020

From the sandy shores and craggy bluffs of Maine’s ample coastline to its charming seaside villages and thickly forested inland, there are many different sides of this state to explore. Budget constraints needn’t threaten your plans. Maine harbors a bounty of surprisingly good-value properties, tucked away in all of its corners, whether your lodging hit list includes cabins, campgrounds, inns, B&Bs, resorts, hotels or lodges.

Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground

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For a no-stress vacation in the thick of the Katahdin Region, choose this no-frills property. From campsites and cabins to cozy Big Moose Inn rooms or suites, there’s a very decent range of accommodation to choose from here. Whichever option you prefer, it’s only a short walk to the local scene-stealers, Millinocket and Ambajejus lakes, or a short drive from Baxter State Park.

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Hampton Inn Presque Isle

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The rooms at the Hampton Inn Presque Isle are simple, comfortable and a very good deal, with a hot breakfast and wifi included. The hotel also offers free self-parking, a fitness center and an indoor pool. Best of all, this Aroostook County property is under a 30-minute drive from the popular Bigrock Mountain ski area and the forested trails of the Nordic Heritage Center.

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Hawk’s Nest Lodge

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Run by a husband-and-wife team who are passionate about the great outdoors, this Kennebec Valley lodge is well-loved. Fronting the Dead River and backed by dense woods, it’s safe to say that scenic views aren’t in short supply here. There are eight different suites to choose from, which feature every basic item you could need (a bathroom, wifi, an HD satellite TV and a mini-fridge).

Captain Lord Mansion

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There’s much more to this historic home than its lavishly decorated rooms. You’ll sit down to a three-course breakfast each morning (think farm-fresh eggs, organic yogurt, muffins, soufflés and french toast), and if hunger strikes at any other hour, you can help yourself to cheese, crackers, fresh fruit and sweets in the country kitchen. Moreover, the property is only a few blocks from downtown Kennebunkport’s fisheries, clam shacks and boutiques.

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Shorelands Guest Resort and Cottages

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Near a pretty little pocket of greenery known as the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, yet only a 10-minute walk from the beach, the Shorelands Guest Resort’s plum location means you can sample a little bit of everything that Kennebunk has to offer. The coastal cottages are really quite charming, providing just what you need for a budget self-catering sojourn.

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  • Kennebunkport Inn

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    Housed within a grand edifice that dates back to the 1890s, the interior design at Kennebunkport Inn still honors its lofty beginnings as a tea merchant’s mansion. Even the inn’s lowest-priced room category, the Riverview Queen, is smart, with simple and minimal furnishings but colorful walls and accents. Stays here are rewarded with a special delivery each morning – a bakery bag.

    Puffin Inn Bed and Breakfast

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    A highly rated B&B in a former sea captain’s home, Puffin Inn is just a few short strides from tiny Ogunquit’s restaurants and galleries, while the shores of Ogunquit Beach are a 15-minute walk away. A traditional New England-style home, complete with a dormer roof and white weatherboard façade, this inn puts on a hearty home-made breakfast (think pancakes with blueberries, coconut and walnuts), served in the indoor dining room or on one of two porches.

    The Bethel Inn Resort

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    While it may not have all the fancy trimmings, even the standard rooms at this mountain village resort are comfortable and cozy, with sunny-yellow walls, timber furnishings, plenty of natural light and an ensuite – all you’re really missing out on is a tub. When you’re not kicking back in your room, exploit the host of amenities on offer, such as a heated outdoor pool, a fitness room and a championship golf course.

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