The Best Budget-Friendly Hotels to Book in Maine, USA

Maine has some charming must-see attractions, such as the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park
Maine has some charming must-see attractions, such as the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park | © dbimages / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Chloe Cann
4 December 2020

From the sandy shores and craggy bluffs on the ample coastline of Maine to the charming seaside villages and thickly forested inland, there are many different sides of this state to explore. Budget constraints needn’t threaten your plans. To help plan your trip, here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in Maine – bookable on Culture Trip – whether your lodging hit list includes cabins, campgrounds, inns, B&Bs, resorts, hotels or lodges.

Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground, Millinocket

A cozy and rustic bedroom at Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground, with a bed, TV, desk, windows and wooden walls
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For a no-stress vacation in the thick of the Katahdin region, choose this no-frills, cheap hotel in Maine. 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.

Hampton Inn Presque Isle

A light and spacious bedroom at Hampton Inn Presque Isle, with carpet, a cream armchair, wooden bedside tables and a bed
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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. This cheap Maine 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.

Hawk’s Nest Lodge, West Forks

Lodge, Cabin
An outside view of the log-cabin-style Hawk’s Nest Lodge with trees behind it and parking in front
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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, a satellite HDTV and a mini-fridge).

Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport

A blue-and-white bedroom with a four-poster bed, a fireplace and framed pictures on the wall at 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 the fisheries, clam shacks and boutiques in downtown Kennebunkport.

Shorelands Guest Resort and Cottages, Kennebunk

A cozy and rustic bedroom with a bed, wooden walls, lamps, carpet and an armchair at 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.

Kennebunkport Inn

A bedroom with a pillowy bed, striped carpet, two bedside tables and navy blue lamps and windows at 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, Ogunquit

Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
A pathway leading to Puffin Inn, surrounded by grass, trees, a pot of yellow flowers and bushes
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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 the restaurants and galleries in tiny Ogunquit, 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 facade, 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

A cozy bedroom at the Bethel Inn Resort, with lamps, cream walls, a patterned armchair, a TV, carpet and windows
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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 ensuites – 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 an outdoor heated pool, a fitness room and a championship golf course.

Looking for more hotel options in Maine? Check out our guide to the best boutique hotels in Maine, USA, bookable with Culture Trip. If you’re bringing your furry friend, discover these pet-friendly hotels in Maine.

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