The Best Hotels and Inns in Portland, Maine

Portland is perfect for a quaint seaside getaway in Maine
Portland is perfect for a quaint seaside getaway in Maine | © RSBPhoto / Alamy Stock Photo
Alana Jajko

The largest city in the US state of Maine, Portland has lots to offer visitors seeking an escape by the sea. In addition to popular neighborhoods, such as the historic Old Port and the Arts District, the Portland area is full of historic landmarks, interesting museums like the Maine Maritime Museum, and award-winning restaurants. After a long day of sightseeing, enjoy a good night’s sleep in Portland’s best accommodation.

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Portland Harbor Hotel

Located in the Old Port District, Portland Harbor Hotel exhibits an old world charm that mirrors the cobblestoned streets and historic landmarks of the area. Each guest room is warmly and luxuriously designed, and garden view rooms overlook the beautifully landscaped courtyard and its water fountain. The hotel’s restaurant, Eves at the Garden, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. If you’re looking for a deluxe room, the Portland Harbor Hotel also has jacuzzi, honeymoon, and executive suites – perfect for a special occasion.

Morrill Mansion Bed and Breakfast

The Morrill Mansion B&B is a restored 1800s redbrick townhouse in the downtown area of Portland. Each room is uniquely decorated with warmth and comfort in mind, and the suites in the three-story Mansion can accommodate up to three people. Included in your stay is off-street parking, a full hot breakfast buffet, and afternoon cookies available daily on the second floor. With a friendly host, comfortable beds, and guest living rooms, the Morrill Manion will make you feel right at home.

The Chadwick Bed and Breakfast

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Housed in an 1891 Queen Anne-style house, the Chadwick B&B offers four sophisticated guestrooms, each with their own special charm. The garden features a cast iron fire pit, a hammock for two, Adirondack chairs, and a bubbling fountain where you can relax any time of day. Free snacks and beverages are also available 24 hours a day. This is a great location – whether you want to explore the downtown area of Portland, or prefer a base for trips to nearby areas like Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region or Acadia National Park.

Pomegranate Inn

The Pomegranate Inn is a trendy B&B, complete with an adjacent carriage house, in the historic district of Portland. The Inn offers eight unique guestrooms with colorful furnishings and local art showcased throughout the décor. For breakfast, the array of sweet and savory items, plus fresh fruit and juices, organic teas, and rich-roasted coffee, offers everything you need to fuel a day of exploring Portland.

Inn on Carleton

The oldest established bed and breakfast in Portland, the Inn on Carleton is housed in a restored 1869 Victorian home in the historic Western Promenade neighborhood. Inside the Inn’s grand entryway, an elegant, winding stairway leads to the six guest rooms on the upper floors, furnished with a cozy, modern take on traditional Victorian décor. The Inn features a beautiful English garden, and the gourmet breakfast included with your stay is a real highlight – cooked with fresh ingredients from local farmers markets.

Wolf Cove Inn

Located less than an hour north of Portland, the Wolf Cove Inn offers a peaceful getaway in a scenic setting. Recently renovated, the late-1800s home sits on the waterfront of Tripp Lake. Each rooms is themed around a different area of Maine, with décor and memorabilia inspired by places like the Bigelows and Sebago Lake. Head outside to enjoy the lake views, access the private beach and dock with canoes, kayaks, and a rowboat. The Inn also hosts a wine and cheese social hour for guests every Friday and Saturday from 5pm-6pm.

Inn at St. John

Built in 1897, the Inn at St. John in downtown Portland is the city’s oldest continuously operating historic Victorian inn. Each of the 39 guest rooms are distinct and uniquely decorated – from period wallpaper and Victorian styled furniture to exposed brick with a more contemporary feel. The Inn at St. John offers three styles of rooms for guests to cater for every budget: value, traditional, and luxury accommodation. A continental breakfast is served each morning in the inn’s cozy breakfast alcove.

Percy Inn

Built in a classic Federal-style brick row house in 1830, the Percy Inn is near the center in a convenient location. It features a cozy living room with a grand piano and fireplace, as well as a landscaped garden with a deck to enjoy on the nicer days. Breakfast is served in the second floor breakfast room each morning, and includes the inn’s signature bumble berry pie. Each room and suite is individually decorated with antique furnishings, and a parking spot is free with your stay.

Fleetwood House Bed and Breakfast

Fleetwood House, originally a family residence, was turned into a quaint B&B by the owner and hostess, Linda. The four rooms are comfortably decorated to feel like home, with antiques and heirlooms placed throughout the house. Guest have a choice of a continental breakfast buffet or a full English breakfast each morning. After a long day of enjoying Portland’s sights, relax in the living room by the fireplace, or enjoy the night air on Fleetwood House’s wraparound porch.

Blind Tiger

The Blind Tiger has a long history of interesting tales – the property has been a prohibition hideout, a boarding school, and Episcopal housing. Built in 1823, the mansion is now a delightful guest house, elegantly styled with an old-school charm. Each guest room includes a private bath and premium bath robes, and some rooms even have working fireplaces. Just a few blocks from the harbor, guests can settle in and open a window to catch a whiff of the refreshing sea breeze.

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