The Best Luxury Hotels in Maine, USA

You'll be relaxing by the Kennebunk coast with a stay at White Barn Inn
You'll be relaxing by the Kennebunk coast with a stay at White Barn Inn | Courtesy of White Barn Inn / Expedia
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16 August 2021

Upscale inns with beach views and smart retreats serving local lobster make up our hit-list of hotspots in the scenic New England state of Maine. Book your stay with Culture Trip.

Long a playground for the country’s elite, the serene shores of Maine provide a summertime sanctuary to wearied souls. In more recent years, the New England state’s fall foliage has become another major attraction. Soak up the best the Pine Tree State has to offer at these expertly run inns and resorts – featuring stellar views and a whole host of experiences.

Cape Arundel Inn and Resort

Resort, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport, Maine
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Overlooking the Atlantic on prestigious Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport, this 19th-century mansion is the epitome of coastal chic. Some guest rooms and suites have bay windows and ocean views, while others feature fireplaces and balconies. Up the ante – and privacy – a touch more by booking the three-bedroom Ivy Cottage. The inn hosts live music outdoors in summer and has soft throws for lounging on the hotel porch come winter.

The Nonantum Resort

Resort, Hotel
4.3/5 (442 Reviews)
The Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport
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Price Drop
Now from $141 per night

With unobstructed views over the snaking Kennebunk River, the Nonantum Resort lives up to its Native American Algonquin name which translates to “blessing” – the view from some of the river-facing rooms and suites could easily pass for a watercolor painting. There’s a family focus at this upscale resort, with plenty of activities to entertain big and little kids – from renting beach-cruiser bikes to playing lawn games and making fire pit s’mores.

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Stage Neck Inn

Inn, Hotel
Stage Neck Inn, York, ME
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In the thick of historic York Harbor, this upmarket hotel features simple yet sophisticated rooms that allow the ocean, harbor or beach views to shine. The inn wins rave reviews for its setting and service as well as its restaurant, Shearwater, which serves ahi poke bowls and generous helpings of Maine lobster. Round out a decadent weekend of fine food, wine and sightseeing with a treatment at the day spa – where organic ingredients such as agave, cherry blossom, almond and honey butter are worked in.

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White Barn Inn

Inn, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.8/5 (59 Reviews)
White Barn Inn And Spa, Kennebunk
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Price Drop
Now from $663 per night

Part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, this Kennebunk spot sweats the small stuff. Upon check-in, White Barn Inn staff will ask you when and how you prefer your morning coffee or tea, which will be delivered to your room along with freshly baked pastries each day. The attention to detail also extends to the design of your room, with picture windows framing the local woods and chic, contemporary hand-selected furniture adorning the space.

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  • Hidden Pond Resort

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    Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport
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    There’s not a dud cottage, bungalow or lodge among the accommodation offerings at Hidden Pond Resort, but one newer addition is a standout. The From Away Lodge by Todd Snyder is true New England chic, with a moody color palette and riot of natural materials. Beyond the farm-to-fork dining, pristine forested grounds, two pools and beautiful treetop spa, it’s the added extras – such as cookies and milk delivered on-demand – that really sets this resort apart.

    Cliff House Maine

    Hotel, Luxury
    4.7/5 (615 Reviews)
    Cliff House Maine
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    Price Drop
    Now from $467 per night

    Every last detail has been considered at this beautiful Cape Neddick property. Beyond the contemporary yet homey design of the suites and guest rooms – which feature a simple, soothing palette of soft blues, greens and white – there’s a strong focus on the guest experience. Survey the curated art exhibit, which changes with each season, and dabble in a wide array of activities – from guided runs through the neighboring woods to bug-hunt trails for the kids.

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    The Press Hotel

    4.7/5 (612 Reviews)
    The Press Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection
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    Price Drop
    Now from $184 per night

    Each room at this Portland hotel is smart and features fine-tuned details, but for the ultimate luxury getaway, book the penthouse suite. This seventh-floor showstopper has a private rooftop patio that overlooks the harbor and historical buildings scattered below – a rather special spot for sunset cocktails. The suite also features lofty ceilings, a rain-head shower and a large bathtub.

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    Inn by the Sea

    Resort, Inn, Hotel
    4.7/5 (141 Reviews)
    Inn By The Sea, Cape Elizabeth
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    Price Drop
    Now from $346 per night

    A true find, this stylish property is just a 15-minute drive from Portland, yet it’s set on the fringes of a wildlife sanctuary and only a short walk from the soft sands of Crescent Beach. Splash out on one of the cove or beach suites, which offer oodles of indoor and outdoor space. The inn’s friendly team can even stock your suite fridge with house-made provisions – think alfredo sauce, blueberry-maple butter and farm-foraged eggs – ready and waiting for your arrival.

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    These recommendations were updated on August 16, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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