Located on a peninsula in the Casco Bay, and framed by rivers, mountains and lush greenery; Portland is a quintessential Northeastern American town. Classic lighthouses overlook the outlying archipelago, which provide many a quaint island getaway from the bustle of Maine’s most populous city.
The historic waterfront district is the centre of the city’s lively restaurant scene, featuring an eclectic mixture of classic Victorian-era homes dotted among converted fishing wharves. Portland is also an ideal destination for outdoorsy travelers, with parks like the Western Promenade boasting miles of biking paths, hiking trails and an impressive natural landscape. Here are five of the best luxury and boutique hotels that the city has to offer.
From $194/ night
Situated right in downtown Portland, there’s no shortage of things to see and do around the Press Hotel, Autograph Collection. Varied dining options can be found in Portland, and the city is also becoming quite a big player in the craft beer game, with lots of microbreweries to try. Art galleries, shopping and entertainment options are all within walking distance, too. The former newspaper office of the Portland Press, the hotel has been sumptuously renovated, but manages to hang onto its historic charm. Rooms feature minimalist décor and are equipped with desks, refrigerators, espresso machines and air conditioning. The hotel is especially renowned for their on-site restaurant UNION which focuses on farm-to-table cuisine and puts fresh spins on the regions’ seafood favorites.
From $248/ night
Portland Regency Hotel and Spa is conveniently situated in Portland’s Old Port neighborhood, meaning the city’s main parks are just a quick hop away, and outdoor activities like sailing and whale watching are also within walking distance. This hotel offers guests a taste of laidback luxury in one of New England’s most charming towns. A historic brick exterior transitions into a contemporary interior, and large guest rooms showcase stunning features like rustic fireplaces and downtown views. There are two on-site dining options: Twenty Milk Street serves up classic American favorites featuring local Maine seafood, and the cozier Armory Lounge specializes in craft beer and pub food. A pool, hot tub and full steam room and spa are all available, as is a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
From $191/ night
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, just minutes from the harbour, the aptly-named Portland Harbor hotel offers guests an experience steeped in modern luxury. A neutral and navy colour scheme is accentuated by dark wood furniture and stone accents. Rooms are furnished with every comfort in mind, and amenities like flat screen TVs, refrigerators, and work desks are available in each room, making it suitable for both business and leisure travellers. Air conditioning and WiFi are available throughout the property, and there’s a well-equipped fitness centre, too. Dining options include an on-site restaurant featuring local Maine seafood, plus room service.
From $161/ night
Situated in the Art District of downtown Portland, this luxury boutique hotel is housed in a converted New England mansion. The Francis is even classified as an official historic landmark, though it is by no means dated. Step inside this beautifully-renovated property to discover spacious guest rooms, quaint city views, top-notch amenities, and even a full-service spa. If you’re keen to explore the heart and soul of Portland, it’s hard to beat this hotel’s location. Art galleries, museums, restaurants, craft breweries and cool shopping/dining options abound within walking distance of the hotel. Free parking is also available on-site.
From $302/ night
Set on an idyllic island just a short ferry trip from downtown Portland, overlooking a pristine golf course, the boutique Chebeague Island Inn is a popular getaway for Portland tourists and locals alike. Abundant with greenery, Chebeague island is accessible only by boat, and the Inn manages to combine modern hospitality while preserving its slower-paced, old-world charm. Everything here is decorated in classic seaside style, with whitewashed interiors and painted Beech wood furnishings featuring in the comfortable guest rooms. What the Inn lacks in amenities like WiFi, it more than compensates for with its beautiful, relaxing surroundings. Free bikes are available at the Inn for exploring the island and a complimentary shuttle service takes guests to and from the ferry landing.