Maine

Hotels in Maine

Think New England lodging, and it’s easy to imagine a lot of charming B&Bs and inns. And while you’ll find those among the best Maine hotels, there are also bigger, and luxurious places to stay, as well as an assortment of mainstream brand names. In Kennebunkport, along the coast, is where you’ll find the plushest accommodations. Check out a few of the best hotels in Maine.
At Captain Lord Mansion—a pale yellow 1812 folly with Federal-era antiques and stately fireplaces—you can sip iced tea in the shade of the chestnut trees. Chebeague Island Inn is a Maine hotel offers a blend of city and coastal charms: The 1920s Greek Revival inn sits on Chebeague Island in Casco Bay, a 25-minute water taxi ride from Portland. Great for leaf-peeping in the fall. The Stage Neck Inn is set on a rocky bluff between York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. The 58-room Maine hotel is a New England classic: shake roofs, white-trimmed windows, and British colonial furniture alongside the beachfront gardens (and, on a more contemporary side, two pools). Stays include a full breakfast, as well as hot cider and cookies served in the fireside lobby.

This 22-room, telephone-free escape on Maine’s central coast is open Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Gilmore Huston, a successful ship chandler from Bristol, built the white, Greek Revival plantation home in 1850.

The lodge offers prime views of tree-lined Moosehead Lake, with northern section of the Appalachian mountains in the background. In summer, there are opportunities to fly fish, canoe, or even go on a moose safari within minutes of the lodge.

A far cry from the quaint B&Bs for which New England is famous, this full-service seasonal resort in the coastal Maine town of Bar Harbor has 187 guest rooms and suites, most with semi-private balconies and waterfront views.

Located in the village of Castine, just steps from the harbor, this historic boutique hotel offers rural charm with a touch of the modern. The inn's 19 rooms, including three suites, are all located on the second and third floors, and each has its own bathroom.

Just minutes from Portland's scenic Old Port in the Western Promenade neighborhood—renowned for its stately mid-19th-century homes designed by New England architect John Calvin Stevens—this stylish inn stands out from the city's more fusty accommodations.

Set in the artists' colony of Vinalhaven, the Tidewater Motel was a mill and blacksmith's shop in the 1800's. Today, the 19 light-filled rooms evoke a quaint Maine cottage with quilted bedspreads and the occasional rocking chair.

Housed in a converted 19th-century farmhouse, this Victorian-style hotel is only a two-minute walk from the pine-shaded beach and iconic lighthouse of Pemaquid Point.

Designated by the federal government as a historic property, this central Maine inn dates back to 1864, and originally served as a farmhouse and boarding house for loggers. Now it hosts leisure travelers, who head here to boat, swim, canoe, and hike in the summer, or snowmobile in the winter.

Book this three-bedroom cottage on this spruce-covered spot in Frenchman Bay, well ahead of time. The master suite has spectacular sea views, a four-poster bed, and a whirlpool.

This recently revamped hotel feels like a traditional Maine cottage, though its 34 cozy rooms are totally up-to-speed: free Wi-Fi, pillow-top mattresses. The pebbly beach is lined with Adirondack chairs that overlook the mouth of the Kennebunk River.

More than a century old, this bed-and-breakfast is located at the tip of the Permaquid Peninsula, just a six-minute walk from the Permaquid Lighthouse. The inn contains 16 rooms and suites, each with its own nautical-inspired name such as Little Castaway and Sea Glass.

Arguably the finest inn in all of inland Maine (and possibly the entire state), the Blair Hill Inn is pure North Woods fantasy.