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.
Cottage comfort gets ultrastylish at this 32-room inn compound, set on 22 sloping acres fronting scenic Penobscot Bay.
Situated in an 1860 Federal-style residence, the inn offers ocean views, an eclectic library, and manicured gardens.
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.
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.
Real estate veteran Sigrid Sproul and her team of agents specialize in selling waterfront homes and renting seasonal properties along the mid-coast of Maine.
Though the main hotel building and restaurant have closed, this oceanside inn still offers a cluster of no-frills cabins for rent.
Chebeague Island Inn is a tasteful, pared-down vision of grand seaside living—massive fieldstone fireplace, board games, and overstuffed chairs in the great room lobby and a wide porch made for watching boats and sipping stiff cocktails at sunset.
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.
While many of Bath’s historic homes and former sea captains’ residences (identifiable by their cupola-esque widow’s walks) are now B&Bs, this one stands out like a tall-masted ship among dinghies for its comfort, hospitality, and easy elegance.
In Kennebunk, Maine, the 10-room Inn at English Meadows is that perfect mix of luxe amenities (Frette linens; Vera Wang mattresses; Malin + Goetz toiletries) and cozy New England touches, such as gas fireplaces.
Frost Mountain Yurts offers a year-round outdoor escape in western Maine, complete with an unusual setting that’s devoid of modern conveniences like electricity and running water.
Though it isn’t as hyped as the coast, inland Maine is spectacular, with thousands of lakes and ponds, acres of cool pine forests, and countless small, uncrowded towns where “the real Maine” is still found.
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.