Lodging in Portland, Maine

by KJ Henderson

Known for its historical charm and unique attractions, Portland, Maine, also boasts lodging choices of all types. From economical inns to luxurious hotels, the city offers something for everyone. Whether attending a business conference, spa weekend or a romantic getaway, travelers will find the perfect spot to rest when visiting.

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Eastland Park Hotel

The Eastland Park Hotel is located in Downtown Portland, adjacent to Congress Square. Each guest rooms of this establishment is equipped with standard hotel amenities. 157 Restaurant and Bar, the onsite dining room, is decorated with historical newspaper articles and postcards of the facility, and serves seasonal New England fare, such as Maine lobster. Alternatively, Top of the East Lounge, a rooftop bar, also serves lunch.

Clarion Hotel Airport

A member of the Choice Hotels International family, the Clarion Hotel Airport is near the Children's Museum of Maine, Portland Museum of Art and the Portland Observatory. Business travelers may use the six meeting and event rooms offered by this no-frills establishment. Hungry guests can grab a bite at Pete & Larry's Restaurant, the on-site family-friendly restaurant. Additional amenities include an indoor heated pool and hot tub, exercise room and Nintendo game systems in each room.

Cozy Bed and Breakfast

Located in downtown Portland, the Inn at St. John opened in 1897, and is one of the city’s oldest continuously operating historic Victorian inns. Each of the 39 guest rooms are uniquely designed, some outfitted in a traditional manner and others maintaining contemporary furnishings and exposed brick walls. Guests are offered a continental breakfast buffet pastries, English muffins, bagels, cereals, yogurts and fresh fruit are served every morning. In addition to its quaint charm, the Inn at St. John aims to serve visitors regardless of budgetary restriction. Rooms are available at three price points: luxury, traditional and economy.

Boutique Hotel and Spa

The Portland Regency Hotel and Spa is a boutique hotel along the waterfront in the historical Old Port neighborhood. The historic facility was built in 1895 as a home for the state’s National Guard. Those who stay in one of the 95 guest rooms and suites are offered Gilchrist and Soames bath products, complementary newspaper delivery and use of the fitness center. Located in the facility, Twenty Milk Street serves modern American fare, while the Armory Lounge serves traditional bar food. The full service day spa is open seven days a week.

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About the Author

KJ Henderson has more than a decade of HR and talent acquisition experience. He has held roles at a Fortune 100 investment bank, a media conglomerate and at one of NYC's largest executive staffing firms. He currently heads recruitment sourcing at a major movie studio. He read literature at Oxford.

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