Built in 1897 to accommodate railroad passengers departing from the (now demolished) Union Station on St. John Street, this quaint and comfortable Victorian gem is Portland’s oldest inn. There is a noticeable welcoming feeling upon entering the lush lobby, adorned with plush easy chairs, antique tables, a fireplace, grandfather clock and ornate carpeting – perhaps there is a mistake and you’ve wandered into a Mayfair pub instead. Of course, the computer with internet access dispels this immediately. To the right of the registration desk is a doorway that leads into the small breakfast room replete with free coffee, bottled water and cookies. The complimentary breakfast consists of bagels, muffins, cereals and juice.
Once checked in, you climb a steep staircase to your room. Mine was 8B, which necessitated the aforementioned climb in addition to several twists to navigate an obstacle course of various risers and landings. The room was moderately sized with a comfortable queen bed, attractive furnishings, an overhead chandelier and paisley wallpaper. While the room could never be mistaken for Downton Abbey, it was certainly no chain hotel. The private en-suite bathroom was well maintained with all the requisite toiletries. The cool marble floor was a bonus.
The Inn at St. John is located on Congress Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, in Portland’s West End. This is a little over a mile from the Old Port, which means a short cab ride or 20-minute walk down Congress. The city bus (No. 1) passes the front door. Should you get hungry, the Dogfish Café is on one side, on the other is a very convenient market-deli; across the street is a pizza joint and around the corner (down St. John) is a McDonalds’ and a Dunkin Donuts. The No. 5 bus from the airport goes this way as well.
Attractive, conveniently located and reasonably priced, one cannot go wrong by stay Inn at St. John.
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At St. John Hotel Portland
- Inn At St. John Portland, Maine