$143 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Apr 10, 2015 Check-out: Apr 11, 2015

Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY

3 stars
View map of 88 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
127 reviews
Great last minute hotel

We booked this hotel on our way to Portland, about 3 hours before we checked-in. The staff was... See full review

  • Nicholas M.
  • Mar 3, 2015
Winter trip to Portland Maine

My husband and I had a great stay at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine. Upon arrival,... See full review

  • Ana T.
  • Jan 21, 2015
Walk to the Old Port and more from this award-winning hotel

The pedestrian-friendly location of Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY makes an easy starting point for Portland exploration. In one direction, the Old Port working waterfront thrives with unique shops and popular restaurants. In the other, the new city Arts District promises excitement and culture with the art museum, Children's Museum, galleries and historic homes. Enjoy the largest indoor pool around or take a break from touring town in the fitness center or sauna. A free airport shuttle and free Wi-Fi add value to the great views.

Highlights

  • Largest indoor swimming pool in Greater Portland plus a fitness center and saunas
  • Informal restaurant and lounge with New England-inspired menu
  • Free wireless Internet access
  • Courtesy vans to airport, bus terminal, train station and local businesses when available
  • Walking distance to shops and restaurants of Old Port waterfront and arts district

Rooms

Most of the 239 rooms at Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY afford a view worth remembering. Bay-side rooms look out to the Atlantic Ocean while others frame up the White Mountains or the Portland city skyline. Decor is simple and in line with traditional Holiday Inn guest room interiors. Amenities in all rooms include a coffee-maker, hair-dryer, iron and two dual-line telephones with voice mail. Some upgraded rooms feature 42-inch TVs. Wireless Internet access is free. 

Features

Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY is a proud recipient of multiple awards from the InterContinental Hotels Group for quality, customer satisfaction and overall excellence. The hotel also ranks in the top 10% of Holiday Inns around the globe. Guests appreciate the parking facilities (fees apply), on-site gift shop and guest laundry facilities. Dine on site, walk to waterfront eateries or request the shuttle to a favorite local hotspot. 

Transportation

  • Portland International Jetport (4.4 mi/7 km)
  • Complimentary shuttle service to Portland airport and transportation hubs

Attractions

  • Portland Museum of Art (0.1 mi/0.2 km)
  • Cumberland County Civic Center (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Casco Bay Lines Ferry (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. (1.1 mi/1.7 km)
  • Portland Head Light lighthouse (4.2 mi/6.8 km)
  • Maine Mall (5.5 mi/8.8 km)
  • Old Orchard Beach (13.8 mi/22.2 km)
  • Funtown Splashtown USA (13.9 mi/22.3 km)
  • Freeport outlet shops (16.7 mi/26.9 km)

Business

  • Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel
  • 24-hour business center with copy and fax services (fees apply)
  • 14 meeting rooms with more than 17, 500 square feet of event space for 8 to 1,400 people

Policies and fees
  • Parking fee costs $10 per night.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Indoor pool
General
Free local telephone calls
Ice machine
Activities
Indoor pool
Golf
Tennis
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Lounge
Services
Business center
Maid service
Guest laundromat
Concierge desk
ATM/Cash machine
In-Room Safe
Shops/Commercial services
Porters
FAX
Gift shop
Overhead projector
White board
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Valet parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Satellite TV
DVD player
Phone with speaker
Desk with lamp
Free newspaper
Hairdryer in room
Microwave
Outlet adapters
Cribs available
In room movies
Temperature control
Ironing board
Bath tub

Nearby points of interest

  • Cumberland County Civic Center: 0.1 mi

Dining

Port of Call Restaurant
Our elegant yet informal full service dining room offers friendly and attentive service. Our daily changing menu features quality American cuisine with a New England flair. Of course, Maine lobster is always on the menu. Enjoy our casual atmosphere, feat
Port of Call Lounge
Port of Call Lounge is open11:00 am to 12:45 am offering your favorite beverage and light fare.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
9 out of 127
Amenities:
3.9
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4.2
Location:
3.8
Value:
3.2

89% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
flyzz
Business
la ca
Aug 11, 2014

GOOD alternative

1. Late check in sucks. 2. Room is not too bad. 3. Airport shuttle is 4*'s. 4. Bar is nice and they serve late. Roomy with good drinks. Not overpriced. 5. Comp coffee & lemonade 24 hours. 6. Pool is a good size (indoor). 7. Summer rates are way too much. 8. Gym is too small. 9. Maid service could be better. 10.10 minute walk to the shops, etc.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Ferry to one of the islands is reasonable.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
CrashPo
Business
New York
Jun 24, 2013

good place to stay

clean, quite, pool, good location, parking, walking distance to a number of parks and restaurants.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
California
Aug 24, 2012

Great place, great price

Overall, it's a very good hotel. There was a service issues where I had to call multiple times to get help. But, that was a minor issue. The location is very good for the price. The port, shopping, movies and museums are within walking distance, but not very close. This is less convenient, but good if you don't like congestion and noise. Overall, I would stay here again when visiting Old Port in Portland.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
jud the cat
Business
Florida
Aug 16, 2012

HOtel stay

The lobby and shared facilities were very nice. My room was a bit "tired". carpet needed cleaning and the bathroom grout and tiles were in need of update, so it seemed dirty. Believe if these were corrected the room would have rated a 4 . Thanks,

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Expat1
Business
Dallas, TX
May 27, 2012

Some pros, some cons

This is a perfectly acceptable hotel, with a comfortable room, OK dining and free wifi. The downtown location is good, but the one-way streets in Portland, and a barrier across Spring Street, make access and egress a bit awkward. Still, I'd stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Becky's Diner, just down the hill, is a great spot for breakfast, very popular with the locals and really good food.

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Review of Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
DC Traveler2
Business
Washington, DC, USA
Aug 31, 2011

One night

Beautiful room and view. Clean hotel and great access to Portland downtown

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Great Korean restaurant on Congress

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Review of Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New Jersey
Aug 20, 2009

Portland Getaway

The location of the hotel was good and accessible to the entire Arts district and waterfront but at the top of a hill at one end of the district. The walk to the hotel takes one past a large open parking lot which is a bit of an unfriendly atmosphere. This made for some long walks to and from the center of the arts district. As I experienced record-braking heat during my visit, the complementary lemonade in the lobby - at all times - was a very welcome refreshment after walking up the hill. The room itself was clean and comfortable. The views of the port were fabulous and enjoyable. My room had a small frige and microwave which made it convenient for quick snacks and breakfasts to be eaten while dressing. The free garage was full one night so the hotel arranged for free valet service which was helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

L. L. Bean has a fabulous outlet store about 2 blocks from the hotel. It is less chaotic than the Freeport store and better stocked as well! The front desk can easily direct you to the store.

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Review of Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Atlanta
Sep 3, 2008

Old and tired

The staff was friendly and helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn PORTLAND-BY THE BAY

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Fayetteville, NC
Aug 2, 2007

Comfortable!

The Holiday Inn Portland by the Bay was very comfortable! Short walk to shopping & dining.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

i enjoyed the short walk to Downtown Portland

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