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The Charles Inn

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

If you are looking for a Marriott-cookie-cutter-type experience, then you probably won't like The Charles Inn. However, if you're up for a quaint hotel in an old historical building, in the heart of downtown, this is the place for you. We spent a night in the King Suite (Stephen King themed... great fun in you're a fan) and really enjoyed ourselves. Our room was large and very clean. The furnishing were old but that is part of the charm. We had no problem with the sleep quality or the mattress in the King Suite. We were a bit concerned about noise as this room looks over the main street, but the hum from the air conditioner masked the noise, and everything seemed to shut down at a reasonable time. To the best of my knowledge it's the only hotel in the downtown core, which puts you steps away from great restaurants, shops, bars with live music, etc. We were there on a beautiful July evening and the town was so vibrant - lots of people out and about, enjoying music and food and drinks on outdoor patios. The Charles Inn puts you right in the center of all of that. And the attached coffee shop is a great way to start your morning.

This place is right downtown and it's very loud. If the room faces the street, there is a bar/restaurant next door with outdoor seating and the people are out there late. Our room faced the back parking lot where there was lots of drunk yelling as people got into their cars, grabbed cabs etc. We apparently got one of the unrenovated rooms, but my sister's was kind of cute. The staff was nice. Good coffee shop next door. Good restaurants nearby. Parking is a couple of blocks away, in a public garage, if that is a concern.

We stayed here one night while on our way to Canada and it was just perfect for what we needed. The price was great and the staff was helpful and friendly. The rooms we had were recently updated with eclectic decor and were very arttractive and clean. Although our room's a/c was not strong enough to cool our room, the other room was fine. Great restaurant right next door called Blaze, which I would highly recommend. The parking can be a challenge, but overall, it was great.

We were told when booking there was free street parking adjacent to the property. There is NO street parking where the "Inn" is located. The closest parking is in a parking garage located 2 city blocks away. Cost is 10.00 to park, no in and out privileges, so car had to remain parked. The room was old and dusty, however the bed linens were clean and so was our bathroom. At day break (5:56am exactly ) the dumpsters in the alley outside our windows (this was also our view), were emptied. Woke us up as it shook the room and sounded like the "Terminator Machines" had arrived. The "Inn" is located in the center of Bangor Maine. So very walk-able to events, shopping, restaurants. Very old world feeling. They do not offer any coffee or food on the property there is good coffee shop located attached to the main lobby area. It was okay to stay the night and move on.

Looking for a cookie cutter, average, La Quinta-type hotel stay? This isn't what you're looking for. The Charles has so much more character than that, but you have to realize that you're staying in a building that is 140+ years old! We paid a little extra for the Stephen King room, which is on the second floor and overlooks the hotel entrance. This cavernous room had plenty of space for a portacot and rollaway bed for our young children. The Stephen King decorations were fun. Danna was a great hostess. The Charles Inn has one of the best (if not the best) locations of any hotel in Bangor. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's very walkable to just about any of Bangor's main attractions and restaurants. The fixtures and furnishings are old, and a few modern amenities like refrigerators are missing. However, for the price and the experience, staying at the Charles is well worth it.

My wife and I have been staying at the Charles Inn every year for the past ten years when we visit Bangor to go to the American Folk Festival. Since the new owners took over, the experience has only gotten better. When we first started staying there, we were disappointed with the dingy rooms and pancake thin mattresses but we dealt with it because of it's location. It's only a short 5 minute walk to the festival which you just can't beat. Since the new owners took over you can tell that they cleaned the place up a bit and it's more pleasant staying here. My only complaint is their Wi-Fi is inadequate, just not a strong enough signal to actually go online. Otherwise we love staying here every year and probably wouldn't consider anywhere else. The location is just too good. The staff are very friendly and helpful which is a huge change from years ago. We'll most likely be staying here for years to come.

Loved our stay. Beautiful Old hotel. Thanks to Dana our front desk gal for making our stay so enjoyable..The rooms are big, but you do not get a refrigerator and that's ok we had a cooler. Bangor is a friendly walking town, so do take in some sights✌️

If the hallway carpet was shampooed I'd rate it 5 stars. Friendly front desk staff and parking on the back street was easy. The coffee shop next door was convenient. We loved the location, we walked next door for happy hour and dinner, and across the street for very good music by the Youngerbloods. The room was pretty adequate in a shabby chic way. We had 3 rooms and no complaints.

We had the opportunity to stay at the Charles Inn this past July. There are many things I would like to share about the experience. 1) We enjoyed our stay and Will stay again. We slept in the room that was on the travel channel and it 100% fit our needs. The room was very large, the price was extraordinary, and the location was wonderful. It was in the center of the city, and we were very pleased. 2) Some negatives. The bathroom was very basic(plastic no frills). The hall needs renovations. The front lobby was understaffed(but friendly). * This is something I feel Very passionate about! When you enter the Lobby on the walls, the owners are advertising some cheesy looking hotel of theirs on the other side of the river, with dated cardboard cutouts! Why?!?!? You have a Great spot here. Why the heck advertise some other location? Let your guests appreciate this excellent spot!!! In conclusion we enjoyed our stay, and Will stay again, but hope the management will take pride in this location, over their others, and make a few more renovations.

We wanted a hotel in the center of Bangor, Maine, and this is truly that location. This is an older hotel with a number of antique / vintage furnishings and decor, and the Hannibal Hamlin Room on the second floor is certainly that location. Service is great, the decor is authentic 19th century, and the location couldn't be better. I'm very happy with this hotel, the housekeeping / cleanliness is exceptional, and being able to walk out the front door and be literally right in the middle of downtown Bangor is wonderful. Oh, and by the way, the WiFi is excellent. The Charles Inn has new owners and new management, so I can't speak to the way things were previously, but as of now, we're extremely happy to be here. Come, please, and see what the new owners have been able to do with what was probably a difficult upgrade a couple of years ago. Today, though, this is a wonderful vintage hotel.

20 Broad St Bangor ME

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

The Charles Inn places you next to Maine Discovery Museum and within a 5-minute walk of Bangor Opera House. This 31-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like 4 restaurants, 6 bars/lounges, and free in-room WiFi. It's in the historical district and also a short walk from University of Maine Museum of Art and Bangor Public Library.


Dining

This hotel is home to 4 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


Rooms

All 31 soundproofed rooms feature free local calls and desks. 27-inch TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs and free toiletries.


Property features

Guests of The Charles Inn enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and coffee in a common area. If you drive, self parking is USD 6.00 per night, and there's also limo/town car service. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include express check-out, a fireplace in the lobby, and wedding services.

Room options

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

44% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 183 reviews