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Inn At St John

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Beautiful place. Staff is above and beyond wonderful. Nice breakfast. Nice place. Room was small but cheap. Nicely done. I loved my stay

We enjoyed experiencing this piece of Portland history. The hotel's European style was inviting and cozy. Continental breakfast was varied and 24/7 availability of coffee, tea, bottled water, and snacks is most accommodating. Every staff member we encountered was welcoming. The room and bathroom were spotlessly clean.

we only stayed for one night, but the room was very clean and never had any issues. the rooms are a little small but they for the price you can't beat it.

I was told originally built to accommodate railroad passengers, & is the longest continuously running hotel in Portland. Beautiful, historic, but with modern conveniences, friendly staff and a very nice continential breakfast daily. Some upper-level rooms may be a trek for guests, since there is no elevator, and the winding 1890s stairs can be a challenge with luggage. Although staff have always offered to bring my luggage to rooms, if you travel with excess steamer-trucks or come back to the hotel late & a bit too tipsey, I'd mind the navigation from lobby to room.

Very interesting hotel super clean, but Wifi is not adequate, the room had a private bathroom (with a matching room key) but it was down the hall (Not the most convenient). The location is ok but not great. People are great and friendly.

I was aware that you share bathrooms with others, but the size and quality of the shower was awful. The shower is so small that the shower curtain sticks to you as you shower. If you are tall, do not consider this hotel. I am 5'6" and the shower ceiling was less than 6 inches above my head. I also felt like the quality of the shower was not appropriate. The water shifted from very hot to cold during my 4 minute shower, and the pressure was comparable to a hose. While the rooms were also small, they were clean. The staff was nice and offered to carry my bags up the steep stairs, because there wasn't an elevator. There is free bottled water, hot cocoa and coffee, which I did appreciate.

Everything was great, enjoy every minute of the stay. The staff was great and friendly. The room was so clean.

Great little gem - if you like a classic 2 star Paris or London hotel... then this is it. I had to stay for an overnight and just needed simple clean safe accommodation. This exceeded my expectations - I had a single room with a private bath across the hall. Was not fancy, but was clean, comfortable and felt like I was in Europe 30 years ago. I had read a review somewhere that there were problems with parking - not my experience - it was great. Thank you!

....but I loved it! An old hotel, {the info in the room says the OLDEST in Portland} but well maintained. From the cozy lobby to the nicely decorated hall ways ans stairways, this is a "throwback" for sure, and I mean that in a good way. The room was clean, the linens and towels were fresh, just a pleasure for me. BUT, if you have issues with stairs (no elevators) and are prudish about big private baths and all, then think about it. My bath was an "external" bath, but private, just on the other side of the hall, sort of like a European style older hotel. There are shared baths too, and I think you can have private in room too, I did not but I was perfectly fine with it. Wife was not along on this trip, she may have felt differently. I will go back in a flash, enjoyed it.

Very quaint, cozy hotel. Staff was lovely and accommodating. There was a description on the wall that said the hotel is over 100 years old and used to service people who took the rail back in the early 1900's. Pretty cool stuff and explains the feel of the hotel. The only weird thing was that my bathroom wasn't located in my room itself. Instead, I had a private locked bathroom a little down the hall. I honestly, didnt mind. I think it added to its charm and for the low price, it was worth it. At least for a day or two. Computer and printer can be used in the main lobby. And continental breakfast was very nice. Room was clean. Definitely worth it if you're looking for an inexpensive room that's not like the usual cheap gross hotel.

I was visiting Portland alone and on a budget. I had no plans on staying in the room more than to sleeping and showering. My room was tiny and I ended up with a private separate bathroom just a door away from my room. Staff cleaned the bathroom and made the bed every day while I was out. I stayed during off season, so I drove around, but it was a short walk if you didn't have a car. Parking was free and the lot behind the inn. Continental breakfast was nice, but nothing more than bagels, muffins, oranges/apples, and some yogurt in the fridge. I also noticed free cookies available the rest of the day. Coffee/tea/water was available all day it seems. Some reviewers mentioned a fridge/microwave in the rooms, but my room didn't have this. Window A/C/Heating unit worked fine for my room. The area around the inn had some homeless, but they didn't bother me.

It was quite comfortable, just a little bit noisy because of the street.

Hotel was welcoming, friendly, and very comfortable. Only drawback, if you consider it so, is the steep, fairly narrow stairs to the rooms. A generous continental breakfast was included.

* The room was perfectly clean and comfortable * I had the king room, which was great for 2 people and our dog...the fact that they allow small pets was a huge plus * Front desk staff were knowledgeable and friendly * Parking was close and convenient * The hotel was easy to get to I just needed a place for the night that was not too expensive. For less than $100, including everything, this place was perfect . The bed was comfortable and I really had no complaints. The steps are steep inside, and the halls are narrow, so I might not recommend anything off the 1st floor if either of these things would be an issue. Otherwise. Go for it.

I enjoyed my stay. The victorian inn setting and decor were very appealing to me but it is very different from what some people would expect. For the price and location I thought it was an excellent value.

yes stay here! They are pet friendly and don't charge stupid fees and breakfast is quite decent. Very nice staff too.

The Inn was about a 10-15 minute walk from Downtown and all restaurants and bars. Room was clean and cozy with a cable TV. 5 minute cab ride from airport. Overall, it was a good stay and I would recommend it to anyone that is staying a night or two in Portland.

The Inn at St. John was a pleasant place to stay. A good location, and easy walk to the Old Port. Near a number of great restaurants. The staff was super friendly and very attentive. There was a mix up with my room, but no big deal, they gave us an upgrade as a result. Nothing fancy, but definitely worth a stay.

My handicap room was exceptionally confortable. The room had a fridge and microwave. Super comfortable bed. Great shower. I don't usually respond to this surveys, but just had to give these guys their due. Came on business, but will return for leisure stay. Excellent!!!!!

The hotel had charm. I was hesitant about the bathrooms being outside of the room but they do have rooms with bathrooms inside of the room. The rooms were kept very clean and had a nice decor that kept with the hotels history. I think the rooms were a little on the small side but for a quick weekend get away they were perfect. The service was very friendly.

939 Congress St Portland ME

Hotel highlights

  • Close to University of Southern Maine and Portland Museum of Art
  • Free full breakfast
  • Free in-room WiFi
  • Free parking

Inn At St John places you within a mile (2 km) of popular attractions like University of Southern Maine and Portland Museum of Art. This 39-room bed & breakfast welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Near the airport, it's also near Children's Museum of Maine and Victoria Mansion.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free full breakfast offered each morning.


Rooms

All 39 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers and free local calls. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, and bathrobes.


Property features

At Inn At St John, guests have access to coffee in a common area, free newspapers, and a fireplace in the lobby. Free parking is included with your stay. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with concierge services, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

King Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Queen Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

One queen one full bed

Full 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Inn At St John

Everyone (5) Couples (6) Business (4) Other (5)
5

beautiful economical place!!

Everyone

Beautiful place. Staff is above and beyond wonderful. Nice breakfast. Nice place. Room was small but cheap. Nicely done. I loved my stay

By , from R on Mar 5, 2017

4

hope to return

Couples

We enjoyed experiencing this piece of Portland history. The hotel's European style was inviting and cozy. Continental breakfast was varied and 24/7 availability of coffee, tea, bottled water, and snacks is most accommodating. Every staff member we encountered was welcoming. The room and bathroom were spotlessly clean.

By , from NH on Feb 8, 2017

5

great location

Everyone

we only stayed for one night, but the room was very clean and never had any issues. the rooms are a little small but they for the price you can't beat it.

By on Jan 18, 2017

4

well kept historic hotel

Everyone

I was told originally built to accommodate railroad passengers, & is the longest continuously running hotel in Portland. Beautiful, historic, but with modern conveniences, friendly staff and a very nice continential breakfast daily. Some upper-level rooms may be a trek for guests, since there is no elevator, and the winding 1890s stairs can be a challenge with luggage. Although staff have always offered to bring my luggage to rooms, if you travel with excess steamer-trucks or come back to the hotel late & a bit too tipsey, I'd mind the navigation from lobby to room.

By , from MN on Jan 13, 2017

4

cute hotel very "london city hotel style"

BusinessTravelers

Very interesting hotel super clean, but Wifi is not adequate, the room had a private bathroom (with a matching room key) but it was down the hall (Not the most convenient). The location is ok but not great. People are great and friendly.

By , from Boston on Aug 11, 2016

3

small bathrooms, but nice staff

Everyone

I was aware that you share bathrooms with others, but the size and quality of the shower was awful. The shower is so small that the shower curtain sticks to you as you shower. If you are tall, do not consider this hotel. I am 5'6" and the shower ceiling was less than 6 inches above my head. I also felt like the quality of the shower was not appropriate. The water shifted from very hot to cold during my 4 minute shower, and the pressure was comparable to a hose. While the rooms were also small, they were clean. The staff was nice and offered to carry my bags up the steep stairs, because there wasn't an elevator. There is free bottled water, hot cocoa and coffee, which I did appreciate.

By , from Grand Rapids, MI on Jun 24, 2016

5
Everyone

Everything was great, enjoy every minute of the stay. The staff was great and friendly. The room was so clean.

By on Feb 23, 2016

5

very european like stay

LGBT

Great little gem - if you like a classic 2 star Paris or London hotel... then this is it. I had to stay for an overnight and just needed simple clean safe accommodation. This exceeded my expectations - I had a single room with a private bath across the hall. Was not fancy, but was clean, comfortable and felt like I was in Europe 30 years ago. I had read a review somewhere that there were problems with parking - not my experience - it was great. Thank you!

By on May 3, 2014

4

not for everyone .....

Singles

....but I loved it! An old hotel, {the info in the room says the OLDEST in Portland} but well maintained. From the cozy lobby to the nicely decorated hall ways ans stairways, this is a "throwback" for sure, and I mean that in a good way. The room was clean, the linens and towels were fresh, just a pleasure for me. BUT, if you have issues with stairs (no elevators) and are prudish about big private baths and all, then think about it. My bath was an "external" bath, but private, just on the other side of the hall, sort of like a European style older hotel. There are shared baths too, and I think you can have private in room too, I did not but I was perfectly fine with it. Wife was not along on this trip, she may have felt differently. I will go back in a flash, enjoyed it.

By on Dec 3, 2013

3

good deal

BusinessTravelers

Very quaint, cozy hotel. Staff was lovely and accommodating. There was a description on the wall that said the hotel is over 100 years old and used to service people who took the rail back in the early 1900's. Pretty cool stuff and explains the feel of the hotel. The only weird thing was that my bathroom wasn't located in my room itself. Instead, I had a private locked bathroom a little down the hall. I honestly, didnt mind. I think it added to its charm and for the low price, it was worth it. At least for a day or two. Computer and printer can be used in the main lobby. And continental breakfast was very nice. Room was clean. Definitely worth it if you're looking for an inexpensive room that's not like the usual cheap gross hotel.

By on Nov 27, 2013