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Pro tips from our travel blog: Everything you need to know for a perfectly rewarding trip to Portland

Portland, Maine is a great destination throughout the entire year. The Arts District, many outdoor opportunities, picturesque Old Port district, and amazing food attract many visitors. Be sure to try one of their lobster rolls and enjoy some ocean views from the Eastern Promenade as well. Both urban dwellers as well as lovers of the outdoors will love a getaway to Portland, Maine.

Where to stay in Portland, Maine

Portland is originally a fishing city, and there is still a working waterfront around the Old Port district, one of the main attractions in Portland. The fishing boats arrive here, so this is where to get fresh fish if you desire. The Old Port area feels quite European, thanks to the cobblestone streets and brick buildings, which are the perfect destination for wandering around. This is a great district to book a hotel at, since this is where the city’s real charm is found, or so it is said. Some points of interest in the area include the daily markets on Commercial Street, the many microbreweries that Portland is famous for, and eateries serving locally loved cuisines. Most importantly of all, you simply cannot miss the Maine lobster roll.

In the heart of downtown Portland, you will find the Art district. If you are up for a cultural trip, this is the best place to book your hotel. You will be able to just wake up and be at a museum or gallery within half an hour. This is including time for your breakfast. Keep this in mind, in case you want to spend your whole day around the cultural offerings, without having to travel far to your hotel. The main point of interest in the Art District is Portland Museum of Art. However, this is also where you will find the State Theatre, Portland Stage, and Children’s Museums of Maine. So, you can always find plenty to do in the area.

You will probably want to visit the green spaces around Casco Bay area during your time in Portland, but it might even be worth it to consider booking a hotel in the district. There are outstanding attractions to be discovered here. This way, you can combine entertainment and waking up by the ocean. Furhter points of interest are the Portland Observatory, the Eastern Promenade along the coast, and Munjoy Hill. A unique attraction is a tour by mail boat. Many Portlanders receive mail by boat, because of the islands that belong to the city. Therefore, traveling with the mail boat is a unique way to experience more of the vibrant city.

Should you be a proud lover of architecture and interior design, we recommend a visit to Victoria Mansion and Wadsworth-Longfellow House. Book one of the seven boutique hotels in Portland for an added architecture or design experience while you are in Portland.

3 and 4 star hotels in Portland, Maine

Opt to stay in one of the dozen four star hotels in Portland if you are looking for a more luxurious getaway, with a broader service and more facilities. In case you are more of a budget traveler, pick one of the over 60 3 star hotels spread through the city. Visiting Portland for a conference, meeting, or other business? Book a room at one of the many business hotels in Portland. That way you are sure to have reliable internet and other important facilities.

Hotels near Portland International Jetport Airport

Unfavorable flight times, like late night arrival or early morning departure from Portland should not hold you back from exploring the city. Even if you have only a short time to stay in Portland and want to avoid searching for a hotel in town, then it might be easiest for you to book a hotel close to Portland International Jetport Airport. Or, depending on where you are going, a hotel near Augusta State Airport, or close to Brunswick Executive Airport might be better suited for you.