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“terrific place with great character” 5 of 5 stars
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Inn at St. John
2.5 of 5 Inn   |   939 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102   |  
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Ranked #9 of 13 Portland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Ames, Ia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“terrific place with great character”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We loved our stay at the Inn at St John's! The place has far more character (in a positive way) than any standard hotel. The welcome on check-in was warm. Our top-floor room was up a pretty steep set of stairs, but it was a good way to feel less guilty about indulging in the cookies and milk made available each evening :-) We loved the cinnamon and the chocolate muffins for breakfast (among other options), the best I've had in a while. The room was very comfortable (only complaint - one bedside lamp wasn't working), and we appreciated the complimentary excellent bathrobes provided for trips to the shared hall bathroom. Had to wait to take a shower most mornings (at peak time around 7 a.m.) and you are sharing the bathroom with more other guests than at some European B&Bs we've visited, but usually didn't wait more than 5 or 10 minutes, and the shared bathroom was clean and fine - the bedroom has your own sink and mirror, which makes matters much easier. The Inn is about a 20 minute easy walk from downtown, a nice safe stroll. The Inn staff recommended the Dogfish Cafe next door for dinner, which turned out to have some really nice seafood. Would love to stay here again!

Room Tip: know that the stairs up the top floor are pretty steep
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Terry M, General Manager at Inn at St. John, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
AmesIowa- Thank you for choosing the Inn at St John for your stay in Portland Maine. We are glad you prefer an Inn like ours over the chain cookie cutter hotels. Travelers like yourself prefer our cozy, clean, and friendly European Inn because we offer reasonable rates with a wonderful atmosphere. Thank you again for your glowing review and look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I loved this quaint place. It was comfortable and clean and the staff was so friendly and helpful from booking until we left. We stayed on the third floor which was a lot of steps but it motivated us to get back in shape! We will stay here again for sure. Really enjoyed the European feel. Super comfy bed.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Terry M, General Manager at Inn at St. John, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Im otl- On behalf of the Inn I would like to thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are glad you liked the pillows, comfy bed, and our friendly staff. It is our hope that if you are in the area again you choose to stay with us.
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Hamburg, Germany
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7 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This place is really a little gem.
I wanted to stay one night but immediately after the arrival I booked another night.
Such a cozy place and the staff was very nice, too.

The Inn has enough parking space and the complimentary breakfast in the morning was a good way to start the day.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Terry M, General Manager at Inn at St. John, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Zelijk0 K- Thank you for choosing the Inn at St John for your stay in Portland Maine. We are delighted you found our Inn cozy, charming and loved the Inn much you decided to stay another night!
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Kentucky
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47 reviews 47 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The staff is helpful and there are several interesting restaurants nearby. My room was a bit small but comfortable. I had my own bathroom but it was down the hall, which took an adjustment given the modern norm. The breakfast was modest. Check out the fish and Thai places very close.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Terry M, General Manager at Inn at St. John, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
FoodRunFun- Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our Inn and we are glad you found us to be clean and friendly. We are also glad you enjoyed the local restaurants that Portland has to offer and hope you stay with us if you return to the area again in the future.
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Charlestown, Maryland
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88 reviews 88 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I was looking for something close to a music venue I was going to on Congress Street. I did some searching around for B&B's and this place popped up. They had reasonable rates and are right on Congress Street. My friend's wife, who lives near by said something like "he knows it's a dump, right" and that had me worried. I was very pleasently surprised when I checked in. The place is very well maintained, but is obviously and old building that was designed many years ago - not all the rooms had bathrooms- you have to go out in the hall to your "private bath". Reminded me of some european places I have used over the years. Great staff, well kept rooms, breakfast was a little disappointing, but there are plent of options for eats all over town. If you are on a budget and not needing a 5 star hotel, this is the place.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Terry M, General Manager at Inn at St. John, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Geoffrey D- Thank you for choosing the Inn at St John for your stay in Portland Maine. We are glad you found the service to be great, building maintained, and rooms to be well kept. We spend a great deal of time focusing on how to improve our European Inn from breakfast to rooms and common areas while keeping it's old world charm. Thank you for your feedback and will take it into consideration as we strive to make every guests stay pleasant, comfortable, and relaxing.
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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

My husband and I selected the Inn at St. John to kick off a week's celebration of our 35th anniversary. Our air travel was delayed, but the staff was wonderful, helping us check in with no problems rather late and directing us to a great place for a quick dinner in the neighborhood. I loved the charm of this historic facility and would heartily recommend it to anyone needing an affordable, welcoming stay while in Portland, Maine.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Terry M, General Manager at Inn at St. John, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Vicki M- Happy Anniversary and thank you for choosing the Inn at St John for your stay in Portland Maine. We are delighted you found our historic Inn charming and friendly. Our goal is to make every guest feel relaxed and at home. We hope you choose us if you are in the area again!
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I found the hotel to be of good standard, but was a bit surprised that cleaning did not occur without straight out pointing out that you wanted new shower gel, new linens in bed.
The staff was friendly and the room was small but sufficient. I stayed in 10B.
Breakfast is simple but it is included in the price, which is a plus. And so is free (really fast) WiFi.

The location feels a bit shady at night but it is not far from the city center.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Terry M, General Manager at Inn at St. John, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
DMB_NYCUS- Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our Inn. We take tremendous pride in the room cleanliness and have upgraded our WiFi so our guests can stay connected to communicate with family, friends or work. We hope you enjoyed the city of Portland and hope you visit us again somtime soon!
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Address: 939 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102
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Location: United States > Maine > Portland
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn at St. John 2.5*
Number of rooms: 39
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