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Inn at St. John

939 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3031
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#8 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Portland
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Built in 1897, the Inn At St. John is one of the best Inns & Portland Maine hotels and is the city’s oldest continuously operated hotel. As a historic Victorian-era building, we offer an array of room styles, all of which are individually appointed and competitively priced. Whether you are searching for romantic luxury accommodation for a weekend getaway, a dog-friendly hotel room to accommodate the whole family, or even an economically priced room for an extended visit, the Inn At St. John is exactly what you are looking for. We are one of the few independently owned and operated hotels in the Portland area. As a result, you will find a complete dedication by our staff to ensure your stay is 100% satisfactory. A great deal of thought goes into every detail of the Inn from the decor to the complimentary breakfast. We think this approach sets us apart from our competitors and are confident you will agree. Conveniently situated in the west end of downtown Portland, the Inn at St. John is easily accessible to everything Portland has to offer. Don’t forget the numerous restaurants, shops, independent art galleries and nightclubs, all within a twenty-five-minute walk from the Inn’s front door. See our Attractions tab for distances from the Inn to popular area destinations.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
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Grade: 66 out of 100
18Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
3Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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matitle wrote a review Jun 2020
Brattleboro, Vermont2 contributions
I usually stay at my son's place while I'm in Portland, but for this visit I decided to treat myself to a Bed & Breakfast stay. I found the Inn as St. John Portland in a Google search. My son, who works at Maine Medical Center in Portland, said he is familiar with the Inn because it's close-by to where he works. Your price was right, your pictures looked great, you include breakfast, and with an endorsement from my son I booked two nights with you through Booking.com. Unfortunately, due to illness, I had to cancel my stay with you. I want to thank you very much for being so understanding. You, and Booking.com, are a pleasure to deal with, and I will definitely book with you again the next time I'm in Portland! Thank you very much! Deb Paciulli, Brattleboro, VT
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Date of stay: June 2020
Room Tip: Location is close to Maine Medical Center in Portland.
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Bill A wrote a review Mar 2020
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Very Nice Inn. Very reasonable price not too far from the airport, either. The staff has been wonderful. The room is very clean with all the amenities that I need. The wifi works very well, too. I will be more than happy to stay here again next time I am in Portland.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Terry Morrison, General Manager at Inn at St. John
Responded Apr 11, 2020
Q6528WHbilla- Thank you taking the time to write a wonderful review about your stay with us. Our friendly staff is always willing to assist guests with anything they may need. We appreciate your feedback about our wifi, room cleanliness and look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Adam E wrote a review Mar 2020
Portland, Maine4 contributions1 helpful vote
This Arkansan is a bit of a Portland history buff so I come at this from that angle. I have moved back to Portland three different times and stayed at many establishments on the Portland peninsula along the way. I want to be clear and honest. If you care anything about Portland's unique history and want to stay at a location that is a part of that history there is really no other choice. This place was built by one of Portland's prominent mayors as lodging for visitors newly arrived from next door Union Station (a beautiful picture of the grand train station is displayed prominently in the ornate lobby). But you not simply staying in a gift shop or a museum. This place has all the comforts you would want including delicious cookies in the lobby all day and night. And while Portland is one of the safest cities in America you will be even safer at this location. It is impossible for anybody to come into the hotel without being acknowledged by the staff (they always say hello) and they know every face that is staying there at any given time, seemingly. Finally, while this Inn is not at the center of the city it IS 'on the peninsula', which is key. The peninsula is where you want to be and any point on the peninsula is only a 5 or 6 dollar Uber/Lyft ride from any other point. Will, Jeffrey, Terri, Alicia, and Jasmin, Dave, and Glenn have always assisted me without question. Treated me like family as I transition.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Terry Morrison, General Manager at Inn at St. John
Responded Apr 11, 2020
Adam- We loved having you stay with us. Over time you became a part of the Inn at St John family. The Inn has a unique history that guests love hearing about while visiting the beautiful city of Portland. Thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful comments about us and our staff. We wish you all the best in the future.
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Mick-Hotwaterbottle wrote a review Feb 2020
Bern, Switzerland182 contributions48 helpful votes
The Inn was just minutes from the highway exit and provided parking spaces in the back. Reception was ok, our room in the third floor without an elevator. Lugging up the suitcases was no fun. The room was clean, but when switching off the AC started to smell funny. Breakfast was OK.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Terry Morrison, General Manager at Inn at St. John
Responded Apr 11, 2020
Mick-Hotwaterbottle- Thank you for choosing the Inn at St. John for your stay in Portland. Our Front Desk staff is always available to help with luggage, or issues you may have had with equipment in your room. We offer a variety of items in our continental breakfast including fresh fruit, hot and cold cereal, pastries, bagels, English muffins, coffee, tea, and juices. Your comments are greatly appreciated and hope you chose us for your next visit to beautiful Portland, Maine.
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Siberianqueen wrote a review Jan 2020
26 contributions21 helpful votes
We spent an overnight here based on reviews recently. It was such a charming surprise. We parked in back parking lot, off street, and went in the back entrance. The lobby was totally European charm and the front desk clerk took time to explain where things were since we were walking to an art exhibit followed by a hockey game at the local sports arena. He gave us a bus map, discount for calling cab and Portland map to help us navigate. Was extremely thorough and helpful as well as very polite. Our room was right off the lobby with the breakfast area literally outside our door- we had trepidations concerning the noise level since our room was also on street level. Well, we heard not a sound all night and morning. The room had a king and a queen w/ it’s own bathroom with 2 robes hanging inside. Beautifully decorated. In short, we highly recommend this inn for its value, cleanliness and good continental breakfast.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Terry M, General Manager at Inn at St. John
Responded Jan 30, 2020
Siberianqueen- Thank you for choosing the Inn at St John for your visit to Portland, Maine. We are delighted you liked the European charm as well as the amenities we offer. Our goal to to make every guest feel at home and relaxed. We greatly appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again soon!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Inn at St. John
Which popular attractions are close to Inn at St. John?
Nearby attractions include Hadlock Field (0.2 miles), Western Promenade Park (0.2 miles), and Portland Expo (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Inn at St. John?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Inn at St. John?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Inn at St. John?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Inn at St. John?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Holy Donut - Park Ave, Salvage BBQ, and Saeng Thai House.
Are pets allowed at Inn at St. John?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Inn at St. John?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wadsworth-Longfellow House (1.0 miles), Goddard Mansion (3.8 miles), and Fort Gorges (3.0 miles).