There are two million people in Atlantic Canada and it's a good bet that most of them at one time or another drive the I-95 through Maine to other New England states or points beyond, usually Florida. At the end of the first day's drive there are a number of small Maine cities that compete for this interstate traffic and while Bangor, Waterville and Lewiston-Auburn all have their charms we think Augusta is the nicest stopping place and in Augusta we think the Senator Inn is the best place to stay.
We first started staying there over twenty years ago when it was a Best Western and continue to do so now that it is locally owned. The reason is simple - the price/value ratio is excellent. Recently, without reservations we just pulled in and asked for the best rate for a room with a king bed - $97.00 with continental breakfast.
The Senator is not an inn, but a motor hotel. Once you are in your room you don't have to go outside to visit the spa, the gym, the pool, the bar or the restaurant as there are interior hallways connecting everything. Our room was perfectly adequate with free wi-fi, a fridge, microwave and decent toiletries.
We headed down to the Oyster Bar for an early supper and to take advantage of happy hour prices. The Oyster Bar is really cozy and there were actually politicians making deals over martinis. I had noticed their distinct license plates in the parking lot. An excellent martini followed by a glass of wine each, a half dozen very fresh oysters and a good margharita pizza came to $50.00 including tax and tip.
In the morning the continental breakfast was of the deluxe variety with everything one expects, plus scrambled eggs and refried potatoes. We continued on to Boston refreshed and with our wallets relatively unscathed. This is a very good stopover on I-95.
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- Also Known As:
- Senator Inn And Spa
- Senator Hotel Augusta
- Best Western Senator Hotel
- Best Western Augusta
- Augusta Best Western
- Senator Inn & Spa Augusta, Maine