We stayed in room 3b the Inn at St. John for two nights and found the whole place to be charming, unique, memorable yet out of place to its rather drab surroundings.
The room was much the same although smelt of terrible damp from the moment we walked in till the end; this was odd as the rest of the Inn did not smell of damp. We should have complained but the staff were so charming we just could not bring ourselves to be difficult customers. (They may have cleaned the carpets recently, but should not have been renting the room if that was the case)
We had a shared bathroom which was across the hall - not a lot to praise or complain about here, although the shower was really small - the Inn prides itself on its Victorian theme, but one should remember that people were a lot shorter in the Victorian era and as a slim 6' foot customer I felt like I was showering in a torpedo tube. The shower head also had limited pressure, but got the job done.
The venue was close to a shop, had ample parking with overflow parking very close by and had several fast food restaurants littered around it.
The positive aspects include really great friendly staff always happy to help out, great Victorian decor (although if you like modern this is not the place for you), great toiletries in the room as well as great bathrobes and an in room iron and ironing board, excellent wifi, a great breakfast set up and a charm that helps overcome any problems you might face. The cheaper accommodation, which I presume we stayed in, is great value and certainly a better price than anywhere else you may find. Glen, who checked us in, was particularly charming and kind.
The negative aspects include a very soft and small mattress - not pleasant at all. The carpets in our room were damp and this was always an unwelcome smell when one entered ones room. We like our window open (esp. with the damp) which often meant that the heavy traffic outside combined with the sound of neighbouring air-conditioner units meant a lot of exterior noise. The area in which the Inn is situated is not pretty nor within walking distance to anything particular, but then again with all the congestion and traffic around you would not want to walk around there.
That said we had a great stay and certainly can recommend it if you want to explore the town and retire to homely place far away from the bustling tourist spots.
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At St. John Hotel Portland
- Inn At St. John Portland, Maine