I booked The Elms same day and was easily accommodated by the owner. My room was comfortable and well appointed, and I thoroughly enjoyed the morning breakfast! The other guests were great to chat with and I enjoyed the short drive (about 10 mins) in to Portland to explore.
We have stayed at the Inn many times. It is an extremely pleasant and accommodating place. Our room is spacious, clean and comfortable. The staff is warm and friendly. For us, best of all is that the Inn welcomes guests with dogs. We will return to the Inn anytime we are in Portland. We never make use of the breakfast but there seems to be plenty choices available. Susan, Jay and Pearl
I really appreciated how organized and attentive front desk and all staff were. They really care that each room is clean and comfortable and I really experienced this. I would absolutely stay there again.
We stayed one night in Room 106. The room was spacious, the bed was comfortable, and the wifi worked well enough to stream video without issue. Everything was clean, and the staff were very helpful (for example, after dinner we walked in with a bottle of wine and the front desk immediately asked if we would like wine glasses brought to our room). The breakfast is along the lines of what you'd find at a Holiday Inn, but it was nice that bottled water, coffee, and cookies are stocked. It's more like a hotel than a Bed and Breakfast, but it felt like a great value compared to the other B&B and hotel options in downtown Portland. Location was fine-- there is a grocery store and several casual restaurants nearby. We took an Uber to the Old Port district (~$5) and walked home (~20 minutes) without issue.
My two sisters and I planned a long girls weekend . None of us had never been to Maine. The Brewster House added so much to our experience! Great location, safe for three girls to walk around at night, fantastic house, rooms, breakfast, and outstanding hospitality! Would definitely love to go back! Many thanks to Kelleigh and Dave!
My fiance and I stayed at the Inn at St John when I ran the Maine Half Marathon due to its close proximity to the race start. The inn was cute and had its own charm - lots of stairs, and did not notice if they had an elevator. Our room was larger than expected, and we had a private hall bath. Rooms and bathroom were very clean. The breakfast was average - an assortment of pastries, fruit, and cereal. Overall, the location was good, and relatively close to downtown. It was perfect for what we were looking for.
Our stay was great and couldn't ask for anymore. The Innkeepers are exceptional. Good conversions at breakfast and about the breakfast. They were fit for a queen. Excellent and kuddos to Dave who made the breakfast. I just can't say enough about our stay but that all around it was excellent. Our room was very nice and very clean. If we are ever in the area again you can bet we will be staying here. Thanks Kelleigh and Dave for the fantastic stay.
The staff were terrific - very friendly, efficient and helpful. The room was very large and the bed was very comfortable. The room had all of the amenities one would want. The decor is a bit old fashioned, but it was good value and I would stay again.
What a gem! This beautiful inn gives a nod to the past without living there, so you get luxuriously updated rooms, along with a cozy sitting room and breakfast area. Speaking of breakfast, yum! Eggs with tomatoes and ham on a croissant. Perfectly cooked. So good. There's also a bar, and I believe a restaurant for dinner if you're there in season, which October isn't. The fixtures and finishes are impeccably kept, with wood floors gleaming and everything spotlessly sparkling. Definitely plan to stay here.
The 1:00 check-in time attracted me to the Inn at St. John. vs hotels in the area. As we could get settled prior to our 3:00 tour. Very friendly and informative staff. Room with 1 double and 1 queen bed was quite roomy for 4 adults. Convenient location with having a car.
We could not have been happier with Brewster House for our choice for a traditional New England B & B. The Inn was lovely, the breakfast outstanding, and the location perfect for our needs. But what really made this a special place for us was the hospitality of the relatively new young Innkeepers. It was truly outstanding, from the warm greeting by Kelleigh and her young daughter all the way through our departure, when she took my dirty water bottle and scrubbed it out at the kitchen sink while we chatted. We would anticipate staying here again with pleasure.
Love the Cottage. Nautical Decor is very nice. Room very clean and comfortable. Cottage has a homey feel. Breakfast was nice with a fresh large bowl of fruit (strawberries, blueberries, canteloupe, grapes). Also, had english muffins, cereal, juice, coffee and an assortment of muffins. Short walk to Old Orchard. Grounds are well kept; nice front porch to relax on. Would not hesitate to return.
Phil Wysor Marblehead, MA
This was our first time at a bed and breakfast and we really enjoyed our stay. We stayed in the Seashore room which was small, but we knew that when we booked. It was great for the price. Everything was clean. The innkeeper was very helpful in giving us recommendations on where to eat and what to do. Would definitely stay again, but I doubt we will ever make the 16 hour drive from SC again!
Though I'd read a ton of positive reviews of the Inn at St. John, I still had slight doubts about it until we arrived. The only room available in our price range had a bathroom down the hall instead of in our room, and I was concerned about this. It turned out to still be delightful. They provided cushy bathrobes and slippers, and the bathroom was literally the door next to our room. It was just like staying at a friend's house where you go out in the hallway to get to the bathroom. Except even better, because ours was a private bath, so we didn't have to worry about anyone else being in there. The staff were all incredibly pleasant and helpful, our room was comfortable (a little small, but they did a good job describing it when I made the reservation), and the continental breakfast was lovely. The whole place was very clean, and the location was excellent. I couldn't believe that we found someplace within walking distance of downtown for this price! I would highly recommend the Inn at St. John and will probably stay there again myself the next time I'm in Portland.
The only reason onsite dining rated low was because it was a very small area and became crowded quite fast. Could have supplied just a bit more continental type foods to have a better variety of food. Overall, I would definitely recommend it and stay there again.
To our misfortune we only had one nights stay. We were greeted by Amy upon our arrival and immediately felt very welcome. She showed us around the inn and then escorted us to our room offering an explanation of all that was available to us.Breakfast the next morning was excellent - a very personal experience. The inn is located conveniently within walking distance of downtown Gorham and only a short drive to Portland. We will definitely consider the PineCrest when and if we visit the area again.
We stayed here for one night in September and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were in the Seashore room in the Cottage house. The room was very comfortable with a cool claw foot tub and shower. We were able to enjoy the sunrise over the water from the outside deck. The continental breakfast was very good. The inn keeper Ray was very well versed on the area and gave us good suggestions for sightseeing and food. His recommendation of the Rising Tide restaurant was superb, as we would not have found it on our own.
I was in Portland for just one night. Inn at St John was within a short drive to downtown and Old Port. Room was clean and comfortable. Front desk staff were terrific. Hotel is a good value. I didn't have breakfast at the hotel since I was joining family for brunch.
We enjoyed our stay here, and appreciated the helpfulness of the innkeepers. Our room was pretty, and it was nice to have a tub and shower, as many b and bs that we stay in have only stall showers. The continental breakfast was very nice. The location was convenient to Portland....and a very short walk to the Pier . We would have liked to have had a mini fridge....
I started my two week holiday by staying at The Inn at St. John. Glenn at the front desk greeted me warmly when I arrived, gave me ideas of places to eat within walking distance. I support his recommendation of the Thai Restuarant ; )) Prior to my arrival Julian was very helpful with my questions when I phoned. My room was small, yet cozy and I had everything I could need make myself comfortable. Right down to a bathrobe and slippers. The only downside to my experience was a gentleman named Miles at the front desk. I asked a question the morning I was leaving and his answer was rude and condescending. His smart aleck attitude was the only negative element of my two night stay.
The understated reputation of Portland, Maine, is filled with colonial wonder and outdoor adventures. As an alternative to a hotel, tourists can make reservations at inns that date back to the 1700s and 1800s. Amenities have evolved to include modern bathrooms with heated floors, whirlpool tubs, and custom showers. Sit by fireplaces in front of flat screen televisions or take a leisurely stroll through perennial gardens.
This quaint city is home to one of America''s beloved poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Train enthusiasts will take pleasure in a museum filled with the narrowest trains ever to run on tracks. Visit a New England antebellum home with most of its original contents. Create a scavenger hunt of colonial items to journal before starting the day.
Home to outfitter L.L. Bean is in the city of Freeport with its flag store open 24 hours per day. Enjoy adventures year round with various packages to choose from such as women only or bird watching. Vacationers can take archery and fly fishing classes or learn how to kayak and canoe. Guided fishing trips are filled with catches of delicious cod and haddock. Weekend to eight-day excursions for adults are also available as well as kid''s camps. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels so everyone can take part in the escapades. Winters have activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trips.
On the trip back from Freeport, stop in Portsmouth to see the world''s largest globe that revolves and has 3d features. The 42-foot structure is housed in an atrium with an Omni-Span Truss that illuminates the entire building at night. This Guinness Book record holder is the accomplishment of map maker DeLorme. Once the tour is over, take a ferry to Chebeague Island to enjoy the beach and fresh seafood. Bird migrations are another main attraction for visitors.
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