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TravelPod Member ReviewsInn at St. John Portland
Habitaciones muy limpias y acogedoras, silencioso si no mira a la calle Congress St, wi-fi a toda pastilla y desayuno con varias opciones. La unica pega es que tuvimos que esperar hasta las 3pm para tener la habitación y el centro está a 30' de distancia andando. Parking gratis!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Inn at St. John Portland
Will go back again and again!
Having read the review posted by the guy who who complained about all of the stairs, I had to respond. While there are rooms on the second, third and fourth floors of this beautiful inn, the staff makes it VERY clear to you exactly where you are staying within the inn and tells you that there is no elevator. Furthermore, they all offer to carry bags for you. The stairwells are carpeted, with good lighting and railings.
I am an innkeeper in Massachusetts and recently stayed at the Inn at St John for three nights. My room was perfect! It had a comfortable king bed, dresser with plenty of drawers, desk/table next to the phone jack for my computer, comfortable chairs, a refrigerator and a coffeepot. Of course, the coffeepot was unneccessary, because the staff keeps fresh coffee and hot water for cocoa or tea (they have a selection of unusual, delicious teas) out for guests 24 hours a day. My bathroom, which was as spotless as my bedroom, had a whirlpool tub and fantastic lighting. The hot water was plentiful and the pressure was excellent. The towels and robes were soft. The mixture of colors of towels and sheets was a true Victorian touch that most inns overlook.
Although my room was just a few steps from the busy lobby and front desk area, they went to great lengths to make the room soundproof. The first morning I woke up and was amazed at the fact that there was nobody in the lobby. When I opened the door, much to my suprise, the lobby was very busy. There were people checking out, staff buzzing around, guests having breakfast and the phone ringing. On top of it all, one of the top-notch housekeepers was vacuuming the room right next to mine - with the door open - and Icould not hear it until I opened my door.
The windows of my room were large and overlooked the intersection of Congress and St John, but you wouldn't know it, because they invested in good windows and light-blocking shades that make the room like a cocoon. Despite the occassional snowplow, it was silent in that room. It was the perfect refuge from the outside world.
The inn is located only a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk to the over-priced Old Port section. It offers VERY easy access off the highway, but there is no highway or airport noise. There was ample parking and, despite the snowstorm we had while I was there, the lot and walkways were well maintained by a very smily maintenance man.
From the moment I booked my room with Glen, to the moment Pat checked me out, I loved everything about the Inn at St John. The two of them, along with Steve, the two Tims, Albert and Victoria, (and the smily maintenance man!) make the place feel just like home. As an innkeeper of a very expensive inn in a very trendy town, I would consider myself blessed to have any of them on my staff. If they look like they are having fun all the time, it's because THEY ARE. However, they are actually doing the many things that need to be done to make the place function.
Do not let the affordability of the inn scare you off. This is one case of not getting what you pay for. You get 10 times what you pay for.
I will return to Portland again, and will stay at the Inn at St. John.
I loved the Inn
I reserved a room at the Inn after finding their web site and realizing that their rates were far better than most places in Portland. I am not a fan of large hotels and prefer more cozy places like B & Bs. Of course most of the small B & Bs can get pretty expensive, so I thought the Inn sounded perfect. I went to Portland alone, having never been there before. I arrived at almost 10 PM after a long flight delay, and I was tired and disoriented. The rental car place was closed, so I called the Inn at St. John and they sent a taxi for me (and paid for it.) It was lovely, warm and inviting - the perfect place for me to have landed. The guys working there were extremely nice and helpful and offered directions or any other help I might need. My room was cute and very nicely decorated. It was also immaculate. I didn't even mind the two times I had to park in the parking lot of the Chinese place next door. As for the review that stated the neighborhood was "seedy," obviously that person doesn't live in a big city! I felt perfectly safe, even all alone. The Inn isn't right in the Old Port or downtown areas, but it's a whopping mile or two away. Big deal. I stayed 4 nights and was not ready to leave. I plan to stay there the next time I'm in Portland.
Lots of stairs, no elevator
The main thing to know about this well maintained European style small hotel is that there are a lot of stairs to climb and no elevator. So if stairs are a problem, be sure to book a ground floor room. Also, the hotel is about a mile from anything worth seeing (but across the street from the Greyhound station). So you will need to use a car, walk or ride the local bus to get anywhere interesting. The vicinity is not Portland's finest, but there are several ethnic restaurants, a supermarket and a Mac and BK within easy walking distance. The cheaper rooms have shared baths (across the hall, very clean). Portland is a good city for walking for the fit; for those not-so-fit, the mildly hilly terrain and many uneven brick sidewalks may pose a challenge. My suggestion: use the cheaper rooms for a short stay to save a buck; But if you can afford the top rooms, you probably can afford something more centrally located--e.g. the Holiday Inn. Portland is well worth a visit--think a smaller version of Seattle---an the Inn at St John an acceptable alternative to pricier properties.
Loved the Inn at St. John
We just happened upon this Bed & Breakfast driving through Portland on our way to Freeport. We really lucked out. Very comfortable accomodations, very clean, beautifully decorated. Pleasant, helpful service. Affordable.
I recommend a stay here.
Great -- don't believe the bad review above
We just stayed at the Inn at St. John and had a great experience. It was a beatiful building with a lot of character. The location is about a 25 minute walk/ 5 minute drive to the Old Port section of town. I would certainly not, as the review above described it, call the neighborhood seedy. We felt perfectly safe leaving our car in either lot. We did have a private bath. To be clear though there is nothing in the neighborhood itself -- you do have to drive or walk to get to the more exciting parts. They make it very clear on the website which rooms do and do not have private baths, so it was easy to choose the one we wanted. I think it was an excellent deal. While the hotels in the Old Port section of town do have a better location, they are considerably more expensive (in my research at least $100). This was a great place for a great price. I would definitely stay there again.
A good choice!
We chose this hotel on the grounds of price and good reviews on TripAdvisor, and can state categorically that it was a good choice! We were picked up from the Amtrak station, which was a bonus. The hotel has lots of character and makes a pleasant change from the bland hotel chains. If you are fit, you can walk to Downtown Portland, however we had my mother with us, so used local buses and the occasional taxi. The staff were great: very friendly and helpful. If we return to Portland, we will definitely return to the Inn at St John.
Pay a Little More to get a Better Room Somewhere Else
In a nutshell, the Inn at St. John is a great example of "you get what you pay for... or less."
The website makes it seem like it's in the middle of all the action in Portland... with lovely rooms.. highly pleasant staff... just so wonderful. The website does an excellent job of making the Inn seem a lot nicer than it really is.
I stayed there over the summer. First of all, I was charged a room rate much higher than what they originally quoted. That's a long story, but the management essentially refuses to admit that some employee at the hotel quoted me the wrong rate, so I ended up paying $106 for my very small room on the fourth floor (NO ELEVATOR... instead, there's a maze of stairs) with a shared bathroom across the hall. $106 for that? I could have paid $120 and stayed in a better room in a better location at the Holiday Inn By the Bay.
The location is NOT good. It's in a seedy neighborhood and all the attractions in downtown Portland are not within walking distance (I don't think the Portland Sea Dogs' stadium is a big draw to tourists).
As anyone who's been to Portland knows, all the fun stuff is in the Old Port... or much further down on Congress Street.
Parking is almost non-existent. When the lot is full, you park in the parking lot of a gross Chinese (or is it Japanese?) restaurant next to the inn and hope that no one breaks into your car.
My room was quite small. It seemed clean, but nothing special... and as I mentioned before, I had to go across the hall to use the (shared) bathroom. I've stayed in both the Eastland and Holiday Inn by the Bay, and I know that... for paying just a little more, I could have gotten a larger and nicer room than the one at the Inn.
The Inn is an okay place... if you want to save a few bucks and... if you realize you'll get what you pay for. However, if you're going to vacation in Portland, why not just pay a little extra to stay somewhere a lot nicer and more professionally run?
Sorry, but I wouldn't recommend the Inn.
A real bargain in Portland
I've stayed here a couple of times on business in 2003 and was pleasantly surprised -- this will do it for me in Portland in the future. Don't be fooled by the rundown, hokey exterior. Inside is a fully restored Victorian hotel in which no two rooms are alike. Rooms are comfortably furnished and beautifully decorated. Yes, the stairs to the upper floors are steep, but if you stay downstairs, you're on a busy street. This is not close to the Old Port (but a short walk to Hadlock Field if you're in town for a ballgame). The inn offers a simple continental breakfast in a comfortable downstairs dining room.
This is an inexpensive place to stay by Portland standards and vastly superior to other hotels that charge much more. Bonus: Free off-street parking.
Quaint & pretty
Been there twice...would stay again. Close to everything in Portland; visits to the wharf, Portland Head Lighthouse), delicious meals nearby (try the Greek soup across the street and the lobster at a little restaurant nearby), city library just up the street, day trips up north or to New Hampshire or Vermont...it's all here and the Inn is a nice place to stay. Downtown, but not too noisy.
Pleasant staff, comfortable sleeping quarters. Excellent nearby shopping and restaurants. A little trafficky, but not too bad. Continental breakfast was a slight disappointment and there was no room to eat.
Do not rent a room on an upper floor. No elevators and the stairs are narrow and steep. Overall, a good experience.