Situated along Southern Maine's rugged coast, Portland is a city full of history, cultural events and active nightlife. When visiting this bustling city, consider best places to stay in Portland Maine to rely on which part of the city offers the best selection of restaurants and nightlife to suit personal tastes.

Downtown Portland is a prime location to experience the historic Old Port. Old Port hotels include a few that have been standing for many years after extensive renovations to keep up with evolving styles. Located in the arts and shopping district of Portland, the historic Eastland Park Hotel offers a rooftop lounge where guests can enjoy the views while sipping a cocktail. Eat at the on-site restaurant which features a Maine seafood breakfast.

Located right on the waterfront, Hilton Garden Inn offers free shuttle service to the airport and shopping. After a day of exploring the city or shopping at the Maine Mall, relax in the pool. Dine at the hotel's restaurant or set out for a casual meal at 51 Wharf.

Downtown Portland boasts over a hundred cafes, restaurants and sports bars, but a family owned business since 1954 has guests dining right on the water. DiMillo's is famous for fresh seafood and chowders and is a popular place for events and rallies.

Additional Old Port hotels are scattered around the Cumberland Civic Center which is host to many events, including famous performers and recording artists. Hotels in Portland are all within a short distance from major shopping areas and the Portland Jetport.

The best places to stay in Portland, Maine can be compared with a small town in Acadia National Park. Approximately 3 hours northeast of Portland, Bar Harbor, Maine attracts visitors looking for small town hospitality, oceanside camping, and the chance to drive up Cadillac Mountain to watch the perfect sunrise.

Bar Harbor hotels are smaller and more personable. Overlooking Frenchman's Bay with views of the Porcupine Islands, the Bar Harbor Inn is considered a Superior First Class hotel.

Whether choosing hotels in Portland or Bar Harbor hotels, the rocky Maine coast is a spectacular sight.