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Featured Hostels in Portland

Black Elephant Hostel
2 out of 5
33 Hampshire St, Portland, ME
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $90 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

Located in East Bayside, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Cross Insurance Arena. Maine Jewish Museum and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)

"I really needed to get out of the house and out of the terrible 113 degree Vegas heat, so I last minute decided to come to Maine for a few days. This was a clean quiet spot in a perfect area. Just a 5 min walk from the East Promenade, and one block from bars and restaurants, and then good shopping ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

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The Westin Portland Harborview

The Westin Portland Harborview

4 out of 5
157 High St, Portland, ME
The price is $138 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28
4.3/5Excellent! (947 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel, staff was very friendly and accommodating. Room was great, was expecting the room to be a little larger. Keep in mind you have to pay 26$ a night to be able to park in the garage that’s a short walk from the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2020

The Westin Portland Harborview
Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port

Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port

3 out of 5
433 Fore St, Portland, ME
The price is $169 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26
4.5/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)

"Great location! Everything else was horrible due to Covid-19 , no room cleaning, no change of towels or toiletries, no normal breakfast- no Hyatt’s fault but very annoying!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port
Hampton Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront

Hampton Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront

2.5 out of 5
209 Fore St, Portland, ME
The price is $144 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26
4.4/5Wonderful! (959 reviews)

"Extremely clean which was comforting during COVID. Great location with nice restaurants within walking distance."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Hampton Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Hostels and More in Portland

Portland offers 425 accommodations, so if you can't find many hostels in the area, you can still pick a place that works for you. With the budget-friendly options here, you can reduce your spending on overnight stays and save more for going out during your trip. We've heard good things about the waterfront and other attractions in this destination, as well as activities like shopping.

Wondering where our customers have booked rooms in Portland? Here are some popular options that may have more budget-friendly rates:

Days Inn by Wyndham Airport/Maine Mall - Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking at this hotel.

Howard Johnson Hotel by Wyndham South Portland - You can take advantage of free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking at this hotel.

Fireside Inn & Suites - Located within a 20-minute walk of University of Southern Maine. Property features at this hotel include free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Portland - Property features at this hotel include free WiFi, free parking, and an indoor pool.

Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront - Guests can enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk at this motel.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Portland?

Good weather's always better when you're discovering new places, so here's some information about the seasons:

  • The hottest months are typically July and August, while January and February are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 47° F and nighttime temperatures average 13° F
  • April-June: 77° F is the daytime average and 30° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 79° F and nighttime averages are around 44° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 64° F during the day and 15° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 47.32 inches in a year

What Can I Do in Portland?

Depending on how you want to spend your time, you might enjoy these places to visit:

Top Sights
  • Wadsworth-Longfellow House
  • Children's Museum of Maine
  • Portland Museum of Art
Natural Features
  • Deering Oaks Park
  • Eastern Promenade
  • Mackworth Island
Cultural Attractions
  • Maine Historical Society
  • Museum of African Culture
  • Port City Music Hall

In general, Portland is known for its:

  • Seafood
  • Shopping
  • Live music
  • Entertainment
  • Museums
  • Theater

How to Get to Portland and Around the Area

You'll find the nearest airport in Portland, ME (PWM-Portland Intl. Jetport), located 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from the city center. Another option is Brunswick, ME (NHZ-Brunswick Executive), which is 23.2 mi (37.3 km) away. Once you're on the ground, you may want to make use of public transit. To see more of the surrounding area, catch a train at Portland Transportation Center, Old Orchard Beach Station, or Saco Transportation Center.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Portland?
By staying at a hostel you can spend less on lodging and use more of your trip funds for going out during your vacation. You can check out this destination’s cultural highlights, such as its live music venues and museums.
What is a hostel?
These dorm-style accommodations come in many forms, but they have three main qualities in common, including budget-friendly prices, a social atmosphere, and shared rooms (though many have private options too).
What are the best hostels in Portland?
While you’re choosing a place to stay, take a look at this top hostel in Portland: Black Elephant Hostel - Located within a 20-minute walk of Cross Insurance Arena. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a shared/communal kitchen, as well as a picnic area. Rooms come with towels, showers, and lockers.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in Portland?
Good weather’s always better when you want to venture out and explore, so here’s a little information that may be helpful: The hottest months are usually July and August with an average temp of 65°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 28°F. The snowiest months in Portland are December, January, February, and March, with each month seeing an average of 17 inches of snowfall.
What is there to see and do in Portland?
Overall, Portland is known for its seafood, live music, and museums. Major attractions include Cross Insurance Arena, Portland Head Light, and Maine Mall. Get out into nature with places like Higgins Beach, Goose Rocks Beach, and Eastern Promenade. Cultural attractions include Maine Historical Society, Wadsworth-Longfellow House, and Port City Music Hall.
What's the best way to get to and around Portland while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in and around Portland in your back pocket to make the most of your stay: You can search for flights to the nearest airport, which is Portland Intl. Jetport Airport (PWM), 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. An alternative is Auburn, ME (LEW-Auburn - Lewiston Municipal), which is 27.1 mi (43.6 km) away. After you’ve arrived, you may want to use public transit to get around. To check out more of the surrounding area, hop on a train at Portland Transportation Center, Old Orchard Beach Station, or Saco Transportation Center.

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