While I will take any opportunity to travel, I rarely pay much attention to where I’m sleeping. I’ll sleep wherever I can from a couch to a hostel or a tent, as long as I get to see a new part of the world. As I get older, however, I do like a little more comfort and luxury in my travels, especially at the beginning or end of a long journey. On my recent trip to Rockland, Maine, I wound up staying at 250 Main Hotel both at the beginning and end of my journey on the J&E Riggin. Originally, I only had plans to stay at the beginning of my trip, but at the end, I wasn’t quite ready to leave Rockland, so I booked a second stay. Secretly, I was looking for an excuse to stay for a second night.
Ultra luxurious resorts often feel too stuffy for me and are not my style. But, I’ve learned that boutique hotels suit me perfectly. There are always luxurious touches, but the hotels usually pay homage to the destination and are in areas where locals gather, making it the best of both worlds.
250 Main Hotel, newly opened in May of this year, is a luxurious escape in the adorable town of Rockland. It boasts beautiful views and the ideal location for exploring town. It also has unique touches and characteristics that quickly worked its way into my heart.
250 Main Hotel is in the ideal location in Rockland. For starters, it has an unobstructed view of the harbor, which is ideal for picture perfect sunrises. It’s also located at the beginning of Main Street, just a walk away from the town’s restaurants and shops. I was easily able to go out for a stroll during the day and head back for the hotel’s wine social in the evening, then nap and freshen up before heading back out for dinner. When I stay at a hotel, I love to be in the thick of it all, with easy access to the destination I am visiting, and that’s exactly what I got at 250 Main.
Beyond location, 250 Main has so many small, unique touches. One of my favorite features was the fact that all of the artwork on the walls is done by artists from all around Maine, all of which could be purchased. Rockland is full of galleries and a visit to each floor of the hotel was a continuation of those galleries. I am all about supporting local artists and love that 250 Main felt the same way.
As a writer and former English teacher, I also loved the use of quotes throughout the hotel. In the lobby, there was a bowl full of quotes and there are also quotes written on the stairs. I loved being rewarded for taking the stairs with quotes by Oscar Wilde and Mae West. If you take those stairs all the way up, you’ll reach the rooftop deck which offers views not just of the harbor but of the town of Rockland. It’s the best place to take it all in, relax, and soak up the sun.
As an added bonus, each evening there’s a wine and beer social. Each guest gets a drink on the hotel and then additional glasses can be charged to the room. As if that wasn’t good enough, there’s also breakfast included in the room rate. It’s simple, but delicious with fresh fruit and scones. There’s also coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available to guests throughout the day. All of these small touches made my stay at 250 Main even more luxurious.
As soon as I entered my room, I felt like I was in an escape. High ceilings and huge windows allow the rooms to feel especially spacious, something I appreciate in a world of dark hotel rooms. The two rooms I stayed in were light and airy, which is exactly what I need while I’m traveling. The decor, as was the case in the hallways, was unique in each room. From vintage swimming signs to wallpaper with waves on it, I loved each room’s design. But, it wasn’t just a beautiful space, it was also comfortable. I enjoyed the bed for a nap and it took everything in me to pull myself away from it to grab dinner in town. It was so comfortable, it was like sinking into a sea of pillows.
My first room had a balcony, and even though it was overcast, I tried to enjoy it as much as possible. The second room I was in was absent of the balcony, but it did have massive windows across the room, creating a panoramic view of the water. I woke up on Friday morning and was able to watch the sunrise from my bed, I can’t think of anything more perfect than that.
Each room is also equipped with a tablet. I loved this feature because it made finding local restaurants easy. It was also a quick way to schedule a wake up call and rate the hotel’s service. I love small features like this that make my hotel stay even more enjoyable.
I’d head back to Rockland, Maine for many reasons, and an excuse to stay at 250 Main is one of them. This hotel is one of the best I’ve stayed anywhere in the world. From a beautiful design to great service, as well as its many unique features, it’s the ideal place to unwind for a bit on Maine’s coast.
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I was a guest of 250 Main during my stay but room rates start at $185. As always all opinions and views are my own.