With no travel plans for the month of October, I decided it would be fun to head north for a few days. I made a stop in Boston to visit a friend, then headed back to Rockland, Maine, the town I fell in love with during the summer. Even though only six weeks had passed since my visit, I missed being near the water and knew it was perfect for a little relaxation; Rockland Harbor Hotel was where I decided to rest my head for a few days.
Recently renovated and reopened under new management in June of this year, the hotel was the perfect base for some time in town to soak up my favorite season. The leaves were almost all fully changed and even with bad weather, I was able to fully embrace the season I missed last year because I was traveling. With no plans and my notebook in hand, I hopped on the bus and made my way back to Maine.
Since I was traveling without my car, I wanted to be located where I could walk from place to place. Rockland Harbor Hotel is located at the end of Main Street within walking distance to the town’s shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries, plus it’s across the street from the Rockland Harbor. This happens to be where the bus stop is located, so I was able to just walk across the street and check in, making it especially convenient. Ferries also leave out of the harbor, making it a great starting point for guests who want to really explore Maine’s Midcoast. Because the harbor is located across the street, all rooms of the hotel have a view of Penobscot Bay and guests can watch the boats sailing in and out of the harbor from their balconies, which is an added bonus for me.
Although the hotel has been in the area for awhile, when new management took over they completely stripped and renovated the hotel. Having stayed in hotels all over the world, there’s nothing better than staying in a new place. From the public areas to the hotel rooms, no detail was overlooked. The staff is friendly and helpful, especially when giving advice on what to do in the area. You can tell they take pride in their work and are proud of the hotel.
One of my favorite features of the Rockland Harbor Hotel is their outdoor fire pit. Around it are comfortable chairs, as well as some high tables. This is the ideal spot to hang out before or after heading into town for dinner or drinks. It’s blocked off by planters and feels like a separate little escape. While it rained one night I was there, I did make sure to take advantage of it the other two nights, if only for a little while.
The hotel also has complimentary breakfast with many options for travelers, and coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available all day. There’s also Keurig coffee makers in the hotel room, but I loved being able to come in from an afternoon of exploring and pour myself a cup of tea before heading back upstairs to my room.
Another feature I liked was that the hotel leaves laundry baskets with towels, soaps, and Keurig replacements in front of your room, in case you have a Do Not Disturb sign on the door. It was a nice touch to have everything I needed in a basket with a note from the cleaning staff.
After a long bus ride, there was nothing better than plopping down on the bed and resting my body. The beds were comfortable and the room was clean and modern. The large windows let in lots of light, something I need when in a hotel room, and allow for beautiful views of the harbor.
It was a bit chilly and rainy during my stay, but I still took advantage of the balcony, soaking up the panoramic views of the harbor. This was the perfect space to relax and spend a few days catching up on my writing. I felt inspired just being near the water, especially since I could see it no matter where I was in my room.
While the decor was relatively simple, it did invoke the spirit of Maine with photographs of lighthouses and boats. I appreciated these small touches and even the colors of the room felt fitting for the area. It was exactly what I needed for my little weekend escape.
The Rockland Harbor Hotel is a beautiful hotel in a great location in the town of Rockland and one I’d easily make my base again. The convenience and service were wonderful, and I really enjoyed being able to spend more time in a place that holds my heart a bit.
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I was a guest of Rockland Harbor Hotel during my stay. As always all opinions and views are my own.