250 Main Hotel
What We Love
- A relaxing new nautical-inspired retreat in old-fashioned Rockland, with breakfast and daily wineWaking up each morning to a complimentary breakfast
- Hanging out on the only rooftop deck in Rockland at this hotel, which has been mentioned in Bloomberg
- Wandering off to the Farnsworth Art Museum, or driving to the nearby lighthouse
What To Know
- The rooftop deck has a great view of Rockland Harbor
- The hotel showcases original pieces from local artists
- There are no coffee makers in the guestrooms but you can find local roasts in the lobby
This new Maine stay is all set up to be your mainstay. 250 Main Hotel was designed to be a true Pine Tree State oasis, a calm and quiet, vaguely nautical-inspired retreat for visitors to charming, old-fashioned Rockland. Conceived by the owner of a local boat-building yard, with an aesthetic that also references the surrounding city’s industrial past, the boutique property has an intimate, evocative feel that’s perfectly suited for the sleepy Mid-Coast region. Also displaying a range of artworks and offering the only rooftop deck in town, it’s the perfect migis. (That’s Abenaki for “a place to steal away and rest.”)
In case the name didn’t give it away, this bed-and-breakfast getaway is right in the middle of things, as well. Rockland has a long history as a culinary destination, since hosting the first Maine Lobster Festival in 1947, and many of its most popular restaurants reside on Main Street and show off a livelier take on coastal living. Of course, if you’d like to stay in a Zenned-out frame of mind, there’s more art to contemplate a short walk north, at the Farnsworth Art Museum. And there’s another oasis to start exploring just two blocks away, where you’ll find the visitor center for the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
The 26 rooms at 250 Main Hotel are simply and crisply decorated in whites and neutrals, with occasional pops of color. They’re individually decorated, each featuring different works of art, plus industrial décor with reclaimed materials.
Set in Maine’s Mid-Coast region, Rockland is an old-fashioned city with a nautical-meets-industrial vibe, owing in part to its many years as a shipbuilding hub. It’s set right on the water, with 250 Main Hotel a 10-minute drive from the famous lighthouse. Check out one of the many lively restaurants, some holding James Beard Awards, or admire masterpieces of Andrew Wyeth at the Farnsworth Art Museum. If you’re a birder, pop into the Project Puffin Visitor Center, or visit the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, whose visitor center is just two blocks from your front door.
How to Get There
A last minute getaway that was a nice surprise. The hotel is extremely clean. Very modern decor with plenty of art to look at and read about. The staff is incredible. From the moment we opened our car door, where we were met by the front desk associate to the housekeepers were probably the friendliest we have encountered out of all of the hotels we have stayed at. The room was spacious and the beds are so comfortable. The hotel is located by downtown which makes it easy to leave your car and walk to restaurants and stores. We will definitely be coming back.
Small boutique hotel along the bay. Greeted very warmly. Took our bags to the room and checked us in promptly. Had local wine, beer, cheese and crackers. All restaurants and shops within walking distance.
We spent two nights at 250 Main, in the "Spectacular" room on the 5th floor. It may be the only time that a hotel's online photos did not do a room justice -- the word spectacular is almost an understatement. The room had two walls of windows that gave an amazing view out onto the harbor, and the Lobster Festival right across the street. There were two sets of blinds, sheer and blackout, for privacy, and some of the windows opened, which was really fun for listening to the music at the Festival.
The room itself is very large with comfortable seating and a ton of storage -- a huge closet, a set of drawers under the desk and I'm pretty sure the nightstands had drawers too.
There are thoughtful little details throughout the hotel, like heated towel racks in the bathroom, nice toiletries in the shower, charging cables provided on the nightstand, and coffee and tea in the lobby. We particularly liked the reusable water bottles that could be filled with chilled, room temperature or sparking water. Breakfast was very nice, as was the afternoon wine reception -- we enjoyed getting to know our fellow travelers. And as others have mentioned, the art throughout the hotel is worth a spin through every floor.
Location of the hotel is excellent, within easy walking distance of at least half a dozen restaurants, as well as two museums and countless shops. The parking situation isn't perfect (because of the Lobster Festival, parking was offsite about three blocks away down a dirt driveway). But we knew to expect that, and I think the walk was a worthwhile price to pay for the exceptional location.