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
I had read a great review of this hotel in one of my travel mags, and decided to stay here while visiting the Farnsworth and Bowdoin Museum of Art. It did not disappoint. The lobby is large, welcoming, and more importantly, dressed to the nines with contemporary local art, and good art, not crappy tourist art. The rooms are roomy are contemporary with very large windows overlooking the bay. Bathroom is large and gorgeous, although I prefer a tub. I would stay here again in a minute. Shout out to the lovely night concierge, one of the best gals ever.
This fabulous little boutique hotel was our favorite stay on our recent trip to New England. We love it when we can stay at small, locally owned/operated hotels or inns; however, we are not fans of the dusty doily Victorian bed & breakfast type places that are so prevalent in this region. So, we were thrilled when we found 250 Maine! This is a boutique hotel that is doing everything right. On arrival we were warmly greeted, checked in, and personally shown to our room. The room was clean, spacious, with a unique modern design, and thoughtful lighting elements. Our room had a partial view of Penobscot Bay. The parts of the room that were carpeted had especially thick carpet padding, making the floors soft, squishy, and virtually noiseless. Some of the lighting in the room was dimmable, a particularly nice touch. The bed linens were crisp and luxurious. The bed itself was like sleeping on a cloud. The crowning glory of this room however, was the spa-like bathroom. The heated tile floors, heated towel rack, fluffy towels, distinctive bath products including an invigorating peppermint soap, and a lavish rain showerhead. We both agreed that it was absolutely tragic that we did not have that shower in our bathroom at home and have decided that when we do our bathroom renovation, we must include a showerhead of that type in our plans. The fluffy bathrobes also enhanced our enjoyment of our stay.
Throughout the evening there was mint-infused water available in the lobby. I noticed that near the water, there was a jar collecting funds for homeless pets. It’s so nice to see a business that is actively involved with local charities! We unfortunately just missed the beer and wine social that is held in the lobby until 6pm, so we cannot speak to that. However, we felt that the breakfast offerings were perfect. There was coffee, a selection of premium teas, and juice. There were also fresh croissants, pastries and fruit. I had a croissant with honey and a heaping spoonful of some of the freshest, plumpest blueberries I’ve ever had. I noticed that a few other reviewers have complained about the sparse offering of breakfast items. Personally, I would rather have fewer items of higher quality offered than a buffet of mediocrity. Also, because there are so many good nearby choices for a more elaborate breakfast, it’s nice that you can have a little fresh fruit and a pastry with your coffee, then go on a brisk morning walk before enjoying a full, second breakfast at one of the local establishments. Second breakfast isn’t just a concept for hobbits, you know.
A note about parking: parking for the hotel was conveniently located right across the street at Harbor Park. Once I booked our reservation, the hotel sent a very informative email that described the parking situation for the hotel. You can use one of the temporary spots just outside the hotel to unload your bags then park across the street. It’s a very short walk from the parking area back to the hotel. I’ve experienced longer walks with parking garages that were actually attached to hotels I’ve stayed in.
We loved every minute of our stay at this hotel and would stay here again in a heartbeat. If we gave out awards, of the dozen or so hotels we’ve stayed at this year, 250 Main would absolutely win our “Best Accommodations of 2018.” Bravo 250 Main! A standing ovation from two seasoned travelers!
I found 250 Main on the internet as we were traveling through Rockland. When we stepped inside it was everything I was hoping it would be. The decor is beautiful, so warm and inviting. The art work adorning the walls in the lobby and on every floor was so interesting. Loved the furnishings in the rooms and the lobby areas. The front desk was extremely helpful and fun to talk with. A great experience!
We had another lovely stay at 250 Main. It's such nice hotel. Very quiet and peaceful. The rooms are large, clean and comfortable. The staff are very nice and helpful. The complimentary evening wine and morning coffee/light breakfast are great. The views of the harbor with the lighthouse are just so serene. The windows are huge and you can enjoy a gorgeous sunrise in the morning from the comfort of your room. You can also enjoy the views from the rooftop deck. Rockland is such a peaceful town and this hotel reflects that serenity by ensuring guests have a relaxing stay. We visit Maine yearly and this is one of our favorite hotels. Always consistent. I highly recommend!
This newly built hotel on the edge of downtown Rockland is a treat. The modern design is delightful. The rooms are funky but functional. The breakfast is good but a bit heavy not he granola style. All in all and enjoyable place to stay.