The Holiday Inn by the Bay is one of the ugliest buildings in Portland, but it also delivers perhaps the best bang for the buck of any intown hotel.
For starters, the Spring Street location is convenient to the Arts District and West End, and it’s very walkable to the Old Port and Waterfront, making it easy to park the car and forget about it.
Better yet, that parking is free (big points!).
Now add a free shuttle service.
And free Wi-fi.
And an indoor pool, along with fitness center and sauna.
And a free business center.
And a free coffee/tea/lemonade bar (and yes, there’s a full restaurant and lounge).
And a guest coin-op laundry.
Even a pillow menu.
Best perk: The views. From the top floors (Ask for one on the 11th floor, bayside), they extend over the city, harbor, island-salted Casco Bay, and SoPo’s Spring Point to the horizon of blue ocean.