Located in Portland and within a 12-minute walk of East End Beach, Best Bower features a terrace, non-smoking rooms, and free Wifi. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a picnic area. Funtown Splashtown USA is 16 miles from the guest house and Aquaboggan Water Park is 14 miles away. The units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a kettle, a walk-in shower, a hair dryer and a wardrobe. All rooms come with a safety deposit box and some feature garden views. All guest rooms feature a private bathroom, free toiletries and bed linen. Popular points of interest near the guest house include Portland Observatory, Merrill Auditorium and Portland Museum of Art. The nearest airport is Portland International Jetport Airport, 3.1 miles from Best Bower.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.2 for a two-person trip.

Best Bower has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Apr 15, 2021

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Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.4)


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Room Type
1 queen bed
1 twin bed
1 sofa bed
1 queen bed
1 sofa bed
1 queen bed
1 twin bed
1 sofa bed
1 queen bed
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Portland
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  • Jennifer
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Awesome room and artwork. LOVED it. Great location and cute courtyard.
  • Racheal
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    An incredible space. Convenient location, and homey rooms. We will be coming back here yearly for anniversary’s and getaways! The room was stocked with everything we needed and was beautifully decorated and designed.
  • Cindy
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    decor, finishes, kitchenette, pantry items, toiletries, cleanliness, ease of check-in.
  • Finis
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    This was a great find. A comfortable alternative to large hotels and overpriced Airbnbs. This was perfectly located in Munjoy where it was easy to access the eastern prom and downtown. We enjoyed great coffee on the courtyard patio in the morning....
  • Valerie
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The room was large very clean and comfortable. Quiet and dark at night. Nice bedding and dinnerware
  • Taylor
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    We really enjoyed the construction features of this room. The space was very bright, clean, and cozy. We didn't mind spending a rainy day inside.
  • Walsh
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Absolutely loved our stay there, it was cozy, clean, and in a great location. So many fun places within walking distance. The kitchenette in the main building was super accessible and nice to use, as well as the courtyard which was just gorgeous....
  • Miranda
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The rooms were gorgeous and modern, with beautiful skylights that oversaw the observatory at night. Everything in the room was perfect and easy to get into.
  • Carol
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Unique and great hotel model. Rooms have keyed entry from lovely courtyard. Rooms were perfect. Light modern with birch floors and beautifully tiled bathrooms. it had exactly everything you would want, right where you would want it to be. I...
  • Susan
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    I liked being able to check in with no problems and the room was lovely and had everything we needed. Coffee was delicious

Property questions and answers
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  • Do you have balconies or outdoor space that you can smoke Marijuana on

    Greetings. Thank you for your inquiry. Our property is non-smoking however there are several nearby parks within close proximity. Including the North Street park and Eastern Promenade.
    Answered on 28 May 2021
  • Would Like to know about parking? Is there a garage nearby or is first come street parking

    Due to our urban location we do not have onsite parking. There is free street parking available. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Best, Melanie
    Answered on 21 July 2021
  • How do we enter our room upon check in. It says there is Keyless entry. Please explain.

    Greetings, Guests will receive check-in details with a key code and instrcutions on how to access the guestroom on the day of arrival. Best, Melanie
    Answered on 5 September 2023

Managed by Best Bower

Company review score: 9.4Based on 65 reviews from 1 property
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Company info

Offering Guests Independence At the Best Bower guestrooms are yours to call "home" while you're away. We've removed the formality of checking-in at a front desk and will not disrupt your privacy or enter your room once you've checked-in. Though our style moves away from the traditional hotel model guests can expect thoughtfully curated amenities and acute attention to cleanliness creating the experience of a high-end getaway.  Our onsite guesthouse coordinators are available to assist with anything that may arise during your stay or to share recommendations on what to see and do while you are in our vibrant city & state.

Property info

- A TIMELESS MAINE GETAWAY IN PORTLAND'S EAST END NEIGHBORHOOD - The Best Bower is situated alongside the Portland Observatory, one of Maine's most adored landmarks. The guesthouse boasts six spacious guest-rooms each unique in layout, design and custom furnishings. Our distinctive terraced courtyard, embowered by the limbs of a giant oak, lined with custom stonework, seasonal plantings, café tables and chairs makes for an ideal spot to relax while admiring the stature of the Observatory and the quiet buzz of Munjoy Hill. Guests will enjoy walking proximity to local breweries & distilleries, galleries & museums, boutique shopping, culinary delights, and the Eastern Promenade park highlighting sweeping views of Casco Bay and a mile's long trail system that leads to vibrant energy of Portland harbor and the cobblestone lined streets of the Old Port. Keyless entry rooms offer guests independence making check-in-and-out contactless & convenient. *PLEASE NOTE - NO ONSITE PARKING* Free Street parking available on congress street and nearby side streets: Kellogg Street & North Street.

Neighborhood info

Reverie Awaits at the Best Bower The compound, once known as The Portland Monument Grounds, was initially developed in the 1800's by local entrepreneur and Captain, Lemuel Moody. The grounds were an anchor for locals and visitors alike featuring a marine signal tower for communication between land and sea, a community dance hall and bowling alley where folks would gather to celebrate the return from a voyage and a guesthouse for seafaring travelers on stopovers in Portland. Today the grounds boast a spacious six-room guesthouse, and a distinctive terraced courtyard tucked between the Best Bower and the Observatory.  We hope our rendition inspires as it did in the past respite, curiosity, celebration and play.

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Amenities of Best Bower
Great facilities! Review score, 9.8

Most popular amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Dining table
  • Cleaning products
  • Kitchenware
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
Living Area
  • Dining area
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • TV
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Private check-in/out
Safety & security
  • Smoke alarms
  • Safe
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Tile/Marble floor
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
Languages Spoken
  • English

Sustainability initiatives

This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules

Best Bower takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM


From 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 21

Payments by Booking.com

Booking.com takes your payment for this stay on behalf of the property, but make sure you have cash for any extras once you get there.


Smoking is not allowed.

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), make sure you're booking this property in accordance with the destination's local government guidelines, including (but not limited to) the purpose of travel and maximum group size.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimize transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary, and other relevant info on dates where such guidelines exist.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), this property adheres to strict physical distancing measures.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.

Please inform Best Bower of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

FAQs about Best Bower

  • Best Bower is 2,450 feet from the center of Portland. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • The prices at Best Bower may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Room options at Best Bower include:

    • Double

  • Best Bower offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Check-in at Best Bower is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.