What's Happening Now

As we just do not know what is in store for us during this PANDEMIC WINTER, we have decided to go easy for the health and safety of our staff and guests.

We will be operating on weekends only until Mid February, when we hope to return to being open ALL days :)

We will also be closed the following dates - 

November 26th - Thanksgiving Day - sorry no shared meal this year :(

December 24th through the 27th - For the Christmas Holidays - because I am a nice boss like that...

** We WILL be open on January 17th for the Holiday weekend :) **

However, that being said, while we will not be operating as a typical hostel, we will still offer some options for you to stay with us.

Winter 2020/21 Weekly and Monthly Rentals

We have decided that we will be operating our dorm room – Nathaniel Hornblower – on the 4th floor as a long term stay dorm.

We will allow 4 lucky people to stay week to week for a maximum of 3 weeks at a rate of $250 per person per week (plus taxes).  And, before you ask – YES -  the minimum length of stay is 1 week.  You don’t have to actually stay for the week – but you have to pay for the week…

We will also be renting out our two studio apartments for longer term stays.

“The Sweet” - located on the third floor -   will be available as a weekly rental between November 1st and March 1st at a rate of $550 per week (plus taxes)

The Studio – located on the 4th floor – will be available as a monthly rental between November 1st and March 1st at a rate of $1500 (plus taxes)

You may stay in these rooms during the periods of time during which we will be closed to other travelers.

** Please note - We will require a $150 refundable credit card deposit for any long term stay in any of our accommodations**

In order to be considered for any of these options, please send an email answering the questions below and Heather will get back to you.  You cannot book on line.  Preference will be given to those that have stayed with us previously and have demonstrated that they are responsible humans.


Why are you in need of a place to stay? Are you  ____in between housing?  _____moving? ____ just checking out Portland? _______ other? (if so why?) _________________________________________________

How long do you need accommodations?  ___ week (s) ?  ___ month (s)? 

Are you interested in the _____studio style accommodations or _____shared dorm accommodations?

Please provide a reference – preferably from a former landlord:

Name ________________________________  Phone ______________________

What dates are you looking to stay? ________________

Please consider purchasing a gift card or making a donation to help our hostel through these VERY difficult times!

Covid - 19 and our Cancellation Policy

We are trying to adhere to recommendations, which change daily.  If you have booked through an OTA - Air bnb, expedia or booking.com - we must follow their recommended policies.  If you would like to cancel your reservation, please do so through them directly and we will refund your deposits accordingly.

If you book directly through us, please know that we have a 48 hour cancellation policy.  If you must cancel we will either refund you, re-book you to a later date, or will issue a credit for your stay that can be used on a future reservation within a year of your original stay date.


* only apply to certain room types

Save 5% off the length of your stay if you are active US MILITARY

with proof of military ID!

or enter promo code "military"  at check out

Thank you for your service!!

33 Hampshire Street,

Portland, Maine 04101      



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