Hotel

Within a short drive from our convention headquarters at the Augusta Civic Center, the Augusta/Waterville area offers over 1000 hotel rooms with a wide variety of features, from luxury to family and budget,

Because the Civic Center has no attached hotel, there is no one “headquarters hotel.” Instead, every business-class hotel in the Augusta and Waterville area is offering reserved room blocks and special convention pricing for the nights of Wednesday through Saturday. You must call the hotels directly to access the special rates. We have well over twice as many room nights blocked at these hotels as were used in 2015 at the Houston convention hotel.

Details are listed below.

Please note that there are cutoff dates in early August for the convention rates.


Map of Participating Hotels

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Comfort Inn and Suites, Waterville

Stays at the pet-friendly Comfort Inn include a full, hot, served breakfast, and the hotel offers an indoor heated pool, exercise room, guest laundry facilities and more, with a variety of restaurants nearby. Rooms (queens and some kings) are $99. The hotel is located at 332 Main Street, Waterville, 23 miles from the Civic Center via I-95. To reserve, call (207) 873-2777, and request the “Narrow Gauge Convention rate.” August 3 update: Availability of the convention rate has been extended and rooms are still available.

Fireside Inn and Suites Waterville

The Fireside Inn in Waterville  offers exercise facilities, outdoor pool and hot tub, coin laundry, pet-friendly rooms, and more. Your room includes a continental breakfast, and Governor’s Restaurant is adjacent. Rooms are $108. The hotel is located at 376 Main St. Waterville, 23 miles from the Civic Center via I-95. To reserve, call the hotel directly at (207) 873-3335 and request the “Narrow Gauge Convention rate.” July 8 update: Rooms are available for booking immediately at the convention rate.

Hampton Inn Waterville

Located at 425 Kennedy Memorial Dr. in Waterville, 16 miles to the Civic
Center via I-95, the Hampton features exercise facilities, indoor pool, business center, guest laundry facilities, and more. The hotel offers a free hot breakfast and there are restaurants nearby. The hotel also offers a wide variety of suites at regular rates, if your party requires extra space.  To reserve, call the hotel directly at (207) 873-0400. August 15 update: Although the last day to book at the convention rate is past, the Hampton has some rooms still available at their regular rates.

Quality Inn Evergreen

Augusta’s Quality Inn Evergreen is  located at 65 Whitten Road, Augusta, 3.8 miles from the Civic Center. ” July 8  update: The large block of rooms at the special convention rate is now fully booked, but the hotel still has a few specialty rooms available at their regular rates.

Senator Inn and Spa

The Senator Inn and Spa, recognized as the “Best Spa in Maine” by Down East Magazine, features an indoor saltwater pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna, exercise facility and yoga room. The  wide variety of room types range from $90 to $120. Guests receive a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, and the hotel’s Cloud 9 Restaurant is highly regarded. The hotel is located at 284 Western Ave., Augusta, four miles from the Civic Center. To reserve, call the hotel directly at (207) 622-5804 and request the “Narrow Gauge Convention rate.” July 8 update: A number of rooms remain available for booking at the convention rate.

Hampton Inn Augusta

The Hampton Inn offers a business center, exercise facilities, indoor pool, coin laundry and more. The hotel has a free hot breakfast, and numerous restaurants are a short distance away.  The hotel is located at 388 Western Avenue, Augusta, four miles from the Civic Center. The direct phone number is (207) 622-4077. July 11 update: The large block of rooms at the special convention rate is now fully booked, but the hotel still has a limited number of rooms available at their regular rate.

Convention Hotels Already Fully Booked

Best Western Plus Civic Center Inn Augusta
Comfort Inn Civic Center Drive Augusta
Fairfield Inn and Suites Augusta
Best Western Plus Waterville Grand

Breathe the Sea Air

Several people have asked us whether it would be practical to stay at the coast and make the reverse commute to the convention each day, while the non-rail members of the party do other vacation things.

Absolutely!

Wiscasset, Bath, Brunswick and Freeport are all about 40 minutes from the convention site, with Boothbay a bit further. All offer a wide variety of excellent lodging.

Find Your Maine Thing

Numerous inns and B&Bs dot midcoast Maine and the Kennebec Valley, offering historic settings, waterfront views, fresh mountain air, hearty breakfasts, and much more.

The famed Belgrade Lakes region, only 20 minutes from the convention center, offers a wide selection of cottages, camps and inns where you can experience the quiet and beauty of the Maine countryside.

Picturesque RV campgrounds abound in the lake region near Augusta. (A limited number of RV hookups are even available in the parking lot adjacent to the Civic Center! These must be reserved in advance. Contact the coordinator and put your name on the reservation list.)