THE MUNROE INN
Maine Historic Boutique Inn
Auburn is one of Maine’s Twin Cities, known as Auburn-Lewiston (A-L), offers the rich history of the city, a settlement along the Androscoggin River that thrived as mills and factories attracted immigrants to the area since 1786. Even as the industries that led to Auburn’s growth have declined and left the city, it remains one of Maine’s bigger cities. Auburn offers easy access to Augusta, Portland, Freeport and also not far from the lakes, mountains or coastal cities and its beaches.
We are located in Auburn's downtown, steps away from Main Street and Androscoggin River. Auburn is only 30 miles away from vibrant Portland and all the amazing restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops. We accommodate visitors to Bates College that is 1.5 miles away from the Munroe Inn. Stroll along Auburn's Main Street or take a walk along the Androscoggin River to cross the pedestrian bridge into Lewiston, or stroll along the river going upstream to view the rapids and the city view of A-L.
The Munroe Inn is a classic American Inn that has been offering welcoming hospitality in Central Maine, Auburn since 1994. The Munroe Inn has completed a six year top-to-bottom renovation by maintaining it's classic, timeless traditions, while seamlessly integrating luxury amenities and service for all generations. At the Munroe Inn you will experience all modern amenities and great service all the while being immersed in a beautifully preserved historic home circa 1899 decorated with an early-century and eclectic modern flair. As a Maine Historic Inn it features high ceilings, crown molding, rich oak wainscoting, period light switches, large original windows, including stained glass windows, each suite has a private bath, central air conditioning, a cozy reading place, and high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the property. The Munroe House is the only lodging in Auburn that is on the National Register of Historic Houses in Maine listed under Horace Munroe House. The Munroe Inn's suites are authentic and feature comfortable beds, heavenly mattresses, silk double lined window curtains, and own bathrooms. Amenities include fresh flowers (in season), all cotton satin bed linens, toiletries, towels, down and feather bedding (we accommodate allergy free bedding on a request), flat-screen plasma televisions.
Our front door porch is a tranquil nook for our guests to lounge and enjoy Maine's summer sunshine during the day and the stunning cool evenings. Maine's winters offer plenty of outdoor activities in Auburn and near yet to be discovered .
Count on quiet privacy, aspiring excellence, premium coffee, strong Wi-Fi, and healthy breakfast options for those who wants to order breakfast with us, and if not, we would be happy to suggest a place or two to explore the local eateries. We accommodate all dietary restriction requests.
We are not a highway hotel, nor an Airbnb’s home. Our Historic Inn is a boutique inn designed and operated for the discriminating traveler. Gracious-ness and gratitude are our intents and priorities. As a small owner-managed property, your safety is our priority too. Inn is a licensed hospitality lodging. Come and stay with us, we hope you would enjoy your stay at the Munroe Inn.
HISTORY OF THE MUNROE HOUSE
This inn has a long and storied history. It is located in a historic home near Portland and 30 miles from the ocean, and 20 miles from the Maine’s Lake District. The Munroe Inn started its life as a private home built in 1899 in Auburn, then Massachusetts. The home was constructed for Horace and Maria Munroe, a prominent family of three generations in the civic, business and political life of Central Maine. While the home architect and engineer are not known, it is a fine example of the Queen Anne Style of architecture. The four sets of its staines glass windows were catalogued by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts because if was manufactured for Munroe's house by Geo. W. Spence Co., a most recognized in the North East stain glass manufacturer. Munroe family lived in the home till early 1950s. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The home had two more owners, before it was converted to the Munroe Inn in 1999 and it has been used intermittently as a bed and breakfast inn since then.
With it's new owners the home underwent a careful restoration in 2014-2019, with attention to maintaining the historic attributes of the home. The City of Auburn considers the home to be one of the most historically significant properties in their city.
Family owned, as the current owners, we are committed to be good stewards of this historic landmark and navigating it new life as a boutique inn and a point of pride for the City of Auburn.
Experience the joy of welcoming hospitality at The Munroe Inn!
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
GAZER1 (TripAdvisor) BOSTON, MA
"... Olga has created a cozy, beautiful bed and breakfast, filled with fascinating art everywhere you look. Really comfortable beds and relaxed feeling. Olga creates amazing breakfasts, different each day. Worth coming just fort those! She offers specific suggestions for restaurants to try that we wouldn't have found on our own. Close to Bates College and much more. Can't wait to return."
lveno529 (TripAdvisor) WILMINGTON, MA
"My husband and I stayed at this inn in the Horace room. It was nicely decorated with antiques but upgraded to fit the theme of being in the past. Everything was impeccable. Olga is such a sweet innkeeper and owner. Her breakfast was excellent and filling. I would definitely stay there again. Nice perk, it is very close to Bates and Bowdoin colleges!"