Each year, many of our patients travel to Bangor from other parts of the state and Canada for their healthcare needs.
Friends and family members often accompany them and want to stay nearby while their loved one is receiving care and/or recovering from surgery.

The Riverside Inn at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and a member of EMHS, is directly connected to EMMC via an enclosed passageway and provides a unique and invaluable service to the patients' family members and friends.

One of the most comfortable Bangor Maine inns, we are located at 495 State Street in Bangor.

Whether in the area for medical needs, business or simply vacationing, the Riverside Inn at EMMC is proud to provide clean, comfortable accommodations with the amenities and charm of a traditional bed and breakfast.

We provide first-rate lodging in Bangor, Maine!

Hotel Availability

The Inn is Available for you 24 hours seven days a week when your loved one is referred to Eastern Maine Medical Center via the Transfer Center of Eastern Maine.

When they are coordinating Emmc's inpatient facilities, the  Inn can assist you in taking care of your own needs to be close to them durring their medical stay. 

Room Reservations

We have many rooms but they fill up fast.

Check our available rooms by calling us at 207-973-4100.

What's Included

Closest hotel to Eastern Maine Medical Center
Covered walkway to EMMC
Free Wi-Fi
Light continental breakfast included
Free permit parking
Easy badged access to EMMC
On-site coin-op laundry


Patients & Family

IMG_4507.jpgBuilt in 1926 as a Nurses' Residence, the Riverside Inn at EMMC provides a safe, secure, and compassionate "home away from home" with an historic flair. The staff, many who've been at the Inn for years, maintains a positive, caring attitude towards all patients and families undergoing stressful life issues. After undergoing a complete renovation in 1999 and modernization project in 2010, the Riverside Inn at EMMC is now able to provide an enclosed walking passage from the inn directly to EMMC, allowing families easy access to patient rooms as well as the added convenience of the 24 hour medical center cafeteria and waiting areas. 

In addition to offering a medical discount rate for patients and their families, guests are guaranteed free parking at the inn, free local phone calls and in-room amenities such as coffeemakers, hairdryers and 32inch remote-controlled flat screen HD tv's. Some suites have sofas which pull out to double beds, or recliners which many patients find more comfortable. All 54 of the non-smoking rooms include 1 phones with direct extensions to hospital patient rooms and services.

All services and amenities available at the inn have been carefully and thoughtfully planned to ensure that during their stays, patients and their families enjoy easy access to medical services and information, comfortable, clean lodging and peace of mind from being close to their loved ones.

Corporate  Guests

EMMC and EMHS corporate guests—including visiting medical staff, candidates for our EMMC Family Practice Residency, and other clients having business with EMHS — also enjoy the comfort and convenience of the Riverside Inn as well as a special year-round EMHS corporate rate. 

IMG_4510-2.jpgBusiness travelers will find all of the modern conveniences expected from chain hotels, including a variety of room types to suit their needs, speedy check-in / check-out service, and free Wi-Fi in all areas of the Inn. All rooms have two phones with voice mail, and the inn also provides secure business services, including access to faxes, photocopiers, and FedEx.

Whether in the area for medical needs, business or simply vacationing, the Riverside Inn at EMMC is proud to provide clean, comfortable accommodations with the amenities and charm of a traditional bed and breakfast. Staffed by tenured, award-winning people, including the 1997 Bangor Tourism Employee of the Year, first runner-up in 1999, and several nominees since, the Riverside Inn at EMMC understands and is honored to serve the needs of travelers and tourists visiting the state of Maine. With stunning views overlooking the historic Penobscot River and salmon pool, bald eagle sightings, a 5 minute walk to beautiful Cascade Park or simply watching the panoramic sunsets merging into the city lights, the Inn - as their "home away from home" - offers scenic comfort and a tranquil ambiance to soothe all who stay here. 


Pet Policy

doghotel.jpgThe Inn has long recognized the healthful, therapeutic value of guests being able to keep their pets with them. EMMC also has a therapy pet program, and guests wishing more information about it need to consult with the nursing supervisor on your loved one's floor.

For a nominal fee per pet, Inn guests may have up to 2 pets per room and are responsible for all extra cleaning or damages that may occur.
We do require that our pet policy form be signed at check-in and that all pets be kept on a leash or in a personal carrier whenever in public areas, or when having daily maid service in the guestroom itself. Many of the staff also have different pets of their own - check out our picture gallery featuring a few of them!   

Riverside History

Built:  Bangor General  Hospital was founded in 1892 and leased the Mace building, now known as Graystone, until 1894 when it was then purchased for $8000 when their lease was running out. 

Nursing Program begun: It opened on  June 7, 1892 along with the  School of  Nursing whose first class graduated in 1894. Bangor General was incorporated in  December 16, 1892 and became Eastern ME General Hospital in 1897. Beginning in 1915,  Maine began registering nurses and the school was approved by the State. To solve an acute housing need for nursing students,  construction began on the Nurses' Residence in 1925. The building was completed at a cost of $235,000 and opened in October of 1926. 

Last Nursing Class Graduated: 1985 

Retrofit to an Inn: After an RFP inviting candidates to submit designs for a compatible business use for the building, the team of Dawson & Company & RH Campbell Construction were awarded the contract / lease with their design for an  Inn. 

Inn square footage: The entire  Inn’s total is nearly 30,000 sq.ft. including the basement.   The total number of sleeping rooms on floors 1 - 5 is 56 and consists of a number of room types including those with one or two double beds, one queen or king bed, and suite combinations with either whirlpool tubs or an additional parlor with extra seating. Some suites also include sleeper-sofas. 

Opening Day:  July 21, 1986 @ 7am with  Gerry O., who is still employed at the  Inn, on the opening shift at the front desk. 

Renovations & Updates: The Inn underwent a significant renovation project from Nov 1998 until Sep 1999 that included new electrical wiring, joining EMMC’s phone system, new roof, total vinyl window replacements (223), new carpeting, etc. In 2005, the rooms that had been left as offices were decommissioned and returned to use as sleeping rooms. In 2007, Time Warner finished their wiring and equipment upgrade; Wi-Fi was installed.

In 2009 – 2010, the elevator system was modernized, and a brand new 4-pipe heating system was installed replacing the antiquated steam pipes that had rattled and banged through the  Inn for over 50 years. Guests can now control the heat in their individual rooms to the comfort level desired.

In 2011, interior painting, public bathrooms modernized, new counters installed in guest rooms, and all ceilings redone. In 2012, a fireplace and new furniture were added in the lobby, several areas received new carpeting, and a new water main installed.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Check-In Time is 2:00 p.m.  Check-Out Time is by 11:00 a.m.   If you need to stay additional nights, please let the front desk know before 10 a.m each morning.
  • The Riverside Inn is open 24/7
  • We have provided a tobacco-free property since 1999, the first hotel in Bangor to do so.  Please check with the front desk for directions to areas available for smoking guests.
  • Tipping is not allowed per Eastern Maine Medical Center / Eastern Maine Healthcare System policy; however, donations to any EMMC charity is welcomed in their place. 
  • While we do not serve any meals other than a light continental breakfast, EMMC does offer a full-service cafeteria with a wide selection of foods at very reasonable pricing.
  • Credit cards accepted are American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. We do not accept checks.
  • Cots, cribs, , and small microwaves are available for a small per night fee.
  • Hospital access is available 24/7 via a covered walkway to Eastern Maine Medical Center public areas. 
  • Internet service is available by Wi-Fi (free). We also offer a public computer available in the lobby for guest use.
  • Heat controls are on each unit in every room and may be set to individual preferences.  In the summer, we use individual window air conditioners.
  • Parking is free and monitored daily by security.  Guests need a special hotel tag for their vehicles.  Guests may also use the parking garage or EMMC’s valet service when visiting patients.
  • Pets are allowed for a per pet per night fee and damage deposit. 
  • Standard security provisions including but not limited to safety bolts and peepholes are provided.  We have additional safety and security recommendations listed in our guest directory as well as periodic walk-throughs provided by a security company.
  • One phone is available in each room for guest convenience.  All local numbers are complimentary. 

Directions to Riverside

Riverside Inn at EMMC, on Eastern Maine Medical Center's main campus, is located at 495 State Street in Bangor.
From I-95, take the Hogan Road Exit (187) and follow Hogan Road south all the way to the river. Bear right on State Street and follow the river about six-tenths of a mile. The Inn is on your left.

Driving directions from EMMC's main campus to EMMC's Healthcare Mall
Driving directions from EMMC's main campus to EMMC's CancerCare of Maine
Driving directions to EMMC's campuses from your home courtesy of Mapquest.com.

Contact Us

We have many rooms but they fill up fast.
Check our available rooms by calling us at 207-973-4100.