Pursuant to a recent State of Maine Executive Order, the Riverside Inn is restricted in the services we may provide. Please call the Inn directly at 207-973-4100 to inquire if we are able to accept your reservation request. Thank you for understanding.

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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.

First opening in 1926 as a Nurses’ Residence for nursing students attending Eastern Maine General Hospital School of Nursing, the building became Riverside Inn in 1986, a year after the last nursing class graduated.

The Riverside Inn is directly connected to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center 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 is proud to provide clean, comfortable accommodations with the amenities and charm of a traditional inn.

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 Northern Light 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 during 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 Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
  • Covered walkway to the medical center
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free permit parking
  • Easy badged access to the medical center
  • On-site coin-op laundry


Patients & Families

IMG_4507.jpgBuilt in 1926 as a Nurses' Residence, the Riverside Inn at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center 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 is now able to provide an enclosed walking passage from the inn directly to the medical center, allowing families easy access to patient rooms as well as the added convenience of the 20 hours per day (closed from 2am to 6am) 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 32-inch remote-controlled flat screen HD TVs. 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 one phone 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.

Pet Policy

doghotel.jpgThe Inn has long recognized the healthful, therapeutic value of guests being able to keep their pets with them. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center 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 two 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Policies

  • The Riverside Inn is open 24/7 and hospital access is available 24/7 via a covered walkway to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center public areas.
  • Check-In Time is 2 pm.  Check-Out Time is by 11 am.   If you need to stay additional nights, please let the front desk know before 10 am each morning.
  • 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 Northern Light Health policy; however, donations to any Northern Light Health charity is welcomed in their place.
  • Credit cards accepted are American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. We do not accept checks.
  • Pets are allowed for a per pet per night fee and damage deposit.

Parking and Security

  • 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 the medical center’s valet service when visiting patients.
  • 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.


  • Internet service is available by Wi-Fi (free). We also offer a public computer available in the lobby for guest use.
  • While we do not serve any meals, NotherLight Eastern Maine Medical Center does offer a full-service cafeteria with a wide selection of foods at very reasonable pricing.
  • Cots, cribs, and small microwaves are available for a small per night fee.
  • One phone is available in each room for guest convenience.  All local numbers are complimentary.
  • 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.

Directions to Riverside

Riverside Inn, on the Northern Light 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 the Northern  Light Health Center on Union Street
Driving directions from EMMC's main campus to the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute in Brewer, Maine
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Contact Us

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