Of all the hotels clustered around Portland’s airport and mall, this is my top “family” pick. There’s a pool, a free shuttle van to and from the airport, chocolate-chip cookies, an Internet terminal in the lobby, a pretty good included breakfast, friendly staff, and a quiet-ish location. Plus they'll bring cribs and highchairs as fast as you need 'em. Downtown is a 10-minute drive away, the Maine Mall a 30-second walk.