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Inn By the Sea

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40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We live locally but for some reason, never spent any time at this location, since we tended to visit the Black Point Inn for cocktails instead. Well, after our recent evening at the Inn by the Sea, we will be back! BPI has an attitude of "if you aren't staying here, you are a second class citizen". Inn BTS was... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a wonderful place to visit. It was right on the coast and had lovely grounds and great rooms. We would go back! It is convenient to Portland, the airport and lots of good walks/hikes and restaurants.

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The room was clean and service is very good. The view from our two-level room was fantastic (can see the sea). There is a connecting wooden walkway to beach that leads away from a nice outdoor pool surrounded by beautiful lush green common area and garden. Excellent food at Seaglass restaurant in the Inn.

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LA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Second time at this property. Maine is now our family must-visit place for spring/summer. We always stay at the "spa suite" and it's a bi-level room with living/small kitchen on the first floor and bedroom/bathroom on the second floor. The property and the room are in good condition and service is good. There is a private access walkway to the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our son was married here in late May this year and the three days we spent there turned out to be beautiful, enjoyable and more stress free than anyone would expect a wedding to be. The weather was perfect for an afternoon wedding with bright sunshine brightening a comfortable cool day. The setting on the lawn with the sea in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a serene place to stay. Very detail is carefully handled with total dedication to the customer experience. From the treats left on the bedside to the badminton on the lawn, it is a beautiful place to stay and relax.

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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had six exquisite days at Inn by the Sea, which is in a class of its own in terms of subtle elegance and real comfort. Then there is the natural beauty of coastal Maine, which is just a boardwalk away and, in addition, the grounds of the Inn are a delight to stroll around. The cuisine is top notch... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I so love this place... I mean, look at the picture, what's not to love!!??? Great views, wonderful rooms - so large!!!! And super nice staff. Short walk, on cute boardwalk to the private beach at Crescent Beach.... nicest beach that I saw!! The Spa Suites are simply HUGE!!!! I love love love this place, and come back just to... More 

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JGVT, General Manager at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review

Hello Mrs. McGowen, So nice having you with us! Thank you for the kind words and looking forward to your next visit... Warmly, Jim Glanville General Manager More 

New York
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43 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found Inn by the Sea by searching for dog-friendly inns in the Portland, Maine area. I am so happy I chose to stay here and my dog loved it so much he had major post-vacation blues when we returned home to Brooklyn. We stayed in room 112 which was perfect! The view from the room was great and I... More 

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JGVT, General Manager at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review

Dear Shirasam, Again, happy Anniversary and Babymoon! So glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope that we have begun a tradition! Thank you for the kind words on Trip Advisor and looking forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Jim Glanville General Manager More 

munich
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great room, I think all rooms have see view. Great views, great restaurant. The only negative point - there is no real lobby. The garden was beautiful. To Portland it is about 15 minutes. The bar had a real fireplace, and very good service.

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JGVT, General Manager at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review

Dear MunichTravelFreak, Thank you so much for staying! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and appreciate the kind words on Trip Advisor. Hope to see you with us again in the near future. Warmly, Jim Glanville General Manager More 

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