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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

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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Boston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 43 reviews
29 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 

Exeter
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53 reviews 53 reviews
43 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It had been over a year since I stayed at the Inn by the Sea. As someone that travels extensively for work, I'm very picky about where I stay for personal stays. The Inn by the Sea is one of my go to weekend spots with my wife. The rooms are gorgeous, the service is second to none and the... More 

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

Dear Keith T, Thank you for your past patronage and for taking the time to offer feedback on Trip Advisor. I am delighted to see that you enjoy the property, rooms and our spa sanctuary! I am, however, troubled to see that you did not enjoy your actual service from the spa. We have many talented and professional spa associates.... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First stay at the Inn, chosen for a needed get away for relaxation. Was a great choice, always felt very well cared for and the room was so comfortable. Looking forward to our next stay which will hopefully be longer

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

Dear SaraDeb119, Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to comment on Trip Advisor! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you soon. Additionally, we continue to add to our green practices and will be installing Tesla and GM electric car charging stations later this month! All the best, Jim Glanville... More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beach cottage setting provided the perfect location to fly cross country and meet up with our son and daughter- in-law who drove in from out of state to meet us for the long Memorial Day weekend. We'd planned this several months in advance and were so pleased we had. Located an easy drive from the Portland airport, the Inn... More 

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

Dear SueRN, I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us! Thank you for taking the time to write this review on Trip Advisor and outline your stay. Please do come and visit again this summer, as we are kicking off our seasonal Lobster Bakes (every Tuesday evening thru August) on our front lawn as well as a robust... More 

York Beach, Maine
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From start to finish we had a simply wonderful time at Inn By the Sea! Alex, Front Desk Agent, greeted us warmly, as did Ian. The entire staff, was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Our guest room overlooked the ocean and was clean, airy and bright. We certainly plan on going back to Inn By the Sea!

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

Hello Brenda H, Again...Happy Anniversary! Was so nice having you with us and we appreciate the kind words on Trip Advisor. I've passed along your comments to Alex and Ian as well. They are wonderful team members and I am pleased that you were able to enjoy your time with them. Looking forward to seeing you back with us soon.... More 

Stowe, Vermont
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Spent one night here in May and only wish we could have stayed longer. The hotel's location is perfect - just a short drive from Portland, but tucked away in a quiet location. Great rooms, food and service, and a short walk through the dines to the beach.

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

Dear jdvtzzw, Thank you for staying and taking the time to write on Trip Advisor! So glad that you enjoyed your time with us and, I too, hope that you'll have the chance to stay longer next time! All the best, Jim Glanville General Manager More 

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