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Captain A. V. Nickels Inn

127 East Main St., Searsport, ME 04974
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Ranked #2 of 4 Searsport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Baileyville, Maine
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

What a beautiful location overlooking the Atlantic. Also, we found their food was very well prepared and quite tasty. In September 2013, we had the honor of attending the small and intimate wedding and reception of our son and daughter -in-law at Captain Nickels Inn. We felt it was unfortunate that they ran out of several items on the dinner... More

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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this review

We’re so sorry to see your not-so-good review. Just to clarify, we do have a clearly defined contract for weddings…with the exception of the final costs for the menu. Initially, we discuss approximate costs for food with a caveat that the final cost depends on “selections made” by the wedding couple, as was the case in this wedding. Unfortunately, the... More

Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

This large inn was formerly a sea captain's mansion and is nestled in a very pretty yard in Searsport. We stayed in the Port of Charleston room, which was decorated with some period furniture and a very comfortable bed. The Keurig coffeemaker was a plus. The bathroom was interesting but cute, as it had original (I presume) fixtures except for... More

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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this review

We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. It is such a pleasure to meet interesting people from different parts of the States/world like you two. Hope you can visit Maine again. We love sharing our historic home. More

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Wonderful hotel with fantastic hosts, gourmet breakfast and superb staff. Sadly we only had the one evening scheduled to stay and had make the mistake of having a late large lunch - we missed the opportunity to enjoy the evening taster meal. HIghly recommended :) Doug & Pauline, Scotland

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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. Wish you could have stayed longer....maybe on your next trip to the States! We so enjoyed meeting both of you; would love to see you again. More

Center Tuftonboro
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This was one of the most wonderful inns we have ever stayed in. The owners, Brenda and Mike were very friendly and accommodating. The food in their restaurant was as good as any 5 star restaurant - their son, Mark, is an unbelievable chef. And the innkeepers' breakfasts were delicious and imaginative. They also went out of their way to... More

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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this review

We were so delighted to hear your wonderful comments on the Inn and your experience with us. Your comments reflect exactly what we hope to accomplish for everyone who walks through our doors! We agree that Mark is a very accomplished chef and are pleased that you would give him a 5-star rating. Wow!!! He is glowing about your comments.... More

Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Our stay at the Capt. A.V. Nichels Inn was a wonderful experience. Upon arriving we were impressed with the size of the Inn, the gracious rooms, period furniture and appointments and the history shared by the Innkeepers. The gourmet breakfast was something to look forward to and the dining areas so inviting. We were sorry to have missed the evening... More

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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on the Inn. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay. As you mentioned, the Inn is a restored sea captain's home. As such, there are some challenges that we faced in ensuring comfort for our guests. We did not want to destroy the integrity of the home with a full... More

Williamsburg, Virginia
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
26 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We were greeted with a lovely wine and cheese reception which we shared with one other couple. Always fund to meet new folks while on a journey. This historic old seaport hotel has tons of character. The bedrooms, all on the upper floor, are themed to various exotic ports of call. Ours was Istanbul and the decor was appropriately Turkish,... More

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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write a review of your stay at the Inn. We're so pleased that you enjoyed the breakfast. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. More

Summit, New Jersey, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

My daughter and I only had time to stay for one night, but I wanted a hotel that was different with a history. What a beautiful hotel! The owners were a delight, and we wished we had time to explore the grounds with a beautiful view of the bay. Each room was decorated with antiques. So comfortable and inviting.

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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments on our Inn. It was so nice to meet both you and your daughter. Hope you can visit us again in the near future and stay a little longer. I think you both would enjoy hearing/seeing more of the history of Searsport and the part our Captain Nickels and his family played in that... More

Columbia, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

What a delightful stay. Owners Mike and Brenda have lovingly restored this beautiful inn. It is warm and inviting and conducive to getting to know your fellow travelers. Our room had a balcony that overlooked the bay. Breakfasts were amazing. When we return to Maine we would definitely stay there again

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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this review

What a great review you wrote...and we appreciate your comments very much. The fact that you chose us as part of your Honeymoon trip is very special and we are pleased that you were not disappointed. Your comments on the food is also important to us. When deciding on our "mission" at the Inn, we wanted to ensure that we... More

Brooklyn, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We stayed here on the first night of our honeymoon on the way up to Nova Scotia. It's a gorgeous, sprawling former-Captain's home with a grand view of the sea. We were really impressed with the high-quality of furnishings and decor throughout the inn, with the cleanliness of our room and the common areas, with the comfortable new bed, and... More

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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this review

Oops, I'm behind in responses to your reviews...and have just written a response to your comments on the next review (the one on Aug 6). Thanks to both of your though for your lovely comments on our Inn. More

Memphis, TN
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
27 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

There are a lot of wonderful things about this charming inn. The rooms are comfortable, and the public areas are fantastic. Breakfast is amazing. There are all sorts of trinkets from the travels of the hotels owners. Downside is that the bathroom were we stayed was in need of upgrading, and the kitchenette need some work as well, but nothing... More

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nickelsinnkeeper, Owner at Captain A. V. Nickels Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are certainly glad to have feedback from all our guests. As you noted, we are a work in progress....but have made quite a bit since your stay in July. The Captain's Suite has gotten more of a facelift (including the kitchen area). Hopefully our next guests will find it has the same quality of... More

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Additional Information about Captain A. V. Nickels Inn

Also Known As:
Captain a. v. Nickels Hotel Searsport
Captain a. v. Nickels Hotel
Captain A. V. Nickels Inn Searsport, Maine
Address: 127 East Main St., Searsport, ME 04974
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Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Searsport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Searsport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Captain A.V. Nickels Inn offers luxury accommodations in an historic setting. The Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1874 by Captain Nickels as a gift to his bride. It is a breathtaking building sitting on 3 meandering acres directly on the island-studded Penobscot Bay about halfway between the beautiful towns of Camden and Bar Harbor. The Inn is often cited as one of the most photographed inns on the Maine coast and "creates a memory" for each guest who is treated to a level of luxury and attention to detail usually only seen in exclusive small hotels or inns in Europe. All rooms are furnished with European and American antiques, art, china and decorative touches creating the sophisticated air of a fine country home. Roaring fires on cool evenings, wicker on the lovely front porch, and lawn furniture by the water adds ambiance that invites guests to relax a while and enjoy the beautiful views from expansive windows or from the large decks overlooking the property. Two restaurants on site serve guests well by offering a large selection of locally sourced food (some grown right in our own gardens) expertly prepared by our chef. The bar is well stocked with a large selection of wines and our bartender is always ready to mix our signature cocktails. Common areas include two sitting rooms, a library, a lounge, a dining room, a breakfast conservatory, a ballroom, and a loggia with views to the Bay. Evening wine and cheese is served to all guests. After having slept in spacious suites beautifully furnished with antiques and sumptuous beds, overnight guests awake to the site of the sunrise across the bay and will enjoy a gourmet mimosa breakfast in the Inn's sunlit breakfast conservatory. The murmur of waves from the Bay and wonderful sea air enhance the restful atmosphere. All rooms have private baths, flat screen TVs, wireless internet capabilities, coffee/tea service, and luxurious bath amenities. Some have electric fire places. ... more   less 
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