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“Good rooms with great water views” 4 of 5 stars
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Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   159 Searsport Avenue, Route 1, Belfast, ME 04915 (Formerly Comfort Inn Ocean's Edge)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Belfast
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Falmouth, Maine
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good rooms with great water views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great location with every room overlooking Penobscot Bay. The rooms are clean and comfortable with microwave and refrigerator. A very good free breakfast and the attached restaurant has a good selection of local seafood and beer. This is my last stay before it converts to a Fireside Inn.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barry_Asalone, General Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Hopefully, it won't be your last stay before we convert to Fireside Inn & Suites. Choice Hotels, the parent company of Comfort Inn, suggested that we delay converting until January 1, 2014. They recognize that we are a good representation for them, and that there isn't another Choice product for 45 minutes in any direction.
Thank you for writing. I am pleased that you enjoyed the rooms, the restaurant and the staff. Any changes that we will be making after converting to Fireside Inn & Suites will be upgrades like adding the Keurig coffee brewers and upgrading our soaps and shampoos to Bath and Body Works products.
So, I hope that you will visit us this Fall. If not, We'll be happy to serve you next year in the newest conversion to Fireside Inn & Suites.
Sincerely,
Barry Asalone
General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Budapest, Hungary
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Breakfast on the balcony, the adirondack chairs down by the bay, the views. Everything at the Comfort Inn Ocean's Edge was thoroughly enjoyable. We stayed here for 3 days and took day trips to Camden, Rockland, Acadia, etc. A super hotel. We read that they will be leaving the Choice Hotels family in August. Hopefully, there will be no change in quality and service afterwards.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barry_Asalone, General Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
All the way from Hungary? Welcome to the area! Thank you for visiting the USA. I was pleased to see such wonderful comments from a traveler such as you. You must have seen quite a bit in your travels.
When we switch to Fireside Inn & Suites, which has been delayed, until January 1, 2014, we will be upgrading, not downgrading. We are looking forward to the changes. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to visit us again after January.
Sincerely,
Barry Asalone
General Manager
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Ringgold, Georgia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This hotel has earned the Choice "Gold Award". But I would have given it the "platinum award". The view alone, from every room, is worth the stay here. But, in addition, the staff is friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean, comfortable and well appointed, and the location all add to the enjoyment of the stay. To eat breakfast out on the large open deck overlooking the bay starts the mornings off wonderfully. I have stayed in several hundred other Choice hotel properties, but this Comfort Inn ranks near the top. I highly recommend it.

Room Tip: The rooms on the third floor give you the best views, but there is not a bad view in the whole hotel...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barry_Asalone, General Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
I am happy that you would give us the Platinum Award. We have won that two times over the past 8 years, and have gotten Gold Awards the other years. We're proud of our property and our staff, and the water view from each room doesn't hurt, either.
Thank you for writing. We hope to see you many more times.

Sincerely,
Barry Asalone
General Manager
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Skowhegan
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21 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We had just done the three day Trek Across Maine and decided to stay in Belfast for the evening. We decided to stay at this location and are happy we did. What a beautiful location and great view. Every room faces the Penobscot Bay. The staff was great and the room was very comfortable.We highly recommend this hotel.

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Green Features: The practices for environmentally friendly is in place and is very good.
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barry_Asalone, General Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you for joining the Trek Across Maine, and supporting the Lung Association. You must be exhausted from a 180 mile bike ride. I was pleased to read that we made your end of journey so comfortable and relaxing. Thank you for writing, and again, thank you for riding in the Trek. Hopefully, we will see you again next year.
Sincerely,
Barry Asalone
General Manager
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Titusville, Florida
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

It was a nice room with a very comfortable bed. Nicely decorated and clean. That it was a nice room was a bonus because the real selling point was the view off the balcony. Just beautiful. George at the front desk was particularly helpful with suggestions for dining and shopping.

Room Tip: Pick one with a view.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barry_Asalone, General Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Thank you for your review and the nice comments about George. We're fortunate to have him. He started working for us years ago when he retired from the Air Force. He now returns to us every summer and is a real guest pleaser. I am glad that you found him so.

I hope that you have the opportunity to join us again, soon.
Sincerely,
Barry Asalone
General Manager
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Madison, NH
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

When looking for a place to stay over the internet, it is hard to tell what hotels/motels are really like and whether they are stretching their quality. The Comfort Inn , Belfast Maine is true to it's description. They provided an online video to see what the inn is like. Because of the video, we made the decision to stay there. Excellent choice! We even added another night to our stay. Incredible views from all rooms, really. The hallways were scented with clove, delightful! Their restaurant is excellent with an award winning chef. The staff was friendly and helpful. We where there in early June so the full season rates had not started yet. We paid around $109, very low. We were delighted and will definately stay there again.

Room Tip: I do not think any room is better than another, each has a spectacular view.
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Green Features: This hotel is involved with environmental control.
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barry_Asalone, General Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Thank you for reviewing us regarding your recent visit to Comfort Inn Ocean's Edge. I was happy to read that you enjoyed all the amenities especially the restaurant. We, and many others feel that the restaurant is a hidden gem, not something you would expect in a hotel restaurant. I hope that you had the chance to try Chef Hightower's lobster menu, which she runs all summer long. If not, come back before the leaves fly. We'll be here to serve you.
Sincerely,
Barry Asalone
General Manager
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Madison, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Saw add in "Jewel of the Maine Coast" mag.We live in the mountains of N.H. [Madison] but come to the Me. coast for our get away..Just what we were looking for [ nice "chain " motel, ocean view, clean, restaurant, breakfast, quiet] well the Oceans Edge gave us a 10 to the 10th.degree..We called from Augusta ,spoke to Kristen,she deserves $1.00hr. raise..She bent over many times to accomidate our requests,customer service to the 10th. After getting our requests filled we arrived to our room ,clean to the 10th.again[we checked]. The master housekeeper gets a 1.00hr raise also,service to the 10th..Went out on the balcony and the view 10 to the 10th..We did some exploring of the town and before long time to eat..We walk to the nicely decorated restaurant,[how mant 10's could there be] well the dinner was another..Having worked at a seafood rest.i have fried a clam or two so i had the fried clams[ not a speck of grit and fried perfectly, w/ supberb mashed,slaw ] cheese cake was great w/ caramel..Got to meet the chef's was a nice treat..Ate at restaurant 2nd. nite and another 10 to 10th..Ryan was very professional server w/ nice personality,friendly..Lost my cell phone and George at front desk went into search mode notifying staff to search and be on lookout[my drop from balcony and didn't realize,found cell and all o-k.] After writing a novel about the property[it deserves it] in ending stay here,feel the staff, the property,the food,the clean, and the GREAT views.. Am still crying having to leave..One suggestion,add more decorations[pictures, etc] to the bare walls.. As the saying goes "We'll be back"

Room Tip: Room 331, 2 doubles,upper and on the end,very quiet..
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barry_Asalone, General Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Thank you for your extensive review, and your comments about the friendliness and kindness of the staff. I am fortunate to have the likes of Kristin, George and Ryan. They make my job easier, and our guests' stays more pleasant.
Again, thank you so much for your kind words. I will pass these on to each of them.

Sincerely,

Barry Asalone
General Manager
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Address: 159 Searsport Avenue, Route 1, Belfast, ME 04915 (Formerly Comfort Inn Ocean's Edge)
Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Belfast
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Belfast
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge 3*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Every room has an ocean view, and includes all the amenities you would expect plus a refrigerator and microwave in every room. 2nd and 3rd floor rooms have a balcony, while 1st floor rooms have immediate pool access and a rear door that opens on to our ten acres leading to the water. The property features an indoor heated mineral pool, hot tub and sauna, game room, guest laundry facilities. Free hot breakfast and free WIFI are included. We are connected to Ocean's Edge Restaurant for fresh seafood, steaks and pasta served in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Join us on the patio in summer for alfresco dining. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Comfort Inn Ocean`s Edge Hotel Belfast
Comfort Inn Belfast
Belfast Comfort Inn
Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge Belfast, Maine

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