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“Decent Hotel for the pice” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge

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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)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence 2014
GreenLeadersBronze level
Biddeford, Maine
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Decent Hotel for the pice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hotel was in good condition, the room was clean and the view was great. The staff seemed very friendly and greeted us every time we came through the door way. It was nice having a door the the back to admire the water view. Only downsides I noticed was the window did not lock fully(was a little breeze coming though it), the heat/ac unit has no temperature setting so you have to let it run till you get the comfort level you want and then turn it off.

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Oakland, California
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With not many lodging options off-season around Belfast, this is a modest motel property with lots of pluses. Comfortably modern rooms, a view out the back towards the ocean that will pleasantly surprise you as you start the day. Very friendly staff, ok breakfast buffet. Very reasonable rates. Would come back again.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

April 10 -12 was our most recent of 5 stays at the Fireside Inn. We have now been there in almost every season, and the beauty of this location, right on the edge of the Belfast Bay, which joins the Penobscot Bay, is breathtaking. Every room looks out on this view, of tiny 'lighthouse', trees that edge the water, the rocky shoreline that you can walk down a long meadow to reach, the distant hills across the bay, and the water and sky which change color as wind, sun, fog, come along. Very peaceful, and rooms have a deck with seats to sit and gaze on it. Each room has a microwave and a small fridge, and the third floor rooms have fireplaces - that's my recommendation, reserve one of those! Breakfast is included, and there is a good selection of yogurts, hard boiled eggs, juices,cereals, oatmeal, and a couple of warm choices which switch up each day, eggs, sausage, potatoes, french toast, and waffles you can make yourself. Coffee and hot tea are always available. Most times upon check in we've been greeted with whoopie pies, a Maine treat, or warm cookies.

I'm a year round swimmer (travel with foam pool noodles in our car and googles!) so having an indoor pool is an amenity I seek out, and this one is a lovely salt treated water pool, which feels great on the skin and no nasty chlorine to deal with. I can swim laps in here.
There is also a hot tub and a sauna., and like everywhere else, a view from this pool space looking out on the view.

There is also a restaurant, Ocean's Edge, that connects with the hotel that serves dinner.
The menu is varied, and the food is pretty good. We've had fish, pasta, pizza, salad, there,
and if it's on the menu for dessert, get the cheesecake - according to our son who is a huge fan of it. Warm fruit pies are pretty tasty as well.

The only things I would add to this property would be an exercise room, and also another gathering space with sofas/chairs. There is a small quaint area adjacent to the front desk and beside the breakfast area to sit by a fireplace to read, visit or watch t.v. but that's the only such space. That is what would make my overall rating an Excellent. "As-is", I'd say that it is pretty darn close!

One more tip: GO into Belfast to explore and walk around; it is a charming town, that boasts several indie bookstores, a non-chain movie theatre, very quaint shops, and a few excellent restaurants, all by the bay. For restaurants, we especially like Delvino's for Italian and Darby's which has a very diverse menu and nice atmosphere and service. You will rarely meet more down to earth and nicer folks than in this beautiful state. We are already looking forward to our next visit in early summer!

Room Tip: Views are great from all rooms, and we've always had quiet nights there. We love the 3rd floor...
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sea Cliff, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I always stayed at this property even when it was the Comfort Inn. Now under new ownership, it's just the same. Clean, Pretty view of the water, good breakfast choices (which are free with your room). All the rooms face the water (so nice). The transition from Comfort Inn to Fireside Inn was seamless. I always stay here regardless of the fact that it is no longer Comfort Inn. Fireside I think is doing a great job.

Room Tip: It pays to book early as their rooms fill up quick.
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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barry_Asalone, General Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your review. We wanted to make a seamless transition to Fireside Inn & Suites. Thank you for that comment. The Comfort Inn Was a franchise, and our owners chose to drop the franchise so we could reinvest in the property. We have added rooms with fireplaces, changed the top of the beds, added carpet and tile in common areas, upgraded our televisions, etc.
We'll be adding more in 2015. We look forward to you seeing it.

Sincerely,
Barry Asalone
General Manager
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hounslow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Again all the people in the Resort have outdone themselves
I have had a great time here
Explored a lot a places whilst here even in winter
Cold but what view to see with the snow and Ice
The View from my room you can see all of the bay.
The Fog flowing across the bay.
Even watching the bay freeze up some Mornings
Trouble is my last day here have to travel back to UK tomorrow

Stayed February 2015, traveled solo
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Barry_Asalone, General Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge, responded to this review, February 27, 2015
Thank you for visiting us again. We certainly enjoy having you here. Your wonder at all things Maine, your pleasant demeanor, your sense of humor and your accent are always welcome here.

Sincerely,
Barry
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South Portland, Maine
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I booked this room because I had a meeting in the morning in Belfast and didn't know what the weather would have in store. I pulled in at 9 and got checked in by two very friendly staff members and made my way into my room. The layout took some getting used to, because every room has a view of the ocean, so there is only one hallway. I also liked that instead of the normal key card I usually get I instead got what king of looked like something that would go in the USB port of my computer. The room was large and had a patio door that overlooked the ocean. If I had more time to spend in the daylight, in sure it would have been beautiful. Loved that there was a fridge and a microwave in my room. I will definitely be going back!

  • Stayed December 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, January 13, 2015
Thank you for your review. We would love to have you come up when your don't have to rush off to a meeting. I'm glad to read that your were comfortable and safe, given the bad weather. We'll be here when you need us.

Sincerely,
Barry Asalone
General Manager
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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We celebrated our Anniversary early this year, but when the actual date came, we were ready to get away again. It was last minute, and we couldn't go far, so Belfast was perfect. The price was right so we booked at the Fireside. We expected the comfortable clean atmosphere, and the promise of the great view did not disappoint. But what moved this from a 3 star rating to a 4 was the unexpected perks. Our room had a memory foam bed, which was a dream to sleep on, and a massage chair instead of a standard recliner. The hotel was full of other little things that showed they go the extra mile. A keurig machine, with both decaf and regular coffee, make up removal pad in the room, little things like that made us feel at home. We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Not sure if all the rooms have the same perks we got, so if you want the same experience ask for 311...
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barry_Asalone, General Manager at Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge, responded to this review, January 13, 2015
Happy Anniversary! Thanks for spending it with us. As you speculated, not all rooms have the massage chair, fireplace and Tempurpedic bed. We do have a few on the 3rd floor, overlooking the water. We do, however have the Keurig coffee brewer, refrigerator, microwave, and Bath & Body Works amenities in every room.
Thank you for sharing your anniversary with us. I wish you many more.

Sincerely,
Barry Asalone
General Manager
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Additional Information about Fireside Inn & Suites Ocean's Edge

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 8 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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