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“Great Choice for Bowdoin Visits” 5 of 5 stars
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The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4 Noble Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 (Formerly The Inn at Brunswick Station)   |  
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Mamaroneck, New York
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“Great Choice for Bowdoin Visits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We only stayed one night - checked in at 3 (an hour early) and out at noon. The hotel is immaculate as are the rooms. The bedding is divine. We took a king room and a double queen for my son and daughter to share. We were not worried about food, minibars, etc so I can't comment on that.

There is an attached restaurant and bar that seems to be open from early in the morning to late at night. After touring the town, we came back to the hotel and sat in the outdoor dining and had a refreshment. Our table was one of those with a built in fireplace and the seats were oversized rocking chairs. We were in heaven. My kids both had summer reading and they were so comfortable that they went up and got their books. They chose to stay there and eat dinner later while my husband and I went downtown for our dinner. Our kids report that the lobster mac and cheese was very tasty. We had an excellent breakfast the next day, so I think all in all the food is good - fresh and nicely prepared. Unlike other reviewers, we had VERY attentive service during all visits.

I did not price this vs. other options in Brunswick. The night before we stayed in a Comfort Inn in Waterville and I did not enjoy it. The downstairs smelled like chlorine from the indoor pool and the rooms were a bit shabby. The Inn at Brunswick is head and shoulders above a Comfort Inn and worth the price differential (for our family.)

There is also an outdoor porch that you can sit on and read and have a glass of wine while gazing out to maine street and the near corner of Bowdoin.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 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
    5 of 5 stars
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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We spent the night at The Inn at Biltmore Station recently. In general, we were pleased with our accommodation. Our double queen room and adjoining bathroom was lovely, spacious and immaculate. The beds were very comfortable and had a good selection of pillows of various firmness. It would be nice if there were towel bars in the bathroom, however, as there is no place to hang damp towels. Not a huge issue but a bit annoying. A refrigerator and microwave, as found in less expensive chain motels, would certainly be a welcome addition.

We were rather amazed that the receptionist at the front desk was not familiar with the location of a much known local historic sight! The Joshua Chamberlain House is only a few doors away from the Inn! She was kind enough to look it up on the computer for us.

We ate both dinner and breakfast in the Tavern. I enjoyed the sea scallop with lobster risotto very much although there were only tiny pieces of lobster in the risotto. My husband ordered the fish and chips entree. Both items were over cooked to the extent that he only ate a portion of each. Breakfast was disappointing. My French toast was mediocre at best...and not accompanied by the wild Maine blueberries which are currently in season. Such a shame as Maine blueberries are the best! My husband wanted to order dry cereal but only 2 kinds were available (rather surprising in a hotel like this!). Our server did not refill our coffee cups nor check back to see if we wished more. There were only two others in the breakfast area at the time.

We would return to spend the night at this hotel again because of its convenience to local attractions. However, we would seek out meals elsewhere. Best suited for couples.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We stopped at this hotel on our way north, and we were pleasantly surprised. If you are visiting Bowdoin College, this is the place to stay: nice rooms with a big bed, good restaurant with some nice "Maine", local cuisine, and a quiet (even romantic) terrace to have a drink or even dinner.
The hotel has plenty of parking. We would suggest having a drink or a snack on the porch facing Noble Street, if you can. You feel you're in another age, relaxing and great for people watching.
We enjoyed our meal. I ordered the lobster dinner: perfect with a soft shell so not too messy. The lobster mashed potatoes are good, but our conclusion was why waste such good lobster. The service was attentive. Should we ever pass through Brunswick again, we wouldn't hesitate to stay at the "Inn" again.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We have mixed feelings about our three night stay. Our stay wasn't a disaster and on the whole enjoyable so let me explain why I gave it a POOR rating. The staff was friendly & helpful in giving directions to local places. For a hotel that's two years old, it doesn't have a pool or Jacuzzi but we knew that when we booked it. We wanted it mainly for the downtown location making it easy to walk to everything. A Jacuzzi would have been theraputic after our long drive from Connecticut. Our spacious room on the second floor with two queen-size beds and its bathroom were bigger than in other hotels, but when you're paying over $200 a night, they should have provided a fridge (and maybe a microwave with it) as we find in less expensive places so we paid an extra $10 each night for one. I learned this in advance after not noticing it on the amenities list. If we didn't order one, I was told we could put our snacks & drinks in the staff's fridge but it would be inconvenient to constantly go downstairs to bother them to get stuff. And you would expect free HBO as we get in cheaper places but not here. There were plenty of cable channels for the large flat screen TV so that's a minor quibble.

Overall I would have preferred a smaller room with less empty floor space and more features for the price. Who needs an oversized room if you're out most of the time? That's poor designing to me and the architect could have added another room or two on each floor or at least made space on the first floor for a Jacuzzi taking up less space than an indoor pool. Also there are no ice machines anywhere so we had to go downstairs for a bucket from the restaurant.

We took the breakfast plan and the food was very good with ample proportions. The second morning our different waitress was polite but never came back to offer more coffee as I had to flag down another serving person to get a refill. The restaurant wasn't crowded so I don't think she was too busy to neglect us as the other waitresses on the other days came back enough times offering refills. She also brought me the wrong muffin and instead of letting us keep it after I cut it in half to learn it wasn't what I ordered, she quickly whisked it away and brought us the correct one. In other restaurants they let you keep it while bringing you the right one since it was their mistake. I assume the $4 muffin was trashed so why waste good food? Maybe I'm being picky but good service is important anywhere and I am a good tipper.

Speaking of coffee, some reviewers remarked about free coffee & fresh fruit in the lobby during the morning. However they were removed when we went there after 9:00AM which is too early. I guess they were afraid of guests hoarding their precious coffee & fruit. Most places that charge less have free coffee all day (and sometimes cookies in the afternoon) so it would have been nice to have a cup when we returned later in the day or to take one for the road when we checked out or went shopping & sightseeing. We could have used our room's maker which provides only one serving per guest but that's not enough for coffee lovers like us. OK we could have asked for more bags for our room but that's not my point.

Without a Jacuzzi, I missed having a pool for an after dinner swim which would have been nice for me and for children who will sorely miss using one so I wouldn't recommend this place to young families staying more than one night because of its absence of 'kids activities.' Otherwise the inn was good, clean, and convenient, which is its main selling point, but overpriced for what was lacking and that's the only reason for my POOR rating which really had nothing to do with what was available. Next summer we'll return to our previous trip's nearby inn that has a Jacuzzi, free breakfast, free coffee all day, a room fridge, and is less expensive. It's conveniently located only a few minutes away from downtown where there is plenty of free parking so it's really not worth paying extra here unless you don't have transportation.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Situated kitty corner from Bowdoin College, it's ideal for anyone visiting campus. This New England style inn has an upscale feel and is tastefully furnished. The guestrooms are definitely not large but not too small either and feature very comfortable mattresses and cozy bedding. Two minor complaints and suggestions for management: the grouted tile bathroom floors and carpeting down hallways are dingy and dirty and should be much cleaner to match the high quality feeling and price point of the Inn. Also, the blow up mattresses ought to come with a really thick mattress pad and warmer bedding. (Our son slept terribly.) These two negatives caused us to give a 4 rating. With these minor but important corrections, this Inn would rank high among our very favorite!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Westport, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We were expecting something a bit more charming or quietly set in an historic town, but this new motel style hotel seems to be the best of the choices in Brunswick, since we searched the rest once we got there. A basic clean new hotel room. In nice weather though, there is nowhere to really sit out - no roof deck or pool area, just a few chairs on the side porch on the busy city street corner of this property. However, the hotel is IDEAL for spending lots of outdoor and indoor time literally across the street at the gorgeous Bowdoin Campus with 65 pretty buildings in green acreage and terrific Art and Arctic Museums, free. It's also ideal in summer for the Maine State Theater productions housed on campus, and the daily free classical music recitals in the high quality International Music Festival. Don't miss the wonderful locally made chocolate shop, and vintage vinyl records, at the bottom of the hotel's "Maine" St.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Holderness, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Without doubt the best hotel of our touring holiday. Staff are friendly and professional. Hotel is immaculately clean and beautifully furnished. Our bedroom was excellent, lovely bathroom, absolutely everything we needed the most comfortable sleep in two weeks! Meal in the Tavern was enjoyable and very good value. Would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. Thank you very much indeed, enjoyed our stay

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Also Known As:
The Inn At Brunswick Station Hotel
The Inn At Brunswick Station Hotel Brunswick
The Brunswick Hotel And Tavern Maine
Address: 4 Noble Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 (Formerly The Inn at Brunswick Station)
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Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Brunswick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Brunswick
#3 Romantic Hotel in Brunswick
#4 Family Hotel in Brunswick
#5 Business Hotel in Brunswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Directly adjacent to Bowdoin College and steps away from the lively downtown, The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern perfectly positions guests to take advantage of all this college town and the state's picturesque Mid-Coast region have to offer. Handsomely appointed guest rooms feature a mix of heavenly king and queen beds, spacious workstations and sleekly stylish baths. Flat screen televisions, complimentary internet access and in-room coffee add to the comfort and enjoyment. Connecting rooms are available. ... more   less 
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