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“Peaceful beauty and phenomenal perfection” 5 of 5 stars
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Inn By the Sea
40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Plymouth, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Peaceful beauty and phenomenal perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

From the moment we called letting the staff know of our extremely late check-in, we knew we had found perfection. We checked in after their restaurant closed but the staff took our order over the phone and had a freshly cooked, delicious dinner for us when we arrived. Everyone was extremely attentive and made our anniversary trip so special. Our beach suite was impeccable and tastefully decorated. The staff at the Sea Glass Restaurant went well out of their way to make sure we left satisfied. We would definitely come back and recommend this place to all of our family and friends! Thank you for such an unforgettable experience!

Room Tip: The beach suite is well worth the price!
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Dear Jflewell1,

Thank you for your recent review on TripAdvisor and Happy Anniversary! We are so delighted that you chose the Inn by the Sea for such a special occasion. We are so happy to read that we were able to take care of your needs upon your late arrival to the Inn and we're thrilled that you enjoyed our new Beach Suites. Most of all, we are glad to read that our warm and friendly staff was able to deliver such a positive travel experience and we look forward to welcoming you back to the coast of Maine in the near future. Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

This was our first visit to celebrate our 8th anniversary away from home and make it a 4 day get-a-way. We definitely chose the right place. From the moment we arrived we felt welcome and at rest. The location, view, wonderful staff and atmosphere is just perfect to relax and feel at ease. Portland is close enough and we made several day trips to the surrounding area and beautiful sights. We will definitely go back and don't forget to book an appointment at the Spa. I loved my treatment and again.....we can't say enough about the wonderful staff...an easy breezy place to get away from it all!

Room Tip: Center top floor with fireplace.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Dear Barbara M,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor and Happy Anniversary! I’m so delighted to read that you chose us for such a special occasion. We truly appreciate your positive comments regarding our location, eco-friendly Spa and most of all our staff at the Inn by the Sea. We consider ourselves very lucky to have such a great group of professionals on our team at the Inn. Again, thank you for taking the time to share and we’ll look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

This is a dependably wonderful place to stay. Staff is very helpful and friendly. They do their best to ensure comfort. The beach is a great place to explore and the grounds are some of the best kept anywhere.

Room Tip: Have never stayed in a bad room!
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Dear cearly,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor and thank you for your wonderful comments in regards to our grounds, service consistency and most of all our warm friendly staff. We appreciate you taking the time to share and look forward to welcoming you back to the southern coast of Maine in the future. Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Having found this place years ago through a quick internet search with key words of "resort" and "Portland, Maine" I uncovered this jewel. A quick nonstop flight from Atlanta took me to the Portland JetPort and adjacent rental car place just outside of baggage claim. A 15 minute drive took me straight to then Inn where I recall being greeted on a cool evening with a warm smile and showed to my room where I was greeted by fresh treats from the Inn's excellent restaurant. The rooms were extremely cozy with very large spa-like bathrooms with all the amenities you could want including wifi, two flat screen televisions, a balcony with chairs and L'Occitane bath products.

During my quick trip, I found myself not wanting to leave the Inn at all. It's breakfast/brunch menu and bar menu along with its delicious dinner offerings answered all of my needs and left me wanting to try the next item down on the list. And for that weekend, that was all I ate. Argentine Chef Mitchell Morgan Kaldrovich's Lobster Risotto is a force to be reckoned with...but then again all of his preparations are. On my most recent trip, I happened to be assisted by an exceedingly charming young woman named Amy Farrell for my breakfast and lunch and Anthony Pastore for dinner. Polite, pleasant, and attentive, they made sure that not only was I enjoying myself there at their restaurant, but also that my entire stay was going well.

I stayed in the new addition which opened in May of this year and it was perfectly delightful, offering excellent views of the ocean, and all of the comforts (and many more) of home. Very tastefully decorated and festooned with local artwork, you will not help but feel that you are well away from the grind of your daily life and ensconced in ann Inn, rich with history that is quintessentially coastal Maine.

Room Tip: The Spa suites are very nice as are the garden suites! You can't go wrong with either!
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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IBTSDOSM, Front Office Manager at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Dear JToddWheeler,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor. We can’t tell you how it feels to the entire staff to know that you consider this your home away from home and for you to reminisce about your first trip to us. We all look forward to your visits and wish that they were more frequent! We are thrilled that both Amy and Anthony provided you with a positive dining experience and took it upon themselves to make sure that you not only enjoyed your dining experiences but your whole visit. We truly appreciate the time that you took from your busy life to share your experience and look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay.
Eva St. Pierre, Front Office Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We have stayed here 3 times now. The rooms are amazing. We normally stay in a Spa Suite. The bedroom/bathroom are upstairs and the living area with small kitchen area (no oven/stove) are down stairs. The view of the trees and ocean are really nice.

We visited the spa and we really enjoyed ourselves there as well.

The Sea Glass is the lone restaurant at this resort. The food is nothing short of amazing. They have a vegetarian menu also which was nice for my wife. Their Paella and Lobster Risotto are definitely 5 star worthy. I could go on and on about the food but you must try to really appreciate.

The staff is beyond friendly. They've always made us feel so welcome and take the time to chat and assist with touristy things if needed.

Room Tip: Spa Suites are in the main hotel with great views. All of these are located in the 2nd floor and wo...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Dear turbough,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor and thank you for your positive comments in regards to our accommodations, exceptional quality in our Sea Glass Restaurant and most of all our warm, friendly staff. We appreciate you taking the time to share and we look forward to welcoming you back upon your fourth visit to the Inn by the Sea. Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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Dover
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Inn by the Sea is our new favorite spot in beautiful Cape Elizabeth.
The Staff was very professional, showed a personal interest and was very knowledgeable of the area. We loved our view of the ocean.
The room decor was pleasing but showed some signs of wear. Our bed was very comfortable and we enjoyed the fireplace.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Dear aileenmm,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor. I’m so thrilled to read that we are one of your favorite spots in the area! I’m also delighted to read your comments in regards to our professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff members. We are very thankful to have them as a part of the Inn by the Sea family. Thank you again for taking the time to share, we look forward to welcoming you back upon your next visit. Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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Fort Worth, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This place is adorable! The decor is simple and classic. The rooms have big bathrooms, plenty of counter space and a huge tile shower. Every night they delivered cookies and bottled water, nice touch! The entire place was very clean and dog friendly. The staff is super friendly and will bend over backwards to do whatever you need. Be sure to eat at the Sea Glass, the food was so good and reasonably priced. Plus it's only 10 minutes outside Portland, the location is perfect.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Dear Stephanie R,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor and thank you for your comments in regards to our accommodations, pet friendly practices and most of all, our warm and friendly staff. I’m so delighted to read that our staff was able to provide a positive travel experience and we look forward to welcoming you back to the southern coast of Maine in the future. Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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Address: 40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
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Location: United States > Maine > Cape Elizabeth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Elizabeth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After a multi million dollar renovation the eco luxury Inn by the Sea is Maine's premier beach destination. Located on a mile of unspoiled beach guests enjoy intimate dining in the ocean view Sea Glass celebrating Maine fare, relax in the spa or fireplace lounge. Spacious redesigned suites, rooms & cottages w oversized bathrooms, or full kitchens, or fireplaces. Child & Pet friendly! 5 acre indigenous garden,pool, bocce, fire pit, golf nearby. 10 mins to Portland. ... more   less 
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