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“Cute town...basic lodging.” 3 of 5 stars
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23a Water St., Eastport, ME 04631   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Eastport
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“Cute town...basic lodging.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

This is a very neat and very economically depressed part of Maine. I was scared by reviews of bed bugs and dirty motor lodges, but the Motel East is probably the best bet within 20 miles of this coastline. Eastport is a very picturesque working town. People are extremely nice and there's several good restaurants within walking distance, a working harbor, and artsy stores and things. The Motel East sits right on the bay with nice views...next to an old canery warehouse and a working pier where you can buy lobster off the boat and eat on picnic tables. Rooms had all the necessary requirements...small fridge, microwave, hair dryer, TV, desk, iron/board. Furniture was worn and old as expected...rooms had a slight "sea" smell, likely from the fog rolling off the bay. But it was all clean and accomodating. The rooms in the rear, facing the bay, have screen doors and a set of plastic chairs and side table so you could sit outside and enjoy the view, read a book, etc. They do have Wi-Fi amazingly...but the only cell signals come off Canadian towers...beware the fees! The other motels in this area all sit on a main road...this is in an actual town with character. OK spot for a night or two stay.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2008

Very nice location with a great view of the water. Clean spacious rooms. Very convenient right in the center of town.
We enjoyed our stay.

  • Liked — The location
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2008

My husband and I stayed for 1 night, we are moving there soon and it was the only place open in Eastport. Room very spacious, it had a double bed, refrig, microwave oven, TV, table with 2 chairs and chairs for outside. The sunrise was incredible from our balcony. It was convenient to the restaurant the Happy Crab, and Waco Diner.

  • Liked — Near restaurants and shopping
  • Disliked — Mildew on the shower curtain
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2008

After travelling from Campobello Island between seasons, we were relieved to find Motel East and that they had a room (the last one).
It was a waterfront room, but downstairs - the stairs being at the side of the building and consisting of huge pieces of granite rock placed to make a sort of stairway. There was one at each side of the building, but I did notice there was also a dirt road which also gave access.
Our room was quite large with a double bed, tv, table and two chairs, small fridge and coffee maker. Entry was by way of patio doors and it had a good view of the water (as well as a derelict building to the left and lobster dock to the right. In fact the area between the hotel and the water could do with landscaping).
The room was very clean, the bed comfortable and the area was quiet allowing us a good rest.

As far a we could see there were three choices in the immediate area for evening meal. One seemed to be fine dining and was very busy, the others were bars offering seafood. We chose the Happy Crab Bar & Grill and enjoyed fried battered shrimp and fries washed down with a beer.

In the morning it was very foggy, but I could just make out a heron watching for his breakfast.
Our breakfast was taken at Blue Iris Cafe a few steps away.

  • Liked — Water view
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

My family of five stayed here and we were very comfortable. The room had two queen beds and a cot. The room was worn but clean. We would stay there again. Definitely above average for the price for 5 people.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2008

My husband and I spent one night at the Motel East in late August 2008. We were given a room in the lowest level facing the water. We reached the room by walking from the parking lot down a set granite slabs that formed steps. I would not recommend trying to maneuver the steps in the dark or for anybody who may be unsteady on their feet as the slabs forming the steps are haphazardly stacked, inconsistently spaced, and the surfaces are uneven. For the sake of safety, older folks, people with balance issues, and young children should have assistance on the steps.

The room and bathroom were spacious, equipped with a queen bed, a couple of upholstered chairs and table, TV, microwave, refrigerator, and a couple of plastic chairs that could be taken to sit outside. The bed was sort of soft in the middle so that both my husband and I had to cling to the edges to keep from rolling into the depression.

As mentioned by other reviewers, there was no air conditioning and access to the room was through the sliding door equipped with a screen, which offered the only ventilation as there were no other windows or doors. The view from the room was of Campobello Island across the water. Off to the right a few hundred feet from the motel was a working fishing pier with a lobster pound where lobstermen unloaded their catch. Some of the equipment associated with the lobster pound was stacked outside (looked like old holding tanks?) between the motel and the water. To the left of the motel was an old brick building that appeared to be abandoned. Thus while the view across the water was lovely, the view between the motel and the water reflected a working waterfront and a town showing decades of deline - sort of sad, really. Downtown Eastport itself consisted of a few shops, some art galleries (which appeared to be closed or by appointment only), and a few restaurants. There were many empty storefronts.

What really creeped me out about the room were the bugs in the bathroom at night (they looked like tiny flies). I didn't see them when we checked in, but at night when a single bulb was left burning for a night light, there were bugs on the bathroom walls, in the tub, and on the tub surround - lots of them, not just a few - maybe 30 or so. They stayed there all night and the next morning too, so I opted to delay my shower and take one later... somewhere else.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Bugs
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2007

This is a great place to stay in Eastport. We stayed for a couple of nights in late October. The room was spacious with a fridge and microwave The bathroom was large as well. We didn't have any heating issues but what we did have were great views. We were on the top floor with a balcony looking out over the bay. The room was clean and the staff was friendly and accommodating.

This property is centally located and we could walk to just about everything. I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed October 2007
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Additional Information about Motel East

Address: 23a Water St., Eastport, ME 04631
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Eastport
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Eastport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Motel East Hotel Eastport
East Hotel Eastport
East Motel Eastport
Motel East Eastport, Maine

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