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“Solo Retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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Fontenay Terrace Motel
128 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04043   |  
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Ranked #14 of 27 Kennebunkport B&B and Inns
Bellingham, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Solo Retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Once again, a restful, peaceful and inspiring trip to the Fontenay Terrace. It proves itself a gem each time I go, and as always, the Fontenay offers clean, comfortable and accomodating rooms. Although, to it's advantage, it is out of the way of all the hustle and bustle, it is only a short walk to the village for shopping, restaurants, fishing, boating and the beach. Also a short walk north on Ocean Drive is the historic St. Ann's Church and the Bush family ocean home. Thank you David and Paula for another comfortable stay. It is never long enough. See you in the spring.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Westminster, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

I've stayed at four other lodgings in Kennebunkport over the last 20 years and Fontenay Terrace has become my favorite. It's far enough from Dock Square so you're away from the hustle and bustle of those on bus tours, but close enough that you can walk there for a meal, whale watching, or shopping. In the other direction is the shoreline and you can take wonderful walks that always present something new. The rooms are very comfortable and have both microwaves and small, dorm-size refrigerators ideal for chilling some wine and/or cheese or keeping cream for your morning coffee. After a busy day, it's a treat to sit outside your room and read or just relax.

The hosts, David and Paula, are always very welcoming and have great advice on things to do and where to eat.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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 Service
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Lillian, Alabama
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

This is a perfect place to stay in Kennebunkport. It is close enough to walk to town and only a block from the beach. We were lucky enough to get room number 8 which has a picture window overlooking the inlet. I did not see the other rooms, but we were glad to spend a little extra to have the end unit. Any room should be nice. The common areas offer views of the small inlet and pretty grounds. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Wish we had more than one night to stay! A great long walk along the waterfront will bring you past beautiful homes and the Bush Compound. We also enjoyed eating at Mabel's which is right next door. Don't believe the other reviews. We had a great meal at Mabel's. Order the local fish. You can't go wrong.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 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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Ridgefield, Connecticut
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

The Fontenay Terrace is very high on our list of places to stay in Kennebunkport. We have been staying there over more than a decade when we travel to Maine and we have never been disappointed. The rooms are very clean and great care is given to make the stay just perfect. The Fontenay Terrace is in a most convenient location and just a short walk across the street to the beach. We can walk to town and enjoy everything.
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Room Tip: All the rooms are very good but we prefer rooms 7 & 8 as they are closest to the tidal pool and...
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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waterford new york
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Clean private little gem! Within walking distance to town and the ocean. We will definitely return! Grounds are imaculate and there are two friendly little felines to greet you. Owners Paula and David Reid are wonderful hosts!

  • Stayed September 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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Hilton Head, South Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The Fontenay Terrace Motel was a wonderful place to stay in Kennebunkport, Maine. It's located near the great shopping and just a short walk to the water. It's right next door to Mabel's (which is just an ok restaurant). The room was very clean. The owners and staff are friendly, accessible and helpful. It was super quiet at night so sleeping was peaceful. Their rates are very reasonable.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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maryland
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Nice, clean, quiet and relaxing little motel. I would recommend this if you are looking for a quiet inexpensive motel down the strret from Kennebunkport.

It is within walking distance to a small beach by the jetty, which is fun to watch the boats come and go. There is also a walking path by the ocean that takes you up to the Bush Compound and near spouting hole (shooting water at high tide). It is a long walk to the port, so just drive down before it gets too busy in the evening.

Highly recommend!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Fontenay Terrace Motel

Address: 128 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04043
Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunkport
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Fontenay Terrace Motel Kennebunkport, Maine

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