It's difficult to find such an excellent value away from busy Route 1, let alone one within a stone's throw of an estuarine beach on Kennebunkport's geographically and architecturally sublime Ocean Avenue. All the rooms are set back from Ocean Avenue's already light traffic; noise is never an issue. Rooms with a higher number (8 is as high as it goes) are further away from Ocean Avenue and closer to the hotel's magnificently landscaped, park-like frontage on a tidal inlet, complete with a wooden raft owned by the hotel. But the hotel is so small that it really doesn't matter where your room is. All rooms are reasonably priced and have comfortable beds, in-room temperature control, A/C, a refrigerator, microwave, nightstand, dresser, hair dryer, television, table, two barrel chairs and a club chair. Some other comments claim the furniture is outdated, but I found it homier and more comfortable than the trendy industrial junk that more "upscale" establishments use to justify obscene rates. (I'd rather save $100/night and spend it on entertainment and dining than "enjoy" a flimsy composition/laminate bed and stainless steel appliances in a room with all the amenities that Fontenay Terrace has, but to each his own). The owners/innkeepers are extremely gracious, as is the housekeeping/landscaping personnel (who are the owners' relatives). The owner, housekeeper and landscaper (all relatives of each other) made me a whiskey and coke - on the house - on my first night at the hotel, and we chatted about business, family and everything in between for almost an hour. It's that kind of place: a genuine bastion of down-home, distinctly Maine hospitality in a region whose character is succumbing to generic influences. And again, the location cannot be beat. The walk to Dock Square is an easy and scenic 10-15 minutes, the estuarine beach is right around the corner, and Kennebunk Beach is a pleasant 30-45 minute walk for an able-bodied adult (although I'd recommend purchasing a parking pass or bringing bicycles if walking isn't your thing or if you're traveling with children). I'd strongly recommend this hotel to anyone.
- Also Known As:
- Fontenay Terrace Hotel Kennebunkport
- Fontenay Terrace Motel Kennebunkport, Maine