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“A last minute deal pays off...” 4 of 5 stars
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The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04046   |  
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Ranked #11 of 25 Kennebunkport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bronxville, New York, United States
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A last minute deal pays off...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

My GF and I stayed during our New Engand road trip. Scored a last minute deal using hotel tonight and ended up loving the hotel. Complimentary parking in Keenebunkport is greatly appreciated, as is the breakfast served in the morning. The resort is small but very well designed using a modern nautical theme and the rooftop patio is a hidden gem. We didn't get a chance eat at the restaurant downstairs but from the crowds at night it definitely will be on our agenda next time. The location of the hotel is prime Kennebunkport Real Estate.

I'm giving the resort 4 stars rather 5 simply because I feel because this is a newly opened hotel, some of the staff could use some additional training and just a little polishing around the edges; something I believe will be achieved after a little more time in operation. Overall, very pleasant experience and look forward to coming back in the future.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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KPTMGR, Front Office Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
NicholasGM, thank you very much for your kind words and review of The Boathouse Hotel. As you mentioned, our reserved parking that is offered to our guests continues to be a favorite among guests and staff. Our roof deck also continues to be a guest favorite, a little retreat above the commotion of Ocean Ave.
We have been open for 4 months and we haven't stopped since! We appreciate any feedback we are offered about our staff or property. Next time you stay with us I am positive you will rate us 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you again for your review and we look forward to having you be our guest in the future. Please take your next road trip to New England soon!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

L'Hotel est petite mais neuve et tres propre. Un vue incroyable avec un super vue sur les bateaux
D'ont hésitate .. Center town and steps away from the scene and shopping area.. The restaurant in the Hotel is Great .. Basic but good continental Breakfast is offered to guests in the morning..
If you really need a swimming pool .. They will let you use their sister hotels pool..
Will definitly go back..
Marc and Nathalie

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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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KPTMGR, Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Thank you Alex for your words and five star rating. With our location we are limited with the amenities that many of our sister properties offer, which is why all of our guests are welcome to use the pool at the Old Fort Inn and even use the bikes at the Kennebunkport Inn. All of the KRC sister properties work closely with each other to ensure all of our guests are comfortable.
Our breakfasts are light and refreshing so you can start your day off right. I am so happy to hear you were able to enjoy the roof deck; the summer season is too short here in Kennebunkport, so every moment counts. Thank you again for your words and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Lebanon, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Recently stayed at the Boathouse for my birthday and had a wonderful experience. We were greeted with a nice glass of Prosecco. The room, while small, was nicely decorated with prints from local artists. The high ceilings make the room feel bigger. Despite being above a large, busy restaurant, there was no noise whatsoever in our room.

Others have mentioned this and I will also underscore it: the assigned parking space with your name on it is a great feature--particularly in a town where parking is at a premium! You can go for a stroll and never have to worry about where to park!

Had dinner one evening in the restaurant and had a great meal. Another evening, we got some great sandwiches from "Kitchen Chicks" just down the street and took them to the roof top deck and watched the sunset--can't beat that!

My only complaint would be a rather minor one: the air vent from the airconditioning/heating unit blows directly onto whomever is on the side of the bed facing the unit. Perhaps allowing it blow upward instead of horizontally would help.

The Boathouse also sends you off with a nice goody bag--makes you want to come back for more which I will surely do!

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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KPTMGR, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you PHCDoodle for your review and your very kind words. As a new hotel, we weren't quite sure how the parking situation was going to work out. As it turns out, the designated parking cones have worked brilliantly and we couldn't be happier. We are happy to hear that you feel the same. We absolutely LOVE our rooftop deck. It's so peaceful up there and the view is to die for! Thank you for the comments regarding the air conditioner. I can see that this is looked into. I apologize for the inconvenience that this caused. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!!
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Bermuda
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Boathouse - friendly staff, great amenities, nice breakfast, and as other posters have noted, it was great to have an assigned parking space for the three days we were here. Enormous, well appointed room with a nice sitting area. My only negative comment is that our room, one of the "Banyans" faced the parking lot and the recycling/trash center which was unfortunately noisy in the mornings and occasionally throughout the day. No problem with odor/unsightliness -it's well screened- but the clatter of bottles woke me every morning while we were here, even with windows closed. So perhaps avoid room 208 if you're hoping to sleep in - or at least understand that you may be trading space for quiet. Otherwise, a terrific place and I'd come back in a heartbeat - though I'd pick a waterfront room next time. Oh, and don't miss the roof deck. Both times we were up there we were the only ones, and it's just beautiful.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KPTMGR, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Thank you so much, Lesliejones, for your kind words. Along with all of the other amenities we offer, the parking spaces for our guests continues to be the top favorite. We strive everyday to make all of our guests feel welcome and your feed back continues to help us achieve this on going goal.

With regards to the recycling/rubbish pick up. We have spoken with the town on a few occasions to change the timing of our pick up. As you know Kennebunkport is a very popular spot, so in order to reach all of the businesses effectivly, the town can not change this timing. We do apologize for the inconvenience this caused during your stay.

Our roof deck is the best kept secrect of the property. It is a nice place for all of our guests to escape the hustle of downtown Kennebunkport for a little relaxation in the sun.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

My husband and I spent this past weekend at The Boathouse and could not have been more pleased. From the initial greeting by the parking attendant who directed us to our reserved parking spot to the departure gift bag upon check out attention was paid to every detail. The staff were friendly, helpful and courteous. The room was tastefully decorated, the linens were lovely and the bed was extremely comfortable. Be sure and take advantage of the lovely views from either the rooftop deck the deck at the adjoining David's restaurant (wonderful cocktail selection!) or both.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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KPTMGR, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Thank you beachygirl62 for your review. We are thrilled to hear about your fantastic stay with us at The Boathouse! As you know, parking can be challenging in Kennebunkport, so a designated parking spot is certainly appreciated by our guests. We are happy the parking cones are working for everyone. It's great to hear that our plush pillow top beds provided you with a great night's sleep as well! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
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Delray Beach, Florida
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are looking for a nice hotel, centrally located, this is the place. Having and assigned parking spot with your name on it while you stay is a nice touch, because parking is tough in this area. Not to mention that one of the best restaurants in kennebunkport is downstairs, and god only know where the dinner crowd parks. The restaurant is worth trying, excellent food, nice menu. They do not take reservations but do from hotel guests only, so mention that. The rooms are nicely decorated but small so ask for an upgrade if you have alot of luggage...no drawers and small closet space. We used a sitting room as our closet. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KPTMGR, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you Amy B for your review. As we all know, parking can be very challenging in Kennebunkport. We are thrilled with the way the designated parking cones are working out for our houseguests. David's has agreed to take reservations for hotel guests and this has worked out nicely as well. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and at David's. Thank you for mentioning the lack of storage in your room. This is something we are currently trying to remedy. We have gotten some feedback regarding storage space and are in the process of ordering more bureaus. We would love to welcome you back to the Boathouse soon!
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Framingham, Massachusetts
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Staff was outstanding, breakfast a very pleasant surpise with a lovely spread - Parking spot wth our name on it a gem as parking in town is a nightmare - My only note would be that you make sure you remember to ask about the specials, (ie tour of area on golf cart) as we forget to ask and remembered after we left - Response back was they had set up ways to insure that people did not missed what was expected - Other wise place was lovely and warm -

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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KPTMGR, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Thank you ed b for your review. We are getting a lot of positive feedback regarding the reserved parking for our hotel guests. We are delighted that this pleased you as well. We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed our continental breakfast. Please let me apologize again for the confusion regarding your golf cart tour. I assure you, I have addressed this issue with the staff so it will not happen again. We look forward to your return visit and hope we see you very soon!
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Address: 21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04046
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Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 25
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