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“Spectacular ocean views!” 4 of 5 stars
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Colony Hotel
140 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04046   |  
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Kennebunkport
Certificate of Excellence
Salem, Massachusetts
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83 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Spectacular ocean views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Attended a family wedding here yesterday. We pulled our car up front and were immediately harkened back to an older time. The front lawn with adirondack chairs, the lovely front porch with seating, the shuffle board court, the horseshoe pit and the bicycles with baskets on the fronts stacked in a rack out front all added to the charm of an old country resort.

The lobby is lovely with lots of comfy sofas and chairs and a roaring fire in the fireplace. The staff was friendly and helpful. Sounds great so far right.....well, the wedding was outside over-looking the ocean and late afternoon...it was darn chilly! Then cocktails and delicious passed appetizers were served on the beautiful back porch with a beautiful ocean view.....again, CHILLY! If you are going to offer these services in October in Maine, invest in some portable heaters!!!!!

On to the ballroom...lovely and spacious. The food was amazingly good. This was a big wedding with approximately 150-175 people and the food was hot when it arrived at our table. That is a plus in my book! We started with clam chowder which was the only item that was not yummy. All I could taste was flour...ick. But that was followed by a very fresh mesculin green garden salad with candied walnuts...delicious and crisp. The main course was filet mignon and a lobster tail. The filet was perfectly medium rare and the lobster tail was as fresh as could be! The mashed potatoes were also good and cups of drawn butter were served on the side.

They gave an appropriate amount of time between the courses and didn't rush us at all....Major kudos for service and the quality of the food (except for the chowder of course).

We will definately take a trip up for a weekend in the future.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed at the Colony Hotel for two nights in the main building. The upsides: beautiful location, very clean room, pleasant staff, comfy bed (great firm mattress), and the breakfast rocked. The downside: this place is LOUD. It is actually impossible to close the doors without them making a slamming noise. The walls were paper thin, so every time the baby in the room next door cried, packs of children ran up and down the hallway screaming at 7am (yes, both mornings), or cleaning staff yelled at each other down the hallway early in the morning, it seemed as though it were happening in your room. My boyfriend and I can sleep through almost anything and were each woken up a few times each night. This hotel would be a great choice, though, if they spent some $$$ on some insulation.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

The main house has no AC or TV. That was fine. I was told in advance. What I wasn't told was that when you open your windows you hear everything on the deck. There are a lot of families with loud children on the patio and in the pool late at night. It sounds like they are right in your room! Additionally, last night up until midnight, there were people walking through the halls talking very loud. Again, it sounded like they were in your room. The exterior of the hotel is beautiful and it sits on prime property overlooking the ocean. Unfortunately, the thin walls and lack of curfew for noise, subtract from the peacefulness that it should provide. Way over priced for no amenites and extremely dated rooms and thin walls. VERY disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This is a beautiful hotel with a quaint, old New England feel. I have literally never stayed in a hotel this loud before though. The walls are paper thin. If anyone so much as walks out of their room and let's the door slam (yes, all of the doors slam automatically), you're wide awake. Kids running in the hall, staff cleaning vacant rooms, whatever -- wide awake. I can tell you this with certainty, as I'm laying in bed at the hotel right now, early in the morning, and WIDE AWAKE!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Having flown all night from California, this hotel was a sight for sore eyes. I was so delighted by the charm of this lovely old hotel. It was comfortable and clean...absolutely welcoming. The staff took pity on us and allowed us in a little early where we were able to shower and nap before heading a short distance down the road to the marvelous little town. That night we sat out on the porch enjoying our evening just yards away from the ocean. It was truly a treat...like we were in another place and time!! Will stay longer the next time!

Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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7 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

Walls are paper thin and you can hear everything going on around your room. No tv in room to block sound out. Doors slam shut, which doesn't help with the noise. Ran out of food at breakfast buffet. Servers barely came to serve coffee. There are nice views and pool here, but our room was just terrible!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

If you want to stay in a beautiful, older, historic hotel -- this one is terrific. If you're looking for someplace quiet, modern and sleek - you'll be disappointed. The creaky old floorboards are wonderful but certainly won't be to everyone's liking.

Stayed in an ocean view room for one night in September 2012 as part of a New England driving trip (for the fall foliage that had yet to materialize). The staff were terrific, the grounds of the hotel were beautifully maintained, and the room with two queen beds, antique furniture and LOADS of wallpaper was comfortable and had an updated bathroom. No TV in the room.

Was disappointed that the restaurant wasn't open on a Monday night at 7pm and that the only place to eat on site was the downstairs bar, which was very quiet and chilly and had a limited menu. I didn't realize it was off season so early, but most guests probably just ate somewhere in Kennebunkport (Mabel's Lobster Claw looked busy and was within walking distance). Sat in the lobby for awhile, which at times felt a bit like an old age home front room, but that's not a bad thing -- it truly felt like going back in time for an evening with a wonderfully eccentric cast of characters.

Loved my experience. If you appreciate this sort of thing, you should go.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Address: 140 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04046
Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 124
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