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Colony Hotel
140 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04046   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Kennebunkport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Kennebunk, Maine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Tired”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Tired, old, dark rooms and halls. Rooms need alot of updating. Unfriendly, unhappy looking staff. Not very clean. Perfect location, but thats about the only plus this hotel has to offer. Would be nice with some improvements.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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Kansas City, MO
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

The Colony Hotel has been updated, but has kept the charm of one of the grand hotels of New England. The ocean view from our room was great, but the best views were on the beautiful porches on the back of the hotel. The included breakfast was just what you would expect when dining in a fine restaurant. The hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Kennebunkport, so don't expect to walk from the hotel to the restaurants and shops there. A few shops and restaurants are a short walk away. We enjoyed a drink in the cozy pub downstairs. Note that the rooms don't have TVs if this is important to you.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We have stayed at the Colony Hotel just two years....in the same room we've requested. This is an old property that's been updated but in many areas has kept it's old charm. It's a hotel where many families have come for generations and keep coming back. During our last stay, there were several weddings. The buffet breakfast every morning is excellent as is the Friday nite Lobster buffet. The location and view of the ocean is wonderful. It's a nice walk into One Dock Square. Best to walk since the parking is not the best. A nice family resort or just a nice get away for couples no matter what your age.

Room Tip: Main building guest rooms have no air conditioning. But the fresh air is wonderful.
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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We did not have a reservation but did not have a problem getting a room mid October. We drove to the East Coast to see the Fall color. We planned to drive through Kennebunkport....when we saw this hotel, we decided to stay the night. It was irresistible: the sprawling porches, dining room views, and the ocean. We loved our room with Waverly wallpapered walls, very clean and updated bathroom, and a lovely king bed. It felt like we stepped back in time! A wonderful breakfast buffet was included, and we sat with a great view of the water. We give this hotel the highest recommendation.

  • Stayed October 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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Boston
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The moment we walked into the Colony Hotel when we were searching for a wedding venue a year ago, we knew this was the place for us. It really is the quintessential New England old world seaside resort hotel, with expansive porches & large windows to enjoy the sweeping sea views. The experience we had with our wedding there this fall was absolutely perfect, thanks to Christian McCrory & the fantastic staff at the hotel. Christian was a pleasure to work with from the start, always promptly responding to any questions or concerns I had, and making the entire process of wedding planning easy and stress free. The day of our wedding, I didn't have to worry about a thing, he handled any issues that came up, and as sweet as he is, was a bulldog for us when he needed to be. Everything ran so smoothly, and we were able to just relax and enjoy the day and the entire experience. The ceremony site and the ballroom are both absolutely beautiful, and our food that day was delicious. The resounding response from our guests was "Best wedding ever!" and although I'm probably a little partial, I completely agree :)

Room Tip: If you're traveling with family or a few other couples, look into renting the Florence House tog...
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  • Stayed October 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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Boston, MA
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Came to The Colony for a nursing leadership conference. What a wonderful location. Talk about old New England charm. From the minute you go in you are welcomed by a wonderful staff. I had a room facing the ocean. Very large and spacious with comfy beds. It was very cold in the room and it took me a while to realize there was baseboard heating that had a knob on the end of it. We had breakfast and lunch as part of the conference. For buffet style the food was quite good and I have to say the clam chowder was excellent. The accommodations for the conference was the standard that you would find anywhere, but the young woman who took care of things was lovely. Nice little bar area for watching the Red Sox. There are no tvs in the main hotel, but to quote my husband "that is an attraction for some people!!!" I highly recommend this destination.

Room Tip: Face the ocean, and higher up for better view.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

When you realize even a run of the mill chain motel runs you $125/night in a busy metro area, you come to appreciate the incredible value of staying at the Colony Inn. Yes, some rooms were more expensive but our room in the original inn was charming, delightful and extremely comfortable...with an ocean view, to boot. And the walk-in closet would rival some bedrooms in size!
We expected the room and restaurant to be much more expensive, and likely at the height of the season may have been. Traveling the third week of October has its advantages.
Very helpful front desk staff and we enjoyed the countries represented in all staff who worked diligently and enthusiastically to ensure our stay was a good one.
Only negative is you can hear voices in neighboring rooms...older inns likely all have that, but fortunately everyone had the decency to retire early. Can't wait to explore the area tomorrow!

Room Tip: We got an upgrade upon checking in...another benefit of traveling at the end of peak.
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Additional Information about Colony Hotel

Address: 140 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04046
Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Kennebunkport
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 124
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