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“The Yachtsman Lodge on the water” 4 of 5 stars
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Yachtsman Lodge & Marina
59 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04046   |  
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Ranked #16 of 27 Kennebunkport B&B and Inns
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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“The Yachtsman Lodge on the water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

In many minds 'motel' means down-market accomodation. The Yachtsman is anything but down-market. Huge rooms tastefully decorated, enormous king size beds, fluffy duvets and cosy terry-toweling bath robes; each room's French windows give on to private terrace at the Kennebunk River's edge. We had our evening drinks outside watching the sun setting behind the spectacular foliage accross the water. Morning reflections in the river were spectacular. Complimentary afternoon tea and pre-dinner port and cheese board add to the experience. No inhouse restaurant but receptionist is happy to make reservations at sister properties the White Barn Inn or Stripers Waterside restaurant - both excellent eateries in close proximity to the Yachtsman. Copious breakfast buffet included in price. Excellent value luxurious accomodation and friendly staff; located on the river and within walking distance of Kennepunkport with its many restaurants and boutiques. Fabulous experience and wouldn't stay anywhere else when next we visit.

Room Tip: From road the Yachtsman looks like any ordinary motel - don't be fooled. We were charmed by the...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

During an autumn foliage tour in New England we happened to come accross this beautiful spot just as darkness fell. What we saw from the roadside as traditional motel, turned out to be a ideally located pearl of luxury and comfort never before experienced in the motel-world. Stunning view directly on the marina and boats, sunrise terrace with visitng ducks, clean and spacious rooms, nice interior and decor, high tea and biscuit & brandy included, bikes at your disposal, extensive and delicious breakfast buffet (a far cry from the understatet continental breakfast stated in the brochure), and walking distance to the wide choice of restaurants in Kennebunkport center.

Room Tip: All rooms directly on to the marina and waterway.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

After being disappointed by what was on offer in Portland, we drove on to Kennebunkport, expecting things to be mega expensive. Not so, Yachtsman cost $15 less than Portland would have done. Fantastic vista backing on to river, marina there, and the most comfortable bed I've experienced in the USA. A real find

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This was fabulous-so much nicer than the larger hotels, the rooms have French doors opening out to the grass-about 12feet from the harbour river with all the super yachts and boats. Plus the staff were fabulous-great breakfast, the in the afternoon and port,brandy and cheese before dinner if you wish. All for a Very reasonable price. It was quiet, large rooms and very comfortable.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Redlands, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This lodge looks like a roadside inn from the road, but the view of the front of the rooms is the Kennebunk River! We loved the small marina right outside our room - it was so picturesque to watch the boats coming in each evening! The guest rooms are attractively decorated in a simple nautical style, enhancing the experience. The breakfast and afternoon tea were a treat to experience on the courtyard patio with the riverfront view and it also gave us an opportunity to socialize with other guests!

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We love this place. It's slightly out of town but within walking distance of wonderful galleries and shops. Being right on the river is VERY peaceful and relaxing. The ducks and geese come right up to you looking for "treats." Very fun.

When we first started staying here a number of years ago it had just been converted from a garden-variety motel to the very nice place it is now. The rates were reasonable and we felt like we got our money's worth. Then, as we understand it, the Yachtsman sold and the prices when WAY WAY up to the point where "we" no longer consider it a good value.

Obviously, many people still do think of it as a good value so who am I to argue.

The only other thing I can say is that the breakfast they offer is "so Motel 6". Absolutely nothing special. We'd much rather go out.

Still, it's hard to beat the location.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kennebunkport, Maine
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is a elegant fly-below-the-radar place, amazingly quiet for being only two blocks from Kennebunkport's Dock Square. Looking like not much more than a well-landscaped motel from the road, it simplicity belies lots of plusses that make the price totally worthwhile: An ample breakfast with enough to make a sandwich for lunch (ham, cheese, bread, hard-boiled eggs), tea time featuring home-baked pecan sandies, cocktail time with a glass of Port of brandy, bottled water in the rooms, L.L. Bean beach chairs available, bikes available, canoes available...Nice clean fresh white linens (no gross old-fashioned icky bedspreads) wainscotting/beadboard lofted ceilinged rooms, air-conditioning, wi-fi access and views of all the comings and going on the river and at the marina, a beautifully manicured lawn down to the water. A half open deck or an air-conditioned eating/breakfast area -- your choice and very friendly, helpful staff. SO much better than any Route 1 Motel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 Yachtsman Lodge & Marina

Address: 59 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04046
Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #16 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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