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Nonantum Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04046   |  
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“peaceful and relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Went for the Thanksgiving weekend to unwind a bit and get away from the big city mayhem. The room was exactly as described and the view was worth every penny with the gas fireplace to create a cozy atmosphere. The room was clean, and looked recently updated with hardwood floors and tile in the bathroom and entrance. We stayed in a queen/twin room with a water view and for a family of three it was perfect! The town of Kennebunkport was just as we remembered it, with the cute New England charm and friendly townsfolk.

Had some drinks at the Nonantum's Hickmans Pub and ate some dinner there and we must say it was cooked to perfection and was one of our highlighted meals of the trip. We are real food lovers so this says something for their kitchen! They were even kind enough to make something special for our son that was not on the menu to take back to the room so he could eat something. Great service! We would definitely return and highly recommend to anyone looking for a year round resort.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Jean Ginn M, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts about your Thanksgiving week visit with us! My family also enjoys staying in the Queen/Twin rooms when we are staying with just one of our children.
Heckman's is a great spot to enjoy drinks, apps and dinner and we are currently expanding it so next year there will be room for additional diners. Our kitchen staff is wonderful about creating something for everyone (especially kids - almost all of our staff has children of their own so we know what traveling with kids can be like!) if our extensive menu fails to please.
Please come back and see us in the summertime. While the Nonantum Resort is beautiful any time of year, it is hard to compete with lounging in an Adirondack chair with your favorite cold drink, watching the boats sail by on a beautiful summer night!
Warm Regards,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

This was our first stay and we were very impressed. The view from our room was fabulous and it looked from the layout of the hotel that there were great views from many of the rooms. Extremely soft and comfortable bed. Small gas stove came in handy and gave a nice warm glow to the room. Breakfast was included in our stay and it was a full buffet. Delicious food. The staff were friendly. We were really impressed with our entire stay.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jean Ginn M, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Thank you for your Fabulous Review! It sounds like you had a great stay and took advantage of all that The Nonantum Resort has to offer. When the cool fall winds blow, the rooms with the gas fireplaces are a particular favorite of our returning guests. There is something very cozy about going to sleep on our awesome Cuddledown bedding with the fire light softly glowing!
November is also a wonderful time to take advantage of the many stores, bars and restaurants downtown. The pace is relaxed and our very friendly town loves to welcome new friends!
Hope to see you again soon!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

This is a wonderful hotel. Had the Lobster dinner it was great. Would have stayed longer as the town is just a short walk away. Lots to do and see. The wife and I had a great time wandering around the port of Kennebunkport. Many small shops with lost of shopping available. And it is just a short drive from Boston.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jean Ginn M, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
I am so happy to hear you had a great visit to Maine! As you correctly point out, we are just a short drive from Boston, and there is a lot to see and do! Lobster dinners at The Nonantum are a de regor part of any visit to The Pine Tree State! One of my personal favorites is the Lobster Quesadilla on our pub menu. So yummy!
Please come back and see us again soon and thanks for taking time to share your thoughts!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We spent two nights in a King Room and were pleasantly surprised to find that the hotel is switching the rooms to hardwood floors. This is great. For people sensitive to carpet issues, my wife and I appreciate that the resort is making this change. The extra large room had a refrigerator and an excellent Keurig coffee maker. Now, that's a real benefit for early risers needing the first cup of good coffee.

An even better cup of coffee was in the dining room where a great buffet breakfast was served as part of the room charge. The scalloped potatoes, sausage and bacon, scones, fruit, were all wonderful. It was a buffet breakfast, but definitely a notch above what you might expect.

Kennebunkport is a great summer time destination, but don't overlook it in the fall. The downtown shops and restaurants were great. Everything is actually within walking distance of the resort, which makes it convenient. The Bush compound is only another half mile in the other direction from town and is a must-do photo-op. The resort has special events such as the Fire and Ice weekend in early December that have become annual favorites. Its really a year-round destination.

Room Tip: The Portside building are all waterfront.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jean Ginn M, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely review of The Nonantum Resort! I think the secret is out that Kennebunkport isn't just for summer any more!
I absolutely agree with you that even though it is a bit noisier, the new hard wood floors have made our rooms much prettier, far more sanitary and much more pleasant for allergy sufferers (like me!) Our guests also love the new in room Keurig coffee makers. It is so peaceful to be able to slip out of bed and enjoy that first cup of coffee while relaxing in your pajamas!
Our breakfasts are becoming very popular with locals as well as guests. The Nonantum Breakfast Buffet is a great start to a busy day!
Come and see us again soon! We really appreciate your business!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Just spent the weekend at the Nonantum Resort. It more than lived up to our expectations! Clean, well decorated room with a gas fireplace. Friendly and efficient service. Wonderful breakfast buffet included on the weekends. My husband and I are already planning next Fall's getaway and are inviting friends to join us.

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Jean Ginn M, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Hello Rosie:
Thanks so much for your lovely response! I am thrilled to hear you are coming back next year and bringing friends! So many of our guests are friends of other guests, that it ends up being like one big family at The Nonantum! We like to call it the Nonantum Family and are proud that this family just continues to get larger each season!
Our buffet breakfasts are always a hit, especially in the fall. Who can resist pumpkin pancakes or gingerbread waffles?
Thanks again for sharing the details of your stay!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Glencoe, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This is a great hotel if you have small children. The arts and craft activities after breakfast are great for the 7 and under crowd. The pool is not big but the little kids really enjoy it. The location is great because you can walk to town easily. We have been coming here for many years. Now that the children are older, however, we're relocating to Ogunquit, ME.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jean Ginn M, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
I appreciate very much your great comments! Little children do have a wonderful time here at The Nonantum! However, I want you to know that big kids so as well! We have many activities that tween and teens enjoy such as lawn games, pool games (lemonaid pong is a particular favorite!) walking to and from town for an ice cream, and movie night on the lawn. For many of our tween and teen guests, that walk downtown is the first time they have ever been out on their own and we observe (and offer reassurances!) to many a nervous parent!
I hope you will consider bringing your growing family back for a visit soon!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Jean Ginn Marvin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We travelled here - on a last minute weekend away & we were lucky to get one of the last rooms. It is very well situated just a few minutes walk from the pretty village of Kennebunkport & being on Ocean Avenue is on a lovely scenic drive that takes you past - Walker's Point, Cape Porpoise & Goose Rocks Beach.

The hotel itself is on the river. The room was comfortable & nicely decorated. Wifi was included in the room rate. We travelled with a baby so were in bed early & my only complaint was in our ground floor room we could hear everything overhead - walking, chairs scraping etc.

The breakfast in the morning was also very good.

All in all a nice hotel in a very nice area.

Room Tip: Avoid the ground floor rooms.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Jean Ginn M, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
It has been an extremely busy fall here at The Nonantum! I am so happy we were able to squeeze you in when you wanted to visit!
I am sorry it was a bit noisy for your baby. We have pulled up rugs and put down hardwood floors which look nice and are far more sanitary - the bad news is that the sounds that used to be muffled by carpet and padding can now be bothersome. We do have white noise machines available to be delivered to your room and next season every room will have one! We did a little test marketing with them this year and found that people love them! They make many different sounds like the ocean, birds chirping, a foghorn etc! Something for every one!
Happy holidays and I hope you can come and see us again soon!
Warm Regards,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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Address: 95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Kennebunks, ME 04046
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Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nonantum Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterfront Resort. The ambiance of a bygone era. Experience the Maine of yesterday on the picturesque shores of the Kennebunk River. Established in 1883, this enchanting Kennebunkport resort features elegantly appointed rooms, private baths, fine dining, heated pool, free WiFi, exceptional service. Scenic lobster boat and sailboat and sport fishing tours plus kayak rentals from our marina. On the trolley route. Victorian charm with contemporary amenities. ... more   less 
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