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“peaceful!” 4 of 5 stars
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The Monhegan House
PO Box 345, Monhegan Island, ME 04852   |  
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New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“peaceful!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2007

We visited Monhegan for only one night and stayed at the Monhegan house. I was apprehensive about the shared bathrooms but there are plenty of them and it was sort of nice to see other people in the halls etc. It was sort of a nice communal experience if you are into that.The bathrooms seemed to be cleaned well. There is a nice gathering place for children on the lawn next to the hotel so if you aren't into having lots of children around this is not the place for you. The island is peaceful and slow-paced. People were friendly everywhere we went. We ate dinner at the hotel which was fabulous and inexpensive and the breakfast was PERFECTION. Delicious eggs Benedict.

  • Liked — antique atmosphere, like stepping back in time
  • Disliked — cost to get there by boat
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • 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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Lititz, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2007

This was our second stay at the Monhegan House in the past three years. The hotel is nothing fancy, but it offers a pleasant social that is in keeping with the charater of the island.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Amenities are a bit sparse
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2007

Accommodations at Monhegan House were fine, even posh for the island, as 4 of us reserved the two new ground floor suites. Each has a bedroom, sitting room, private bathroom and access to a deck shared only by the 2 suites. Families or friends wishing to economize could double-up, using the sofa bed in the sitting room. Breakfast was included in the rates and entitled one to order anything from the menu in the dining room—a generous touch. Dinner was available in the dining room; a limited menu was posted each morning to help guest decide if they wanted to reserve a table that evening. Meals were fine, but nothing to write home about. Hospitality was not the overt B&B type, more the cursory, “you must be the Jones’s, I see you are all paid, here is the information sheet, your room will be ready soon” variety. We didn’t ask for any particular help, so I can’t say what information might have been forthcoming. Monhegan really is for do-it-yourselfers – hikers, birders, artists, and those just looking to relax and soak in some Maine island atmosphere. Because of its remote location, limited local resources and relatively short tourist season, prices at Monhegan House, as with other island properties, will come off on the high side for what you get for the money compared with mainland standards. You have to be okay with the fact that part of what you are paying for is the privilege of being here. (It costs locals $7 per bag for trash removal, for example.) Still, I felt it was stingy on the part of management to ask for prepayment that “INCLUDES gratuities for housekeeping and breakfast staff,” yet when you arrive, the information sheet states that you prepaid a “nominal gratuity” and an envelope for housekeeping was on the bureaus in our rooms. Either include a decent tip or leave it up to the guests entirely. That being said, if I returned to Monhegan, I would be glad to stay at Monhegan house again.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — Precharged gratuity, then said it was
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2007

This is not a typical lodging, and it is not for everyone. The quality of interior renovation is fair and many repairs seem makeshift. Everything in the building seemed to creak especially the stairs. The door had no lock. To secure the door, there was a hook. It was not possible to secure the room from the outside. The floors are bare wood with a beautiful finish. Two small throw rugs. To hang clothes, there are hangars on hooks next to the door. Beautiful lace curtains on the tall windows. No AC. The room had two wooden screens which can be installed. If it is very hot, the room will be as hot. There was a strong cool sea breeze most of the time. Furnishings seemed old. Bedding was student-dorm style. Room was small and cramped. There was an old wooden dresser with a mirror and an old nightstand with clean towels. There was a small rocking chair. The "bathroom" is the worst feature and the creep out factor is high. It is on the second floor. Walk up or down the stairs to get to it. It is split into two sides with three small rooms to each side, each room lit by bare light bulbs with ragged pull strings. The first room is a washing sink. To dry your hands there was a roll of paper towels not securely hung on a beat up plastic holder which was broken. The second room is a toilet in which there is just enough room to turn around. The third is a shower with good water pressure but very old surfaces. There is also a rusty tub. So, the condition of these rooms is run-down and delapidated. They are well ventilated rooms but there is an acrid odor of stool at certain times of day. I believe nearly everyone in the inn uses this one communal room - the risk for disease transmission in such a setting is obvious. The breakfast is okay - I had french toast that was somewhat dry and sausages that were fibrous in texture. The dining room is perhaps the largest room in the inn and cheerfully bright. The morning orange juice is about 3 to 4 ounces in a small glass. Not sure if this is due to rationing, or what. There is free tea and coffee in the lobby. Wait staff and service are okay - mostly foreign visa workers. The public areas are open but have a musty smell. There is a hippie commune atmosphere to the place. It also seemed like a place that is just getting by. There are original artworks by island artists on each floor, many well done and for sale. The window view from most of the rooms are beautiful. Check out time is early at 9:45 but the inn stores your belongings until the next ferry out. Front desk was competent but seemed intent on checking her computer email. There's no computer access for the guests. Ironically, in the house next door, with the modern style beach-house architecture, there was a wide screen LCD TV, modern kitchen, and so forth. The contrast seemed weird. It's sort of a place one goes to in order to experience self-imposed cultural and physical austerity, or perhaps tenement style poverty. There are times when this may be useful to evoke the creative element, but I believe most will leave the inn tired, unwashed and inconvenienced. For others, it may be Nirvana -- something like rehab for those addicted to too much extraneous civilization and technology.

  • Liked — Views of natural settings, central location.
  • Disliked — Condition of the bathroom, lack of lock on the door
  • Stayed June 2007
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2007

Monhegan is a very special place. This hotel is not for those who want fancy accommodations. The setting is wonderful. Monhegan Island is one of those very special places. Of the two major hotels on Monhegan this is the more basic. Rooms are spartan but clean. Bathrooms are shared so you have to be OK with the idea of walking down a hallway in the middle of the night...

There is a lovely front porch, with classic Adirondack rocking chairs. A lobby area with a couple of couches and old books and games for rainy days or after dinner. The rate includes a lovely breakfast. The previous year we were there they served dinner as well but last year there was no dinner service. Overall would recommend Monhegan House. It is ideally suited to the feel of Monhegan Island.

Stayed July 2006
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2005

If you ever get to Monhegan Island try the Monhegan House. Old hotel with a wonderful porch and artists everywhere. Rooms were very pretty and in keeping with history- have shared baths. Lovely living rooms and places to hang out. Owned by a former guy and his wife who spent summers there. They have a lovely restaurant with very fresh creative dishes. Breakfast is included - order anything off the menu.

Monhegan is beautiful - a very special place- but I don't think I could spend more than 2 days there- I would become too lost in another world- and might even relax...

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 345, Monhegan Island, ME 04852
Location: United States > Maine > Monhegan Island
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Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Monhegan Island
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The Monhegan House Monhegan Island, Maine

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