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“Loved the Island Inn” 5 of 5 stars
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10 Ocean Avenue, Monhegan Island, ME 04852   |  
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Charleston,S.C.
1 review
“Loved the Island Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

My husband & I spent 2 days at the Island Inn & loved it! The staff was so friendly & helpful, we felt like we where staying with friends. They went out of their way to see that we could take advantage of everything the island had to offer.
Our room was spotless & comfortable.
The restaurant was great . The menu offered a wide selection of seafood & meat and everything we tried was delicious .In the morning, for inhouse guest only, they offered a buffet of hot & cold food as well as a few cooked to order selections.
We plan on returning to the Island Inn next year and hope to introduce other friends to this charming place.

M J O'Brien

  • Liked — comfortable
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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NYC
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2008

We arrived on the afternoon boat, stepped off and strolled up the hill to be greeted in the Inn's lovely, low key reception room by Christa. From the moment we walked in, we were surrounded by smiling faces; guests, staff, passersby. We were shown our room, a clean, simple space with great views and lace curtains flapping in the sea air.
We could have simply fallen into a blissful slumber, except the 9 year old in our party needed to release some pent up energy, which he did by making and chasing paper airplanes( paper generously supplied at the Front Desk) and before long the there was a gaggle of children shrieking and letting we parents fall into easy conversation.
At dinner later, we smiled at new friends and ate some of the best food we’ve come across in a long while. Even though it was our first evening we felt like family.
After breakfast, ample and delicious, we were ready to take the staff suggestions and had a marvelous day, making it back for tea and thunderstorms form the porch.
From start to finish we were treated kindly, efficiently and professionally. We will be back

  • Liked — Freindliness
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

On Thursday August 8, 2008, my husband, 14 yr old son and my stepson and his family (wife and 2 small children) boarded the Balmy Days to stay the evening at the Island Inn. It was my sons birthday and he was so excited to be spending the night. We had booked 2 rooms in Pierce Cottage and paid in full over $658.00. There was a mix up. The Island Inn had our reservation for August 9, 2008. We had put the dog in the kennel, had our bags and 2 small children. Christa did have 2 rooms for the evening which she proceeded to offer to us at $430.00 (a discounted rate?) . My husband was appalled. She gave us no courtsey for a mistake (which we believe was the Island Inn's). All she wanted was to collect additional money and of course keep the deposit. $1000.00 for 2 small rooms with no bath and an uncompassionate host. We have been good customers for 25 years. So disappointed. I can not believe this is the way they treat customers. We will be staying at the Monhegan House in the future.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — Courtesey of manager
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2008

We stayed at the Island Inn on Monhegan for 2 nights recently. We had heard that Monhegan was a really special place. The Inn is one of the very few places on the tiny island to stay (and I think it may be the only one that offers accommodations with private bath) and it had been recommended by a friend, so we chose to stay there.

I was somewhat disappointed in the experience, though I think it is one of those things that just "is what it is." The front desk is friendly if not overly helpful. The inn reminds me of lakeside hotels in the Adirondacks--kind of boarding house style.

First the positives. The setting is very charming, just above the wharf in this tiny island community. There is a wide front porch with rocking chairs and also Adirondack chairs scattered across the lawn, both of which we enjoyed in the evenings. The breakfasts were extraordinary. Scrambled eggs with lobster are standard and perfectly cooked, and are accompanied by a wealth of other hot and cold options. Everything we tried was delicious.

But there were also negatives, and the hotel was not quite what I expected based on the website.

We stayed in a room with a private bath. I think maybe the rooms with baths are especially tiny as the baths were retrofitted into the space. But when I say tiny, I mean there was a bed and a small dresser, no closet, and virtually no room to walk around. We had a hard time even finding a place to put our bags where we wouldn't trip over them.

The bathroom was spartan, with a tiny stall shower, linoleum floors, and basic sink and toilet. The shower head was terrible, and it took me about 10 minutes to wash the shampoo out of my hair.

Sheets and towels were not only of very cheap quality but were also dingy and old.

The room was hot and no fan is provided, partly because of the limited electricity on the island. I would imagine rooms on the ocean side may get better breezes, but there wasn't a breath of air in ours, even on a breezy night.

The term "meadow view," used to describe the rooms at the back which cost less than the rooms at the front, is a bit euphemistic. Actually a fairly new cell tower dominated the view from the room.

You can hear everything that goes on in the hallways--people walking up and down, doors to rooms opening and closing, people walking to and from the shared baths.

Being objective, this hotel is not trying to be a luxury property, nor does it claim to be. But it was significantly more spartan than I expected for well over $200/night. If you can deal with a shared bath, I think you might be better off looking elsewhere.

Monhegan itself is charming and worth a trip. We arrived around 4pm on a Sunday and left on the 9am ferry Tuesday. It was the perfect amount of time. We enjoyed a drink on the lawn Sunday evening and dinner at the Inn. Monday we did the long hike around the perimeter of the island with some detours into the interior--the whole thing took about 4 hours. We had delicious lobster rolls for lunch and then ate a nice dinner at Monhegan House (another hotel) Monday night. By then we felt we had really seen the island and were ready to leave the next morning after another of those delicious Island Inn breakfasts.

  • Liked — Location on charming Monhegan Island
  • Disliked — Too expensive for what it is
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Brussels, Belgium
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

Stayed on Monhegan for the Memorial Day weekend and will certainly be back. The island is incredible - simple, exceptional, beautiful - great walking, amazing scenery, fabulous views. Had no idea where to stay but decided on the Island Inn and proved to be a great choice. Great location, amazing views of the sunsets, extremely good food and very friendly staff - extremely comfortable. Thank goodness no TVs or Telephones but, wow, what an experience. Traditional wooden hotel with big front porch and rocking chairs overlooking the harbor & ocean, with adironbdacks on the lawn which slopes down to the water. Absolutely loved it!
Not many of these places left in this world - should be treasured!!

  • Liked — Great view, comfortable bed
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2008

My husband, two daughters (age 4 & 5), and I stayed at the Island Inn for 3 days, 2 nights in September '07. We had a fantastic time! Our room was actually in the adjoining house on the property that faces the meadow. We had run of the porch with its lovely rocking chairs. The accomodations were very nice, though we felt a little out of the loop with the other patrons who stayed in the main house at times. We spent a lovely afternoon drying off by the fire and listening to an eldery gentleman tell stories about monarch butterflies. It was after the summer rush, and I felt as though our children were the only ones on the island. But, we were never made to feel unwelcome. The staff was courteous (as most Maine folk are) and Dan (was the resident jack of all trades) was just wonderful to us. Our girls keep asking to go back to their "Fairy House Island"...building fairy houses is a local tradition you don't want to miss.

  • Liked — On-site restaurant, cozy feeling, friendly staff
  • Disliked — No problems
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newark, Ohio
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2007

My husband and I spent one night at The Island Inn just days before they closed down for the season. Our room was tiny (corner bedroom with ocean and meadow view) but light, bright and airy, which more than made up for the size. This is a very old building. What it lacks in amenities (like air conditioning), it makes up for in charisma. There is no hairdryer provided in the bathroom. The water in the shower smells horrible. The view from the front porch is spectacular. The island itself is wonderful - fantastic hiking, amazing views around every corner. Dinner was delicious, nice ambience in the restaurant. Breakfast (included) was really good also. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 10 Ocean Avenue, Monhegan Island, ME 04852
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Location: United States > Maine > Monhegan Island
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Monhegan Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Island Inn sits atop a bluff looking west over Monhegan harbor toward the ocean and in the evening it provides a perfect location to view the dramatic sunsets and the magnificent colors that accompany them. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Island Hotel Monhegan
The Island Inn Monhegan Island, Maine

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