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The Island Inn
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10 Ocean Avenue, Monhegan Island, ME 04852   |  
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2005

We really enjoyed our stay here.

Likes: Monhegan Island was very beautiful and unique. Be sure to take a hike or at least climb to the highest point on the island -short, steep hike- for a fantastic view of the harbor. Arriving at the island was extremely exciting because we got lost on our way to the ferry departure and were 5 min late for the last ferry of the day but luckily, we got on. The boat ride out to the island was beautiful and thrilling with one member of our party getting seasick and vomiting off the side of the boat. There was a wild, primitive feel to the ocean and the boat ride which was very special.

Good food is a high priority and we thought dinner and breakfast were excellent with good service.

We rented a little rowboat and paddled around the harbor which was fun.

We traveled with another couple and had a blast but I'm not sure if I would've enjoyed it very much if it had been just my husband and me- there's not much to do in the way of entertainment.

We also enjoyed laying on the grass of the front lawn and napping in the sun. Many artists with easels were a few yards away. Our friends were more energetic and spent hrs hikng the entire perimeter of the island. A little convenience store down a foot path sold the NY Times which was nice.

Dislikes: Room quality was mediocre/poor. We had the most expensive room in the hotel- a suite at the front corner with an awe-inspiring view of the harbor and ocean. We mostly sat outside on our own private porch area with the wind whipping around us. Our suite also had an enclosed porch that we used at night. The room was very large in terms of square footage but was in desperate need of an update.
I think the owners are being cheap by not reovating it. The room rate was steep and should've had new carpeting, better furnishings and removal of the unattractive, old floral wallpaper. We were in high spirits because of our friends but otherwise I might have found the room a little depressing.

Our friends stayed in a very small room with a shared bath- they like to economize and were happy with their room- their views were off the back of the hotel- no water views.

The main drawbacks to the island are lack of entertainment. Besides hiking and lazing around, I'm not sure what else there is to do. You could set up an easel and paint, sit on a rocker on the front porch and read or visit with other guests, take a hike through the forest and along the cliffs or wander around the footpaths on the island.

I saw some signs for art studios but we didn't see anyplace to browse- no book stores or shops/galleries.

Some would find Monhegan Island very boring. Three nights here would be about my limit but I still give an enthusiastic recommendation for Monhegan Island and The Island Inn because it was a unique and beautiful experience.

Stayed July 2004
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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2005

This small island gem provides a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Standing serenely above the small harbor, the Inn provides comfortable accommodations and delicious food -with a friendly and efficient staff to look after you.
Spend the days walking around this enchanting island, visiting the many artist studios - or just while away your time with a book, in a chair on the deck or lawn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2004

Going to Monhegan is like taking a trip back in time. The are no paved roads, no cars, no nightlife, and electricity is a relatively new thing. The Island Inn is a place your great grandparents might have enjoyed. There is a verandah on which to read, write letters or paint watercolors. The rooms are plain, clean, and designed only for sleeping. The dining room is cool, elegant and serves good, fresh seafood. The staff is friendly and knows your preferences after a couple of days.
The place conveys genuine refinement, and would appeal to the visitor seeking very simple pleasures. Three days is good, a week sublime.

  • Stayed July 2004
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2003

Practically a landmark, the Island Inn sits on the hill overlooking the harbor. Not counting the lighthouse, it's the most imposing manmade structure on the island. The accommodations are not, by any stretch of the imagination, luxurious, but they ARE surprisingly comfortable. On the ground floor are sitting rooms to relax in (including a sunroom with a good supply of jigsaw puzzles, shelves of books, and board games). There's a veranda with rocking chairs, a lawn with adirondack chairs where you can sit and watch the boats in the harbor. The rooms (at least the one I stayed in) are decidedly small and VERY simply furnished (mine had a full-sized bed, night stands and a single chair).
You get the bare necessities, so if you want an alarm clock or wake-up call, bring your own. Do NOT go in expecting access to a television, mini-bar, in-room coffee pot or even a telephone! There's fresh coffee always available, but downstairs in the parlor, but beer and wine are strictly bring your own. Remember, this is an inn in the old-fashioned sense of the word. And I for one, like that word.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2003

Monhegan Island is an untouched gem 10 miles off the Maine Coast, and the Island in is THE place to stay there. Cozy accomodations, terrific innkeeper and waitstaff, excellent food, dining room big ole front porch overlooks harbor and sunset. If you're looking for nitelife, luxury accomodations, and all the latest amenities... don't go here. If you want real Maine and a feeling of serenity, timelessness and relaxation... do go here. Once you do, you'll never want to leave! A+++++

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2002

We recently stayed at the Island Inn, Monhegan Inn, Maine.

I was not impressed with this Inn. There was dust on the floors. There were dead flys in the room. The comforter was stained. Overpriced at $160.00 with no bathroom.

The food was mediocre at best. For a pasta dish and chicken ceaser salad with no drinks and no dessert, our bill was $48.

I would not recommend this Inn.

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Address: 10 Ocean Avenue, Monhegan Island, ME 04852
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Location: United States > Maine > Monhegan Island
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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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 
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The Island Hotel Monhegan
The Island Inn Monhegan Island, Maine

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