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The Island Inn
10 Ocean Avenue, Monhegan Island, ME 04852   |  
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San Jose, California
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“Loved the Island Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2007

No tv, no phones in room. That was the point. Very comfortable, lovely place to spend with someone special. Spectacular getaway.
Staff was wonderful. Staff will transport your luggage from the ferry to your room. Energy availability on the island is limited, so there are no AC units in room, however, the breeze from the ocean was lovely and the room was quite comfortable.
This is an old inn, and some rooms do not have their own bath, so if you wish to have your own, make sure you ask.
This inn fills up quickly, so book in advance.

  • Stayed August 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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English first
Mid-Coast Maine
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2006

Do not assume that there is any correlation between the rate quoted and the specific room bearing that rate on the Inn website. Be precise as to what room you are getting and the rate at which you are getting it.

Room 15 is above the Inn entrance & exit, as well as next to the road leading to and from the wharf. To avoid noise associated with both foot and vehicular traffic, try for a room at the opposite end of the building.

Neither the rooms, nor the common areas (hallways, dining room) have so much as a ceiling fan. When we visited it was very warm and sunny, and, at sunset, the fog rolled in eliminating the possibility of radiational cooling and at the same time the sea breeze died. The result was an uncomfortably warm room temperature for sleeping.

The dining room is brightly lit. The (open) dining room windows had no screens. Should you be there under similar circumstances, be prepared to use your napkin as a fly (mosquito) swatter.

  • Liked — The location.
  • Disliked — Sparse creature comforts.
  • Stayed August 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 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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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2006

My husband and I spent two nights at The Island Inn. It was clean and had an excellent breakfast. It had blueberry pancakes and lobster casserole! We didn't tire of sitting on their porch or lawn and staring at the view. I opted for a meadow view and was rewarded with a night thunderstorm and the sight of the lighthouse and it's light during that storm. I think if you liked camping and now want to stay indoors this hotel hits the spot. We found the staff capable and friendly. Dinner might seem a little high but the food was delicious. The room might be small but was fine. The island is charming complete with easy enough hikes, spectacular views and artists' studios that you can enter.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Get out of the hotel and enjoy the island
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Northbrook, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2006

My husband and I visited Monhegan Island on Aug. 14th. We took the boat out of Port Clyde to the island. I will review the Island Inn, the island and the boat ride.

Upon arrival at the island, I was surprised by the influx of folks just coming to see us in. All hands are on deck to welcome the passengers as well as the cargo. The Island Inn was awaiting our arrival to shuttle our luggage up the small hill to the Inn. We were also welcomed at the Inn with a friendly greeting. They have a place to store luggage if the room is not ready. They also have a fridge for anything you may need to chill while staying there.

We stayed in a room with an ocean view on the 3rd floor. The accomodations are comfortable, yet spartan. You will have all that you need, but not much more. The common areas were a bit more lavish. There is a large front porch adorned with rocking chairs overlooking the ocean. There are also many adirondack chairs on the front lawn, also overlooking the small Monhegan Harbor. It is lovely to sit and watch and read. It can, however, get a bit chilly, so do plan to bring a jacket due to the ocean breezes.

We ate dinner at the Island Inn as well. The food was quite good. A bit pricy, but fit the bill after a day filled with travel and hiking.

As for the island. It is filled with interesting things that are not common to Midwesterners. First of all, all rubbish must be taken off the island. So, it seems that if something is old and rusted, it stays on the island unless it can be reduced to hefty bag size and taken off the island. There are miles of small trails (bring bug spray to avoid some mosquitoes). We took trail 7 which lead us to an overlook which was gorgeous. The hiking was quite easy as we took a popular trail. I'd have to say to ask questions prior to hiking as the map and trails are only fairly marked. Our intention was to take a less travelled trail; however, we couldn't figure it out. On our hike, we stopped at the Hot Fat Fish n Chips stand. Susan, from the island, suggested the fish taco. This was top notch. It was fresh and filled with interesting and tasty ingredients. I'd highly recommend that.

The island also has many artists who are trying to sell their art. We found it neat to look at; however, the prices were as high as Downtown Chicago.....basically, prohibitive. I'd have liked to see more art in the 100-200.00 range and I would have brought home more souvenirs! Most art was $500.00 and up.

The boat ride was my biggest fear as I get seasick. We could have caught a boat out of Boothbay, but opted to drive further to Port Clyde in order to take a shorter ride. They filled the boat to the rim with passengers and several dogs. I sat on the top deck so I could keep my eye on the horizon. I didn't get seasick at all. We saw one whale and one bald eagle. It was quite nice.

Well the return was not quite as nice. The winds had picked up during the night of our stay on Monhegan and it rained most of the night. The locals said it was not so bad compared to other rainy days. The boat company said the waves were 3-5 feet. Well, when I first got on the boat and it was tied to the dock, the boat was moving A LOT. I could have gotten seasick fairly quickly except the captain was wise enough to start moving. As we started for shore it was rocky but not bad. A couple miles out, we hit 6-8 foot waves. Oh boy, this was too much for me. I think many passengers were filling the motion and nervous. This all lasted for a short while. Needless to say, I was thrilled to be off the boat in Port Clyde.

Monhegan Island and the Island Inn were an adventure for me. I would go every summer is I could avoid the boat ride over.

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — the wind was too noisy
  • Tips/Secrets — The Island Inn is the nicest place to stay on the island
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New Hampshire
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2006

As most people have noted, the property is simple and very nice in the sense that it sits directly on the water. Rooms are small, but I had researched this and knew it prior to our arrival. What was an extreme disappointment was the overall quality of the food and waiter service.

The resteraunts food was just "ok", (not as fresh as I would have expected) and other choices were fine if this were priced as a 2-3 star . The prices are up there with 9 of us paying $250.00 for lunch. The breakfast was buffet style and the Inn added $4 per day per person for housekeeping and waiter tips, since breakfast was included in the room price. I think this policy compensates employees that may not earn a tip. Our waiter at breakfast was slow, rude and acted like he didn't like his job much. Tiping in my opinion is EARNED, and not a given. My advise would be to stay at the Island Inn, and eat at the other fine but simple places on the island.

The Scruffy Dog has a great but simple menu for dinner, with excellent steamed lobster. Another great little place to have lunch is at the Novelty with what we thought was outstanding pizza and ice cream cones.

  • Liked — view of ocean
  • Disliked — waiter staff and quality of food
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Address: 10 Ocean Avenue, Monhegan Island, ME 04852
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): $
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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