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“Unique and romantic getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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clearwater, florida
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“Unique and romantic getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2010

I was shocked and pleased when we arrived midmorning and our room was ready! The desk clerks were very friendly and helpful. The hotel is amazing...an old, comfortable place quite unlike any place I have ever stayed. We felt isolated yet protected and cozy.

We hiked the island all day and ate dinner at the inn. Don't forget to get your own wine from the store nearby. Romantic ambiance and attentive yet unobtrusive service. Breakfast was the bomb! Offered any food you can think of and then some, and it was all delicious.

The room itself was spartan but charming in that authentic New England way. Lovely painted floors and simple, tasteful furnishing. Our third floor location offered a postcard pretty view. My only complaint was that there was no hot water in the shower and also no water pressure to speak of. I could not wash my hair after hiking all day because I would have never been able to get the soap out. Plus it was cold. With no heat in the room, I was thoroughly chilled when I got out of the shower. But I will cut them some slack on that since this is a remote location. It's expensive but worth it.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

We stayed in one of the larger rooms, with a king size bed overlooking the harbor. The inn is simple but clean comfortable, and makes for a perfect base for exploring one of the most beautiful islands on the Maine Coast. a good restaurant in the hotel makes the stay very easy, Highly recommend both the Inn and Monehegan Island. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sandy, Utah
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2010

We stayed in one of the ocean view rooms. The room was comfortable and clean, with a warm and comfy down comforter. We had a corner room, so had two different views that were both beautiful. We ate dinner at the Inn. It was pricey, but delicious. You must understand that everything is brought in by boat, so things are more expensive. For those of you that like wine with dinner, be prepared to bring it or buy it in the small store on the island and the wait staff will serve it. After dinner, we relaxed in the library by the fireplace. It was fun to talk with other people staying at the Inn. There is no central heat, so be prepared to cuddle when you go to bed! :) A full breakfast is included and was good, too. It is served buffet style, with additional eggs and pancakes made to order. Hiking and art galleries are close by and well worth your time.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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6 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

This is the most expensive place we stayed during our trip to Maine, with the most modest room, but it was still entirely worth it.

Monhegan Island is about an hour's boat ride away from the coast. We chose to depart from Port Clyde. (There is a lighthouse nearby the docks which we decided to visit -- so glad we did!) We had made reservations for the boat trip in advance, so we parked and picked up our tickets inside the small gift shop. At the boat, we were greeted by the captain and his dog. The captain kindly suggested that if you think you'll get seasick, it's better to sit outside up top. We're not sure if it was the dramamine we'd taken or the seats up top, but either way we did not feel seasick at all. It was great to sit up top and absorb the view from the mainland to the island -- gray, foggy, misty. We kept out eyes out for puffins, whales and seals, but no luck this time. When we arrived at the tiny dock at Monhegan, there were townsfolk to welcome us and trucks ready to pick up supplies.

The Island Inn is only a short walk up the hill from the dock. What a picturesque place! We stayed in an ocean view room with a shared bath. The room was small but adequate. The shared bath was not a problem at all; we never had to wait and we never ran into other guests. There is a sink inside the bedroom which limited the need for the shared bathroom.

The food at the Inn is excellent. We made a reservation for dinner which was candlelit and romantic. There were quite a few guests at the Inn so definitely more of an inn feel than a B&B. The porch was a great spot to sit on a white rocking chair, read and watch the ocean and birds. There are lawn chairs, too, if you want to get closer to the water and out from under the porch awning. Inside, the common room had a fireplace, and there was also a small study. Just across from the Inn is a small bodega called the Barnacle where you could buy wine (dinner is BYOB) and sandwiches and other amenities. The next day, the breakfast buffet (included in the price of the room) was plentiful with lobster scrambled eggs, blueberry muffins, pancakes, roasted potatoes, juice, bagels, cereals, fruit, pastries, toast, and if that's not enough, you could even order from a menu! During the day, we visited the island's galleries and small shops before meeting our boat that afternoon to head back to the mainland. This ride was much calmer and sunnier.

During the trip, we heard the someone comment, "If you have to ask 'What do you do on Monhegan Island?,' then you probably shouldn't go." Very true. Monhegan is a place to totally relax, not have an itinerary, and just go with the flow... rest, read, visit the local artists, and hike.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis
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137 reviews 137 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

What a gorgeous experience to stay all night on Monhegan Island in this beautiful old hotel. It had lots of charm. The room with the balcony overlooking to Manana Island was magical. The inn has no phone and tv (which was nice), but the island has so much to do that you are forced to relax (another good thing!). The dinner at the hotel (by reservation only) was so delicious and elegant, and the breakfast was the best one we had on our 2 week vacation in Maine (lobster and eggs!! and blueberry stuffed french toast). The greeting we got from the innkeepers was the best one as well. Stay here and enjoy!!

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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North Carolina
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113 reviews 113 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

My friend and I spent one glorious day on Monhegan Island, and staying at the inn made that day even more perfect. Our room was spartan but clean and comfortable, with an incomparable view of the ocean and a nearby island. The staff were helpful and cheerful, the dinner in the inn's restaurant superb, and the breafast plentiful and delicious. The common areas of the inn (both inside and out) added to its appeal. All in all, this hotel rates very high on my lifetime list of favorite places.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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Northampton, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

This hotel is incredible. The view is beautiful and the food is really good. I think the art in this hotel is lovely and the feel of this hotel is really warm. I have had many stays at this hotel and spent some dreamy days with my daughter searching for fairy houses on some of the island trails- and starlit nights just outside our hotel door together on the decks or nearby trails.

This hotel is clean- it is unique- very old and stately. I have visited when they had weddings too and imagine it as a perfect romantic wedding venue- very unique. You have to visit to understand what I mean!

Through every window is a lovely view and the breeze kept us cool every time we stayed there which is always in August.
I recommend this hotel for anyone visiting the island- it is the first hotel you see by the dock and really the most beautiful building that stands out as your ferry approaches the island.

It costs a bit more but is worth every penny . Truly one of the most lovely hotels I have visited!

  • Stayed August 2009, 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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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 
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The Island Hotel Monhegan
The Island Inn Monhegan Island, Maine

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