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The Dunes on the Waterfront
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   518 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME 03907   |  
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Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Ogunquit
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Lyndonville, New York
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9 reviews
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“Breathtaking all-around!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Our experience started with friendly hospitality, cute cottages that the staff keep spotless. Take a short walk to the beach and dunes and take a rowboat ride. Over all a great stay that we wish to enjoy again.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Wallingford, Connecticut
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Just returned from a 2 night stay. We stayed in motel room #5B which is right on the waterfront. What beautiful views all around. Very peaceful and serene setting. The room was done in knotty pine with 2 beds in one room and a twin in the other. It had a fridge and a coffee maker. Very nice layout of the property, great for taking a walk around. Restaurants close by within walking distance which we took advantage of, the Lobster Pound Restaurant is right next door and a great Mediterrian Italian restaurant right down the street. Because we had gone at the end of October some eating establishments had already closed. Very friendly staff and well kept. Looking forward to coming back and staying in a cottage vs. motel room for a longer stay.

Room Tip: If you like being close to the water I would suggest the waterfront accomadations, beautiful sunrise...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Boston, MA
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55 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed off season. Though we would have liked to stay in their adorable cabins, we stayed in a "classic" room, which is set up more like a traditional motel room. But, wow, the view out our window, and from the seats on the balcony was million dollar. We watched the tide change in the estuary, saw the light change on the strip of beach and ocean.

Their space is quiet and beautifully designed, and everything is perfectly kept up. We were tempted to play croquet, which was all set up on the lawn, but we were too busy walking around Ogunquit and its beach, and the nearby shore walks and nature preserves.

We did use the pool however. Despite the cool weather of early October, the pool was still open, and gently heated, so it was a great, great place to relax at the end of our days and before getting ready for dinner.

It was so beautiful that I think I'd really love to come back during the summer, to lounge around even more outside, and swim at the beach.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We (older couple) stayed 3 nights last May. The whitewashed cottages are set among mature trees and shrubs, immaculately maintained, something out of a film. No, it's not the Marriot, but the fireplace was a treat, wood replenished each day, clean linens from front each day in a "housekeeping" 1-bdrm unit with small, well-equipped kitchen. Front, screen porch w/ rockers and table faced tidal river, low tide you can walk across - high tide need a rowboat (supplied). On trolley line. Best time is off season for real "Maine-iacs." Good for young families.We'll be back!

Room Tip: Tell the owners what you want and they will suggest a cottage or room. We wanted a porch, a view, BR...
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  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Bennington, VT
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52 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We usually stay at the Dunes for a week every Fall. We love the location, which is quiet and beautiful. I wish they provided peddle boats along with the option of taking out a row boat. My dealings with the helpful staff have always been very pleasant. I look forward to returning.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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orlando
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352 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Ogunquit was our last stop on our coastal Maine vacation, and The Dunes topped off the trip with grace. This gorgeous piece of property on the ocean [with a tide pool in between], was built in 1936. Although it has been updated, it retains it warmth, charm and appeal from an earlier and simpler time. There is a huge lawn, and I mean huge; so children can play ball or just play. The Dunes is a perfect place for families, grandparents, parents and the grandchildren. There are a choice of rooms, from motel rooms to two bedroom cottages including a darling screened in porch, fireplace and even a clothesline! [I told you this resort reminds you of an earlier time]. The resort is special, but it is the staff and their attention to detail that really puts The Dunes in a very elite category. Not only is this resort darling, but it is absolutely spotless. You could eat off of any floor here. For example, I saw an employee with a squeegee and a rag wiping off the morning dew from the tables and Adirondack chairs!! The housekeepers make the beds with 3 sheets, so you have a top sheet. There are rowboats to use when the tide is high, so that you can row over to the beach. There is a jungle gym, basketball hoop, heated pool and croquet set for the children. In the comfortable reception area, there is a fresh from the orchard bowl of apples to take, for a quick snack. If you are looking for luxury or the Ritz Carlton, then do not come here. But, if you are looking for a marvelous resort to bring your family and have a wonderful time, a time that reminds you of Ozzie & Harriett times, then make your reservations NOW. The Dunes is very busy with repeat families year after year. The Dunes is a very special place on this planet.

Room Tip: Motel room 23, gives you 3 exposures and one spectacular view of the sunrise.
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We had a wonderful time at the Dunes. Unfortunately, for those that stay only for a few days, the choice is limited to the motel unit and the primary reason I say unfortunately is that the cottages looks great. While the unit was small, it was very clean and we spent such little time in the unit, it really didn't matter. But what is great about the Dunes is the property and the location. The property is something out of movie set - a dozen cottages with Adirondack chairs all set on a very large lawn overlooking the tidal river. Totally picturesque and totally unexpected. Every other place we passed was one room on top of each other. This was all very nicely spread out, quiet and peaceful, even with lots of kids having fun in the pool (we are well past the stage of having young kids). The pool was very nice too, but the view of the river and the proximety to the footbridge beach was also great. One day we walked through the river on low tide and then walked the beach all the way into town. Not a terribly long walk but not short either. Another day, we walked to the footbridge beach which was about 1/2 hour. Ogunquit is great for eating, poking, relaxing, swiming (if you don't mind really cold water), walking on the beach, eating, and relaxing (those were repeated on purpose). Maybe next time we will get a cottage and stay longer.

Room Tip: Motel unit is OK but rooms are small - no elevator, so first floor might be more convenient for olde...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 518 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME 03907
Location: United States > Maine > Ogunquit
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ogunquit
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ogunquit
#3 Green Hotel in Ogunquit
#3 Family Hotel in Ogunquit
#5 Romantic Hotel in Ogunquit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Dunes on the Waterfront 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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