We loved the Juniper Hill Inn. I did hours of research looking for a place in southern Maine that was near enough to the beach but wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg. I looked at everything - hotels, motels, inns, b&b's, and I had ended up booking at the Mariner Resort. It had fabulous reviews and it seemed to suit our needs. However, I ended up changing them because I really wanted to be able to walk to the village and the beach. I am SO glad we did. We loved the Juniper Hill. I have to say, they were very nice and patient with me, as we changed our checkin/checkout dates several times. They never became exasperated or impatient with me, and I spoke with several different people. I was afraid we wouldn't get the requested 2nd floor due to the changes I'd made, and since they don't guarantee your request, but I was very happy to find we were on the 2nd floor. We were in the 600's building, which is the one on the end, closest to the village. We were on the end near the stairwell, and while we could hear people (especially children) walking (or in the kids' case, stomping) up the stairs, we were never woken during the night by it. The people who were under us told us it was awful, though, so if you do end up on a 1st floor that is right next to a stairwell, you may want to consider that.
Our kids are 10 and 12 and both boys, and we get to bed fairly early and rise at between 6:30 and 8:00, but our neighbors below us said we never bothered them at all, and they were impressed when they discovered we had kids.
The location was great. We walked to the beach and back twice in one day, and yes, it is slightly up hill on the way back, but no big deal. It was a 12 min. walk to and 14 min. walk back. The boys had no problem with it, but they were tired after several hours in the surf, so the next few days, we would do the drop-off by one of us and walk down, then one of us would walk back and return to pick up. I am not in the best shape and don't walk much at all, and the walk was nothing to me (I'm in my mid-40's). The path is very nice and wide, and the streets you have to walk are not frequently travelled and are nice, quiet streets.
The walk to the village was exactly 4 mins. I walked down and around quite a few times and I loved how close it was!
The room was nice. Nothing special - average hotel room - but the bath and body amenities were a nice touch. The bathroom must've been humid or something, though, because our bathing suits would just not dry when we hung them in there, but we used the chairs that are conveniently located just outside of your room along the outside corridor to dry our stuff, as did many other people. The beds were very comfortable - the best we'd slept in on this vacation (we also went to Rockport and Bar Harbor). The little fridge came in handy, and yes, having the extra vanity outside of the bathroom is a HUGE plus! LOVED it!
The inside pool was very nice. The kids used it a few times. We were there JUST before the 4th of July, so while there were plenty of people on vacation at this time, there was never more than one other family using the indoor pool while we were there. We only used the outdoor pools a couple of times, and they were nice as well. Both of them are pretty small, but they're well kept, with nice chairs and landscaping.
Since we were here during the high season, we thought there was plenty of room for people to have their continental breakfast. There were probably ten to twelve tables, so it's not as bad as, I guess, off-season when they're in the main part of the hotel. And yes, the continental breakfast, as previously described, is sparse. Donuts, muffins, cereals, bagels and oranges and apples. The donuts are very good, but I really try not to have (or let my children have) donuts for breakfast every day, so we only did the cont'l breakfast one day. The next day we tried the Wild Blueberry Cafe (very unimpressed - will leave a review for them, too) - expensive and nothing to crow about at all. The next day we went to the Old Village Inn right in the village. There was nobody else there. The waitress was very clueless, and I wonder if she's ever waitressed before, but the food was pretty good.
One night we ate at Varano's (in Wells), and this was very good. The next two we ate at the Grey Gull Inn (also in Wells). Partly because it's on the water, and if you go at 5:00, they have "menu madness" where everything on the menu is $17 (except the lobster). And my boys liked the fish they had (my older had salmon, as did I, and it was very good, and my younger son had Haddock, but didn't like it the second night - tasted bad).
The beach in Ogunquit is really something. I wasn't a beach person previously (we live in CT where we have beaches, but not as lovely as this). At high tide, it can be quite crowded, because there's less beach. But it's really only in front of the Norseman (where the beach parking, at $4.00 an hour, is located). But people are incredibly rude. I had someone set up a chair directly in front of me (I was on a large beach towel, and that's all the space I took up). The edge of her chair was actually ON my towel, and she put up an umbrella that virtually blocked the sun for me. Unreal. When you look back down the beach, it becomes much less busy further north. But when the tide went out, it wasn't a problem at all. One other nice thing about this part of the beach is that there are two rows of park-style benches under shade. A lot of the older people sit up here to stay out of the sun, and we did, too, for awhile. My 12 year old spent four hours in the surf one day. We discovered that a boogie board is a must for the older kids, but DON'T buy it at the store there on the beach. There's a place called Reny's down in Wells where they are $9.99 (as opposed to the $29.99 on the beach). You can rent beach chairs for $10 (w/ an add'l $10 returnable dep.), but who wants to do that when you can buy one for $20? You can rent umbrella's, too, but I didn't inquire as to the price.
Oh, one more thing - the buildings are set back off of Rte. 1, and while we were physically the closest (except for the Main inn), we never heard any traffic at all in our room.
Well, I tried to describe everything I normally look for when I read reviews, and am including (I hope, lol) plenty of pics of the property, but should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. We loved Ogunquit so much, we definitely intend to go back!
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