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“Longtime customer, always coming back!” 5 of 5 stars
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Marginal Way House and Motel
22 - 24 Wharf Lane, Ogunquit, ME 03907   |  
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Ranked #27 of 37 Hotels in Ogunquit
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Contributor
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
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“Longtime customer, always coming back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

I truly believe this hotel deserves to be better than "#20 of 37 hotels in Ogunquit". Proof enough is the fact that my family has been coming to this same spot every year since the 1960's. As the youngest member of my family, I have been coming here for all of my 25 years. To say that I am a loyal customer is an understatement!

The staff is wonderful. The view can't be beat. The grounds are impecacbly kept. The unique location gives you the option to lay out on the lawn while looking at the ocean and the beach without actually having to be at the beach. It's especially nice on crowded beach days! Or, you can walk about 5 minutes around the water and be at the beach.

There is a great sense of community among the other guests. Each time we go, we meet new people who become longtime friends. You can't help but feel at home here.

Sure, the rooms are not as big and luxurious as some of the other hotels in the area, but trust me when I say the charm of the Marginal Way House can't be beat. You won't regret your say here!

Room Tip: Book the Cottage if you can. It is a separate one-bedroom house that can sleep 6 ppl and is practial...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

We had been driving all day, beginning in NH, and couldn't believe our fortune when we arrived at the Marginal Way House. We booked online and didn't quite know what to expect, but simply floored by the views.
We stayed in the 6 room motel at the edge of the property, on the upper floor, and just sat and watched the tide come in for about an hour. So relaxing. The room itself is quite comfortable and clean, and a little old-school, which I appreciated.
The grounds are lovely, and although it wasn't sit outside weather while we were there, I can truly imagine sitting in the Adirondacks on the common grounds, watching the sunset.
The location of the property is about 50 feet from downtown, with all the shops and dining at your doorstep.
One very unexpected moment in our stay was when the alarm clock went off at 6:30 AM. Neither of us had set it, and after rolling over to notice the incredible red-orange sky of the morning dawn, believed that someone in the staff or visit before us knew better and set it for us. Incredible scene!

Room Tip: Get one of the rooms in the Motel, by the ocean. The best views from what we could tell.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

Had a wonderfully relaxing 3-night stay in October, and the off-season rate was very reasonable. Of course room choice is key. We were lucky to get a beautiful ocean view from the 1st floor of the Wharf House. Location is perfect, on a charming side street off the village center. There aren't a lot of amenities here (no room phones), but we didn't need them. We had already done most of our sightseeing, and were looking for a comfortable place to read. This place has reading nooks galore, with cozy porches and living rooms in both the main house and wharf house, and a beautiful private yard overlooking the sea.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sherbrooke, QC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

The main buillding at The Marginal Way House is an Old New England House quite quaint and located on the waterfornt without the noise of a crowded beach. Nice lawn in front facing the sea where one can bring pets during low season. Cozy and inviting porches. Friendly atmosphere.

Room Tip: The rooms of the motel are "on the "sea" but most of the others have a nice or front...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, Connecticut
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

The Marginal Way House "A memory maker and love of a lifetime" review
is the most accurate of all here. We have been staying there for 10 years and
It that review catches the distinct charm and fun of the place which is pretty much
how we feel.

Why is this wonderful jewel of a hotel rated only 23rd, with much lesser places not even
near the ocean such as Parson's Post House, Studio East, Towne Line Motel,
Sea Rose suites (not even sure where that one is) rated ahead of it? What are these
foolish ratings based on -how many people submit reviews?

Anyone who has stayed in Ogunquit surely must realize that the Marginal Way House
is definitely among the top five places to stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

Our family has been coming to the Marginal Way for 40 years and have watched it pass to the new generation who have continued the fine traditions, gardens, charmingly pristine guestrooms and the warmth and wit of parents Brenda and Ed. No where else in Maine can you discover in one place all that this absolutely wonderful hotel can offer, A beautiful green lawn, bordered by roses, colorful annuals and a white picket fence, leads down to a tidal river that becomes one with the ocean at higher tides. Chaises and lawn chairs invite quiet meditation, spectacular sightseeing, reading or simply cocktailing with the many congenial and supremely contented guests who return as we do over many years. The unique location down a lane from the pretty town center offers both convenience as well as tranquility. We are a family of tour directors and travel writers and can sincerely say that the Marginal Way House is our favorite vacation home.

Room Tip: A variety of rooms from quaint and cosy in the main house, to the newer, larger motel and multi-rm...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 hotel reviews
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

Friendly place on a property with great views of the sea and the beach. The porch was meant to sit and watch the tide`s movements from. Rooms could stand an updating.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Marginal Way House and Motel

Address: 22 - 24 Wharf Lane, Ogunquit, ME 03907
Location: United States > Maine > Ogunquit
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 37 Hotels in Ogunquit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the tradition of Maine's summer resorts, the Marginal Way House has been welcoming visitors since at least 1911. Located on Wharf Lane, two blocks from the center of town, directly across from the Ogunquit Beach, the Marginal Way House offers incomparable views of the beach and coastline. Offering 3 types of rooms including hotel rooms in our Main and Wharf House buildings, motel rooms in our Dockside Motel, and efficiency apartments which are located through out our 5 building complex. Pets are accepted off season only ... more   less 
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