We had very high expectations for 16 Beach Street, given other reviews on the site, but we were disappointed in many ways. Linda (one of the two innkeepers) was out of town with a new grandchild, which may explain some of the problems we encountered.
There was a lot good about the inn--fantastic location (and parking) in the heart of Ogunquit, clean and well-appointed rooms, a cheerful and welcoming innkeeper. Ogunquit was the first stop on our honeymoon, and we were greeted with a chilled bottle of champagne in our room, which was a nice touch.
But there were also concerns we had during our stay. First, we were woken up at precisely 1:00 am on our first night because the alarm went off on the "sound machine" in our room. We had not touched the device; Dick speculated that he or someone else had set it accidentally when preparing our room. Second, we returned to our room the second day to find our door unlocked and our room wide open. We had been sure to lock it that morning when we'd left, and Dick (who'd noticed that it was open all day) speculated that he or someone else must have left it open after making the bed. (While Dick apologized in a perfunctory way for the alarm and open door, he did not seem to recognize why we might be upset or concerned). Third, the inn's policy apparently is not to clean the room each day--but only to make the bed and to do even that only when specifically requested. (The bathroom was never cleaned as far as we could tell.). Fourth, while our room was the largest room (or one of the largest rooms) in the inn, ten pieces of furniture made the room feel cramped, and the bathroom and shower were tiny. Fifth, breakfasts were awkward affairs. Though we specified in advance our preference for healthier breakfasts, we were told that even a request for scrambled eggs could "overwhelm" the kitchen. (We did get the eggs--and they were fine--but we were puzzled at how difficult it seemed to be to manage just eight guests at breakfast). Finally, we were consistently made to feel as if we were interrupting Dick's evenings on the porch with the other guests, whom he described to us as "old friends." He sat with these other guests in the evening, offering them drinks and specially made desserts that were not offered to us. We were not invited to join them or offered the food or drinks made available to them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 16 Beach Street is a classic three-story New Englander style home built in 1920 by the Perkins family. We are a small intimate Inn with five bedrooms. Because of its close proximity to the Beach, the Inn is decorated like a beach house in bright cheery colors. The location of the Inn is ideal. The trolley stops right outside the door and we are within walking distance to great shops, restaurants, the beach and the Marginal Way. Full breakfasts are served every morning along with our signature home-made scones. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 16 Beach Street Bed And Breakfast Ogunquit, Maine