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“An Inn-Credible Stay, Once Again” 5 of 5 stars
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59 Church Street, Wells, ME 04090   |  
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Ranked #1 of 12 Wells B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bangor, Maine
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“An Inn-Credible Stay, Once Again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

I recently spent another Inn-Credible weekend at the Haven with my sister’s for our annual gathering. We return to the Haven every year for this event and we are never disappointed. Our hosts, John and Susan, cater to our every need with a smile. Our rooms were spacious, clean and very comfortable and every meal was hot and delicious. The location is absolutely perfect and it’s just steps away from the beach. I anxiously await my next visit to the Haven!

  • Stayed October 2013, 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
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Our Son and his Bride chose Haven by the Sea as the venue for their wedding. What a wonderful weekend, the perfect mix of elegance, comfort and family.

John and Sue immediately welcomed us and all the family, making us feel as if we were returning home for a very special family reunion.

Every detail of the wedding was perfect from the sunshine in October, beach sand for the Bride, John’s great officiating of the nuptials, a scrumptious wedding feast and a fantastic place to lay your head down for a good night's sleep.

The happy couple could not have chosen a more inviting place. We’ll be coming back to Haven by the Sea. Thanks to Sue and John for a wonderful time.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Years ago my husband booked The Haven over the internet. Sometimes its blind faith when you do. Well this place lived up to its description and then some. John and Susan were meant to be your hosts. Effortlessly ( and I know its not) they make you feel like friends rather than paying guests. The rooms are comfortable, its steps to beautiful Wells Beach. Park the car and enjoy. Breakfast...a happening, cocktail hour.. always great company. Please go to a place where they always know "your name" You won't be disappointed. Our recent stay was fabulous. Thanks so much to you both.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We recently stayed at the Haven By the Sea for a family wedding. As this was my first B&B experience I was unsure of what to expect. What I realized after this stay is that the experience hinges entirely on the hosts of the inn. Our hosts, John and Susan truly made this an unbelievable experience. There is a sign in the dining area that says "You are a stranger here but once". I did not feel like a stranger from moment one. Conversation began easily and they were both eager to make sure we had everything we needed for a great stay.

The Inn is a converted church and is so tastefully decorated to make you feel like you want to sit in the common areas and chat with guests or spend some time with a good book. The floors are hardwood throughout (Yes, they creak... did I mention it was an old converted church? It's part of the atmosphere and the sound is enjoyably New England.) The guestrooms are immaculate and comfortable as are the beds. Our room (#6) had a king bed and comfortable chair. The bathroom was a good size and the HOT water was plentiful (and HOT).

The coctail reception in the afternoon is fantastic, my wife highly recommends the biblical blueberry martini. The bar station is actually located in the original confessional - you can still look through the screen on one side! Breakfast was very good with a unique home cooked meal each morning. John and Susan asked what was on our agenda each day and were fast to make recommendations for a lunch or dinner stop in the area we were headed.

The location of the Inn is excellent for a coastal Maine vacation - plenty of great shopping areas and overlooks of the Atlantic. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. Due in small part to a perfect, warm late October weekend in Maine, and in large part to the hospitality of two fantastic people and their beautiful home.

I could not recommend Haven by the Sea more highly. Truly a special place.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

John and Susan are what makes the Haven our second home that we keep coming back to year after year. It would just not be the same without them. Breakfast is always incredible, with great variety. (We stay twice a year and still have not encountered the same meal twice)

The inn is located just a very short walk from the beach, and right off of Route 1 near all of the Wells shops. The rooms are always clean and the inn has plenty of amenities.

John and Susan are gracious hosts that do anything to make your stay perfect. Just ask them to recommend your plans and dining for the day, and you will not be disappointed !

From both of us, thank you so much for sharing this fantastic getaway that has found such a special place in our hearts...

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Once again, my stay at Haven-by-the-Sea was wonderful. The breakfasts were original and off-the-charts delicious, The spotless, beautiful ambiance of the B&B are but two of the reasons why I keep coming back time after time. The owners, Susan and John Jarvis are the ultimate hosts as well.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My wife and I visited New England for the first time, to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We stayed in 3 different inns but found Haven to be our favorite. The decor was gorgeous, our room was extremely clean and comfortable and the breakfasts that Susan prepared were completely delicious! Susan and John were warm and friendly and John has a great sense of humor! He kept us laughing. We didn't want to leave and can't wait to go back

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Additional Information about Haven By The Sea

Address: 59 Church Street, Wells, ME 04090
Location: United States > Maine > Wells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Wells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coastal. Relaxed. Desired. Ocean side, and centrally located between Ogunquit and Kennebunkport, this seaside bed and breakfast is Wells Beach premier B & B Inn. Once a seaside church, now completed renovated with oversize custom guestrooms and suites with waterviews. The Inn offers all the amenities you would expect at your finer lodging establishments including a complimentary breakfast and full bar service. Enjoy the terrace with its breeze from the ocean and surrounding marshlands. ... more   less 
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Haven By The Sea Hotel Wells
Haven By The Sea Wells, Maine

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