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“Wonderful experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Dockside Guest Quarters and Restaurant
22 Harris Island Road, York, ME 03909   |  
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Ranked #4 of 21 York B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Dockside Guest Quarters and restaurant are a quintessentisl Maine establishment. It is a family owned and operated business. They have charming lodging in an incredibly beautiful setting. The breakfast provided is quite lovely. I have eaten in the restaurant several times and have always been pleased.

  • Stayed July 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

My wife and I, and later our son, have been guests of the Dockside since our first visit in 1976. Over the years we have enjoyed the peaceful, scenic surroundings, and the courtesy and dedication to guest satisfaction their staff is known for. The accommodations are “Maine Simple”, yet elegant in their own right, and the restaurant seems to get better each year. We appreciate the Lusty Family’s efforts to stay with the times and the environment in an unobtrusive way. The location is ideal: An hour or so from Boston and Portland, and less than 15 minutes to the great little city of Portsmouth, but quiet and serene even though close to I-95. At last count, our family has visited Harris Island and the Dockside at least 40 times, many times twice each year. They do things right for us otherwise we wouldn’t keep coming back. We’ve watched the Lusty Family raise their children there, and then retire for the second generation to take over. We feel like adopted family, for each time we return we feel as if we’re coming home after a too-long time away.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

When my power was finally restored, I saw I had received emails from our innkeepers at the Dockside: they were worried that we were allright after Hurricane Sandy had destroyed much of our state. While on their website, I came across a review entitled :Not as Described" with which I must take serious issue. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the writer had stayed in the very suite we always stay in, for 2 weeks every year for the past 24 years! This lovely little hideaway of ours has a very roomy bedroom and most comfortable bed. The living room is quite spacious and its sofa bed is very comfortable. I can't agree with him at all on the bathroom space: it is more than adequate. As for the kitchenette, we have had 4 people over for drinks and dinner and were perfectly capable of cooking a good meal on those 2 electric burners, and cleaning up in its sink. I would submit that this gentleman's review is the result of mistaken expectations and insufficient research regarding the differences between an inn/bed & breakfast and a spa-type resort. If it's a super-jetted jacouzzi you seek, the Stage Neck Inn is a fine choice. Let me assure you, however, that the Dockside with its streaming sunshine and its unparalleled views is a very warm, wonderful place where most of its guests return year after year, as we do. Every year, I count the months then weeks until I can return to my haven on the harbor.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Booked a week in October at Dockside after checking the reviews on here, studying the website and comparing the other hotels and inns around York Harbour. The reviews seemed very favourable,the rooms looked good and the price about what you would expect.
Arrived after visiting Northern Maine for a week and found Dockside to be a immense disappointment.
The website described bright, well equipped rooms over looking the estuary and we were really looking forward to a relaxing week.
Unfortunately, on arrival, it was fairly obvious that the pictures on the website are a little misleading. On checking in we were escorted to our room by the owner and it transpired that this was the last week the the Inn was open prior to closing for the winter season and she was 'off to her place in the Carolinas to play golf' .............. perhaps that should have rung the alarm bells!

The room we were allocated was described as a suite but really was nothing better than an slightly upmarket motel room. Accessed by a dirty, dingy staircase, we entered a reasonable sized lounge area with miss-matched, uncomfortable seating, a tiny kitchette area equipped with a two ring metal electric hob that was attached to the sink! Surely this cannot be within health and safety rules - it looked rather dangerous to have electrical equipment that close to water and certainly wouldn't be allowed here in the UK!
There was a small refridgerator under the sink that I feel had seen better days although it appeared to work. The bathroom was clean, but very small with little storage area considering we were supposed to be staying for a week. The balcony had a wonderful view of the estuary but had not been swept prior to our arrival which would have meant that the debris would have been blown or trodden into the room every time we went out there. The bedroom was of a good size and all bedding of a good standard and clean BUT IT WAS FREEZING COLD!
There were two main issues that caused the biggest concern .......... on entering the room it smelt musty and damp as though it had not been opened for a while. Now, I understand that we were coming to the end of the season, but I booked this a few months in advance so our arrival was no surprise. The biggest issue though was heating ...... or lack of! The temperature outside was around 55/60 degrees but on entering, the room was very cold. Okay ..... not an issue. Turn the heating on. Ah BUT ........ the only form of heating appeared to be an industrial style electric heater that had to be physically moved from the sitting area if you wanted to heat the bedroom or the bathroom! This heater was heavy and once fired up was noisy and seemed to get quite hot and therefore dangerous to move. THIS REALLY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE ................ especially for more than $230 per night!
We decided that this really wasn't where we wanted to spend the second week of our vacation and went out to look for alternatives and it appeared from our quick research that there were much cheaper, very much better rooms to be found in the area.
As it was getting late, we spent one night here and moved on the following day ............. on informing the inn keeper that this is what we wished to do and that we felt that the room was not as described, he proceeded to inform us that it was 'exactly as shown on the web' and that it was us that were in the wrong, 'what did you expect?' ......... mmmmmmm - really good customer service! As we had paid an initial deposit, that was more than the cost of one night anyway, we left, feeling that we had been ripped off and potentially ruining our holiday.
Fortunately, after a chance recommendation from a complete stranger, we tried the Stage Neck Inn which is about half a mile away .......... what a completly different experience! Customer service to die for, accomodation in a totally, completely different league and, in October at least, cheaper per night! Dockside's loss ...... but having read a few of the less good reviews and replies to those reviews on here a little more closely, I am not sure that they care! Definitely a place that trades on their location and the views that come with that and also having access to a very creative photographer and website creator!
Great location but really not anywhere near the standard that I have come to expect in the USA - do yourselves a favour! .......... don't stay here - try The Stage Neck Inn!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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guestquarters, Owner at Dockside Guest Quarters and Restaurant, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Unfortunately the Dockside did not match these guest’s expectations. It is clear to me that they were looking for a full-service upscale hotel. This is clear by their decision to move to the Stage Neck Inn, a very nice 4 diamond hotel. It is obvious, when you compare the Dockside and Stage Neck Inn that the facilities and experience you can expect will be different. Their use of the term “suite of rooms” implies they were expecting several rooms. We have never used that term. This is how we describe this particular room; “a suite, consisting of a bedroom, kitchenette, bath, living room and private deck with water view”. Their description of the room they were in is way off the mark in many ways. Ironically, this room was just renovated, and we have had numerous accolades from repeat and new guests on the finished project. Further, they admit that the room was clean, yet they give us only 2 stars in this area. They further state that this room was not as described or shown. However, this room is EXACTLY as pictured and described on our web site. I truly wish that this guest could admit that this was simply a case of their expectations not meeting what they had reserved. We have all been in similar situations from paint color choices to a meal in a restaurant. It doesn’t mean that there is something wrong it is simply not what you were expecting.
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

First impressions are misleading because you have to approach Dockside through a boat yard.Check in is rather late at 4.00pm but the innkeeper directed us to Perkins Cove to pass the afternoon away.Our room on the first floor with a large shared wooden terrace,had beautiful views over the harbour and was very comfortable and quiet.As with many other hotels and inns in the USA,coffee and goodies were available throughout the day.The seperate restaurant is open to the public and is not open every day-particularly when there is a wedding function.York itself is a friendly little place and the Octoberfest was on that week-end and we found that very interesting and the town had the same ambiance as the Dockside Inn.
The only downside to this inn was that the breakfast room was far too small and many guests had to walk around with their food or find a corner to perch in!

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We did a weekend getaway at this beautiful Inn in late September, 2012. Upon arrival we were greeted by Carol, owner of the Inn. She was so hospitable and sweet and even walked us upstairs to our room despite a knee injury. Every afternoon, there are fresh homemade goodies waiting for guests. We were DELIGHTED by the ginger cookies filled with lemon creme! YUM!!!!
Our room was spacious and very clean and overlooked the water. It rained all weekend but it really didn't dampen our spirits since the Inn was so beautiful and we just decided we'd check out the local restaurants. The sky cleared on day two (our last day) at 4pm so we took a walk on Ogunquit Beach and checked out the Nubble Light Lighthouse at Cape Neddick.
It was beautiful, romantic and fun! We would definitely go back!

Room Tip: Call and talk to the owner, she'll guide you toward the right room, she certainly did for us!
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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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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is an old inn, beautifully maintained by it's on site owners. The decor is perfect, with Maine coastal and boating theme. The inn is on a little island in York Harbor, so every direction one looks there are sites of fishing boats moored, the docks, and in the early morning, boats leaving to go out to fish. On the front side of the inn is a lovely covered porch, so a person can sit out and enjoy the scenery. Better yet, the bed was extremely comfortable and the room was beautifully decorated in exactly the perfect coastal Maine Inn antique decor. A complete buffet breakfast was excellent. It was exquisite.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: 22 Harris Island Road, York, ME 03909
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Location: United States > Maine > York
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in York
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dockside is a special place on the Maine seacoast offering distinctive dining and lodging overlooking picturesque York Harbor. It captures the essence of Maine with its natural beauty, gracious hospitality and abundant activities. Accommodations are in the Maine House, a quintessential "New England Cottage" and multi-unit buildings at the water's edge, most with a private deck and water view. Our restaurant shares the same magnificent views while offering a truly enjoyable dinning experience ... more   less 
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