My husband, two-year-old son, and I just returned from a 2-night stay at the Inn. We stayed in the Harbor Hill building. The Inn has its good and bad points.
First, the good. The Inn is located right across the street from a public beach. A picturesque park/walkway leads down to it. Having stayed during the off-season, the beach was uncrowded, and it's close proximity allowed us to go there numerous times for brief periods without having to pack up the car and pay for parking elsewhere. The room had a nicely appointed bathroom, with a huge Jacuzzi tub and marble counters. The grounds at the Inn were green and lush.
Further, we paid extra for a "luxury" room -- $299 per night. We paid for the luxury room because we were told it was larger than the regular rooms. We were very glad that we did. The room was quite small, but the bathroom was so large that we easily fit our son's Pak-N-Play (provided by the Inn) in there and he slept soundly. Other than having a large bathtub, I don't really know what made the room "luxury."
As for the bad, the Inn is listed as a "bed and breakfast." We should have read the website for the Inn more closely -- "breakfast" consisted of pastries made the day before, INSTANT OATMEAL, yogurt, fruit, coffee, and juice. While the coffee cake was tasty after I heated it in the microwave provided, I have never stayed at a B&B that presented such unimaginative fare and called it "breakfast." I could have served this stuff at home on any weekday. The Holiday Inn Express that we crashed at one night on our drive to York Harbor even offered scrambled eggs and sausage. We departed on Sunday, and the Sunday brunch did not begin until 9:30 (continental was served until that time); however, we had to leave by 9, so we missed the brunch.
The room we stayed in was about twenty feet from the highway. At one point, I wondered if we would be able to sleep with the sounds of motorcycles and cars zooming by at high decibels -- or if I would worry myself to death that a car would come barreling through our window and crash into our bed. Nevertheless, the traffic noises did die down as the hour grew late, and we slept fine.
To sum it up: you don't really get what you pay for here. No room service, no fabulous breakfast, no in-room movies or DVD player, no beach views. When we come back to York Harbor, we'll stay in another place where you get more bang for your buck.
- Also Known As:
- York Harbor Hotel York Harbor
- York Harbor Hotel
- York Harbor Inn Maine
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxurious Historic Oceanfront Inn has been featured on the Travel Channels "Great Country Inns". Award winning gourmet ocean view dining plus casual fireplaced Ship's Cellar Pub. Outdoor hot tub open year round. Many rooms with fireplaces, Jacuzzi spa tubs, decks and ocean vistas. Free Wireless Internet Access. Exquisitely decorated, fine dining, the perfect place to stay in Southern Maine. Complete conference facilities. One hour north of Boston. Near beaches, golf & shopping. Open year round. ... more less
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