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40 Bowery Beach Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-2599
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After a multi million dollar renovation the eco luxury Inn by the Sea is Maine's premier beach destination. Located on a mile of unspoiled sand beach guests enjoy intimate dining in the ocean view Sea Glass celebrating Maine fare, relax in the Spa or fireplace lounge. Spacious redesigned one bedroom suites, rooms & cottage style two bedroom suites with over sized bathrooms, full kitchens, & fireplaces. Child & Pet friendly! 5 acre indigenous garden, pool, fire pit, golf nearby. 10 mins to Portland.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycles available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Electric vehicle charging station
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Hand massage
Massage
Concierge
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Private beach
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room service
Seating area
Telephone
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
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Sightseer523618 wrote a review Yesterday
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The room was very clean, and beautiful! The view of the ocean from the balcony was stunning. The Inn, and it’s employees were all lovely! The only complaint was that the restaurant was very slow with seating and service, but I understand staffing is an issues everywhere right now. It was an quick Uber ride into Portland, and the beach just down the boardwalk was beautiful!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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s-ksmalley wrote a review Dec 3
Canterbury, New Hampshire22 contributions8 helpful votes
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This has to be one of the nicest looking dog friendly hotels we’ve ever visited. The ocean view accommodations offer beautiful vistas, comfortable beds and a lot of attention to our dog. They provided a dog blanket, bowls, placemat, doggie bags and a huge biscuit! Beautiful grounds with an evening fire pit and trail to the beach. Too cold for the pool or outdoor dining but the restaurant was amazing, and the fireplace room allows pets so we had breakfast there. Dogs at every table. We loved it and recommend it even if you don’t have a pet.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Chien Pham wrote a review Nov 2022
Hanoi, Vietnam1 contribution
This resort is ideal. Everything was spotlessly clean, cozy, and well designed. There was a beautiful view and helpful staff. In every season, the gardens and spa are wonderful. Of course, we'll return the next time we visit Maine.
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Response from Rauni Kew, Other at Inn by the Sea
Responded 4 days ago
Dear 584chi_np: Thank you for visiting the Inn for a late fall getaway. We are so pleased to learn you enjoyed the beach location and found our hospitality team to be helpful. Thank you for the kind review, and we look forward to your next trip to Maine! Warm wishes Michael Briggs Managing Director | Inn by the Sea 207.799.3134 | mbriggs@innbythesea.com
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Lenore C wrote a review Nov 2022
Cockeysville Hunt Valley, Maryland30 contributions12 helpful votes
The inn has become our favorite place to stay. The staff is amazing - all guests are made to feel special and appreciated. My massage in the spa was one of the best I have ever had! The food never disappoints. Can’t wait to be back!
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Response from Rauni Kew, Other at Inn by the Sea
Responded 6 days ago
Dear LenoreC: Many thanks for your loyalty to the Inn. It is always lovely to have you return and we are grateful for your continued patronage, as well as this lovely review. Until the next visit, best wishes Michael Briggs Managing Director | Inn by the Sea 207.799.3134 | mbriggs@innbythesea.com
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rachaelblair2022 wrote a review Nov 2022
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The restaurant needs a better staff of people who actually know how to prepare and present food. Our food was served lukewarm to cold and very uninspired. This is an issue when it's cold and you don't fancy going out at night.
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Response from Rauni Kew, Other at Inn by the Sea
Responded 6 days ago
Dear rachaelblair2022: Many thanks for visiting the Inn. We are delighted you enjoyed the property and the seaside location, but are very disappointed we apparently missed the mark for you on a great dining experience in Sea Glass- which is, of course, our goal for each and every guest. We do hope you will return and the Chef will be happy to work with you to create a more traditional Sea Glass evening. Best wishes and safe travels, Michael Briggs Managing Director| Inn by the Sea 207.799.3134 | mbriggs@innbythesea.com
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Mary C wrote a review Nov 2022
Alexandria, Pennsylvania65 contributions40 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed Monday thru Friday. Staff is extremely nice and helpful. Service was great. Location is good for summer time. The pictures are misleading. The lighthouse is a few miles away. We did not have a direct ocean view like we thought. And for some reason our room on the first floor was only accessible by taking an elevator or stairs up then going down a flight to get to room. Very strange. Our bedroom was freezing from drafty windows. Bathroom needs an actual door and an exhaust fan. It’s extremely cold in bathroom. But over all it was nice visit. Staff and service made it.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Rauni Kew, Other at Inn by the Sea
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Mary C: Many thanks for visiting the Inn in the late fall. We are delighted you enjoyed the hospitality team's service. We do hope you will return and perhaps experience a different suite that might better align with your expectations- there are several different suite options to choose from! Thank you for visiting and please come back soon! Warm wishes Michael Briggs Managing Director | Inn by the Sea 207.799.3134 | mbriggs@innbythesea.com
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FredfarfromHome wrote a review Nov 2022
Cumberland, Rhode Island65 contributions7 helpful votes
A perfect place to relaxant unwind while still being close enough to enjoy Portland’s great dining. The Spa and grounds are perfect regardless of season. I recommend a walk on the beach for a feeling of being on a desert island.
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Response from Rauni Kew, Other at Inn by the Sea
Responded 6 days ago
Dear FredfarfromHome: Thank you for staying for a late fall getaway- and we agree- the coast and beach are terrific in any season! We are pleased to learn you enjoyed our location at the beach but close enough to easily visit Portland just 7 miles away. Thank you for visiting and we hope you will return soon. Warm regards Michael Briggs Managing Director | Inn by the Sea 207.799.3134 | mbriggs@innbythesea.com
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bmacdonald7662 wrote a review Nov 2022
Canton, Massachusetts5 contributions3 helpful votes
You cannot go wrong by spending a night or more at Inn by the sea. It is a fantastic hotel...a beautiful facility with awesome staff. They've clearly taken a great deal of time and pride to make sure that anything a guest might want is there before they ask for it. This was our first visit and we'll be back for sure
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Dear bmacdonald7662: Many thanks for both staying at the Inn for a late fall getaway and for the lovely review of your visit. We are pleased to learn you enjoyed the property and service offered to you by our hospitality team, and hope you will return in the near future. Warm regards Michael Briggs Managing Director | Inn by the Sea 207.799.3134 | mbriggs@innbythesea.com
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Lori M wrote a review Nov 2022
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I stayed at The Inn by the Sea to consider it for a gathering I am planning next Spring. The staff is very attentive, the rooms are nicely appointed and clean. The outdoor areas are lovely. I enjoyed taking the path to the beach for walks. The location is what makes this place. And being pet friendly is a plus. Unfortunately, the fireplace in my room was inoperable, the pull out sofa bed needs a new mattress, and the stopper in the bathtub didn't work. Management should make sure that small issues like these don't occur since this is a 4 star hotel, and the room rates reflect this. Otherwise, I was pleased overall and have decided to hold my event here next year.
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear Lori M: Many thanks for bringing your group to the Inn next spring. We are delighted you have chosen Inn by the Sea for your gathering. Thank you for visiting and for the constructive feed back- we will certainly share your comments with the entire staff for continuous improvement. We all look forward to welcoming your group next spring! Best wishes Michael Briggs Managing Director | Inn by the Sea 207.799.3134 | mbriggs@innbythesea.com
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Lisa wrote a review Nov 2022
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Perfect stay at a perfect oceanfront resort. The rooms were impeccable, staff accommodating, view magnificent. Wish we could have stayed longer. We didn't want to leave. Our only regret is that we didn't allow more time on our itinerary for this lovely destination.
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Dear lovetoexplore53: We are delighted to learn you wished you had been able to stay longer- that hopefully means you hope to return in the near future! Thank you for visiting and for taking the time during your travels to write a lovely review of your experience. Warm wishes Michael Briggs Managing Director | Inn by the Sea 207.,799.3134 | mbriggs@innbythesea.com
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$268 - $380 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Inn by the Sea
Which popular attractions are close to Inn by the Sea?
Nearby attractions include Portland Head Light (4.0 miles), Fort Williams Park (3.9 miles), and Two Lights State Park (1.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Inn by the Sea?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Inn by the Sea?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Inn by the Sea?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Inn by the Sea?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Inn by the Sea?
Conveniently located restaurants include Scratch Baking Co., Bite into Maine, and David's 388.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Inn by the Sea?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Inn by the Sea?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Inn by the Sea?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Inn by the Sea offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Inn by the Sea?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Goddard Mansion (3.9 miles).