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108 Summer St, Kennebunk, ME 04043-6620
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#4 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunk
Travelers' Choice
Waldo Emerson Inn is a charming, romantic historic bed and breakfast in Kennebunkport, Maine. A restored shipbuilder's manse offering all the modern amenities for the discerning traveler for a relaxing luxury getaway, including renovated rooms, bathrooms and ensuite fireplaces. Experience historical charm with elegant whimsy. Let us pamper you with our gourmet breakfast prepared by the London trained chef and innkeeper, special amenities and inviting hospitality.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Seating area
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Languages Spoken
English, Slovak
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Karen K wrote a review Nov 19
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Best Inn experience! Exceptional food/accommodations. Having to cancel our Christmas Holiday, Hana worked with us even though we had booked a non-refundable stay. Five star ⭐️ service in every way! Cannot wait to be able to go back
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Hana Pevny, Owner at Waldo Emerson Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I strive to make every guest experience special. I look forward to hosting you on a future trip.
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Ellie R wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions
Property's Favorite Review
Waldo Emerson is an amazing B&B! The history of the house is incredible and we were so cozy in Sweet Haven with the fireplace and a very comfortable bed. We also enjoyed the firepits outside and wandering down the road to the nearby preservation land. Breakfast was absolutely delicious and Hana knows the area like the back of her hand. She made phenomenal recommendations from hikes to beaches to walks to restaurants in Kennebunkport, Portland, Freeport, Ogunquit and more. She also went above and beyond at every point to ensure that we had everything (and more!) that we needed. She even gave us a ride to dinner when we couldn't get an uber quickly. Additionally, all COVID protocols were carefully adhered to and we felt safe and comfortable. We will definitely be back and want to offer our strongest recommendation!
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Date of stay: October 2020
Sleep Quality
Response from Hana Pevny, Owner at Waldo Emerson Inn
Responded 3 weeks ago
It was such a pleasure to host you during recent visit to Kennebunkport. I take great pride in making each experience unique and memorable for my guests. I'm looking forward to your return visit. Thank you for your lovely comments.
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colleen derbinsky wrote a review Oct 2020
Wyckoff, New Jersey1 contribution
We stayed at the Waldo Emerson in for the first time in October. We had the best time and Hanna was a delight. The room was super cozy, and the bed was so comfortable. Hanna made delicious breakfasts every morning, we didn't even need to eat lunch. Hanna also mapped out many day trips for us which was greatly appreciated since we didn't know the area. I would definitely recommend, it will not disappoint. We had a wonderful stay, will definitely go back :)
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Date of stay: October 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: the second floor rooms are very spacious and quiet
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Response from Hana Pevny, Owner at Waldo Emerson Inn
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your nice comments about my inn. I'm delighted I was able to create a lovely stay and assist you in discovering Southern Maine. I hope to see you again soon on your next trip.
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brittany f wrote a review Oct 2020
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We stayed in 5 B&B's throughout Maine on our honeymoon. This was my absolute favorite! The bed was so comfortable! The room was incredibly cute. Hana was soooooo helpful, providing us with maps and recommendations. Her cookies were amazing, and breakfast was to die for. I would go back just for the breakfast, but the hospitality was awesome too. I can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Hana Pevny, Owner at Waldo Emerson Inn
Responded Oct 20, 2020
It was my pleasure to make your honeymoon memorable. I look forward to hosting you on a future trip to Maine.
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Steven M wrote a review Oct 2020
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This is the second time we have stayed at the Waldo Emerson in three months. The first time was with a young pup and Hanna (innkeeper who bought the place four years ago I think) could not have been more helpful and accommodating in making us all (puppy included!) feel welcome. Each room is incredibly charming and individual- it really does feel like a home away from home; at once both charming and historic, while also feeling modern in terms of the personal touches. Rooms are clean and have all mod cons and (helpful in a covid environment), the WiFi connection is good enough for work. The location is great- a good walk or short drive to beaches (including the famous Gooch’s pooches), the bridle path and restaurant and bar options. Breakfasts are immense! Hanna brings a real personal touch to the experience; expect to walk away full each morning! Overall, the experience is truly unique, in no small part due to Hanna’s hosting and culinary skills; she made me custard and cake one afternoon (both trips) because (coming from the UK) I mentioned it was a favorite. Lastly, it’s important to note, you shouldn’t just come here if you have a dog- it’s dog friendly (rare) but on our second trip we were traveling without responsibility and it was just as special. In an age of Air BnB there is something awesome about a REAL BnB. STRONGLY RECOMMEND.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Hana Pevny, Owner at Waldo Emerson Inn
Responded Oct 20, 2020
Thank you so much for your gracious comments about my hospitality and my inn. I really enjoy making each visit memorable for my guests and I look forward to your next stay!
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$199 - $380 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waldo Emerson Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Waldo Emerson Inn?
Nearby attractions include Wells Reserve at Laudholm (3.5 miles), Saint Ann's Church (3.4 miles), and Ocean Avenue (3.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Waldo Emerson Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Waldo Emerson Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Waldo Emerson Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Waldo Emerson Inn?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waldo Emerson Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Village Tavern, Big Daddy's, and Ocean Cape Arundel Inn.
Are pets allowed at Waldo Emerson Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Waldo Emerson Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Slovak.
Are there any historical sites close to Waldo Emerson Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wallingford Farm (1.5 miles) and Perkins Tide Mill (2.3 miles).