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The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6003
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 07/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#11 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunkport
Travelers' Choice
The Boathouse's 25 modern guest rooms and suites pay homage to the property's waterfront location with rich colors and contemporary nautical elements. With contemporary touches like AppleTV and Keurig coffee makers, and luxurious comfort through Maine-made Cuddledown bedding and plush robes, your stay promises all you yearn for. Customized with Frette linens, iPod docking stations, complimentary wireless Internet and gleaming white subway tile bathrooms, each room showcases unique aspects of what Kennebunkport and The Boathouse have to offer. The Boathouse is comprised of two buildings - the Main building and the Wharfside building. Several rooms also offer private balcony spaces overlooking the waterfront.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Highchairs available
Rooftop terrace
Gift shop
Breakfast in the room
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Water sport equipment rentals
Bicycle tours
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Flatscreen TV
DVD / CD player
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Colleen O wrote a review Sep 5
Albany New York2 contributions5 helpful votes
I booked a suite with this hotel 6 months in advance, 2 weeks before my stay, they said my suite was not available and moved us to The boat water front, their sister hotel for the same price rate, 2 days into our stay they charged my credit card for the more expensive room, so I had a remaining balance of $717, they charged my credit card $1254. I went to the front desk, no staff or management, also emailed, staff was mostly new, none of the employees knew the wifi password, or could help us. No management or staff at the front desk our entire stay, I still have an outstanding overcharge on my credit card with no resolution. Very poorly run, very expensive, unpleasant waitress staff as well. Would not ever go back again, i stay in Maine every year and have always loved the hotels and accommodations, very disappointing with a huge unresolved credit card overcharge. Extremely frustrating
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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supergirl54amv wrote a review Aug 2020
Charleston, South Carolina6 contributions9 helpful votes
This hotel is beautiful the bar/restaurant is excellent and the views are excellent. It’s close to all the shopping and easy to get around town. My only issue is the service at 6 everything closes no one at the front desk we just came back from dinner at 6:05 and wanted ice no ice anywhere they said ice would be in the freezer on the landing but since we arrived here two days ago no ice has been in the freezer on the landing. Called the after hours number to get ice and it’s been over 1/2 hour and no one has come to deliver ice at first when I called they told me to go over to the warfside building and there should be some there but can’t get into that building. I’m sorry but we do pay for a service I would suggest they stock the freezer on the landing with ice so that patrons can get ice when needed.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Terri Terri, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded Aug 15, 2020
HI supergirl54amv, Thank you very much for staying with us and thank you for your candid review of your experience. Due to Coivd, we have had to make some changes and adjustments to our day to day operation and it seems as though we dropped the ball. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you experienced. Getting a bag of ice shouldn't have to be a process! I really do appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We get better at this everyday, as we navigate this pandemic and your patience and patronage are much appreciated. Thank you again and I hope you have a great rest of the summer! Terri
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oldnewengland wrote a review Mar 2020
montague62 contributions27 helpful votes
Beautiful stay, midweek, dead of winter. The room was lovely and gracious, and the views from the balcony were exquisite. Great shower, too. The lobby, bar and restaurant were lively, and the staff was helpful and friendly. Dock Square is very quiet this time of year, with only a few brave shops open, and not a great selection of restaurants midweek, but enough to satisfy. Wasn't impressed with the restaurant in the hotel, although they offer some midweek specials that were fairly good. I look forward to returning again next winter. Its a nice place to getaway to.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from Melissa Mitchell, Marketing at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded Mar 9, 2020
Hello oldnewengland, Thank you for your review and staying with us! Kennebunkport is a special place all year round and we are each happy to see that you enjoyed your time here. We look forward to welcoming you back! Terri
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countryluv wrote a review Feb 2020
Barnstable, Massachusetts137 contributions55 helpful votes
Yesterday my husband and I tried to check in to the Boat House . We found it on line and made our way there from New Hampshire. We had been snowmobiling all day and so maybe we looked tired and less well dressed. I am still trying to figure out why they would NOT rent us a room. We had checked on line for prices and to see what was opened. When we arrived a very handsome and pleasant young man told us their were plenty of rooms but that he was not the desk manager (he was the restaurant manager and could not check us in)... When we finally met the desk manager I think his name was Chase, he immediately told us they had NO rooms available. That they were all out of commission. We were so disappointed and left. While in the car I went on their web site and they were offering discounted prices. I called the Boat House again and the desk manager abruptly told me THEY HAVE NO ROOMS AND HUNG UP ON ME... I called their sister Inn and that clerk said they had plenty of rooms available over there that she did not understand the problem. She called him and after quite some time she came back to us and said they do have two small rooms not facing the ocean if we wanted to go back over. That he misunderstood what we were asking SERIOUSLY... HOW ??? When, HE made it clear that their were ---> NO ROOMS<--- or was it no rooms for US? PS: I had pointed out that Tripadvisor had rooms and Expedia, etc. and their own web site said they had plenty of rooms. some welcome HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US... It was just really very sad... and a little mean THOSE WHO READ MY REVIEWS OVER THE YEAR ON TRIP ADVISOR KNOW I HATE WRITING A NEGATIVE REVIEW...
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Date of stay: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from Melissa Mitchell, Marketing at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded Mar 9, 2020
Dear wintermoth, I am so sorry to read this review. We all are. Please feel free to reach out to me at tcoakley@krcmaine.com I look forward to connecting. Terri
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mrslogan2020 wrote a review Feb 2020
Biddeford, Maine1 contribution
This was a perfect place to stay after saying our wedding vows. We wanted something beautiful and intimate and the Boathouse was just that. I wish I had of known about the Igloo ahead of time, we would have eaten in there.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Melissa Mitchell, Marketing at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded Feb 20, 2020
Hello mrslogan2020, We loved having you on such a special evening! You both looked lovely and it was truly a pleasure to be part of this day! We hope to see you again :) Terri
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$167 - $455 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesMaineKennebunksKennebunkport
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Walker's Point (0.2 miles), Maine-ly Drizzle (0.08 miles), and Maine Art Hill (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rococo Ice Cream, Old Vines Wine Bar, and Mornings In Paris.
Is The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Kennebunkport.
Are there any historical sites close to The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wallingford Farm (3.8 miles).
Does The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.