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Shining Sails Bed and Breakfast

346 Main St, Monhegan Island, ME 04852-0346
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#1 of 1 B&B in Monhegan Island
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.1
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3.5
Value
3.6

See why so many travelers make Shining Sails Bed and Breakfast their bed and breakfast of choice when visiting Monhegan Island. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a charming setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you.

Rooms at Shining Sails Bed and Breakfast provide a kitchenette, and guests can stay connected with free internet access.

Travelers looking to enjoy some lobster can head to Island Inn or Fish House. Otherwise, you may want to check out a seafood restaurant such as Island Inn or Fish House.

Monhegan Island is also home to Lupine Gallery, a popular art gallery that is not too far from Shining Sails Bed and Breakfast.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Shining Sails Bed and Breakfast as you experience all of the things Monhegan Island has to offer.

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Voyager384959 wrote a review Oct 2023
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I would not stay here again, even if it was the only place available. We requested a room with 2 beds or a bed and sofa bed. When we started to go to bed, we discovered there were no linens for the sofa bed. They knew we were 2 single women renting the room with a request for 2 beds. We went downstairs to the housekeeping closet and found sheets and a blanket. We took a pillow off of the other bed (that had only 2 pillows) for the sofa bed. The mattress was very thin and had a stain on it....and no mattress pad. When we put the sheets on the sofa bed, we discovered several dead bugs. We cleaned the table because it was dirty. We cleaned it with paper towels that showed lots of dirt, so we had to clean it several times. We couldn't get the bathroom door to close. Be sure to bring extra cash to pay to have your bags brought to and from the ferry boat....plus tips....which are all your choice. The male owner could use a course in customer service....not friendly or welcoming at all.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Bon Vivant wrote a review Sep 2023
Floyd, Virginia276 contributions162 helpful votes
The Murdoch house needs serious upkeep and repair. Much is broken ( including windows ) and in disrepair. I could not recommend to any set of travelers . Very disappointed. Perhaps other of their offerings are better. But ownership kinda shows
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Acewalker wrote a review Sep 2022
Katonah, New York3 contributions1 helpful vote
It was such a downer to arrive on this beautiful island and be met by such surly folks. Honestly, people who don't like tourists shouldn't be in the hospitality business. We were told that our bags would be left outside the door of our room until it was ready. We were going out for a long hike and were told a key would be left in the door of our room and would be waiting for us. It wasn't. No one was in the office and we texted the two contact numbers. No response. Finally called the number on the confirmation email. By the time the innkeeper arrived we we were exhausted and had almost missed our dinner reservation. She said it wasn't her fault no key was left for us. The room was comfortable enough. I would have really appreciated it if our bags had been kept in a secure location until the room was ready. In the hallway outside our room, anyone could have walked in the unlocked access door from off the street and gone through them. The bathroom contained one bar of soap that measured about 1" x 1/2" to be used in both bath and shower. The wifi was so bad it was useless. Also it was not posted anywhere and when we asked for it, she said it might be this or it might be that. I could have overlooked these small defects, had the innkeepers been pleasant and eager to please. Sadly, they were not.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Kaotcgd wrote a review Aug 2022
Portland, Maine85 contributions79 helpful votes
We stayed at this place based on someone's recommendation, but I think there must be a disparity between the apartments and the rooms in the older part of the building. We stayed in Room 7. Space-wise it was okay - not fancy, but we didn't expect fancy on an island. Someone else on here commented about the "bar of soap". You couldn't really even call it that. It was a mini-size facial bar (about 1" in length). So bring your own, as well as shampoo/conditioner. There are zero amenities here. Our room was steaming hot, given its attic locale and small windows that do not face the water (it was the only room left). So when we got there, we opened all three tiny windows to try to get some air flow. Since it's an island, the air was pretty humid so the room was initially like a sauna. Later that evening, I finally went downstairs to see if I could find anyone who was running the place, since the not-very-personable man who checked us in wasn't around and the office was closed. There were four people in the common area having a happy hour, I guess, but they didn't pay me any mind until I began having a conversation with a sweet elderly lady who seemed confused by my asking if she was the owner or manager. Finally, the woman in the common room who was conducting happy hour or whatever asked if she could help me, and I introduced myself and asked if perhaps we could get a fan for the room as it was super hot and sticky up there. I advised that I'd opened the windows but it really wasn't helping. To which the woman replied, "Well, with the rain coming you'll probably need to close them." And then she turned back to her guests and her entertaining. Fortunately, her husband did get a box fan from the office for me (I think it might be the only one they have?) , and that was helpful in cooling down the room somewhat. It also was good for masking the sounds (a bit) of whomever was thunking up and down the stairs on our side of the building until at least 11:30 on Friday, when it sounded like someone fell out of the door across the landing from us. The next night, no one occupied that room, so no more thunking into the night. Of note is that since this is an old building, the stairs leading to rooms 6 and 7 are steep and narrow, and not suitable for people with mobility issues. We don't have such, but I figured I'd mention it. The bathroom is gross. You can just about turn around in the shower, but that's it. I'm not a large person, but it was tight. You get two towels, two washcloths, and two hand towels. We were able to request additional towels for our second day since the humidity didn't allow the first set to dry. I didn't think we'd get a response, based on earlier reviews, but I texted the number on the office door and we were presented with clean towels by check-in guy within minutes. The web site indicates this room has a small refrigerator (it does), and a microwave (it does not). We didn't need a microwave but I'm just pointing this out if you have your heart set on it. The room is not freshened up during the day. The fitted sheet doesn't fit well, and came off the bed in the middle of the night. The walls are dingy, as are the curtains. The view is of the street, which is fine, and there is a beautiful garden on the ocean side that every other room has a view of. Finally, I am going to comment on the absolute lack of hospitality. Our hosts never introduced themselves - even when I went to ask for the fan. We were checked in by an employee, and the only times I saw the owners were when they were entertaining what seemed to be preferred guests that one evening and at breakfast. We went elsewhere for breakfast because it just looked awkward with one long table feeling like we would be intruding again on the hostess and her friends or whatever they were. No one asked how our stay was, or offered any information about island businesses or sights. It's basically a place to sleep, and we thought perhaps that's how everyone on the island is, until we met a couple staying at another B&B down the street who raved about the woman who runs it. I checked out her reviews, and it's true - she has a great reputation. This place is mediocre if you are not someone that perhaps is a repeat customer. And maybe that's because we were in the cheaper room, I don't know.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: do not choose room 7 - you will not get a sea breeze - it's hot and stuffy
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Laura H wrote a review Aug 2022
Augusta, Georgia15 contributions
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We stayed in the Periwinkle apartment. The view was beautiful. The apartment was nice except the refrigerator was broken. I had cooked a lot of food. Lugged it to the island and it was spoiled. When I told the guy at check out the refrigerator was broken and food spoiled he made no comment. I wonder if he was on the autism spectrum? Flat affect, no interpersonal skills. Very weird. We probably won't stay there again. Most other places on the island offer breakfast for the same price as this place. In hospitality one expects friendliness and maybe an ability to understand your guests needs and comfort.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Don't get a breakfast sandwich at the local grocery, $8! Everywhere else was reasonably priced....
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Th3Black225! wrote a review Aug 2021
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Simply no concern for the guest experience, and no pride in the place. The problem is that they have a "built in" audience, so it doesn't matter if they don't make the stay comfortable. 1. "Prison-sized" bars of soap. Literally, cannot hold them without them slipping out. SO stingy. 2. NO shampoo. 3. No room service. 4. Crappiest toilet paper imaginable. 5. Non-functional A/C. 6. Most uncomfortable pullout bed AND couch possible (so cheap). 7. All substandard finishes, save for the charm of the woodwork, etc. 8. THE WORST OF ALL: NON-FUNCTIONAL WI-FI 99% of the time. Other network available, but not allowed to go on it. 9. Lousy breakfast food. 10. Extremely overpriced for what you get. 11. In the "real world," this would be equivalent to MAYBE a Motel 8, and probably not even that good.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Jan P wrote a review Nov 2020
Maine1 contribution1 helpful vote
The island is wonderful but the accommodations not so much. We rented Murdock House for a week. When we arrived the kitchen sink required cleaning as did the tub. The shower curtain had a thick layer of soap scum on it, so I just took it down. The glass in the bathroom window was broken and the refrigerator wouldn’t cool properly as it needed to be defrosted. We did so the first night and it worked better the rest of the time. The phone didn't work. The heater on the main floor didn’t work and while the one on the lower level did, we ended up leaving a day early because the main floor was 56 degrees with the heat on downstairs. There's more but you get the idea. It would not be unexpected for a couple things to not be up to par, but just the number of issues surprised us - not in a good way. It was quite disappointing. When we travel we frequently look for an AirBNB option or a rental through a local company. We have never stayed in a place before that was in this state of disrepair or where basic cleaning was so lacking. We did speak with the proprietor and tried to address the problems constructively but I’m afraid it wasn’t received that way. She indicated that all the cottages were in about the same shape if not worse, and that we might be more comfortable at the Island Inn. We did love the island though and hope to come back. We will most likely look into the Island Inn, although there were a couple other smaller establishments we might try.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Chris A wrote a review Oct 2020
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We (wife and I and two small children) stayed in the “Periwinkle” apartment at Fish and Maine. The apartment was very shabby. The bed and pull out sofa were terrible. Nobody slept well the entire stay. The first night our children slept on the floor because there were no sheets, pillows, or blankets for the pull out sofa. We asked for them and were assured they would be delivered but they never came. Every fixture in the place was broken. The furniture wasn’t even up to thrift store standards. The biggest problem was the the bottom of the windows in the place were about 14 inches off the floor. Perfect for a toddler to climb up onto and fall out of. Not worth the money plain and simple
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Monhegan1974 wrote a review Mar 2020
Niagara Falls, Canada185 contributions58 helpful votes
Having done art workshops on this island for years, many participants stay at some of these properties . The properties are all well kept and inviting. Many of the apartments are newly refurbished with modern conveniences.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Redwoodkid wrote a review Oct 2016
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it was everything you would want in a B&B--clean, comfortable rooms. ours had a kitchen and small dining table. a great room to share breakfast with other guests and chat with our hosts or read and have tea or coffee in the afternoon. also a great garden with tables outside. They cart your bags to and from the ferry for a small fee.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shining Sails Bed and Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Shining Sails Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Monhegan Island (0.7 miles), Monhegan Brewing Company (0.4 miles), and Monhegan Museum (0.1 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Shining Sails Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Island Inn, The Barnacle, and Fish House.
Is Shining Sails Bed and Breakfast located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Monhegan Island.