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34 Ocean Ave, Scarborough, ME 04074-9424
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
Updated 06/23/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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#2 of 13 in Scarborough
Travelers' Choice
Just a stone's throw from the Atlantic Ocean, Higgins Beach Inn is a classic Maine beachfront Inn. Completely renovated in 2017 to refresh guest rooms, common spaces, and the on-site dining experience, Higgins Beach Inn is the perfect place for a couples retreat, family vacation, or an ocean activities getaway. Located about 15 minutes away from excellent dining, shopping, and nightlife in Portland, Higgins Beach Inn is perfectly situated for any traveler seeking to explore Southern Maine in summertime or fall.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Street parking
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Canoeing offsite
Car hire
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Wardrobe / closet
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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carolcC2439ZT wrote a review May 17
Westminster9 contributions1 helpful vote
Food at Breakfast was excellent and was included in the room price. Service was spotty as they had just opened for the season and were ironing things out. Room was quaint. Location was good. Picked hotel as it looked like a typical coastal beach hotel. Hotel was clean and well kept. There was noise from other rooms but wasn’t a problem for sleeping.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Make sure to book through hotel web site to get free breakfast
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Joanne S wrote a review Aug 2020
New York City, New York11 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favorite
From the first query phone call to the last goodbye from the staff, this inn is everything you could possibly want for a respite in seaside Maine located only one block from the beach. James and Jessica, two young members of the front desk team, are totally accommodating and genuinely KIND. Abby, Emma, and Ellie were more of the same as manager and wait staff respectively at the Shade, the inn’s busy restaurant, which offered up some delicious and varied breakfasts. They also serve dinner on the lovely screened-in back porch which was quite popular. My bright and sunny room on the third floor had everything I needed and more for my nearly week long stay. Quiet AC and great lighting for reading in bed. I also loved the vintage poster art touches! The inn was recently renovated and they’ve surely chosen well. Done in a tasteful yet simple modern rustic design. It’s lovely, just lovely. Wrote a few letters on the wide front porch over a second cup of coffee in the afternoon which was fresh and readily available in the lobby. And I do believe that I have finally found my favorite place to stay in Maine and will definitely be returning. Ahhhh, can’t wait.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled
Response from , Owner at Higgins Beach Inn
Responded Aug 18, 2020
Hello Joanne! Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review! I can say wholeheartedly that it was a pleasure hosting you last week. I'm happy that you enjoyed your time with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back, hopefully sooner rather than later. Stay in touch and take care! Best, Carrie Allen General Manager
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FarAway363467 wrote a review Feb 2022
Sharon, Massachusetts1 contribution
We stayed at this property and would not rebook. It is not on beach. Room we stayed in was horrible and bathroom dirty. Could not sleep because of air conditioning unit was loud. Food terrible and I could go on and on.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Too not stay at higher floors
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Laura E wrote a review Oct 2021
3 contributions
From the beginning, we had a great time at the Inn. The staff was wonderful and very inviting. The room was quaint...an old Inn, complete refurbished. The rooms were very clean, the pillows/bed were comfortable. Both breakfasts were delicious -- I loved the cinnamon french toast so much that I had to order it 2 days in a row! The breakfast was included in our stay. The Inn is only two blocks from the beach. We really enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: There is not an elevator, so you may need help getting your luggage up the stairs.
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Raymond P wrote a review Oct 2021
Southampton, Massachusetts13 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I were very disappointed with the overall Inn. Our room was clean and bright. However, it was located next to the restaurant and fried food smell was in our room most of the two nights and the noisy restaurant was a real bother, when we tried to sleep after a full day of Fall foliage biking. We left our door knob slip outside of our room along with our towels in early morning and they were still there at 5:00 PM upon our return. In addition, not one staff person wore a face mask inside the Inn with all of the guest arriving outside of the community. We spent a week in Camden and Monhegan Island Inns and their staff took mask wearing and Covid measures very seriously. Not at the Higgins Beach Inn. Don't waste your money and health safety here. The owners and management need to wake up!!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
gjslhs wrote a review Oct 2021
Rural Hall, North Carolina75 contributions44 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed here at the end of a trip down the coastline. We had planned to stay for 3 nights, but personal issues made us cut our stay to one night, and we were glad we didn't have to stay for the other nights. First, let me say that the staff was very friendly, the room was very clean and the bed and pillows were comfortable. The bathroom was nice and roomy. Breakfast was very good, and the coffee was good. However, this is an old building with 3 floors. The floors and steps creak horribly, so you can hear everyone's footsteps. The room is small, and there is not a comfortable chair to sit in. The walls were dark. It was just a depressing room. During our trip travelling through Maine, we stayed in 5 different places. This place was the most expensive and the smallest . Just not worth the money.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: 3 floors, no elevator that I saw.
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Lucy A wrote a review Oct 2021
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A bit late in writing my review - but I had the most wonderful stay here. I went on Labor Day and so it was technically the off season and room was very reasonably priced. I had an adorable room that looked right over the front of the inn. Bed was comfortable, bathroom was enormous, and the room was decorated wonderfully with two seats in front of the bay windows. Breakfast was delicious and came with the room. The only thing I thought was odd is that there were no phones in the rooms, so there wasn’t an easy way to get in touch with the front desk. There also isn’t an elevator, which wasn’t a problem at all for me but something for others to keep in mind. Easy parking in back of inn and very quick walk to the beach. Can’t recommend this place enough and can’t wait to go back! Made me feel very welcome on my first solo vacation!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled
Gail C wrote a review Sep 2021
Schenectady, New York1 contribution
Very enjoyable stay. Everyone who works here seems to really want to accommodate you. It’s a personal touch you don’t often find these days. Breakfast is outstanding. We missed the dining experience but we hope to return. A 5 minute walk to the beach is a special treat.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled
Katy O’Leary wrote a review Sep 2021
3 contributions
Just lovely. Historic home-style establishment. The staff is especially impressive and knowledgeable, Walk to the beach, sit on the front porch, eat in the fabulous restaurant, Shades. Great menu, service, gluten free foods. Sunday evening chef - superb.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled
50statesdse wrote a review Sep 2021
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We enjoyed our stay at The Higgins Beach Inn just a block from the beach. We found it very clean and welcoming. It has the feel of New England charm stepping back into the 1960's. Breakfast is provided and made to order. Omelets were great!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Frequently Asked Questions about Higgins Beach Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Higgins Beach Inn?
Nearby attractions include Len Libby Chocolates (4.4 miles), Two Lights State Park (3.9 miles), and Pine Point Beach (1.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Higgins Beach Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Higgins Beach Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Higgins Beach Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Higgins Beach Inn?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Higgins Beach Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bayley's Lobster Pound, Dock's Seafood, and The Holy Donut - Scarborough.
Are there any historical sites close to Higgins Beach Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wadsworth-Longfellow House (6.7 miles), Goddard Mansion (5.3 miles), and Fort Gorges (7.6 miles).
Is Higgins Beach Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.