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Senator Inn & Spa
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Augusta
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

There are two million people in Atlantic Canada and it's a good bet that most of them at one time or another drive the I-95 through Maine to other New England states or points beyond, usually Florida. At the end of the first day's drive there are a number of small Maine cities that compete for this interstate traffic and while Bangor, Waterville and Lewiston-Auburn all have their charms we think Augusta is the nicest stopping place and in Augusta we think the Senator Inn is the best place to stay.

We first started staying there over twenty years ago when it was a Best Western and continue to do so now that it is locally owned. The reason is simple - the price/value ratio is excellent. Recently, without reservations we just pulled in and asked for the best rate for a room with a king bed - $97.00 with continental breakfast.

The Senator is not an inn, but a motor hotel. Once you are in your room you don't have to go outside to visit the spa, the gym, the pool, the bar or the restaurant as there are interior hallways connecting everything. Our room was perfectly adequate with free wi-fi, a fridge, microwave and decent toiletries.

We headed down to the Oyster Bar for an early supper and to take advantage of happy hour prices. The Oyster Bar is really cozy and there were actually politicians making deals over martinis. I had noticed their distinct license plates in the parking lot. An excellent martini followed by a glass of wine each, a half dozen very fresh oysters and a good margharita pizza came to $50.00 including tax and tip.

In the morning the continental breakfast was of the deluxe variety with everything one expects, plus scrambled eggs and refried potatoes. We continued on to Boston refreshed and with our wallets relatively unscathed. This is a very good stopover on I-95.

Room Tip: The food is really good here so you can park your car and not worry about going out again.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

We stayed at the Senator for a quick, local, getaway, we have stayed here previously and enjoy the pool area. We spent a wonderful evening enjoying the pool and hot tub, I was disappointed that the steam room was out of order, we did use the dry saunas in the locker room. The Spa Suite is a well-appointed room, comfortable bed, separate seating area with 2nd tv, fridge , microwave, and desk. The bathroom is large and has a deep, jetted tub with a waterfall feature, just lovely. We had the expanded cont. brk. in the dining room, lots of choices, well-presented and tended. We took a swim before we checked out the next morning and did see maintenance working on the steam room, next time I will ask if it is in operation before I make a reservation, because like a lot of Mainers this has been a long winter and I need to thaw out!

Room Tip: Spa Suites are the way to go at this property
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

To round out school vacation we stayed at the inn Saturday night. As others have commented some of the rooms are showing their age more than others. The room we had in the presidential wing, met all our creature comforts and then some. Not much for a view in most rooms, but the beautiful pool area makes up for this. A bit difficult at times to swim laps due to so many kids - tourney time and vacation - despite the roped off lanes. The biggest surprise was just how good the food was. Not only was the complimentary continental breakfast delicious, but the variety of food offered was astounding - more than generous! Will definitely make plans to dine again soon!!

Room Tip: Getting a room in the 300 series ensures a more updated/comfortable room, but does put you away from...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

Had passed this spot many times but had never stayed. From now on, this will be my "go-to" place in Augusta. Friendly service, wonderful food, comfy lounge and quiet dining space. Pool, sauna and work out space was clean + spacious. Room was lovely + comfortable. As a frequent traveler, with many other experiences under my belt - this is one place I will recommend highly to others.

Room Tip: Rooms within the main building allow for indoor access to all amenities. The second floor in partic...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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JDDWentworth, Manager at Senator Inn & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2014

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Never stayed at this hotel, but that will change! Service was great, accommodating staff and what impressed me the most was....10" of snow fell during the night and in the morning I went to start my car to find it completely clear of snow. All the cars in the parking lot were cleaned. What a nice surprise.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

I've stayed at the Senator numerous times, and keep coming back. The Cloud Nine is very good... delicious food. Great staff. The spa area and pool are well maintained and well staffed. The public spaces are kept nice. Note that there is not really a public "living room" type lobby space, so guests will have to come to your room.

The rooms are clean and comfortable if you get a king or better. The kings have good space, and are pleasant, and the spa suites are extraordinary. We always had gotten kings or better until this visit. The queen room we just had was really cramped... small for a queen room. More like a room you'd put a double or twin in and put the kid in there. The furniture was too big for the room. The TV stand didn't fit against a wall so they'd turned it across the corner right by the bathroom, and a very sharp squared corner jutted into the bathroom path, right where you could smack your hip into it if you get up in the middle of the night like I do... and get a nasty bruise. The bathroom in the queen was narrow and hard to move in, and it was very easy to twang the door stopper when using the bathroom in the middle of the night; my husband nearly hit the ceiling when I did so at 2 AM, scratching my foot in the process since the doorstop's rubber end cap was missing so it was a bare wire spring. The room's ventilation clanked all night. I haven't had that happen in other rooms. I could not get the shower above "on and off tepid/freezing" water. I haven't had this problem at this Inn before. The bed was the Senator's usual very comfy mattress. I would not rate the queen room as worth the $99 per night cost. I was totally surprised at the difference in room sizes, since we've been *delighted* by the kings and spa rooms.

I will continue to come here, but I'll insist on getting a king or better.

Room Tip: Get a king or better. Stay away from the queens, or ask to inspect the room before purchasing.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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JDDWentworth, Manager at Senator Inn & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2014

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Reviewed February 5, 2014

Great location. I loved the pool. When I stay again I will also visit the spa. Great restaurant. The food was fantastic. The staff was very friendly. I also like to shop and there were plenty of places for shopping.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Senator Inn & Spa

Address: 284 Western Ave, Route 202, Augusta, ME 04330-4934
Location: United States > Maine > Augusta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Augusta
#3 Business Hotel in Augusta
#4 Family Hotel in Augusta
#5 Romantic Hotel in Augusta
Price Range: $109 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Senator Inn & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 124
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