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Brown's Wharf Inn
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Boothbay Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Boothbay Harbor is a favorite of ours, and we discovered Brown's Wharf Inn three years ago. As Steve, the travel reviewer, pointed out, it is not a Ritz or Marriott, or Hampton Inn--thank goodness! We have traveled extensively in the US and Europe, and we do not seek out basic "Highway 'Off-Ramp' motor inns, and it more than fit our bill. It is a family owned and operated, comfortable inn with delightful views from every room of either the full harbor or a cove. Sitting on the roomy balcony overlooking the cove, the church and the Boothbay Lobster Wharf is about as relaxing as it gets. We found our room very clean and furnished comfortably, with good lighting for reading. The downside, as others have mentioned, is the tiny bathroom. The restaurant is very good, with excellent service--try the blueberry pancakes. We will be back to Boothbay and Brown's!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

As a travel reviewer, I try desperately to discribe precisely what one will find at a given location. Browns features an excellent restaurant, decent staff, with quite modest room accommodations.

Boothbay is equal in part to Brown's Wharf Inn, an older well worn, day tripper resort town and Motor Motel. The beauty of Bootbay dining is that each eating establishment serves the same menu, so no time need be lost in hunting a really great new spot for dinner. The spot you dine tonight will be most identical to where you dined last night, Brown's being no exception. However Brown's dining staff will try harder to please and the fare will not disappoint.

If as a traveler you normally seek very basic Highway "Off - Ramp", Motor Motel accommodations, then Brown's will fill minimal needs, and will fit your bill. Brown's is not a Ritz, Marriott, or better Hampton Inn. This is a 30 years old drive up, three story motor motel from the 1960's i.e. Worn at the edges and in need of a good cleaning behind the ears.

We ourselves had to request a room re-cleaning and Browns staff immediately complied and apologized for the rooms condition with dirty floors, bathroom, carpets and mold in the airconditioning vents. Mold in aircon vents should be a serious concern for any traveler.

With that 1960's architecture comes a tiny bathroom 24 inches wide at the sink, and 36 inches deep. Well worn carpets, basic aircon, and uninspiring 1960 Holiday Inn furnishings.

We may not revisit Brown's but I'm sure many laid back travelers on a tight budget will return again and again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We loved staying here. Room and view were great. Our only problem was at dinner one night. The food was outstanding but the service was less than acceptable. We spoke to the manager to explain not complain. She agreed with us and not only comped the meal but gave us breakfast the next day. That was above and beyond. I would definitely recommend staying here.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank Peggy F
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Doing our research on trip advisor for Brown's Wharf Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Me. turned out to be a wonderful experience. Everything was wonderful from our first greeting. Our hotel room the perfect size, the view from our balcony, Brown's Wharf restaurant, all the staff everywhere on the grounds and the beautiful grounds itself. Only thing you will hate is when you have to leave.

Room Tip: All rooms on the waterfront. All floors appear to be enjoyable.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Karin T
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We had never been to Boothbay Harbor, Maine before. We chose to stay at Browns Wharf Inn and this turned out to be a great choice! It lives up to all that they clain on the internet and more... The room was very clean, very welcoming, and roomy. The staff was so friendly and met all of our requests. The restaurant is very good and in fact, we chose to dine there both nights! Our deck / balcony off of our top floor room was so large and private. The views were amazing. Loved the view of the church steeple right above the lobster boats. Getting to the hotel and getting to everywhere else from here was very easy.. Centrally located, this spot is really in the best location of all the other hotels. We chose well and will definitely return. The front desk staff went above and beyond! Price is very reasonable. We loved the abundance of flowers growing everywhere. Very very nice. P.S. Eat breakfast at a nearby place called 'Mama D's'!

Room Tip: The staff on the phone helped me by suggesting a room at or near the corner, giving us a clear view...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed here twice on our trip; once on our way up the coast and again on our trip home. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The first time I opted for the cheaper room with the inner harbor view. I was disappointed with the view and the staff was accommodating and moved us to an Ocean view room which was a beautiful view and only cost $20. And it was worth every penny. I am a germ freak and I thought the rooms were very clean. The rooms are a little outdated but that seems to be most hotels in Maine. We loved our stay here so much that we stayed again on our back from Bar Harbor. I would definitely recommend staying here! There is also a resturant at the hotel. We went to breakfast twice and it was pretty good. The resturant also serves lobster at dinner but we didn't try it... Instead we walked a couple buildings down and had great dinners at Boothbay Lobster Warf. The hotel is in a great location.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with Brown's Wharf Inn. The room was large and clean, the bed was extremely comfortable and the views were great! The staff was very accommodating and the restaurant was very good. All in all, I'd have to give this property an A+. It was just far enough from the main portion of town so that it remained quiet but a short walk should you wish to visit any of the shops or restaurants.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Brown's Wharf Inn

Address: 121 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-2221
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Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Boothbay Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Boothbay Harbor
#3 Family Hotel in Boothbay Harbor
Price Range: $89 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Brown's Wharf Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brown's Wharf Inn Hotel, Marina and Restaurant is located directly over the ocean on beautiful Boothbay Harbor. All rooms have balconies and a commanding view of the harbor, the ocean and boating activities. Cable TV, telephone, refrigerators, coffee makers, irons, in-room safes, Wi-Fi, use of computer, park and lock parking. Restaurant has been owned and operated by the Brown Family for the past 74 years, offering a full menu but specializing in local fresh seafood. Inside-outside dining with beautiful sunsets. ... more   less 
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Browns Wharf Hotel
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