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Tugboat Inn
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Boothbay Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed here for one night and loved the pet friendly room we had in the red house located to the side of the Inn. It was very cozy and offered fantastic views of the outer harbor and surrounding islands! Staff was very friendly at the Inn and the restaurant, We will not hesitate to stay here again!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank George S
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This was my husband and my first time to the Tugboat Inn and we will sure try to be back soon. The location is perfect and we couldn't have asked for better. Our room was overlooking the bay with a private balcony that we made use of even though it was Fall. Walking through town was a short distance from there. Our food at the Tugboat Inn dining room was one of our best meals and the all of the staff at the Inn was very helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: Second floor room by dining area was close to everything you would need.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We've stayed at Tugboat Inn several times and just returned from our most recent visit. You stay at Tugboat Inn for the location - right on the harbor within easy walking distance of all of downtown Boothbay Harbor. A lot of things are closed this time of year - and Tugboat Inn closes from Thanksgiving to Easter - but you can stroll down the waterfront and pass a number of businesses that are still open as well as a few restaurants. Things are a lot busier in the summer. One thing that doesn't change is the view from the rooms at the Tugboat Inn. It is simply is outstanding. The rooms could use updating and I think the quality of the food in the restaurant has slipped a bit in the last decade, but we love looking across the harbor, watching the fishing/lobster boats and even the bigger sightseeing boats as they glide by. We like to leave the window open and listen for the fog horns off in the distance but that also lets in the noise of fishermen readying their boats early in the morning.
Since the last time we visited, they did add a hot tub, but we didn't get a chance to try it out.

Room Tip: All rooms have water view
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

My room is on the dock... four feet from the water. It faces the west and I watched the sunset from my chair outside the room.
Room is not updated, old tube TV, BUT, it's clean, quiet, located next to the only restaurant that is open in the harbor!!! But then again, it's part of the ownership to the motel.
Hot water, water out of faucet tastes just like bottled water..
Heat works, lots of blankets on the bed......... I have no complaints about my room.

I just don't think I'll be back to Boothbay Harbor..
It's a shame the town closes down in October, when all the other people that live on this continent want to travel. Now that the tourists are gone, the town could do so much with all the locals and Canadians traveling to Boothbay... But alas.. someone thought it was a good idea to close down the harbor businesses and here are all these tourists, walking around, hunting for food and somewhere to spend their money.. Tsk, Tsk.. shame on you, Boothbay! Money is golden and you apparently don't need it!!

I would suggest this motel only because they are the only smart people in town...
stick with the smart ones.

Very reasonable, ideally located on the water, but all the stores are closed for the season...
Time to take my money to Freeport and Portland and give it to those business establishments!

Room Tip: If you decide to visit Boothbay in October, leave your money at home.. None of the shops are open fo...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Thank LynneDear
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Visiting from Europe, we were delighted to find rooms by chance at the Tugboat Inn in lovely Boothbay Harbour.
It's situation attracted us since it is right on the water and close to all the amenities. - if you are lucky enough to get a room with a view, even better. The welcome was warm, and there was plenty of parking. The rooms were pleasant with nothing lacking.
We very much enjoyed our stay. To be recommended.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view on the water if possible.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank sgaza
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stayed at the Tugboat for the location. We enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the lights across the bay. The room was small, clean, but in need of updating. Breakfast was good with a variety of choices.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank barbaradtaylor
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BSS59, Front Office Manager at Tugboat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2012

You will be happy to hear that we are in process of updating our rooms. It is a 5 phase project that will take a few seasons to be completed. I think even as early as next spring when we open you will notice the changes from our winter work. We do hope that you will join us again.

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We've stayed at the Tugboat Inn numerous times. The location is wonderful. Boothbay Harbor is a beautiful small village with narrow streets and limited parking so being able to park the car and walk everywhere is a real plus. The activity on the harbor viewed from your room or balcony is really enjoyable. We usually stay in the Main Bldg facing the harbor. The staff is friendly. The continental breakfast is a plus. The addition of waffle makers this year was a nice surprise.

Room Tip: The Main Bldg. room balconies are private where with some of the other rooms the balcony serves as a...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Sally S
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Additional Information about Tugboat Inn

Address: 80 Commercial St, PO Box 267, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1770
Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Boothbay Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Boothbay Harbor
#5 Family Hotel in Boothbay Harbor
Price Range: $130 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tugboat Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Downtown waterfront location directly on the harbor. Modern comfortable guestrooms with balconies, air conditioning, cable tv with free movie channel, telephone with voice mail, hair dryer, Keurig coffee maker, refrigerator and personal amenities. Rates include continental breakfast, free parking and free local phone calls. Complimentary computer with DSL in hotel lobby. Complimentary wi-fi in most locations. Full service restaurant, seasonal cocktail lounge with patio deck, and marina with slip and mooring rentals all on site. Waterfront hot tub available for guests. Music at the piano bar in season. Special vacation packages available. Open mid April to late October. ... more   less 
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Tugboat Inn Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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