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“great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Tugboat Inn
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Boothbay Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Brookline, New Hampshire
2 reviews
“great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

In town for a wedding, was pleased with the staff allowing us with early check-in. Although as mentioned it was pricey and my room rather small, it was very clean and I spent very little time in the room...and it is Boothbay Harbor in August!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We went to BBH for a romantic get-away weekend. Found the Tugboat Inn via a recommendation from a B&B owner who had no vacancies the day before we wanted to arrive. Luckily, the Tugboat Inn could accommodate us at the height of the summer season - August 9 - 11. The location is great because it's right downtown within walking distance of everything. Onsite parking is key! Both nights were quiet, I couldn't hear neighbors or other guests' noise, which was great. Everyone at the hotel was exceedingly gracious and helpful, I could not have asked for a nicer reception every time I interacted with someone. The breakfast was good and if you miss it, check out the Ebb Tide right up the street - breakfast all day, quick service - and yum! I highly recommend this hotel; if you're looking for a very upscale posh location, this isn't it, just FYI. For that, go to Mount Washington Hotel. But it is wonderful for a clean comfortable hospitable get-away to a lovely seaside town.

Room Tip: Ask for room over the water (so neat altho kinda small but worth it!).
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank S S
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Maryland
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Loved this location. Our room was on the wharf with a marina view. It was great to be right on the water. Were able to leave our car and just walk everywhere. Would definitely ask for a second floor wharf room with a marina view. Rooms without the view would not be worth it. Rooms were clean and a decent size. Had a refrigerator and Keurig coffee maker.
Restaurant was nothing special. Breakfast was adequate but again nothing special.

Room Tip: Definitely ask for a room on the water. Second floor rooms on the wharf with a marina view are awes...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

If you plan ahead and get a room on the second floor in the Tugboat Inn building, you'll get a great location. In that case, you'll be able to overlook the small cramped quarters. Otherwise, I would recommend looking for other accommodations . The rooms are clean
In addition, the restaurant is nothing special. The room rate is high and there are no real amenities. Yet, Boothbay Harbor is a great vacation destination.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Kathleen M
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BSS59, General Manager at Tugboat Inn, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your location. You can't beat the view out over the water! Our property does offer 5 different buildings with a wide variety of room types and room sizes, and all are outfitted with the modern amenities you would expect - everything from keurig coffeemakers to 42 inch flat screen tvs to small refrigerators. The property features a full service restaurant, marina lounge & deck with nightly music, a marina with slip & mooring rentals and don't forget the guest hot tub, on the marina deck overlooking the harbor.
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Rochester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Weather was beautiful, love being right on the water and close to everything. Walking distance to all the local shops and water holes. Harbor cruises available nearby and fishing trips as well. 1 hour cruise was good but longer ones available with clam bakes and puffin/whale watch

Will be back again next year.

Room Tip: all rooms have good locations and views of the harbor
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank J T
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33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Tugboat Inn! Our room was clean and as promised, it was over the water. The view from the balcony was very nice. We wanted to linger longer than our schedule allowed! We were a bit disappointed with breakfast. It seemed odd to us that we could only sit at a table that didn't have silverware and placemats. We felt a bit rushed as well. My son did like eating in the tugboat!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The location was good but the room was cramped. It was clean but for $192 per night including tax - it wasn't to our satisfaction. Maybe my expectations were too high but we had limited wifi, the coffee maker did not work and the ice maker was usually out of ice. The included continental was adequate but not equal to any Hampton Inn that we have ever used. I think next time we will bypass Boothbay for Camden. If we don't want to go that far we will choose the Log Cabin Inn on Bailey Island. The staff was friendly and helpful except for making the coffee maker work. No coffee in room for 3 mornings.

Room Tip: Make your plans well in advance. We had a week and that was not enough.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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BSS59, General Manager at Tugboat Inn, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the location of your room. With our 5 buildings we do have a wide variety of guestrooms, so we do have options that are larger. We apologize for the limited wifi, we are actually in the process of doing some upgrades. We are sorry also about your coffeemaker, with the new keurigs we are seeing that the steps must be followed in perfect order for the units to work. We apologize that our staff was not able to help you with that.
We hope that overall you enjoyed your stay, and maybe you will try Boothbay again.
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Additional Information about Tugboat Inn

Property: Tugboat Inn
Address: 80 Commercial Street, PO Box 267, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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