We stayed at the inn in July - and there were a couple things that surprised/disappointed us. We are seasoned travelers and frankly rarely complain about a hotel and basically never ask for a different room . We arent complainers and frankly cant stand people who are. With that as a background - we checked into the half occupied Camden Harbor Inn. We were only in Maine for 4 nights - and consequently only had one medium size suitcase. We are shown to our room - and it had a mini writing desk - a couple of funky mod chairs - a small open set of shelves - but literally no place to put the suitcase. There also wasnt a set of drawers - because i would have unpacked the suitcase and put it under the bed. So we asked the guy at the front desk if we could get a room with a table /chair /anything to put the suitcase on OR a room with a few drawers so that we could unpack the suitcase. He showed us another room - which was not decorated as nicely - but i didnt really care - so i said this is fine we'll switch. He then informs me that the room is in a higher price category. So I was irritated. At 375 a night i expect to be able to get into the sutcase. He went on to say that most rooms have a set of drawers in the closet but ours didnt. OK - get rid of all of the euro crap furntiure - the mini writing desk the chairs and the magazine shelves and put in a suitcase rack or a set of drawers. whatever.
the restaurant is supposed to be good at the hotel. We were goiing to eat there the first night but then decided - since we were annoyed - to eat in town and reconsider. We had a lovely meal in town. The next night we debated and thought we might go ahead and eat at the hotel. Well they were having a special korean or taiwanise chef in ( I love asian food so that doesnt bother me) but the menu was fixed price and too many courses/too much food for what we were in the mood for. I was surprised/annoyed that they didnt tell us this when we checked in? I mean you would think they would want their guests to know what the options were to eat there.
One other interesting tidbit - the hotel was def NOT full - you see everyone at breakfast etc. You can figure these things out. Well - the second night we were headed out to dinner and someone called and inquired about room availability. The person at the front desk said they only had one room left - but proceeded to describe how great the room was etc. I can assure you they had several empty rooms left - they just dont want to negotiate.
All this said - i can see how it is possible to have a nicer experience there - it just didnt thrill us and we would try other spots .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relais and Chateaux Camden Harbour Inn is a AAA Four Diamond property, resting on the picturesque coast of Maine. The hotel features panoramic views of the mountains and harbor, creating the perfect setting for your next New England getaway. The recently remodeled boutique hotel features luxurious guest rooms and suites, stunning views, and a restaurant awarded top 100 in America preparing amazing dishes, you'll never want to leave! Just minutes from the harbor landing in the center of town, the Inn is Camden's most luxurious boutique lodging location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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