We chose the lodge as a cheap lodging alternative to the pricy options in Camden proper. In terms of features, our cottage did indeed have a distant ocean view. The deck was a pleasant place to sip a drink and enjoy the view. To get an idea, the ocean is perhaps half a mile away, but the elevated position of the lodge makes for a nice sweeping overview interrupted by US-1 and a number of trees. But, it is largely as advertised.
The appearance of the rooms is almost exactly what we expected based on the photos on the lodge's web site. The room was generally clean in appearance. I say "appearance" with a reason... the room in which we stayed was extremely moldy and mildewy... allergy sufferers beware! The room also had a blight of insects, including some spiders and ants. I awoke from the first night with a massive bug bite on my foot that is currently the size of a dime. The general impression we have is that this was once a nice place that has been 'let go' for a number of years. There is moss growing on the exterior walls and roof, peeling paint on the exterior (though the interior paint was spotless), and some exterior wood on the deck that is extremely distressed. The grounds are decent, if a bit overgrown.
Overall, we paid about 1/3 of what most hotels in Camden cost. If you are traveling on a shoestring, this might be an acceptable lodging choice for you. Bear in mind that some of the other units may be nicer than ours (we stayed in Unit 11). But, you should know that this lodge is a good distance away from Camden proper. The main draw of Camden seems to be strolling and shopping in the business district, and it's probably a solid 30 minute walk from the lodge. If you don't mind roughing it, then this could be your solution. But, for anyone expecting a pristine romantic getaway... beware. The money you would spend in upgrading to a nicer inn (especially one closer to Camden's center) is likely money well spent.
Our experience with the staff was okay... a bit lackadaisical (including no confirmation number for our reservation... "you're in the book, so there's really no need"), but there were no major meltdowns.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lodge at Camden Hills is one of the Camden's most scenic properties. Owned by the Burgess family for over forty years, the Lodge is a village of four cottages, four suites, and four standard rooms in five unique buildings across nine acres. With a view of Penobscot Bay ahead and Mount Battie directly behind us, it is easy to relax at the Lodge. Watch sailboats on the bay, wind-blown from island to island, from your private deck. Enjoy well-appointed, clean, and comfortable lodging. There is comfort in the privacy of your own space at the Lodge. Each room has a private entrance with parking and a deck with water views of Penobscot Bay. Our goal is to make our rooms as comfortable as possible. It is our experience that after a good night's sleep, Maine will work its magic on your mind and spirit! Our luxurious bedding by Cuddledown will lull you into a peaceful slumber. Our Maine-made comforters and pillows along with 400-thread count, 100% combed cotton bedding are inviting, soft, and comfortable. A continental breakfast basket is hung outside your door each morning so you can enjoy breakfast in your room at your leisure before heading out to explore the mid-coast. Start your morning with freshly-brewed coffee, tea, local baked goods, Maine-made Stonewall Kitchen jam, and orange juice. At day's end experience dramatically dark, star-filled skies, the robust smell of fir trees mixed with a little wood smoke, and cool air on your skin. Together these elements create an experience that is what Maine is all about. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lodge At Camden Hills Maine