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Hartstone Inn & Hideaway
Ranked #5 of 19 Camden B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 23, 2012

While staying in Camden we celebrated our friends birthday at the Harstone Inn. We had the 5 course dinner and it ranks as one of the best dining experiences I have had. The food was wonderful and reflected the local area and the service was very professional. Service oriented and not intrusive. They even provided a special treat for our birthday person.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Joseph G
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed at the Hideaway, not the main building, this past summer -- in mid-July, at the height of the season. We stayed in the Sunflower Suite on the third floor of the Hideaway. And it was huge. I can only say great things. The Hideaway is just a short walk from the main building, so going over for dinner was quite lovely.

We arrived in the afternoon, where they had some lovely tea and cookies waiting. Our room was beautifully appointed, and the young ladies who took care of us were outstanding. Every morning started with an incredibly good breakfast and our server was eager to help us plan out a day with just the right activities for us. One of them helped us choose a mountaintop location for our lobster picnic lunch, and it was incredible. She also urged us to stop and see the Vespers (a little outdoor chapel in Rockport). Actually, she helped us plan the whole day we spent in Rockport, and it was fabulous. I wish I could remember the names of the two young ladies who took care of us. I think the first was named Katie, and the second has a name that I've completely forgotten, but I do know she was not born in America.

We did a cooking lesson with Michael, and he and his kitchen staff were so warm and inviting -- it was delightful. We really enjoyed every minute of it! Michael is quite patient, and so friendly. His staff was altogether gracious, too. His sous-chef, in particular, was informative, friendly, and had lots of input. (yet another name I’ve forgotten…)

Breakfasts were always scrumptious and always different. The night we did the cooking lesson...we also enjoyed dinner at the main inn. Michael is a superb host. We only saw Mary Jo, his wife, in passing, but that makes sense, since we weren't staying at the main inn. I wouldn't change one thing about the Hartstone Hideaway...everything was just right.

There were some very rude guests one morning, and the young lady handled them in an incredibly good way. She was patient and polite. Even when they asked to speak to someone who spoke better English (she's Eastern European, and she speaks with an accent. Her English, though, is flawless.) She was very calm throughout a very difficult conversation, and I thoroughly appreciated her professionalism. She was really quite impressive.

This is a destination I would happily return to; I’d relish the chance to go back. Hope this helps you decide!

Room Tip: I would definitely stay at the Hideaway again, especially in the summertime. This ensures that you...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank BrigidOh09
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

This was one of the most romantic experiences ever. Rooms are all different with different themes, we had a jacuzzi in room in October which helps keeping the cold out. Very private living, excellent service.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank MikyAndSarah
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We recently stayed at the Hartstone Inn and couldn't have had a more positive experience! We stayed in the Arbor Suite which was everything we hoped for and more. It is a quiet spot with cool colors, a jacuzzi bath tub, gas fireplace and more. It was clean and full of natural light.
As for the staff, the owners were away as they apparently host culinary trips abroad. They have a wonderful team, though, and that makes their absence a nonissue. Meghan checked us in, chatted with us at cocktail hour (which is wonderful by the way) and was also one of the servers at dinner. She was warm, knowledgeable and professional (we later discovered that she is the manager!). Deidre served us breakfast and helped us plan the day. Her individual attention to us at breakfast was just what separates an inn from a hotel. We encountered other staff members, all of whom were terrific, we just failed to catch everyone's name! A tip - don't miss dinner in the restaurant. We had the five course menu and the food was delicious. It was by far the best meal we had while in Maine. In our opinion, the service was top notch and well worth an 18% tip. The Hartstone Inn is certainly a place we plan to visit again!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank ncarolinak
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We received a warm welcome at this inn and were taken to the lounge for tea and home made cookies. We were a little disappointed with our room which was located between the parlour and shop. The room was noisy given its location although as soon as the restaurant cleared at night it was quieter until breakfast was under way.
Breakfast was served and no choice was given - we were informed at check in that breakfast was at 8.30 or 9 but it seemed the breakfast was put out at the earlier time making the 9 food a little lukewarm.
Mary Jo who runs the inn was very informative about the area and was able to give suggestions which was very helpful. She was a very warm hostess.
We ate at Francines which Mary Jo recommended which was excellent and well worth a visit

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed in a room in the Hideaway building, the best part of this was that it's quiet for sleeping, as it's on a side street. We were disappointed with the room, it was just ok, and not as clean as I would have expected. When we got there, I noticed a hair on the bathroom door, then later when I climbed in to the bed, there was a hair on the sheet.

We had read good things about the dinners there and were looking forward to this, but it too fell short. The food was tasty, but overly salted, and I say this as a person who loves salt. The entree had too many flavours going on and the fish was lost in all of it. The young lady who served us was very sweet, but not as professional as one would expect for fine dining. Our decision to stay here was last minute, and we took advantage of a special rate for dinner. However, I would have been more upset if we had paid full price, because it was not worth it to us. We had just had two lovely meals in Portland for the same price at two very nice places, and there was no comparison to the overall experience

I left hungry from breakfast, it was so small and not very good. I would have rather gone to a diner in town and eaten well. We have stayed in many inns and this was one of the worst breakfasts. This property is larger than some inns and does not seem to have the owner presence of other places, perhaps this is the problem.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We chose this Inn as a place to stay for a few days while visiting the Maine coastline area. It was an exquisite place to stay, complete with a room for 3 people. The breakfasts were upper cut, and the room was comfortable, with virtually no noise.

If you are a professional, looking for a place to stay and like to have internationally known breakfast cuisine, then look no further. This inn has the best to offer. Breakfasts are above the rest, and the dinners are of equal standard.

If you want the personal touch of innkeepers who are part of the community, who have no foo foo breakfasts, then stay away from this inn. The eggs benedict with smoked salmon my be for the world traveler. But for a weekend to get away, then stay away.

Choose an inn with a popular breakfast (it does not have to compete with any culinary school), personal innkeepers (not in your chili, but know the area and take part in the serving and hosting), then choose somewhere else.

We liked staying there, but not near as much as other places we have stayed.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Rocky L
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Address: 41 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843-1910
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Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Camden
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Camden
Price Range: $102 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hartstone Inn & Hideaway 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A fine dining B&B Fodor's considers "An elegant and sophisticated retreat and culinary destination offering a unique experience in pampered luxury." Recipient of AAA's 4 Diamond Award of excellence for lodging and dining. Luxurious amenities include: memorable multi-course breakfast, fine linens & robes, down comforters and pillows, gas fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, MP3 players, TV/DVD, complementary WiFi and guest computers. Enhance your stay w/a gourmet picnic, massage or become Chef for the Day! ... more   less 
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