My family visited the Inn By the Sea for a weekend in 2007 and had a wonderful time. So when my sister mentioned she wanted to go back to have a spa weekend for her bachelorette party, I was thrilled at the prospect.
I called a couple of months in advance, just to make sure we could have a room for six guests for one night. The woman with whom I spoke happily agreed to waive the two night minimum the inn sometimes has and told me to call back when I was ready to book. When I called back a couple of weeks later, they refused to waive the second night, even after I referenced my earlier conversation with them. Then they asked me if I would move the bachelorette party to a different date. I had already made the invitations, and my sister had her heart set on this place. I was happy to pay for spa services for six women as well as dinner at their restaurant, so they certainly would have made money from our group. I also mentioned that we had recommended their inn to many of the wedding guests who were coming later this summer, and they still refused to be flexible.
I found this to be poor business practice. This cost me a lot of money and energy; I had to replan my sister's party from scratch. Despite the nice location and the nice rooms, I will never again recommend this place to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- After a multi million dollar renovation the eco luxury Inn by the Sea is Maine's premier beach destination. Located on a mile of unspoiled beach guests enjoy intimate dining in the ocean view Sea Glass celebrating Maine fare, relax in the spa or fireplace lounge. Spacious redesigned suites, rooms & cottages w oversized bathrooms, or full kitchens, or fireplaces. Child & Pet friendly! 5 acre indigenous garden,pool, bocce, fire pit, golf nearby. 10 mins to Portland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn By The Sea Hotel Cape Elizabeth
- Inn By The Sea Maine/Cape Elizabeth