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Harraseeket Inn
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Freeport
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Augusta, Maine
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44 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delightful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

My GF and I stayed there as a late Valentines Day present to each other. We stayed there two years before and enjoyed ourselves, and the second time around didn’t disappoint. We came a little before you could check in, but our room was ready so they let us in.

Our room was small, near the end of the hallway and the farther we walked the less I was excited. When you check in there is plenty of art and awards on the walls not to mention the cozy fireplaces, as we walked down our hallway the art got less and less. Our walk to our room slowly stopped feeling like this amazing inn and felt more like a hotel; that was until I got into our room. Our room was small, and the king sized bed filled it. The desk was small but useable, the old tv with scratchy sound and picture lay hidden in a small closed entertainment center. The biggest perk was the fireplace. Most places I have stayed at have a gas or fake fireplace, it creates a mood that is pleasant but lacks the quality of the sounds and smells of a real fireplace. The Harraseeket’s fireplace came well stocked with wood, no longer did I have the cheapened experience. We had a roaring fire in about 30 seconds, as they prebuild the fireplace in anticipation of our arrival. I build another that night, and if we had stayed another night I would have needed more wood.

Later in the afternoon we went to tea, something that I think more places should offer. Tea at the Harraseeket was the icing on the cake of our stay. They serve hot tea, with fruit, cheese, and other pastries. Everything was fresh, the tea was hot and seemed like the moment the container might run out someone was already there with a new one, the fruit was wonderful and the pastries oh the pastries. I am a guy that loves his sweets, and the Harraseeket didn’t fall short of wonderful with their pastries. My girlfriend and I were able to sit by the fireplace and enjoy tea with another couple. Tea was more then a chance for refreshment, it was an oppturtunity to have that small bed and breakfast feel of chatting with new people. If you don’t want to chat with new people there were plenty of other places once could sit so that others wouldn’t not be able to join you. If you go to the Harraseeket do not miss out on tea.

The GF and I did go to the tavern for our supper, and the food was wonderful. We sat near the open kitchen area and was a little loud, but having eaten there before I do know that if you sit away from the open kitchen you can have a very quiet meal. The food there is well done, a smidge pricey, but the staff works hard for every penny. One could also eat in the Maine Dinning room, a bit more cash and dress code there. The food there is just as great in a more formal setting. Both are worth checking out if you stay there.
We both a wonderful nights sleep in the most comfortable set of sheets. The bed was great, our only complaint was that the pillows were a bit flat. If that was my only complaint about the bed then we are doing well.
The next morning our room came with breakfast in the Maine Dinning room. Most places if they offer a free breakfast, provide cereal, coffee, toast, and if your lucky a waffle. The Harraseeket did way more then that. They had fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, gluten free pancakes(they were amazing), eggs, toast, banana bread, bacon, hot organic oatmeal, potatoes, and a bit of homemade bread with in house made hash hollandaise sauce and en egg on top. A waiter brought coffee, juice and water to the table, while everything else was served in a buffet style. This meal was scrumptious.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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nadianichols, Owner at Harraseeket Inn, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences on Trip Advisor. Without your feedback we wouldn't realize how barren our hallways are, but you can be sure we're going to be looking at them with a fresh eye, thanks to your observations. We'll work on making them more appealing. We'll also scrutinize our pillow situation. We try to put a variety of pillows in each room, both on the bed and in the closet, so that all of our guests can choose the pillow "plumpness" they prefer. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again!
Best regards,
Penny Gray
The Gray family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

When we stay at a hotel or inn we have three basic requirements.

1) That the facility is clean and functional and facilitates a good night’s sleep.
2) That there are food and beverage options or in other words, a good restaurant and bar.
3) Attitude. Do the owners and staff welcome you and let you know that they appreciate your business? Do they encourage you to come back?

After a two night stay it is our conclusion that the Harraseeket Inn surpassed all three requirements and in a major way. What we found surprising is the Harraseeket fills the role of a charming New England inn but also as a fully functional hotel with all the amenities including an exercise room and inn door pool. We also found the place to be more elegant than what we had expected. It’s an interesting muti - level complex of both old and historical as well as new.
There are two restaurants. The Maine Dining Room and the Broad Arrow Tavern. We decided to have dinner in the Tavern on both nights. We plan to try the Main Dining Room on our next visit. The food and service we found to be excellent. It can be a bit pricey but to be fair we had several cocktails, two different appetizers and the main course. Given the quality of the food and service we thought the price was worth it.

A breakfast buffet is provided as part of the room fee. This is a very good value if you are staying at the inn. Many selections and very well prepared.

Our room was clean and comfortable. The beds have canopies and we had two large wing backed chairs that helped give the room that New England Inn charm.

In conclusion, we have stayed at many hotels and Inns over the last few years so we consider ourselves to be experienced travelers. In our opinion the people who own and run this place definitely know what they are doing.

All in all we had a great time and plan to go back.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RPeterMassachusetts
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nadianichols, Owner at Harraseeket Inn, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Thank you! We try very hard to make every guest's visit very special, and we're fortunate to have the most wonderful staff in the world. They're like family to us, and you just made them, as well as ourselves, very happy with your great review. We hope to see you again!
Best regards,
Penny Gray
The Gray family
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Brandon, Florida
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301 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is a great property. Main building, carriage house and townhouses set on nice big are. Centrally located to everything in Freeport. Wonderful idea - guest with animals are accommodated in carriage house or townhouses. Pets are welcomed with welcome kit( bowls for food and water, bed, can of food and bag of treats). How lovely. The hotel is old but very well maintained. Everybody who work in this hotel is a extremely nice and try to help you in everything that you can imagine. The housekeepers are a very good. The room was always very clean( we travel with small dog). Breakfast is included in price of the room and worth every penny. Breakfast is good, everything is fresh, big selection and a lot. Brilliant idea, breakfast for early birds and afternoon tea in living room of lobby. Sunday brunch has passed all of our expectations. Unlimited lobster - amazing.Very nice indoor pool with lift for for disabled. Restaurant(Broad Arrow Tavern) in the hotel is OK to. The only downside to our stay was that the main dining room was under renovation.Nice outdoor Fire Pit. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: If you looking for quiet time the town house is nice.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KrysiaK
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nadianichols, Owner at Harraseeket Inn, responded to this review, February 10, 2013
Thank you for posting such a nice review, along with some wonderful pictures! We're glad you enjoyed your stay. We had to close the Maine Dining Room for two weeks for some BIG renovations that were long overdue, but we're up and running again and the dining room is beautiful. We hope you can enjoy it on a future stay!
Penny Gray
The Gray family
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HAVERHILL
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

We had a wonderful pre-Christmas Trip to the Inn. It was our second stay here and once the children say the Inn, they didn't want to leave. The room was perfect, clean, room service, catered well to the kids wants - ages 9, 12, 16 - can be demanding! Breakfast was great and the Lunch Buffet in the Broad Arrow Tavern has endless choices to eat. We ended by eating at the Broad Arrow for suppers as well. Of course the shops are all within walking distance so my husband or I and the children walked in many directions several times, day and night. We have already book an April stay and can't wait. Thank you for the memories!!!

Room Tip: The room with the two double beds and couch sleeps 5 comfortably. We chose an Inn Room which was gre...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 550DianeB
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nadianichols, Owner at Harraseeket Inn, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for a great review and we look forward to seeing you in April!
Penny Gray
The Gray family
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Fort Worth, Texas
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65 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

This was a great property and very close to all the outlet shopping in Freeport including LL Bean. The afternoon tea was wonderful and the restaurant/pub was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and accomodating, and the room was very clean and comfortable. We were only there one night, but could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank snoopydeb
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nadianichols, Owner at Harraseeket Inn, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you! Hopefully the next time you visit you can stay a bit longer and enjoy more of what Freeport and the surrounding areas have to offer. Best wishes for 2013!
Penny Gray
The Gray family
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

I spent a few nights here just like Christmas. First off, it's in a great location. Just a quarter of a mile to the well-known L.L. Bean shopping center and around the corner is a movie theater along with a few small shops and cafes. It's a very beautiful town and when it's covered in white snow, it's like being in a small town that's placed under a Christmas tree. Staying at the Harraseeket Inn added to that experience. The room was very nice and had a nice view looking out at the snow covered trees. We were giving a small stocking stuffed with candy canes and chocolate, since it was Christmas. There's a nice restaurant and bar that serves a wide variety of delicious meals and drinks. It's a nice place to relax and meet nearby locals. The lobby has a few seating areas and a fireplace where the guest on business can stay warm and do some work. They have outlets for the computers if needed or you can just sit back with a nice book and the fire.

Christmas day, I had the buffet that had a wide range of food. From different kinds of meat to many desert choices (Eggnog Cheesecake was the best). I'm a vegetarian, but that didn't stop me. They had wonderful veggie dishes such as potatoes and collard greens with sweet potatoes. The breakfast is also good. Changes every morning too, so you don't know what you're gonna get until the following morning.

I enjoyed my Christmas stay here and look forward to more visits in the future. As I was checking out, I overheard several guest making reservations for next year and the year after. This is how good this Inn was. If you're visiting from out of state, be sure to plan your stay at this gracious inn and I promise you'll be in for a real Maine Inn experience unlike any other.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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nadianichols, Owner at Harraseeket Inn, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you! We're glad you had such a memorable stay with us and got to see the village frosted with a blanket of snow! Very nice, especially over the holidays. We wish you all the best for 2013 and look forward to hosting you again!
Penny Gray
The Gray family
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Cranston, Rhode Island
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481 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

This in is a great place to relax after a day of shopping, golfing, sking,fishing and the list continues. We have been coming here for years and find the inn clean and lavish, the fod is excellent and the staff caring and outstanding. The only thing keeping it from being truly five star is some needed refurbishing.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank m1006
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nadianichols, Owner at Harraseeket Inn, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for sharing your review. We're planning another round of renovations this winter, which is the only time we can close down sections of the inn and get what needs doing, done! Our Maine Dining Room will be closed through the end of the month of January for a complete and long overdue renovation, but the Broad Arrow Tavern will be serving lunch and dinner as usual and we'll be seating for breakfast in our bright and sunny Casco Bay Room. We're also continuing with our guest room upgrades this winter. We hope the next time you visit you'll approve! All the best in 2013!
Penny Gray
The Gray family
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Property: Harraseeket Inn
Address: 162 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032
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Location: United States > Maine > Freeport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Freeport
#1 Green Hotel in Freeport
#1 Romantic Hotel in Freeport
#3 Business Hotel in Freeport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Harraseeket Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 84
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