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“Wonderful ocean side inn”
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Seaside Inn
Ranked #5 of 14 Kennebunk B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Harpers Ferry, WV U.S.A.
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Wonderful ocean side inn”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

A girlfriend, her sister, and I wanted to spend a couple of days in the Kennebunkport area after my friend's daughter's wedding in Jackson, NH. We lucked out and got a wonderful room on the second floor facing the ocean. The room was larger than a traditional hotel room with a roomy deck. The inn keeper was gracious and helpful in finding activities and good restaurants for our entertainment. The extended continental breakfast is served in a cozy dinning room and was quite good. We were there in mid-October 2011 and I would love to spend a week there in the summer as the beach is right out your front door. Beautiful scenery in every direction.

Room Tip: Upper floor on ocean side with ocean view is great. Lower floor on ocean side has nice patio.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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seasidekennebunk, Owner at Seaside Inn, responded to this review, November 27, 2011
We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at The Seaside. The summers here on the beach are wonderful so we would be very happy to host your return to the Kennebunks.
Have a wonderful winter and we hope to see you next summer.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

The Seaside Inn is all about location. It is right on the edge of the dunes that separate the shore from Gooch's Beach. While the lower seaside rooms do not really have an ocean view they are situated on a beautiful lawn and each room has a few chairs with a side table. The sound of the ocean fills the air. The breakfast is just what you need to start off a day on the beach or exploring the near by port village. The oatmeal is outstanding - steel cut oats cooked to perfection. This combined with freshly baked, homemade muffins, fruit, juice and coffee is nicely presented in the cozy dining room. There were hard boiled eggs available too. As for the accommodations, they are clean and well appointed. There are no coffee makers in the rooms and no beverages are available until breakfast at 8am. So, early risers you are on your own. Each room has a refrigerator. Ear plugs would be a good idea, especially for the lower floor rooms. Noises from the upper floor rooms are quite loud, especially from the heavy footed guests. Plumbing noises are also prominent. If you have to be on the beach in Kennebunk, this is the place and perhaps the only place.

Room Tip: Second floor ocean side is the first choice. The first floor oceanside are really not worth the extr...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Denver
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54 reviews
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Seaside Inn is a great property in a stellar location: Right on the ocean on an expansive property with charming New England Rooms, great front desk. Since you are on the ocean, on a great beach, in a stellar town, the room rates are actually surprisingly reasonable.

We have stayed at Seaside for many years and have consistently received excellent attention and feel like family yet I've never posted a review for some strange reason.

There are many great properties in Kennebunk so competition is fierce, but we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.

Again - the property is on the beach, but you sacrifice convenience for elbow-room: you'll have to drive to just about every restaurant, shops, etc and parking in town is never actually "easy." This is more than offset by the great hotel and friendly service.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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seasidekennebunk, Owner at Seaside Inn, responded to this review, November 27, 2011
It is so wonderful to hear our guests say they feel at home at The Seaside. That has always been our goal. We enjoy seeing all of our guests come back year after year. We have the best staff around and they have been with us long enough that they know each of our returning guests and what their preferences are.

The entire staff looks forward to your return next year.
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Canada
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

We've been coming to the Seaside for about two decades. Guess what? We're in love with it.
It's pristine clean, quiet, comfortable, serves a hearty breakfast, the staff and owners are very friendly and welcoming, and are great with helpful advice and are in love with their local history. You'r only about 150 yards or so from the Atlantic so you can hear the waves roaring away all through the night ... you'll get great sleeps here.
The same family has been runnning an inn at The Seaside for 400 (!!!) years ... they must be doing something right.
We'll be going back again, as usual;, this fall.

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet (except for the sound of waves).
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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PA
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138 reviews
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

Stayed for 2 nights right after Hurricane Irene came through New England but all was well with The Seaside Inn. I was dissappointed about not being able to have an ocean view room (smarter people snapped those upearlier - there was no vacancy during our stay). BUT the 2nd floor deck, just steps from our room, provided a great sea view along with comfy chairs. (see my photo).Our room was clean, spacious and the bed was comfy. The 2 breakfasts was fantastic: homemade, still-warm, berry-nut muffins one day and stuffed french toast with blueberry sauce the next morning. Amazing!

All the staff were friendly. The grounds were well groomed. The place was quiet and laid back.
LOVED the location.... walk over the dune to the BEACH. And could watch boats come & go from Kennebunkport harbor. Wish we could return sooner... but we'll be back some day!

Room Tip: Try for ocean view but the ocean view deck works well if you can't snag a room with a view!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2011

Stayed here for five days in July and it was far too short! If you like being ON the beach, this is really the only choice in Kennebunk - and really the most perfect choice anyway! The place is small - 22 rooms - but it is quait and immaculate! Staff is friendly and helpful. The location is perfect - town only about 5 minutes away by car - maybe 15 minutes walk. Beach is quiet, uncrowded and beautiful. Can't say enough great things about this place!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

What keeps me coming back to The Seaside, year after year? Is it the homey American "continental breakfast" (the muffins and French toast will make your eyes well with tears, they're so good) the beautiful grounds, the dunes and soft beach an arm's length away?
Well, all these things, it’s true; but what really sets it apart from every other place I’ve stayed is the staff.
It's the kind of place you don't see much anymore; where you see the same people year after year: the guests and staff, decade after decade. So that it becomes far greater than just an inn and more like a family.
The same family has owned and operated it for centuries and their desire to maintain relationships with their guests who return year after year is a testament to the almost indescribable allure of The Seaside. The same wonderful women have cleaned the place for more than a quarter of century and the rooms are impeccable. Not to mention the fact that it is the only property open to the public on Kennebunk Beach. You walk through a small stretch of dunes with your towel and you’re on the beach. They can order you a lunch from the gals at Market Day (who deliver) and you can stay all day!
Unfortunately, the family lost some of the property due to aggressive property taxes and a portion of the property was purchased by a developer who built upscale summer cottages.
But the heart of The Seaside remains intact, untouched, essentially unchanged… just like it was when I first visited back in the seventies.
I wouldn't stay anywhere else.





Room Tip: oceanfront rooms have views of the water.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Seaside Inn
Address: 80 Beach Ave, Kennebunk Beach, Kennebunk, ME 04043-7632
Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunk
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Seaside Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront Inn directly on quiet section of Kennebunk Beach. The only Kennebunk Inn directly on the Beach! Walk to Kennebunkport’s Famous Dock Square shops, boutiques and restaurants. Sea kayaking, lobster boat tours, whale watching, fabulous sunrises and sunsets from your room! Surfing, wake boarding and kayaking right out your door. Ocean view Hot Tub. Bicycles. The Seaside Inn is open year round and includes breakfast daily in the 1850 Boat House. Great values with our special Off-Season Packages in our Oceanfront Inn. View live beach cam on our web site. 9th Generation Family Innkeepers since 1667. Kennebunkport’s premier beachfront address. A memorable location and experience directly on the beach. Maine Environmental Leader award. ... more   less 
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