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Franciscan Guest House
Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Kennebunk
Reviewed August 9, 2008

We stayed here in July 2008 because we were advised that it would be a great bargain. We paid 140 USD for a double. We felt that is was not great value: When we entered the room we encountered a strange smell. The air condition was very loud and did not work very effectively. The room had a carpet floor from the 60s, as was the furniture. Breakfast was ok, however not as good as promised when we checked in. Porridge was good, but far too many cakes for our taste and mainly white bread. Over all, check-in staff was very friendly and helpful though. On the up side is the nice park, the distance to the beach (though not the best beach in Maine) and the free beach parking license. Still, we would probably not stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 5, 2008

It was a wonderful, peacefilled stay here. the help in the office was generous, kind and supportive. Our room was clean and we were comfortable. I think I like your "no frills" kind of hotel stay. Also, there is an honesty and welcoming spirit that made a vacation worth while. thank you!

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Reviewed June 29, 2008

Clean room. Quiet, faced the shrines; other side of building faced the pool. Had a tv, fridge, a/c. Front desk helpful and friendly. Bountiful breakfast included in rate. Can walk to Kennbunkport. I believe the bus services the monastery (check to be sure) so when going to Kennebunkport you can avoid the traffic. Beautiful grounds to walk and enjoy. Would stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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1  Thank Enjoy4Life
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Reviewed June 26, 2008

Last autumn I stayed at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk. It was easy to find and located just a few blocks walk to everything. However, it is tucked into a quiet setting so you can get off the beaten path if you want.

The accomodations were very good with well-lit, tidy rooms and plenty of space. The staff was friendly and responsive to questions. I have stayed in both the "White House" and the main guest house--each has their unique character but are equally hospitable. The morning breakfast "banquet" included many Lithuanian cakes and specialties alongside typical American offerings. Good coffee!

The grounds are the hidden gem here: spacious, quiet and scenic. It is a great place to collect your thoughts and relax as you walk along the path surrounding the many acres of grass and trees. There are special places to reflect if you are spiritual but even the non-spiritual person will feel at home.

Overall a great alternative to traditional hotels!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 26, 2008

Beautiful property with miles of walking paths; Peaceful setting near the ocean; Simple and clean accommodations; Easy walk to the beach or into the town of Kennebunkport. Unbeatable price. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 17, 2008

Excellent value right in the heart of Kennebunk, Maine. Free parking, short walk to the shops/bars/restaurants downtown, and the beach. Its not the Four Seasons, but the hot breakfast buffet was included, and the vast park/forest lands are perfect for groups and families.

Pool area has lots of space for tanning, and the walking trails lead to great views of the river, marshlands (the kids really liked the birdwatching) and coast.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 10, 2008

I found this a great place to stay. The setting is beautiful - lush greenery and well kept grounds. The good humored hosting along with a generous breakfast set me up for days at the beach or rambling through all the shops and other attractions in the area. I don't think there's a better deal in the area, especially so close to the center of Kennebunkport.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled solo
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Address: 26 Beach Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043-7628
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Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunk
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Kennebunk
Price Range: $68 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An affordable option for the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport area. The hotel offers simple, plain, comfortable guest rooms for young families, seniors and anyone on a budget. Located next to the beautiful St. Anthony's Monastery Grounds with 44 acres of trees, rolling lawns, picnic tables, riverside walking path, shrines and wildlife. Only 15 minute walk to the beach. Or if you wish to drive, parking permits are available for a small fee. The continental buffet included with your room, with an upgrade to hot breakfast available for a small fee. Amenities include outdoor saltwater pool, free parking, A/C's, mini-refrigerator in all rooms. Supper by our Lithuanian cooks available in peak season. The hotel is a little oasis of peace and tranquility between Docks Square and the Kennebunk beaches. ... more   less 
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