Before I begin this review let me say I am sure Colony Hotel is a nice place to stay when the weather isn't 99 degrees outside.
Having never been to Kennebunkport before, we were pretty excited as we drove down Ocean Ave and saw the towering hotel ahead of us, a Grand Hotel as you drive up. Our worries began as we noticed every room in the hotel had its windows open leading us to believe there was NO AC in the hotel. But there was a nice breeze and we had confidence all would be ok. The lobby is absolutely gorgeous with old wood paneling and magnificent view over the ocean just a block away.
Our rooms were "garden" view whatever that means. We looked out over the parking lot that was noisy and has ZERO breeze coming through the windows. I am not joking when I say it was 20 degrees hotter in our room than it was in the hallway or the lobby. We were assured once the sun went down it would cool down. There was a small fan in the closet but we still chose to pick up additional fans from Wal-Mart for the evening.
As stated above we had a "garden" view or parking lot view. Sun goes down we have already had dinner and drinks and our room is still sweltering even with two windows open and three fans running. Plus the noise from the parking lot below. Needless to say it was not an enjoyable evening at all. If you close the shades you get no breeze, open the shades you get lights from the lot and no blockage of the sounds below.
As for the room if that is what you want to call it. There way a ceiling fan but the room being generous here was probably 12 x 12 at the most. With a bed and dresser there was no room to walk around and in the stifling heat it was even worse. The bathroom was modern but nothing that I would write home about. There are no TV's in the room and the Wi-Fi was terrible. I was able to get connected but it would only stay connected for about 5 minutes before I was booted off.
It was a restless night for my wife and I, the other couple we were traveling with had the same restless night. At one point I got up around 2:00 a.m. and my shirt was soaked with sweat. We were booked for two days we checked out a day early. If I could have pulled it off, I would have slept by the pool in a deck chair. I spent $250 to sleep in a sauna.
The morning breakfast was nothing special. Nothing fancy, a typical breakfast buffet of eggs, bacon, potato and fruit. Our waiter was very nice. I can say the dinning room was cooler than our room.
I am sure if you can get an ocean view room with an ocean breeze coming through your windows this is a grand hotel to stay in. I am sure if the temperatures were at the July averages of low 80's this might have been a nice place even for garden view rooms. But with temperatures in the upper 90's this was not an enjoyable stay. I do commend the hotel for allowing us to get out of our 2nd night with no penalty.
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- Also Known As:
- Colony Hotel Kennebunkport, Maine
- Colony Hotel Maine