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“Beautiful place to stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colony Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Kennebunkport
NYC, NY
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2009

Just returned from our second trip to the Colony. We had stayed previously about three years ago. It was nice then, but has really improved! The service was better, the place seemed spruced up, and the views are still gorgeous. Who would not enjoy lounging by the heated salt water pool or sipping a drink on the veranda? We travel with our Lhasa Apso dog (who is exceptionally well-behaved). We did experience a couple of barking dogs, so as the other reviews say, it is probably more for people who are tolerant of pets. Also, remember this is a "green" hotel, so no TV or air conditioner is provided. Just enjoy the amazing views, the putting green, the pool, the beach, the shopping, and the restaurant, and you won't even miss them...

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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New Lenox, IL
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2009

My party ranged in age from 5 years to 82 years. Everyone loved this place. The heated saltwater outdoor pool was a challenge in October, but we loved the evening swims. The artwork in the lobby showed experiences of turn of the century visitors, who lounged outside, participated in afternoon tea, or also enjoyed the beach. The beach really wasn't for swimming, and my older mother couldn't make the steep walk, but it was great for a long walk. We enjoyed our sail aboard the "Eleanor" which my mother was able to do. We highly recommend "Mabels" for lobster - it's small but the big names never miss it. The shopping was crazy crowded in the main street area, but I'm not a shopper. We also ate lobster at the dock where you board the Eleanor - very good. You pay $35 for a lobster, but it's worth it. How many times do you get to Maine? Back to the hotel - there is an elevator or staircase. We got the breakfast inclusive which was worth it - a nice, fresh buffet each morning in a dining area overlooking the grounds and seaside. We drove to the Bush compound for a view from the roadside, and of course the fall colors were outstanding. We luckily caught them in peak season around October 10th. The staff at the hotel front desk weren't exceptionally attentive, but were friendly. Our room was not air conditioned (just fine in October), it was comfortable and cozy. It was a little challenging not to have TV, just bring your ipod or be prepared to read. We discovered a TV room off the lobby and a library containing puzzles down the hall from that. We got hooked on a New England puzzle, and spend hours at it - even bought it at a souvenir shop later on the trip. My family played golf in the back grounds putting green. I learned to appreciate the serenity of the place and to plan on hanging out in the general areas - main lobby for tea, fireplace, library, restaurant, TV room, verandas, gazebo. It is a great place to unwind. Be wary of noisy guests and don't hesitate to contact the front desk - sound really carries in this place. Oh, and I'm a dog lover so I really enjoyed seeing the occasional well-behaved dog in the place.

  • Liked — location and views from our room, history and comfort of the place
  • Disliked — service, a bit pricey (but would do it again)
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank TravelRZ
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Florida
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2008

What a gracious and glorious experience! Make certain to sip a drink by the pool and watch the sunset! Play a game by the fireside in the lobby at night! This is a relaxing hotel "the way it used to be." The hotel is still family owned! The staff was all attentive and eager to please! Yes, most of them are from other countries, but they have great attitudes!

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Relaxgilr
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southborough, ma
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2008

Very nice hotel, great view.
We loved the pool area.
Pets allowed so if you don't like dogs at the pool I would look for a different hotel.

  • Liked — the pool area with the ocean view
  • Disliked — pets allowed , no air conditioning and tv in the main hotel
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank pbeck22
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Bangor, Maine
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2008

My wife and I stayed at The Colony for two nights. One evening we decided to sit out on the veranda to relax. We finally went back to our room after a dog, confined to the room behind us on the veranda, barked continuously for the entire half hour we sat there. We noticed dog hair on the carpet in our room, fortunately no fleas. At $200 per night one shouldn't have to listen to barking dogs and find dog hair on the rugs.

The staff weren't rude, just cold.

  • Liked — Great View
  • Disliked — Barking Dogs
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Montreal
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2008

The Colony hotel is a charming old colonial hotel by the sea. The hotel needs a little renovating and the walls are paper thin. Pray that you get the right neighbours.

The overall experience was enjoyable but could have been so much better. The hotel wants to be a traditional family oriented hotel, which is great but it wouldn't hurt it to take a step into the 21st century nonetheless.

The pool is great, and you are very lucky if you get a room with a view. The sunsets are breathtaking.

Half the staff if fantastic, the other half is pedantic and stuck in another world.

We had the displeasure of having a very big and boisterous dog in the room across from ours and were woken up every morning at 6:30 or 7am by it's wailing and barking. It seems this happens quite a lot.

  • Liked — The Location
  • Disliked — The Noise
  • Stayed August 2008
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New Rochelle, New York
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2008

We stayed there from 8/28-8/31 2008. Originally, we were going to stay in Key West, but cancelled due to hurricane Gustav. We made a last minute decision to go to Kennebunkport, and so called our travel agent, who was able to get the last room available in the entire hotel. Our room was 222 in the main building. This was the first time we stayed at the Colony, although we were in Kennebunkport several times before. The main building is attractive as well are the grounds. The room was ok. there was a ceiling fan, but no air conditioning and no TV. The first night was comfortable, but the last night was too warm. Beggars can't be choosers I guess. The dogs are a hoot. We love dogs. They were all well behaved, and really seemed to be enjoying their vacation at the Colony. The breakfast buffet was great...nice choice of food and good quality. Front desk service was spotty, e.g. some personnel knew how to address guests, others didn't have a clue....inconsistant training I guess. Next time we go back, we will try for an air conditioned room with a TV, but we will return.

  • Liked — Confortable bed
  • Disliked — No air conditioning and no TV in room
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Colony Hotel
Address: 140 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6303
Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Colony Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 124
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