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The Breakwater Inn and Spa
Ranked #12 of 25 Kennebunkport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Massachusetts
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112 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Pretty disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Stayed here in early December in the riverside building in a king bedded room with porch overlooking the river. Couldn't believe that this place, which is owned by the same people who own the White Barn Inn, had:.......no in-room safe....no in-room coffee maker----very slippery tile at room entrance and bathroom...be careful (my wife slipped). No coffee, tea, cookies, etc. at 5:00PM when you return from a day out. Morning coffee not available till 7:30 AM, so early risers are out of luck. Continental breakfast was pretty poor. Had a bagel on the first morning. It was the worst I've had in a long time, but I said nothing. Next morning my wife had one and announced it was a horrible bagel, so that's 2 for 2. No bread out to make toast on day one. Day 2 had 4 pieces of bread that had sat out uncovered for so long they were stale. Very small bowl of fruit, some bananas, cereals, very strong coffee. There was one croissant on day one. It was very hard, as if it came from a day-old store. On day 2 there were 4 of the same style.
Shower head is mounted so low you have to scrunch down to wash your hair, face and underarms. Never seen anything like this before. Looks like a do-it-yourself install. Wall mounted heat/air conditioner was so loud we had to turn up the TV volume when it came on and it woke us up all night long every time it came on. Mind you, this was just the HEAT and not the summertime A/C unit's compressor! Would I return? Never.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I stayed here recently for our first visit to Maine coast It was mid -October and we were surprised how unoccupied the hotel was for a spa hotel but we were happy to be there. We enjoyed the continental breakfast and the quaint town and surroundings. The hotel lobby was set up more as a spa entrance, not a typical hotel entrance with bellhop etc. Room was upgraded to a larger room with King bed which was a nice gesture by staff. However, the mattress frame was broken and mattress was not supported on one side. Attempts to fix it didn't work as we experienced same occurrence on our second night's stay after mentioning to hotel front desk the first morning. They did discount the room due to the oversight so we left on a positive note. We'd definitely give this hotel another try next time we venture back to Maine,

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Houston, TX
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12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Loved the Breakwater and surrounding Kenebunkport. Cocktails on the lawn before dinner as the sun set was beautiful. Breakfast was good, but never had dinner in the restaurant, so can't comment on that. Our room in the mail building was lovely. Nice walk into town. Staff very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank BreckTex
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Los Angeles
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We debated between staying here or at the Cape Arundel Inn, and decided on the Breakwater because it was a little closer to town. What's also nice is that it has a small, rocky beach in front, and easy access to a nearby sandy beach.

The view from our third floor Spa room was excellent, allowing us to see the tide come and go and a parade of boats floating by (including an occasional Secret Service boat on its way to the Bush home).

The room came with a breakfast, which was buffet style, and could be eaten on the deck overlooking the river.

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Spa" portion of the hotel, which is more modern. Parking is easy and fr...
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Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

My wife and I just returned to the Breakwater Inn and Spa for the second time. This place is one of the best getaways. The property is perfectly maintained, the rooms are luxurious, the staff are all cheerful and helpful, the restaurant Stripers is amazing, and the Spa is 5 stars. This place is the perfect getaway that's the complete package. Even when my wife and I had to change reservations around, their manager Melannie helped us out and moved things around and made sure we had the perfect trip. This place is the best!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Mina K
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Golden, Colorado
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66 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We just got home from 2 nights at this hotel. It was a great getaway. The staff was very nice, helpful and efficient. We stayed in the main hotel on the 3rd floor in room 6 which was spacious in both the room and more so in the bathroom. It was plainly decorated but that was my only con. There is a great deck area for dining or you can sit in chairs overlooking the water. We borrowed bikes and rode around the area - which I highly recommend. This place was not cheap but it was well worth the money. A relaxing getaway with my husband. We also used the fitness center and had a spa treatment which was very nice. I would highly recommend staying here!

Room Tip: we stayed on the 3rd floor on the main hotel in Room #6. It had a nice big remodeled bathroom and w...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank KAM335
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Montreal
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34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I chose this hotel because we previously stayed there 8 years ago. The breakfast is great, best coffee I have had in years. It's a buffet style breakfast with fresh fruits, muffins, bread, eggs, cereals. I loved to sit on the adirondack chairs at the end of the day with wine just watching the fisherman on their boats come in. It's a great location. Nice walk into town.

Room Tip: You should avoid queen room partial view of river with balcony. The room has 2 skylights but no lig...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: The Breakwater Inn and Spa
Address: 127 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6308
Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Breakwater Inn and Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in the 1880's, The Breakwater Inn & Spa is one of the most historic Kennebunkport hotels and inns with all the modern hotel comforts, located right on the Kennebunk River waterfront. Experience our chic water view inn rooms, cottages or spa rooms as you indulge in exclusive signature spa treatments in our luxury spa complex. Delight in innovative cuisine at Stripers Waterside Restaurant, taking pleasure in the freshest seafood, lobster and shellfish from the New England Maine Coast. ... more   less 
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