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“The ONLY Place to Stay in Kennebunkport” 5 of 5 stars
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Harbor Inn
90 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME 04046   |  
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Ranked #17 of 25 Kennebunkport B&B and Inns
Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“The ONLY Place to Stay in Kennebunkport”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

We've stayed at this B&B on two occasions and our experience each time was a little slice of heaven. Cathy, the Prop., is a most gracious hostess and adds to the experience. The house was built in 1902 and is beautifully restored "to the nines". You don't have to worry about getting a "good" room as they are all furnished with period pieces that make it look like the quintesential B&B. The top floor has a very large room with a side room perfect for families. There's nothing better than to simply sit on the front porch on a lazy afternoon and contemplate your good fortune at being there. The breakfasts are gormet and plentiful. If you're worried whether Harbor Inn will live up to its pictures, don't worry, it's BETTER than the photos. Our last visit there (October, 2011) was not to stay overnight as we were on a cruise ship visiting Kennebunkport for the day. Nevertheless, I told my group of 15 friends and neighbors that they just HAD to see Harbor Inn. I knocked on the door and Cathy graciously allowed all of us to come in for a tour. They were all visibly impressed. I can't wait to go back again....it's a wonderful place to spend a few days with someone you love.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank rick486
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Boston, MA
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118 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

I was traveling with my boyfriend and his Mother who was visiting from Europe so we just wanted a quick getaway from the city for a change of scenery and to show her a different part of the country. We found the Harbor Inn and were so happy we chose it.

Kathy was great - friendly and helpful - and the inn is a quintessentially charming New England B&B. We had 2 separate rooms that were next to each other which was ideal for us. The rooms were nicely decorated with ensuite bathrooms and comfortable beds and there was a small, community fridge on the floor. The breakfasts were hearty and delicious and the staff was happy to hold a nice conversation. The location is convenient and it's easy to get to the downtown area.

We had the unfortunate timing of being there during a horrible snowstorm so we were basically trapped in the house for most of the day and evening. The winter scene outside was peaceful and pretty and were well entertained with TV, movies, and friendly conversation with Kathy and Donna so it worked out well. We were happy to stay inside a well-heated home! Kathy's son came by later and plowed us out of the driveway, too.

The only thing we found, which is typical for Maine, is that we were unable to get food delivered for dinner from any local restaurant. I had brought snacks though so we didn't starve.

I would recommend this inn for an enjoyable, relaxing, and reasonably priced stay in the area and hope to return in the future, maybe in summer so they'll be no chance of snow.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Qmis
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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

I stay at the Harbor Inn for at least one weekend each summer and every December for Christmas Prelude. I have never had a bad experience. I recommend this to all my friends. Cathy Jones and her son Barry are excellent hosts and make you feel at home. Each visit is better than the last. Cathy has many regular guests who return year after year. If you don't enjoy yourself here, you must be very hard to please.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank mathergirl
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Atlanta, Georgia
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53 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

We had not been back here in 17 years and were a bit nervous about what it would be like. Kathy, the new owner, put all those fears to rest. It was just as good if not better than when we stayed here in 1993. Kathy and Donna are wonderful hosts. The house is beautiful and well kept. It totally has the "you are home" feeling. They served great break fasts both morning we were there and gave great recommendations for all our other meals. Highly recommend and can't wait until next time we head to Kennebunkport.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank GATravelGuy
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new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2007

We had a lovely three-night stay at the Harbor Inn, and found it to be the highlight of our visit to Kennebunkport. The location was ideal, a few mintues' walk to the main intersection, and far enough out of the way to be quiet and relaxing. Our room, Pineapple, was on the small side, but not at all cramped, and was filled with easy-on -the-eyes antiques, including a canopied four-poster bed, along with delightful window benches and other comfy seating areas. The bathroom was small, but attention to detail made up for this: The towels were high-quality, nice and heavy, the shower pressure was excellent, and the room was stocked with helpful amenities. Also convenient was a mini-fridge for use by guests on the floor. Breakfast was very tasty, and Linda's service was kind and efficient. Throughout our stay, both Cathy and Linda were really charming and friendly, and they offered consistently great advice. Even before we arrived, Cathy gave us a dining suggestion in Ogunquit on our way up that worked out perfectly (the Village Inn). We'd recommend the Harbor Inn to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2007
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1 Thank 80daysCH
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Boston
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90 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2007

We were able to reserve a room at the Harbor in for a last minute getaway weekend to Kennebunkport. To our surprise, the only room available was the Woodbine cottage behind the inn. We had our very own cottage with a small kitchen, decent sized bathroom, gas fireplace an outdoor deck ~ it was perfect for 2 nights. We only ate breakfast one morning - It was the perfect amount of fresh fruit, pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee. The innkeeper is very pleasant and made us feel comfortable throughout our stay. The Harbor Inn is in an excellent location. We were able to walk everywhere and had our own parking spot behind the inn. The nightly rates for this Inn are reasonable considering the prices at some of the other accommodations in the area.

  • Liked — cottage with private entrance and gas fireplace
  • Disliked — no hairdryer in the room
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Hummelstown PA
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39 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2005

We have stayed twice at the Harbor Inn, Aug. '04 and '05. The rooms have been more than comfortable and we have stayed in The Pineapple and Eileen's room.

Cathy is a gracious hostess and prepares an exceptional and always changing breakfast. We have never had the same breakfast twice.

We typically spend 2 weeks each summer traveling Maine and have yet to be disappointed with the B&B's where we have stayed.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Harbor Inn
Address: 90 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
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Kitchenette
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Ranked #17 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
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