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“Beach + Pool + Frog Pond = Family Delight ...”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ocean Woods Resort

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Ocean Woods Resort
Ranked #17 of 26 Kennebunkport B&B and Inns
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“Beach + Pool + Frog Pond = Family Delight ...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

... is the Ocean Woods winning equation for a family with young children looking for a reasonably priced place to stay close to Goose Rocks Beach. This is definitely a challenge, and all the more happy we were that Ocean Woods lived up to and beyond our expectations. I'm not quite sure what is meant by the term 'Resort', and so I'm not sure if this precisely describes the place here, but as a simple, well run, clean and beautifully located guest house it was perfect for us as a family of 5. The owner, Kathleen, was a great host, and decked us out with all the beach gear we needed for our whole stay including beach towels, chairs and parasols, even sand toys and bodyboards. Despite having Goose Rocks, one of the most amazing beaches anywhere, a short hop away, it was a real treat to have a pool and places, like the garden pond, for kids to play and run around ... not to mention sort out all the shells and other ocean delights found along the beach earlier in the day. We were lucky to have a ground floor room, looking out back - not to the parking lot, so that our terrace basically spilled directly into the gardens. Breakfast was included, albeit nothing special to write home about (it would have been nice to have regular metal cutlery instead plastic spoons and paper plates etc) but this didn't particularly dent our enjoyment. The owners acquired the place about 7 years ago and seem to be executing much needed upgrades bit by bit. Although it seems a bit run-down and raw at some edges, it was clear, even in the short while that we were there, that the process to bring the building up to newer standards is being actively pursued. Goose Rocks Beach is a special place, and we would certainly recommend Ocean Woods to anyone coming to this little corner of Maine.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

I can't imagine a better experience! We've never been to Maine before. We were a bit skeptical but hosts, Peter and Kathleen, made our first trip north fantastic and memorable. The hotel offers every type of enjoyment -- hot tub, swimming pool, outdoor deck, restaurant and bar. The rooms are comfortable, clean and very private. The proximity to Goose Rocks Beach is wonderful, and the same thing can be said about its distance to adorable, downtown Kennebunkport. Goose Rocks Beach is one of the most beautiful and private beaches that we've ever encountered. A wedding ceremony and reception were being prepared while we visited the hotel. We witnessed first hand the care and attention to detail the staff provided. We had a great time and will absolutely be going back! Despite all of our extensive travels, we've never been moved to write a review until now. John Still and Gina DiGiacomo

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

With a feeling like an inn, this is a nice property 1/2 mile from Goose Rocks Beach. The grounds are nice for a stroll or sitting on a bench near the pond. It's an older property but we found it clean and had no major complaints like some posted. Very nice deluxe continental breakfast. Our room 203 overlooked parking so there was sometimes noise but minor issue. They have bikes to rent or you can make the easy 10-minute walk to the beach and save the $ and hassle for parking if you like. I would recommend this hotel for value and proximity to quiet beach.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Boardman, Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

My family and I recently stayed here for a wedding. Our experience is very much in line with many of the other complaints posted in other reviews. The smell of all our rooms was absolutely awful. Apparently management is aware of this, since they put small air fresheners behind the potted plants on top of all our TV stands. They didn't help much. Beyond the smell, the rooms had the general feeling of standing in a basement that has humidity problems. Even the carpets and the bedding felt damp. The hotel is so dated it still uses wall A/C units... my sister and brother-in-law thought they saw their unit spark on a few occasions.

Furniture was completely mismatched... it seemed most rooms had random tables, chairs, and lamps thrown in to take up the space. Some rooms had a small fridge placed on a towel on top of an end table... very classy. Room size seemed to vary widely... mine was about twice as large as others in my family. My family also had problems with plumbing (couldn't get the toilet to flush) and the shower (it leaked a left a huge puddle of water on the floor). When reported to the front desk, they said they would check into it. All they did was wipe up the water that leaked and left the wet, dirty towel on the side of the shower.

I personally don't care that that the parking lot is gravel, but it did make it hard to wheel heavy suitcases to my room.

Everyone in my family agreed this was among the worst places we have ever stayed.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Saugus, MA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

I went up to Kennebunkport to visit friends who rented a home on the water on Goose Rocks Beach. I stayed at the Ocean Woods Resort.

Comments: Value priced, freindly staff, comfortable, nicely decorated, quiet out of the way but also close to the beach and Dock Square.

Susan F. from Saugus, MA

Room Tip: I chose a room on the "Woods side". Beautiful view of lawn and trees!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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York Beach, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

I found a great place on the quieter, less-touristy side of the beautiful Kennebunkport region. My room was very clean and comfortable-I slept soundly-the bed was more comfortable than my own! Goose Rocks Beach is only a half-mile away-stunning vistas...walkable or they rent bikes. The surrounding countryside is superb for biking or a car ride. Most of the week, there is a pub open upstairs...the food is well-prepared and you can tell the entire staff is happy to be here. Also, they have nice pool area w/ a hot tub as well!

Room Tip: Rooms on east side have nicer view
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Livingston, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

I had great stay at Ocean Woods, near my favorite beach, Goose Rocks Beach. My room was clean and comfortable. The continental breakfast included in the room rate was sufficient. The beach was a ten minute walk away. After a great day at the beach, I enjoyed a cocktail and lobster at the pub's outside deck. The service was great and the prices reasonable. Ocean Woods is a great value in an increasingly expensive Kennebunkport area. I enjoy supporting a family owed place. My wife enjoyed the local shopping and the nice decor at Ocean Woods.

Room Tip: I love the wooded side with a view of the pond and pretty gardens.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Ocean Woods Resort
Address: 71 Dyke Rd, Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-5519
Location: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ocean Woods Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away on ten private acres, Ocean Woods Resort at Goose Rocks Beach offers a great vacation destination for families or a romantic getaway for two. Relax, enjoy country views and ocean breezes. Just minutes from Dock Square shopping and dining in world famous Kennebunkport. 32 Spacious guest rooms with private baths, cable TV. Continental Breakfast included. Outdoor pool and hot tub, shuffleboard, basketball, tetherball, horseshoes. Affordable family rates. On-site pub and casual family dining with kid's menu and big screen TV's. Great place for weddings, reunions, business meetings and family traditions. Hosts: Kathleen Spang-Morton and Peter Morton. ... more   less 
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