I've stayed at the Nonantum three times (twice in the past year). I've been there in August, October, and early June. I paid once and was on a corporate account the last two times. The first and third time I was in the Portside. Last fall I was in the main building.
I really like the Nonantum. Yes, it is overpriced, but ALL of K'port is overpriced. I have always found the staff to be very helpful, very. Everyone is polite, smiles, and is usually efficient . Yes, some of the young staff are sometimes a bit rough very early in the season (the hotel closes for the winter). If you need something, they will do their best to get it for you. Want to borrow a corkscrew - even though you brought your own wine and aren't buying theirs ? Sure, no problem, keep it as long as you need. Happy to help.
Some of the rooms that I have seen are smallish. I've always liked all of mine. They have all been very attractive. My main building room was on the small side, but a colleague's tiny room made mine look huge. The Portside rooms are not all the same size, even though that is the impression from the outside. My 3rd floor room was smaller than my 2nd floor room. This June another colleague, who had paid for an upgrade - as had I, said my Portside room was a lot larger and nicer than his main building room AND his waterfront room was more epensive than mine. Maybe mgt knew I really liked the place and had recommended it to others?
The public rooms are attractive. There is a fireplace going when it is colder. There is a large porch out front where you can sit and rock and have a glass of wine. Oh, the hotel is on the river, not the ocean. The grounds are very attractive; the plants are not all in the ground in early June - this is Maine and the temp is still harmful to senstive plants in May. I love the old fashioned elevator. You go to Nonantum for atmosphere, not to get a cookie cutter Hilton or Hyatt room.
I definitely recommend it.
The downsides? As people have said the floor-ceiling insulation in the Portside isn't as good as it should be. The last time there were kids staying above me who ran around - starting at 5 in the morning. Evidently, it didn't bother their parents, because they never stopped them. When there's a wedding, they tend to take over the place. The dining room may be closed and parking is next to impossible.
I still wholeheartedly recommend it though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Maine waterfront resort where traditions begin. The Nonantum has been welcoming guests with genuine hospitality since 1883. Enjoy historic charm with just the right modern comforts. Located on the Kennebunk River, along scenic Ocean Avenue, close to the shops and galleries in Dock Square, near Walker's Point and the beaches. Offering casually elegant accommodations, award-winning dining, family activities, and a gorgeous setting for special events. Seasonal outdoor heated pool, kayak rentals, trolley tours, scenic lobster boat tours, sailing tour and fishing charters departing right from the resort's on-site marina. Free WiFi, free parking, and free breakfast when you book directly with the resort! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nonantum Resort Kennebunkport, Maine
- Nonantum Hotel Kennebunkport