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“Overpriced, Very Rustic and Uncomfortable Inn” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gosnold Arms Inn

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Gosnold Arms Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 New Harbor B&B and Inns
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“Overpriced, Very Rustic and Uncomfortable Inn”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2009

We stayed at Gosnold Arms Inn for a weekend in June 2009. It was the last weekend in June and tourism in the area hadn't picked up yet so the place was pretty empty. We stayed in a little cabin (out of the main inn) on the hillside while our travel companions stayed at a cottage on the water. The rooms are VERY simple. There is a tiny tv, one bed, a few tables and lamps but that's it. The beds are EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE while the towels feel like they've been used 100 times and then washed in very strong bleach making them very rough to wipe your face with. The bathroom is pretty clean - but very, very simple. They don't even leave you any shampoo, conditioner or body wash.
Breakfast is served in the mornings between the hours of 8am and 9am. Forget relaxing or sleeping in. The breakfast comes with the room - so you feel obliged to have it because why spend money elsewhere when you've paid to eat? The pancakes were absolutely horrid. They were blueberry but seemed as if they were deep fried because every time you pushed your fork down on them - tremendous amounts of oil would seep out. Then, the eggs were okay but the bacon was not that great and the overall selection was very limited. There was bread, some cold cereal and instant oatmeal - but not what you expect from a "charming" inn. The town the inn is in is very very small and there's not much to do other than to see Rachel Carson's salt pond and the Pemaquid lighthouse. There are also a few tour boats that leave from New Harbor to sightsee and do "puffin" and "seal" viewing tours. The seafood place right across from the hotel - Shaw's - is HORRIBLE. Totally overpriced, the servings are tiny and the staff is unfriendly and just plain rude. Go check out a cheaper joint where they actually serve you.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Gosnold Arms last weekend, and were delighted with it. We are definitely planning to book future stays!

Our room was lovely; it faced the water, and we enjoyed the fresh sea breezes and the lullaby of the sea each night. We were there during a full moon, and the sight of its silver path in the water was breath-taking. The beds were very comfortable, the room and bath were clean and tidy, and the building itself is charming. While we stayed in the main building, there are rooms across the street on the dock; we are planning on staying there sometime as well. In any case, you can stroll down to the dock, sit and snooze or read in the chairs, or just stand at the rail and gaze out at all the boats in the harbor.

Downstairs while you wait for breakfast, you have your choice of a cozy library with fireplace, a windowed-in porch with comfy chairs and a pot of coffee, or an open porch outside facing the water. Breakfast was very good: piles of crispy bacon, fresh corned beef hash, fluffy scrambled eggs, small pancakes stuffed with fresh Maine blueberries, and some of the best canteloupe I've ever had. You also have your choice of cold cereals, oatmeal, whole wheat toast, danish, a variety of juices, and coffee and tea. (Personally, I blame the sea air for my lumberjack appetite; each morning I ate a plate of eggs and bacon, and a plate of pancakes!)

We would highly recommend the Gosnold Arms to anyone traveling from "away" or locals (NH) like us. The location is also a plus; it's right across the street from Shaw's, which features great seafood. From the Gosnold Arms you can travel easily to the major sights and good shopping in the area. Thank you for a wonderful stay--we'll be back!

  • Liked — View
  • Stayed August 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 HulaCat
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Canada
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2006

The place only has a great view if you happen to get room on the harbour. .The room or cottage that we had was in the woods and not the great view. Just a large packing lot! There was a deck in front of the patio doors. The room had queen size beds which were right in front of these doors, so there was little privacy if wanted to keep the screen open due to the Maine heat in early Aug. All of the necessity such as couch, reading room, coffee maker and banquet hall were in the main building that faced the harbour. Since we were attending a family wedding in the area, it was annoying to not have an iron on the premises. The rationale of not having an iron was the danger of fires. Understandably, but with using their centre area, the harsh of fires could be avoid. It was also annoying to waste holiday time looking for an iron in the area.

This building which apparently had been a restaurant had a lovely eating are that over looked the harbour. Breakfast was served from 8 – 9 am and consisted of premixed blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and a glutinous reddish mixture which was said to be corn beef hash, and oily bacon. My husband joking said it’s been a long time since he ate residence food as he generously covered his plate with ketchup! On the third day, I brought with me cheese and turkey meat.

It was functional ..since we were so busy with wedding events, but would look else where when there again.

  • Liked — central to our family events
  • Disliked — accomodations, food, view
  • Tips/Secrets — ask for place on harbor
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2006

Clean comfpratble accommodation. Nothing fancy or as charming as I had hoped, but I suppoer that is reflected in the price. Buffet style breakfast - great views from the dining room.

  • Liked — Price
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Des Moines
Level Contributor
22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2005

Great place to see a true picture of a Maine fishing village. There is a 3 story small hotel on the shore, but we were lucky enough to stay in the room right on the harbor. The room had a porch with windows overlooking the harbor and a deck that was over the water. We watched the lobster boats coming and going as the tide came in under our room. Room had a frig, microwave, sink and coffee pot. We could have stayed for a period of time. Unfortunately we were just passing through. Just down the road from Pemaquid lighthouse on the Pemaquid peninsula. BEAUTIFUL. Gave you an appreciation of the work involved in lobstering. Right next to the pier. Included a buffet breakfast in the hotel.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2004

In June, 2004, we'd spent 2 1/2 weeks exploring the coast of Maine, ending up in Booth Bay Harbour. BBH was a nice tourist town, but we really prefer smaller, more quaint towns, less crowded & less 'touristy'. Exploring a bit further, we found New Harbor, ME & the Gosnald Arms B&B. With no reservations, we lucked out & got a great room for the 3 of us, overlooking the harbor. It was homey, comfortable, and quite cozy!

Gosnald Arms served a very nice full breakfast & the staff was quite nice, tho a bit shy. We enjoyed our stay so much, that we rearranged the remainder of our trip so we could linger an extra night in New Harbor. Even so, we hated to leave & will plan to return as soon as we can!

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Additional Information about Gosnold Arms Inn

Property: Gosnold Arms Inn
Address: 146 State Route 32, New Harbor, ME 04554-4713
Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > New Harbor
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in New Harbor
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Gosnold Arms Inn Maine/New Harbor

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