We had a unique experience at The Beachmere Inn, as we booked three nights during a busy time, and had to switch rooms; the first night, we had a breathtaking, panoramic view of Ogunquit Beach from a 2nd-floor balcony room in the Victorian, and the next two nights, a less inspiring view, but a more modern suite in the newer main building.
This turned out to be fortuitous, as we were able to sample different aspects of the Inn. In the Victorian, the view from our giant balcony was awe-inspiring -- we seemed to be almost hanging over the ocean, and could sit and watch surfers and giant waves roll by, or the tide go in and out; but our single room, while clean and comfortable, was a bit old and outdated, and the tiny bathroom had only a small, dorm-style shower stall.
We were therefore pleasantly surprised, when transferred to the main building, to find a clean, modern suite with a separate living room, two flat-screen TVs, climate control and a spacious bathroom with a big tub. However, we could only see a bit of ocean off in the distance from our room (tucked a bit behind the Victorian). One inn, two experiences; both with their advantages.
Best things about the Beachmere: that view, also enjoyed from deck chairs on the giant lawn; instant access to the Marginal Way, a walking path along the ocean cliff that stretches from Ogunquit's town center on the left, to Perkins Cove center on the right (the more spectacular, but longer walk is to Perkins Cove; the walk should not be missed, and we stopped in to Barnacle Billy's counter in Perkins Cove for a steamed lobster lunch).
The staff at the Inn were uniformly helpful and friendly (Ruby at the front desk was kind enough to help with local recommendations); dinner at the Front Porch in Ogunquit -- the food was so good, and the atmosphere so nice, we went back twice! Strolling the hard-packed sands of Ogunquit Beach (a bit of a walk from the Inn). A coin laundry on the premises -- very convenient. A full kitchenette.
One thing that could use a bit of improvement; the free breakfast, primarily not-very-good commercial breads and pastries, dry cereal and bananas. One morning there were hard-boiled eggs, but the next two days, there were none. Considering the room rates, and the wonderful bakeries in town, it wouldn't take much to upgrade this a bit.
We had a lovely time at the Beachmere; we won't soon forget that view, or the gorgeous, rocky Maine coastline.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beachmere Inn is an oceanfront Victorian inn & hotel offering spectacular ocean view accommodations. It's been family-owned and operated since 1937. Accommodations include a variety of rooms and 1 bedroom suites, all with kitchenettes and some with wood & gas fireplaces. Enjoy two massage treatment rooms (couples and single treatments offered), Bistro, hot tub and exercise room. The ocean views are simply fantastic from your room or from the expansive lawn. Direct access to the Marginal Way ocean footpath and our little sandy beach during low tide. Park your car and forget it, you can walk to everything in Ogunquit. Open year round ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Beachmere Hotel Ogunquit
- Beachmere Hotel Ogunquit
- Beachmere Ogunquit
- The Beachmere Inn Ogunquit, Maine