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““Best Cottages in Maine.”” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Dunes on the Waterfront

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The Dunes on the Waterfront
Ranked #11 of 36 Hotels in Ogunquit
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San Antonio TX
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107 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
““Best Cottages in Maine.””
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

We have been coming to the Dunes for 15 consecutive years and stayed in numerous cottages….we love them all. Cottage suites are our favorite…fireplaces, and fully equipped kitchens. Beautiful quiet grounds, exceptionally clean, dependable, and they always maintain the same high quality. You are in the middle of everything, but feel far away from the crowds. This is my wife’s “place” but now friends and extended family join us every year. We normally come in Oct, but this year we tried May. It is beautiful in the spring as well. We prefer shoulder season to avoid the large summer crowds. This is not a resort with all the high tech amenities; this is a home away from home. In the cottages, you do your own housekeeping and linen exchange. Hotel units have daily maid service. If you want a unique Maine Experience…come to the Dunes.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Urbandale, Iowa
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26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

We returned in September 2011 with our grown children and grands, along with my mom-four generations of "Dunes-lovers". We started going there in 1978 and have tried to return as often as possible. We often have friends join us, which makes our stay even better. Having grown up in Maine, The Dunes is the epitome of " a week at the cottage, ayuh", to me. We had 3 cold, rainy days and even they were better than sunny days in most other places on earth. Thank you again, to The Perkins Family and staff.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rochester, New York
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78 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2011

We booked a guest cottage for two to celebrate a milestone birthday in October and found The Dunes to be an absolute treasure. The manager marked our special occasion with small gifts and a heartfelt note, rounding out the beautiful location with exemplary service. We stayed for three nights and would have stayed longer if we could. The peaceful setting, morning coffee on the dock, and the manicured but natural grounds offered one of the best getaways we've had. The kitchen, bed, and bath were very clean, and the kitchen included basic cookware (though we didn't use it, it looked more than serviceable). Not surehow crazy the location would feel in the summer time, but for a romantic off-season visit, try The Dunes. Consider eating outside the Ogunquit area, though, as we encountered poor service and lousy food at the nearest restaurants.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

After spending two weeks in comfortable but large hotels this was a wonderful find. As has been said before the grounds are so well maintained and with the cottages spread out it is very relaxing. Being right on the beach was an added bonus even thorough we stayed in October and it was getting cold the beach always adds to the experience. There is a great walk along the beach front.
We stayed in a cottage without a kitchenette as is was for just one night. The furnishings were comfortable and appropriate for what it is. The bed was very comfortable and the heating worked well!!
Definately visit Angelinas Italian restaurant down the road. Beautiful food and great service.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kenwood, California
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211 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2011

Great location....we walked to the Lobster Pound for dinner and the Egg and I for breakfast. We had our wine on the lawn and watched the Atlantic at sunset. Fairly close to town. Rooms were clean, but without charm.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Latham, NY
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137 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

We stayed in the old hotel part of the dunes and were very pleased with our stay, The place knows how to stay charming with subtle updates to ensure they are staying with the times as well. We went in early October and loved everything about the location and look forward to staying here again in the future as the scenery is unbeatable and so close to the water and a fun adventure crossing over the dunes to get to the beach, The staff was friendly and inviting. The next time we stay we hope to rent a cottage with a kitchen and fireplace so we can enjoy more of the scenery the Dunes on the waterfront has to offer.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Maine
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59 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

Quiet setting right in the midst of Ogunquit. There are multiple options for accommodations, we stayed in a hotel room that was right near the water. Room 23. It was very clean and bright with well maintained furnishings. I liked the touch of a single brew Keurig coffee maker. A small frig helped keep beverages cold. Each cottage or room had tables outside with umbrellas. I was impressed seeing a worker wipe off the morning dew from these chairs each morning. A pool was a nice touch as were the towels. There are row boats you can take to cross the river to get to the dunes during high tide, or walk across during low tide to get to the beach. The Ogunquit trolley stop is right at the end of the driveway as are a couple restaurants.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Dunes on the Waterfront

Property: The Dunes on the Waterfront
Address: 518 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907-3212
Location: United States > Maine > Ogunquit
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Ogunquit
#3 Green Hotel in Ogunquit
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Ogunquit
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Ogunquit
#5 Romantic Hotel in Ogunquit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Dunes on the Waterfront 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Picturesque Maine cottages, suites and guest rooms overlooking the Ogunquit Tidal River and Ogunquit Beach in southern Maine. Enjoy 12 scenic and private acres, dotted with Adirondack chairs, landscaped gardens, and an outdoor pool. Ogunquit's famous sandy beach is accessible by rowboat at high tide and on foot at low tide. Perfect for both families and romantic, relaxing getaways. ... more   less 
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