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Yellow Monkey Guest Houses & Motel
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Maybe there have been a lot of changes for the better, but the Yellow Monkey where I stayed two delightful nights recently bears no resemblance to what is described in the critical reviews here. My room was small, but perfectly adequate. Everything was totally clean and in working order. The furniture is B&B style - not modern, but charming in a way and perfectly serviceable. TV and AC worked fine. There are sitting rooms in each of the several buildings as a place to meet and talk with other guests. Breakfast is standard modest hotel "continental" -- coffee, juice, cereal, ;pastries, muffins, danish, etc. -- available in a nice separate building. Ample parking. Peter, the owner/manager is friendly and helpful. The roof deck and jacuzzi are fun for those who want a little (or a lot of) open air exposure. The location is terrific -- 3 minutes to the bars and restaurants, and maybe 10 to the beach -- which is important in a town famous for traffic and impossible parking. I was in a small room, but there are larger ones for couples or more, including some with decks attached. The clientele is most gay men, but there were other combinations who seemed to be having a perfectly good time. (Not to mention a family birthday gathering for the gay son of a large Boston family.) In short, a fine - if not elegant - place for a stay in a neat Maine beach side resort village -- at a price significantly less than other B&Bs that seemed to offer less in terms of facilities.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank Nelsontouch
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Most guests are gay men, though a few lesbians and straight parties receive a cordial welcome. Peter, the owner-operator, has stocked the 5 adjacent houses--their bedrooms and their lobbies--with antiques that make a B&B feel much like home.. Most of the rooms have small refrigerators, TV, AC, and a compact, well-designed private bath. The included breakfast is a serve-yourself choice of pastries, toast, bagels, cereal, yogurt, peanut butter, jelly, apples, coffee and tea in a pleasant kitchen-dining area opening to a delightful outdoor patio where guests gather for meals and socializing. Late afternoon usually draws guests to hot tub, porches, barbecue area or clothes-optional rooftop sun deck. Access to the gay clubs (The Front Porch piano bar or Maine Street disco) is 1.5 blocks past delightful shops and cinema. The ocean beach is another beautiful 3-block walk past picturesque historic buildings and the Ogunquit River, although many people stop en route after the first 2 blocks to bathe and sun at the Ogunquit River beach. A gay beach section lies another quarter mile north (left) along the ocean beach.

Room Tip: I've stayed in most of them over about 6 years and enjoyed them all.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank Donald M
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

I've never written a hotel review before, but I feel I should about this place. I stayed here a few years ago in July (cannot choose a previous year below for some reason) and had high hopes. My room smelled of mildew and it turns out (most) of the culprit was the air conditioner (the filter looked like it hadn't been cleaned in 3 or 4 years). This made me wonder about overall cleanliness... The overall room was dingy, there were kids running around constantly, incessant cruising, and I was overcharged. The owners seemed nice and the location is fantastic, but other than this, I wouldn't stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Andrew D
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Had my first ever trip up to Ogunquit over Labor Day weekend on the invitation of someone I had recently started seeing. When he told me we were staying at the Yellow Monkey and I saw the past reviews, I admit I cringed a bit. However, I'm well aware that reviews are often more of a reflection of the person writing them than they are of the actual place. So, in shorthand, if you are a stuffy snob, stay away as you won't like the place -- instead find something plastic and pretty that won't offend your delicate sensibilities. If you don't mind a few rough edges but want a great stay, then I highly recommend the place.

First, let's talk location. You can't get much better since this borders the downtown area and is only blocks from shops, restaurants and clubs. As one person described it, "easy stagger distance" if you are the type to go out and whoop it up. Park the car -- there are plenty of spaces -- and just enjoy the town. You're a five minute walk to the beach, another 10 minutes to the gay section. (Why are gay sections always so removed from mainstream area? Make the straights do the hiking!)

I saw a lot of dings in the reviews about the condition of the property. Yes, there are some things that need updating, but I'm very forgiving about that in this economy. Vacations are often the first things slashed in people's budgets during bad times, and hotels in particular have to make due with less income at a time when the costs of everything rises. Even so, regular guests there remarked on several nice improvements that had been made to the property, including a new and very nice breakfast area and new decks and stairways. Even a clothing optional deck for those who dislike tan lines. Frisky would be a good description though friendly and relaxed is better. WiFi access was a bit sketchy -- not just at the hotel but all over town -- but isn't unplugging the whole idea of a vacation? Besides, it forces you to interact with living breathing people instead of staring at a little plastic screen and trying to convince yourself you are "liked."

As far as the rooms go, there is a distinction between "worn" and "dirty." While some aspects of the room were a little well used, what we ended up with was a room that was very clean, comfortable and decently appointed. The bed was quite comfortable, the flat screen TV worked fine, and the air conditioner worked great (perfect for cuddling!). Our philosophy is that we don't want to spend a boatload on a room -- if your goal for vacation is to stay in your room and watch TV, stay home. We would much rather save money on the room and spend it on fun vacation stuff, liking great dining experiences.

So, if you have your nose in the air to begin with the place won't make any improvement in your sour attitude. If you appreciate great location, a welcoming and friendly owner and staff and you don't mind a little "character" where you stay, give it a try.

Room Tip: Ask for the Stone House -- the upper balcony offers a nice view of both the street activity and a small view of the ocean.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank RoamingStud
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

I just returned from a vacation at the Yellow Monkey after not having been there for the last four years. I was somewhat apprehensive due to some of the negative reviews that I had read on this site. However, I had positive experiences in the past and wanted to find out for myself what the conditions were. I was very pleasantly surprised! First - note that the "brown house" down at the corner of Hoyt's Lane is no longer a part of the Yellow Monkey. It has been sold. So the number of guest houses has been reduced to something more manageable. The proprietor is running the place on his own as his partner has retired. There are still plenty of hired hands to set up and clean the rooms, with fresh towels every day, trash emptied and beds re-made by staff daily. I noted a LOT of positive changes. The most impressive was a brand new breakfast kitchen, now in a separate building, where the old gym had been. It is now a beautifully appointed, bright and airy breakfast gathering place. There is both indoor and outdoor seating (all new) and a nice continental breakfast provided. Each morning there is fresh coffee, yogurt, cereal, english muffins, and danish, jelly, butter, peanut butter, and milk, orange and cranberry juices. We did not have to go elsewhere once for breakfast on this trip. The new breakfast room is beautifully set up with a sink, dishwasher, nice place settings, dishes, glasses, coffee mugs - and Yellow Monkey staff attend to it throughout the morning, which goes until noon! There is also a flat screen TV for those who want to channel surf while at breakfast. Kudos on this very welcomed change!! It is a far cry from the crowded kitchen of the past. The workout room has been moved to the previous office of the masseur. The massage office has been moved to another building. The workout room has two exercise bicycles, a treadmill, and hand weights. The old, broken "all-in-one" gym has been tossed. Many of the decking areas around the Yellow Monkey have been repaired and/or replaced. New walkways make connecting with local sidewalks easier than in the past. The "clothing optional" jacuzzi and rooftop sun deck are still nice - and the sun deck had new furnishings. Also, my favorite "Hideaway Room" that I booked featured a very comfortable bed, new chair cushions on the private deck, relatively new draperies and bedding - all beautifully coordinated. And there was a new flat screen television, as well. I was happy to find so many positive changes. I felt very much at home. Once again we met some other very nice guests along the way and are adding them to our list of "friends". That's what I love about this place! It is homey, welcoming, and fun - not to mention being very convenient to the beach, restaurants, shopping, movie house, clubs, and the playhouse. All in all, it was a very positive experience and I hope that the proprietors hold onto it longer. It is still a great place. While gay clientele will find this very welcoming, so will straight couples who do not mind hanging around with gay people. I would not recommend for families with children.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank LongIslander3
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