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Samoset Resort On The Ocean
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Maine
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53 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful local getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

We went to the Samoset right after Christmas for a long weekend. This was our first time there. VERY nice. Room was clean and comfortable and the food was very good. We booked the room and breakfast package and it was a great deal. The breakfast was incredible. The resort is very close to skiing, etc. Camden Snow Bowl very close too and is fun to go to even if you don't ski. Got some hot chocolate and watched everyone else. There is also candle pin bowling near by and is very inexpensive because they do not have any fancy equipment. Like it was years ago-you even have to keep your own score on paper. Can't wait to go back.

Stayed December 2013
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Connie R, General Manager at Samoset Resort On The Ocean, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
Dear k9crazy7,

Thank you for sharing your positive experience from visiting with us this winter. I was glad to see on top of wonderful food and lovely rooms you were also able to enjoy some of the many activities available in our area. Skiing and bowling make a great combination!

We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

With Warm Hospitality,

Cornelius J. Russell
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Portland, Maine
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

Our family had a mini "stay-cation" at the Samoset during school vacation week recently and were extremely happy and impressed with the resort and its staff. There were plenty of children's activities -- including an indoor petting zoo! -- as well as amenities for adults. Highlights for our daughter were the indoor swimming pool, kids' game room and several room service meals; for the adults it was the hot tub on our deck overlooking the ocean and a soothing spa massage. To top it off, the non-peak rates made it a very affordable getaway. We had so much fun that we're already talking about a return trip in May!

Room Tip: Request an upper-floor corner/end room facing the breakwater lighthouse.
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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3 Thank Scott T
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Connie R, General Manager at Samoset Resort On The Ocean, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Dear Scott T,

Your review details a wonderful “staycation” experience and I appreciate your taking the time to tell us about your stay at the Samoset. Children’s vacation activities, swimming in our indoor pool, delicious room service and dining, a hot tub suite, and massages at the spa. Wonderful! We just hope you didn’t go home too tired from all the fun you had on vacation.

Thank you again for your review and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

With Warm Hospitality,

Cornelius J. Russell
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Portland, Maine
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

My wife Elizabeth and I spent this past weekend at the Samoset Resort. Each time we visit the resort we continue to be impressed with the attentive and friendly staff, luxurious accommodations, great food, and an amazing array of amenities. The resort's GM, Mr. Russell goes out of his way to make sure we enjoy our staff.
Cannot wait until our next visit,

Room Tip: the rooms are all excellent with views towards the Ocean. We love the suites... particularly for a l...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RBaldacci2014
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Connie R, General Manager at Samoset Resort On The Ocean, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Dear Rbaldacci,

Thank you for taking the time to review the Samoset resort and your recent stay with us. It was our pleasure to welcome you back. Your kind comments are appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you and your wife again for a return visit in the future.

With Warm Hospitality,

Cornelius J. Russell
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79 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

We stayed here for six nights. I got a great deal, so even though Maine in March is not the best timing, we decided to go. It's been a while since I stayed right on the coast during winter. The weather was relatively mild.
For the resort, we stayed at the timeshare part. We stayed at the 700 building. So there are hotel part which is with the main part. The timeshare buildings are short walk from the main building. There are three building. We stayed in room 703, which is in the lower floor.

Our unit. The good; the unit is tastefully decorated much better than what the outside and hallway looked. Has a small kitchen with two small stove top, and small toaster oven, has a dishwasher, and everything you can ask for. One bedroom unit with king bed. Bed was comfortable. there is a little balcony that looks to the golf course and the ocean. f
The bad; I am being picky because the place is pretty nice, It would have been nice if there was in-unit laundry. also there is a DVD player, but they didn't have the right cord, so all DVD comes in really crappy like you are watching black and white TV. the clock's battery was dead. Also, I feel like the parking lot was small, I don't know if we would have found a space during the high season.

Main building: The good: First, the main building is beautiful. The vista is stunning. Check in was quick. I called before and let them know that I was coming on Sat, instead of Fri (since for time share you do for a whole week). And also asked them about pack and play, which they had and placed into our unit. The club was great. Nice swimming pool which we uses almost daily. Has a hot tub. Also there is a gym with weights, machines and even classes. The locker room even has a steam room that my husband used multiple times. is also small arcade and activity room with games, ping pong table. We can also borrow movies (limited selection, more for kids movies), Wii games, and skates.
The bad: the restaurant, which I did know before getting there, spa (which I wanted to use while I was there because I did not know it was closed), and gift shop is closed during the week for the winter time.

It was a nice place. One of the better timeshares I've been to.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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Connie R, General Manager at Samoset Resort On The Ocean, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Dear mjczoey,

Thank you for your review of the Samoset. We’re glad you enjoyed your stay in our timeshare units and using our fitness facilities in The Club at The Samoset. This time of year the hot tub, indoor pool, and steam rooms really feel wonderful.

I apologize for the poor performance of the DVD player in your unit, as well as not notifying you about the main resort outlets such as the spa and restaurants being partially closed in winter. We will take steps to address this communication opportunity with our Timeshare Manager.

With Warm Hospitality,

Cornelius J. Russell
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Gardiner, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

I just want to say how happy I was this weekend. I brought my daughter, now 28 and 3 grandchildren to our annual birthday trip to the Samoset. My daughter has been coming here since before she was born! We go every year for her birthday and sometimes in between. Both my children have bough at least 1 timeshare. It goes to show what a family orientated resort this is.
On Friday we arrived early because we had small children and knew they would need a nap soon. The general manager went out of his way to get us in a room as quickly as possible. Then when we went to the pool he had toys for the kids. He went over and above as did other staff. hope this will be shared with the GM in Rockport. Thank you

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms. The ones with the ocean view are spectacular! the sun coming up over the w...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Thank debbie e
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Connie R, General Manager at Samoset Resort On The Ocean, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Dear Debbie e,

Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to read of your three-generation family visit to the Samoset. It is wonderful that all of you have been able to make family memories by both staying in the resort and the timeshare units.

I was happy to assist you personally with an early check-in when you arrived. I remember when my own children were small how important nap schedules were, for the kids and the adultsalike, even when on vacation. I hope everyone had a great time swimming in the indoor pool.

With Warm Hospitality,

Cornelius J. Russell
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

This was at least my 10th stay at this fabulous property and I have never been disappointed. We took advantage of a BOGO at half off offer. When we arrived I was informed that we were upgraded to an oceanfront king suite! And how sweet it was. The rooms were beautifully furnished, spacious and totally comfortable. The view of the breakwater, lighthouse and islands is spectacular. Each staff that we encountered was helpful, upbeat and engaging. We ate one breakfast and 2 dinners at the hotel. The hot oatmeal brulee with fresh fruit and walnuts is a great way to start the day. Dinner seated at the Enoteca bar was delicious (salads are super fresh and tasty, the bread to die for and the sauces yummy) and entertaining as we watched two chefs prepare gourmet pizzas and other appetizers. The lobby is cozy yet stunning with a huge fireplace, exposed beams and leather furniture. Can't wait to return next month!

Room Tip: All rooms are beautifully furnished but oceanfront rooms can't be beat.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 140PatP
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Connie R, General Manager at Samoset Resort On The Ocean, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Dear 140PatP,

We are honored and grateful you continue to choose to return to the Samoset year after year. Our winter season specials, such as the Buy One Night Get the 2nd Night 50% Off, is a great way to enjoy the many amenities we have available during winter. It was certainly our pleasure to upgrade you to an ocean view king suite. Sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed our excellent dining options in both La Bella Vita and Enoteca, too. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

With Warm Hospitality,

Cornelius J. Russell
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North Lamoine, Maine, United States
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stayed as exhibitors for the Fishermen's forum at the Samoset. Rooms very nice and beautiful view. Employees very helpful and accommodating throughout the hotel. Room service, dining staff and housekeeping staff were very nice. Enjoyed the experience!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alice W
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Connie R, General Manager at Samoset Resort On The Ocean, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Dear Alice W,

Thank you for your supportive review of the Samoset. It is always a pleasure to welcome attendees and vendors back to the annual Fishermen’s Forums each spring. We hope you return someday when you won’t need to be working while visiting.

With Warm Hospitality,

Cornelius J. Russell
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Property: Samoset Resort On The Ocean
Address: 220 Warrenton St, Rockport, ME 04856-3835
Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Rockport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Rockport
#1 Family Hotel in Rockport
#4 Romantic Hotel in Rockport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Samoset Resort On The Ocean 4.5*
Number of rooms: 178
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rockport, ME resort and golf course located on the coast. ... more   less 
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