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Review of Inn on the Harbor

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Inn on the Harbor
Ranked #1 of 4 Stonington B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 28, 2013

The Inn on the Harbor is not a 5-star hotel; what it is is a quaint, charming, clean and wonderful place to stay. You can't beat the view; the staff is a gracious and kind group of folks who go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your stay. If you are looking for a place to go that will allow you complete relaxaton away from the stress and pressure of everyday life. Look no more! Maine is beautiful and the Inn is lovely. Looking forward to going back as soon as possible. Maine's motto is "Maine, the way life should be" and when I'm at the Inn, I completely agree!

Room Tip: Be sure to get a room on the harbor side; the Victory Chimes on the second floor has a fireplace and...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Generally acceptable stay. Exceptional views of the harbor, so one can easily overlook some of this property shortcomings - lack of privacy for the rooms overlooking the common deck, decent continental breakfast but clearly nothing to write home about (and why would there be an expresso machine that cannot be used during breakfast hours, when it is needed most?).
Biggest issue during our three night stay was the absolute lack of sound-proofing between our room, the Grace Bailey, and the room next door, Angelique. It didn't help that our neighbor was loud, opinionated, and possibly intoxicated every single night... keeping us awake way past our bed time with endless tirades on various subjects.

Room Tip: Stay away from Grace Bailey and Angelique unless you are going to rent out both rooms.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

First found this place in a Frommer's guidebook, then checked it out on the internet. Stayed in the Stephen Tabor room, which had its own deck but had an access to the main deck. Nice but found other folks coming onto our deck and looking into our room. I choose this place as a surprise to my wife and to splurge a bit on a bed & breakfast as opposed to the motels we used during the rest of our vacation. Room and view were great, loved watching the harbor activity afternoon, night, and morning of our 1 night stay. But for some reason, the place just did not meet my expectations. I guess it looked a little run down on the outside not like the photos online. Didn't feel as welcoming as I thought it would be, maybe because we were only a one night visitor. room was very comfortable and enjoyed the friendliness of a few of the shopowners n the main street. For a Bed & Breakfast, the breakfast was not up to expectations, toast, muffins, & coffee. But it did have the haborside aspect and that made the stay.

Room Tip: No desinated parking for those staying at the Inn, you have to fend for yourself to get a spot on th...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We enjoyed staying here. Our room (Stephen Tabor) had its own deck looking right over the harbor, which was constantly in motion with lobster boats and rowing and sailing boats. It was very entertaining to sit and watch the action. It was a pleasure to stay in a bit of old Maine that was still a real place, and nor just dominated by tourism and holiday homes.
The staff were very pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was just good enough but not great.
THis hotel could be really good with just a bit of investment and upgrading.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

First let me say that we spent a very relaxing 5 nights at the Inn. We were in the Victory Chimes, first floor, water view and stepping directly out on to the shared deck. The room location couldn't have been better but be forewarned that its a bit "tired." At close to $200 per night (high season) it would have been nice to have had the refrigerator cold when we arrived, fitted and better quality sheets and pillows as well as a bathroom without rickety plumbing fixtures (in the shower). My real test was one night I had left out a slightly messy plate that we had used for cheese and crackers. Housekeeping didn't pick it up or wash it. Left one out a second time thinking that maybe it was just an oversight but no, not cleaned again. Bare in mind we kept our room neat and tidy so I thought cleaning a melamine picnic plate wouldn't be expecting too much especially when there is a tip container for housekeeping on the Check out desk. Kelly in the office is a love and super helpful. You'll be lucky if you meet the owner, she was there only on Sunday. She's moved on to a new project and the inn is up for sale, unfortunately it's pretty obvious. The continental breakfast is nothing more than breads, a few muffins, and homemade granola. With a few slices of cantaloupe. The menu doesn't change it's the same every day. Head over to the diner across the street and you'll be much happier. Oh and one employee will be happy to tell you about her cottage that is up for rentals. All in all, great location, quiet little town at the end of nowhere but if you go here definitely lower your expectations.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We arrived on a Saturday for a 2 night stay. The inn is very quaint and clean. The owners are very accomodating. We had a room overlooking the habor with a king bed. We ended up bringing our 12 year old grand daughter and they had no problem with her crashing on the floor. They gave us eveything we needed for her to sleep comfortably. Very slow working class lobster fishing town so don't expect any touristy stuff and the shops are closed by 7 except for the Fishermens Friend Restaurant which is a very short walk from the inn. We stayed in a harbor side room and that was def the side of the in you want to be on. We had a huge shared deck off our room that literally sat directly on top of the water. Very Peaceful. Continental breakfast is very limited so don't expect much.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

If you are fortunate enough to find Stonington Maine, and decide to stay, stay here if you are able to do so. The rooms are sweet and those on the harbor will let you in on part of the work of getting a lobster onto your plate, if you are a lobster-lover.

But be prepared: lobsters are not caught by guys telecommuting from their home offices.

Their back-busting day begins at about 4:30 in the morning when they take their small, outboard motor driven boat out to their lobster boat. If the buzz of a small is going to bother you - sorry.

The delights of being in this small town are balanced by the sorts of noise that accompanies a true, we-live-and-work-here-community. A fog horn gently sounds from a distance all night.

I ADORED it all when I stayed here, slept like a baby. I love to return for an espresso and yummy baked on-premise treat on the beautiful deck,to "watch work go on all day" while I sit and relax.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Inn on the Harbor

Address: 45 Main Street, Stonington, Deer Isle, ME 04681
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Deer Isle > Stonington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Stonington
Price Range: $70 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OPEN YEAR ROUND Known for its unique charm and spectacular view of the Penobscot Bay islands, the Inn on the Harbor on Deer Isle offers a perfect romantic waterfront retreat. Built in the 1880s and perched right on the edge of picturesque Stonington Harbor, this bed and breakfast captures the very essence of Maine's Downeast island life. Ten of the thirteen individually decorated guestrooms face the sea and enjoy gorgeous views of Isle au Haut, the Windjammers and the island's fishing fleet. Guests can relax on the spacious flower-covered deck extending out into the harbor and enjoy the tide rising and falling beneath the Inn. They can fall asleep to the sound of nearby Mark Island Light's foghorn and wake up to the lobstermen heading out to sea. Several of our rooms have wood burning fireplaces and/or private decks. Our accommodations are relaxed and comfortable, all with private baths and sitting areas. The coastal atmosphere, with fresh salt air and brilliant sunny skies, encourages many of our guests to simply put their feet up and relax while watching Stonington's bustling waterfront. This is Maine's Downeast island life at its best. ... more   less 

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