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“Disappointed in a long-time favorite” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Belle of Maine
Ranked #19 of 28 Hotels in Wells
west rutland
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Disappointed in a long-time favorite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We have been staying at Belle of Maine for over 20 years. One of our favorite places in Maine. They consistently have offered value and hospitality but we were disappointed this time. First, rates were higher than they have been in the past for Memorial Day weekend and no specials offered as they used to. But in addition, they now charged me 3% to use my Credit Card. That isn't unacceptable if you have a payment choice, and once I learned of it, I did pay the remainder in cash on arrival, but they require one night payment by CC to make reservation. It just rubbed me the wrong way. One of my chief reasons for staying there is the outdoor hot tub. It was not heated when we arrived. Another disappointment. And while I know they like their dogs and so do many of their visitors, I don't want 2 big dogs bothering me when I sit on the deck. Such a shame. We have enjoyed this place for so many years. I guess we will find a new favorite. Maybe it was time anyway for a change.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank itzbeth
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Camden, Maine
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Based on the on-line reviews, I had high hopes. Having recently stayed there, I wondered if I was even in the same place as those other reviewers. Hotel and inn owners seem very reluctant to do a complete renovation on their properties. While the bathroom and PARTS of the kitchen have been re-done, the Belle of Maine is screaming for a floor to ceiling make over. Because it has been done piece meal, the overall effect is tacky rather than comfortable and cozy. The carpet needs to be steam cleaned, the walls re-painted and the furniture replaced. And since the hotel is pet friendly, I had the misfortune of stepping in dog poop when I walked on the grass. For $135 dollars a night over Columbus Day weekend, I was hoping for much more. It was fairly clean, but you can probably get that for much less.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 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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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ric k
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Campbellton, Canada
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay in a cottage at Belle of Maine in July. Our cottage was very clean and well maintained and we really appreciated our screened-in porch.
The only improvement I would recommend would be to assign a gril to each cottage. This way, people would not have to hunt for a gril each time they want to cook something outside: a situation that is not pleasant when you want to relax during your vacation.

  • Stayed July 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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2 Thank en2cas
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Connecticut
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

We've been renting a cottage at the Belle of Maine for over 8 years and keep coming back because it's clean, quiet, and a great value. You can walk to Wells Beach and a quick car ride to Drake's Island Beach. Hosts Jim and Mina Skeats are gracious and helpful. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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2 Thank sawyer2009
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Montreal, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2012

We went there last year and we had a blast !!!
Close to everything by car or you can take the trolley !
Best deal for lunch is the Lobster shop right beside Mike's !!!
Get your self a nice 3 pounder and eat it on the beach !!!

Seriously the place is great the family is amazing and even the dogs comes by to make sure your ok...

not to mention the christmas card they take the time to send you...

Trully great !!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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2 Thank Christophe_Mtl
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Albany, New York
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2011

we have stayed here on and off fo the past 13 years .The place is great all of the cabins have everything you need for a week away at the beac they have a really nice heated jacuzzi and a beautiful pool to end your day at the nearby beach. I love the cabins because they are so homey and they have everything you need you don't need to bring anything, just yourself!

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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1 Thank Diane H
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Willsboro, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2010

We have been going to the Bell of Maine for 9 years now and we would not go anywhere else. It is a great place to relax and is close to so much. Jim and Mina are outstanding owners. It is family friendly, so much that our kids(ages 11 and 10) have friends that they look forward to seeing all year long. Yes route 1 can be a bear, but take that in stride and you will have a great time!!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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2 Thank Turk8
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Additional Information about Belle of Maine

Property: Belle of Maine
Address: 1139 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4512
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Location: United States > Maine > Wells
Amenities:
Beach Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Wells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Belle of Maine is family owned and operated and includes housekeeping cottages, motel rooms and 2 room luxury suites, with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean beyond. You will enjoy our in-ground heated pool and spa, barbecue / picnic areas, lawn games and playground for the children. We offer an on-site laundry facility and so many enjoy the convenience of the Wells trolley stop at our resort, which connects with neighboring communities from York to Kennebunkport. We are centrally located between the Kittery Outlets and Freeport (home of L.L. Bean). With so much to do, from fishing, boating, shopping, great restaurants, nature trails, whale watching cruises, antique shops, the Ogunquit Playhouse and so much more, there is something for everyone here. We are always here to help you in any way we can. ... more   less 
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