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Lighthouse Inn and Carriage House
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Blairsville, Georgia
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2014

This Inn is perfectly situated between long sands and short sands beaches and a short walk to Nubbles Lighthouse. We stayed 5 nights in August, the inn has been recently renovated by new owners who have done a great job. Our room had new carpeting and new mattress, all very clean and fresh. The included continental breakfast had something for everyone. I would definitely recommend this Inn for a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2014

Stayed earlier this summer and had a wonderful time.

Read these reviews and you'll notice two common threads: one, uniformly positive reviews. Two, families consistently mentioning Diane, the owner, and her efforts to make you feel welcome, relaxed and special.

Count me among the many to echo these thoughts. For a quaint, charming vacation by the beach, you can't go wrong here.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Orono, Maine, United States
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30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2014

My family (self, husband, 20yr old daughter) just returned from a 3 night stay at the Lighthouse Inn and Carriage House. First things first: The NEW OWNER, Diane, is a wonderful hostess, amusingly charming, and a complete 180 degree turn-around from the OLD owner! If you'd stayed here before and decided not to return due to the old owner's peculiarities, hesitate no longer!!
The facility is composed of a central building, the Carriage House, surrounded by 'newer' buildings of a more motel-type design. The Carriage House has a main desk and a large lobby area including TV, sofas, tables and chairs, a large private kitchen (open, modern, clean), and a food area from which is served a continental breakfast each morning. Breakfast included coffee, tea, juice, 2 cereals, croissants, English muffins, several types of breakfast sweeties, yogurt, fruit, and granola bars. The coffee is good and the offerings quite sufficient for breakfast. The Carriage House also includes several (six?) guest rooms, each of which differs from the rest and are decorated in a more quaint style than the rooms in the nearby buildings. The "Inn" buildings are more of a typical hotel/motel style, with the major areas composed of rooms opening onto a shared outer balcony/walkway. The grounds are quite compact, but nice, and offer both an outdoor pool (unheated, I think, but not sure) and hot tub. There are also several outdoor sitting areas, complete with chairs, tables, and umbrellas where you can take your breakfast or use at your leisure, as well as several large adirondack chairs scattered about the front yard. Although we didn't use them, it appears that there are several 'beach wagons' available to borrow for transporting your stuff (chairs, towels, lunch cooler, etc.) to the beach each day, and there are a couple of outdoor showers for a quick rinse-off after returning from the beach, to keep excess sand OUT of your room! The parking lot is located behind the buildings- plenty of space, well-lit, and we discovered our van 'guarded' by three deer when we returned late on several evenings!
We stayed in room 2, which is in a three story building with interior doors- appears to have a suite on the ground floor, then two rooms on both the 2nd and 3rd floor. Our room was spacious, clean, and bright. It measured about 18'X20', with the enclosed bathroom taking up one corner. There was a counter area with cabinets and mini-fridge, a closet area, king bed w/2 nightstands, a small round table with two cushioned chairs, small bureau with TV, and a futon couch (that folded down to a double sleeper) with end table. (and it appeared that it could be connected to the room next to it via a shared door, but not sure about this) The king bed was amazingly comfortable!! I have no idea what kind of mattress topper is on it, but it was soft and cozy as well as very supportive- it was really excellent! Although my daughter slept on the futon the first night, it was less comfortable than the bed and for nights 2 and 3 she opted to sleep on the Aerobed we'd brought with us, just in case. I think the futon would be fine for 2 younger children to share, but for an adult who prefers a soft mattress, it could have been more comfy. However, we folded it up to use as a couch and there was plenty of space on the VERY CLEAN, carpeted floor for both the inflatable mattress and walking space. There was also a very adequate window A/C unit, but mostly we opted to OPEN the windows! We could hear the ocean roar in the evening and smell the sea breeze as we drifted off to sleep- it was quite lovely!
I have to comment again on the hospitality and friendliness of the new owner, Diane. We stayed here quite awhile ago with the former owner, and the differences between the two owners, and our two experiences here, are incredible. Whereas the former owner would be knocking at your door at 9:45 to make sure you were ready to check-out by 10AM, Diane graciously invites her guests to use the Carriage House's outdoor showers and bathroom facilities after the 11AM check-out time, if you should wish to enjoy one last day at the beach before heading home. Guests are now welcomed to take their breakfast outside or to their rooms to enjoy, rather than being chastised not to leave crumbs and litter around the place. Diane is a very personable, nice woman, and the PERFECT hostess. She started off our day with a smile and conversation, was attentive to the breakfast bar and guests needs, and really made staying here a wonderful experience. We have already decided that when we return to York Beach (which happens several times a year to visit family in town), we will stay at the Lighthouse Inn and Carriage House.

Room Tip: Futon isn't very comfortable after a night or two; OK for kids, less comfy for adults.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Natick, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

Husband and I just returned home from a 3 night stay with adult daughter, son, daughter-in-law and 4 and 6 year old grandchildren. We had adjoining rooms with separate break away room and it was perfect. Beds very comfortable, staff was friendly, grounds were well kept and Diane is a perfect hostess. Continental breakfast had lots of variety. It is a few minutes walk to the beach and we walked downtown a couple of times. A perfect location. The kids loved the pool - water was a little chilly for this grandmother but the hot tub was a good alternative. This is on our list of favorite places and we would definitely recommend staying there

Room Tip: I think the second floor with inside doors are probably the better choice.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

I stayed in a standard room at the Lighthouse Inn for one night with my family (wife, daughters 3 and 1). The room was plenty spacious, even with a pack-and-play provided by the Inn for my little one. We often fret about staying in 1-bedroom hotels with the kids, as once they go to sleep you are held hostage in the room too. But the Lighthouse has a beautiful walkway around each floor with chairs right outside the window. The relatively new owner, Diane, was incredibly generous and attentive to our needs. Continental breakfast the next morning was very good- fruit, pastries, yogurt, cereal. And they brew good coffee. We walked to Long Sands Beach and swam in the pool all before an extended checkout at 12pm. We look forward to returning to visit!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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New Boston, New Hampshire
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

My family of five just returned home from our stay at the Lighthouse Inn. We loved it!!! It's the perfect mix of being nearby everything but then returning to the quietness of the inn. And since we love making the most of our trips, we typically stay long after check-out and utilize the pool. My family just LOVED hanging out swimming & sunning themselves with no rush to leave. We were encouraged to stay as long as we liked! Thank you, Diane, for personally taking the time to make sure our needs were met. We appreciate that personal touch that gives a "Bed & Breakfast" feel to our time away from home. PS - I enjoyed it so much that upon leaving I booked another night to come back mid-week with just the kids before summer's over. Can't wait!! :)

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Coventry connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

My family and I just came home from spending 6 days at this motel. We have been traveling to Maine for vacation every summer for about 10 years now. We decided last year to stay in York instead of Wells for a change, and very much disliked the hotel we chose. I was on a mission this year to find a great place, with walking distance to the beach, for a reasonable price. I found the Lighthouse Inn and did some research. We decided to book it! I was excited and had a great convo with Diane on the phone. I personally work for Marriott, and had high expectations. They were absolutely met staying at the lighthouse inn! Diane and her staff were outstanding! The room was large and very clean! Plenty of towels and the rooms were refreshed every day! My kids loved the continental breakfast. The walk to the beach was perfect, not too far at all. We especially loved the beach carts and chairs we could borrow for our daily trip to the beach! The beds were so comfortable and I loved the comforter on top of the sheets! Our bathroom door didn't close all the way, and the toilet flushed kind of funny but neither of those things were a major concern to us. The pool and hot tub were also a huge hit with our 2 boys! We were also able to get a late check out which was helpful trying to get everyone showered and packed up to go home!! I'll be on the look out for the right rate again next year and will most definitely come back!! Thinking this may be our new favorite place!!!!

Stayed August 2014
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Property: Lighthouse Inn and Carriage House
Address: 20 Nubble Road, PO Box 249, York Beach, York, ME 03910
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Location: United States > Maine > York > York Beach
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lighthouse Inn and Carriage House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
100 Yards from beautiful Longs Sands Beach and just 1 mile from York's famous Nubble Light. ... more   less 
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