Superb village location within steps of Dock Square’s shops and restaurants
Designer decor that blends luxe Frette linens with a modern vibe
Free on-site parking eliminates hassles of finding a space in Dock Square
What To Know
A $10 resort fee per night will be collected at the hotel
In-town location means you might hear street noise
The only spot for food on-site is a gourmet deli, but lobster shacks and five-star restaurants are nearby
Not ideal for very young kids, and pets aren’t allowed
Parking on site
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Classic New England design meets contemporary amenities at this boutique sleep near Dock Square
It would be easy to believe that the 17-room Grand Hotel has occupied its enviable Lower Village site in Kennebunk for centuries, but the handsome, three-story building opened in early 2012. There’s something timeless here; the classic New England exterior gives way to comfortable interiors and cozy nooks and crannies. Local designer Louise Hurlbutt’s understatedly elegant decor employs gold and silver tones against soft patterns with bronze, beige and cream accents.
Bed and Bath
A coveted village location means guestrooms overlook the buzz of Lower Village’s boutiques and Kennebunkport’s nightlife. Beds have plush chenille headboards, Cuddledown duvets and Frette linens; bathrooms are done up with Waterworks marble, oversize dual-fixture showers and heated floors — especially nice in the morning.
Adding to the hotel’s comforts are two ground-floor amenities: Kitchen Chicks Café, a gourmet deli stocked with sweet and savory goodies for breakfast, lunch, picnics and nibbles, and Gallery at The Grand, a contemporary space that showcases works from local artists. And within steps are dozens of boutiques and specialty shops, restaurants and fish shacks, excursion boats and surf shops. While it’s an easy one-mile stroll or pedal to Kennebunk Beach, the Grand provides parking passes. Additional perks include the seasonal pool at The Lodge on the Cove, as well as the Tree Spa at Hidden Pond, all part of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection empire.
In the Area
For local eats, try nearby Old Vines, an Old World–meets–New World wine bar and lounge housed in a renovated barn, or Federal Jack’s, a riverfront brewpub that’s the birthplace of Shipyard beers. At sister property Hidden Pond, Ken Oringer’s Earth restaurant is well worth the splurge. Get active on a guided sea-kayaking tour with Coastal Maine Kayak, brave those chilly Maine waters with a surf lesson from Aquaholics or, for a less intense sightseeing experience, try the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse’s walking tours by reservation on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in July and August. Or skip the outdoor adventures altogether and hit all the boutiques and specialty shops in Kennebunk’s Lower Village and Kennebunkport’s Dock Square.
The Grand Hotel
1 Chase Hill Rd
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
How to Get There
Flights are available to Portland International Jetport (PWM) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. The property does not offer private transfers to/from PWM, about 25 miles away. Taxis to/from PWM are available for $75, each way.