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Very Good 325 Reviews
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What We Love

  • The Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and evening aperitifs
  • Rocking chairs on the wraparound porch
  • Rainwater showers, whirlpool tubs and Molton Brown toiletries in renovated bathrooms
  • Canoes, bicycles and beach chairs are free

What To Know

  • Get to the beach early to reserve a chair
  • A sidewalk and road separate the inn from the waterfront
  • There’s no restaurant

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
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Overview

Cozy Victorian seaside retreat with a rocking chair–lined porch in quaint Kennebunkport

The Look

This lovingly restored vintage Victorian seaside resort is packed with tasteful modern luxuries and elegant finishes, making for a cozy and comfortable home base for exploring the rugged beauty of the Maine’s coastline. Located close to the water’s edge on one of New England’s most spectacular beaches, the inn feels like a personal retreat, whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend or a family getaway.

Bed & Bath

Each of the 34 guestrooms (spread across four floors) is unique, but all are decorated in calming tones of beige accented with nautical touches. The rooms have King or Queen beds with fluffy white down comforters and classic wrought iron or upholstered furnishings. The bathrooms come complete with plush terry robes and Molton Brown toiletries.

Beyond

Some guests gather in the common rooms (near the roaring fire in the colder months) to chitchat; some snooze in one of the white rocking chairs that line the wraparound porch. Enjoy a free country continental breakfast each morning, as well as afternoon tea and a cheese and aperitifs reception in the sitting room every evening. When the weather’s nice, make use of the Beach House Inn’s bocce set, bicycles or canoes (available at Yachtsman Lodge & Marina).

In the Area

Hop aboard the Nick’s Chance and cruise 20 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean to view whales, dolphins and other marine creatures. Back in town, the Wedding Cake House, built in 1826 by a local shipbuilder, is a masterpiece of “carpenter gothic” architecture; there are also many examples in the Federal style in the Kennebunkport historic district. For some unrivaled seafood, make a beeline for the Clam Shack for fried clams and succulent lobster rolls (open May through October). And when beach season rolls around, there are six stretches of sand nearby (Gooch’s and Mother’s beaches are our favorites).

How to Get There

The Beach House Inn
211 Beach Avenue
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 325 Reviews
Location, location
Reviewed 23 hours ago

Great location if you want to be with walking distance of the beaches, which are right across the street! Staff was very nice and common areas were very beachy and cute with great views.

They offered lots of amenities, including robes, nightlights in the bathrooms, bikes, beach passes, and more. The beds and pillows were super comfy, although the rooms themselves were pretty standard. I believe they were all pretty much the same other than bed size and view.

Standard continental breakfast in the morning that can be eaten in the sunny dining room or out on the porch overlooking the ocean.

Relax and enjoy the breeze
Reviewed 2 days ago

I just came back from a weekend stay at The Beach House and am very happy with my stay and accommodations. I recommend booking a room with an ocean view so you can wake up to the waves and coastline. The staff were very nice and helpful. The continental breakfast gave me fuel to get out the door to explore the surrounding area. And the location was absolutely great.

The perfect place to relax
Reviewed 3 days ago

Directly across from the ocean. It is so relaxing to walk across the street, sit on the ocean rocks, watch the ocean and smell the salt water. Everyone at the Inn was very friendly and accommodating. Even the guests were nice. Easy parking in the back of the building and the room was very comfortable.
I followed their recommendation and went to Stripers for dinner. A whole steamed lobster was only $41. Being from the Chicago area I was very pleasantly surprised by the price. Book early. I booked 7 months before my trip and saved about $100 over those who booked later.

A good place to return to
Reviewed 7 days ago

The beach house is located across the street from the water and the best walking sidewalk ever! We love to visit again on the “quiet side” of the town. Friendly staff. Nice breakfasts. Exceptional view.

Charming inn with amazing ocean views.
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a 5 minute drive from Kennebunkport, this lovely inn has unobstructed views of the ocean. Comfortable common areas, also with ocean views. A substantial continental breakfast included. Plenty of free parking behind the inn. The room was small, but cozy and was spotlessly clean. No beach directly across from the hotel, but there is one about a five minute walk south.