The Beach House Inn
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
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
This is a very expensive area, and this inn was reasonably priced. The sounds of the breaking waves, and the salt air smell added to the ambience of this pretty building. We were quite comfortable, but we did not spend a lot of time in the room, which was on the smaller side. But when you have this beautiful area, all we needed was a bed and bath.
They provide cruiser bikes which were fabulous to check out the town, or ride to a seafood place for lunch. The beach is a short walk away, and they have beach chairs to borrow. Breakfast is provided, not gourmet, but hearty enough to start the day.
A great spot to stop and unwind for a few days on our road trip North. We sat outside around the fire overlooking the ocean having a wine or two! What more could you ask for.
Close enough to Kennebunk Port.
Good size rooms and great lounge areas to share with friends.
The room was mini size with oversized price....we all have smart phones but a clock is still expected....location is on the busy street but steps to a nice sidewalk along the rocky beach to eventually a sandy beach if it is low tide....furniture is not shabby just old....a pig with lip stick is still a pig....Very Average .....too many better places in the port ,Kennebunkport.
This lovely building is in prestigious position overlooking sea. However, our stay of three nights was disappointing. Our room was in need of decoration and modernisation. Breakfast was chaotic. Food is laid out in kitchen which has single doorway causing folk carrying hot drinks and plates to navigate access. Feel management need to look at what they are trying to achieve here. There is one person on duty until 9pm. Then the doors are locked (your room key allows you to get back into the building) but we wondered who was actually responsible for the business at night. The guests? The one person on duty is not always at the front desk, presumably other duties, but we returned one afternoon to find a couple waiting to check in. They had actually flown the Atlantic, driven up from Boston and rang the number left on the desk for help but no answer. They had been waiting over 20 minutes! Not the fault of the duty person, just the working practice employed here. Running a business on a shoe string isn't sustainable. We came away feeling that we paid our money and the absolute minimum was given. Such a shame as it could be so much more.
Booked 2 king ocean view rooms. Hotel may have been quaint and luxurious at one time but it is now tired and needs rehab! Common areas were OK but rooms need CPR! There were stained carpets, window treatments were broken and difficult to raise and lower, A/C was very noisy (but it did work), woodwork needed painting...I know it was end of season but...
Have to say the views of the beach and ocean were incredible especially at sunup! WOW!
Breakfast was nothing special although there was plenty of choice for continental type offering and was restocked and clean.
Staff wasn't overly friendly and when asked if they could mail some postcards was directed outside to put it in their mailbox! Little things make the difference in a B&B and The Beach House just didn't have them!
Parking adequate in the rear. One elevator and it is offset between two floors. If mobility is an issue this inn would be problematic.