The Grand Hotel
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
We stayed just one night at The Grand Hotel and loved everything about it. From our first contact with the front desk receptionist to checking out, everything was great!! The hotel itself is darling and homey. Rooms are decent sized and bed was comfy. We had a Juliette balcony with a great view and a slider that opened all the way. The location was perfect as we were able to just walk everywhere! We loved being able to take the free bikes out to venture out to the beaches. We wish we had been able to stay longer but if we get back to the east coast, we will for sure stay at The Grand Hotel!!
We will not be staying here again! Get a Hotel before you spend way more money for what you get!!! The air conditioner could not keep us cool at all. The shower had water running behind the shower head, not in front. No where to put the things you'll be taking! I could go on but I'll stop here! So disappointed 😔
Absolutely loved The Grand Hotel! I actually only stayed one night on my way to Bar Harbor but the accommodations were wonderful and location was great! I will definitely rebook if. Find myself in the area again!
My wife surprised me with a quick weekend trip without the kids. We had a fantastic time and the hotel was perfect for us. It had great rooms, nice outdoor space that felt private, location was fantastic, and the staff was very pleasant. The only sort of odd thing was we arrived at like 8:30pm Friday night and nobody was there they left our room key in a mailbox. We’d definitely go back
This was our first time at the Grand Hotel. We have stayed at a number of other properties in Kennebunkport over the years. We enjoyed our stay at the Grand. It is a beautiful boutique hotel in a great location. The staff was very professional and helpful. Would definitely stay here again.