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What We Love

  • A lovely New England stay in Kennebunkport, right on the water, with a resort creditDining at the hotel’s acclaimed eatery, with the only raw bar in Kennebunkport
  • Strolling over to Dock Square, which is mere steps away from your front door
  • Staying right on the water's edge, so it's easy to explore Maine's scenic coast

What To Know

  • Room reservations come with a free reserved parking spot
  • The hotel doesn't have its own pool but you can walk to their nearby sister hotel to use theirs; free rental bikes are also available at their sister property
  • Free WiFi
Weekend Getaways plate food white vegetable cuisine Seafood scampi ceviche meat shrimp containing piece de resistance

Overview

A relaxing and picturesque stay in the lovely seaside town of Kennebunkport, right next to Dock Square

The Lowdown

Coming to Kennebunkport to check out the Atlantic? Find the perfect lookout at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel. As the name suggests, this getaway is right at the ocean’s edge – perfect if you’d like to stroll the coast and get up close and personal with the waves. The nautical atmosphere also informs the menu at the restaurant, the only raw bar in town and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, and even your room resembles a traditional sailing vessel, with polished wood or wicker and perhaps a touch (or bold splash) of navy blue.
 
Better yet, you’re right near Dock Square; the charming plaza is quite literally right around the corner from the front door of the hotel (which is also a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner). You can pick up a marine-inspired trinket here, unless you’d prefer to stroll along the beach and comb the sands for a seashell or sea-glass souvenir. When the weather’s chilly, ride a sleigh or snowshoe; when it’s warm, pick between activities like kayaking, fishing, paddleboarding or even surfing. Or, try them all – the best way to make the most of the waterfront is to get your feet wet.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $10 (plus tax) per room, per night will be added on the payment screen. The resort fee includes the use of beach cruiser bicycles, beach passes to Kennebunk beaches (while in season), access to the river-view rooftop deck, a seasonal dinner shuttle, valet parking and a designated parking spot.
Children under the age of 13 are not allowed.

Rooms

 The newly renovated Wharfside rooms boast a beach-cottage vibe, with rich colors and touches of natural wood. Each room features luxurious Cuddledown bedding and Frette linens, ensuring a good night’s sleep, as well as modern finishings. 

Dining

 David’s KPT is a contemporary restaurant by the water, serving coastal-inspired cuisine. The only raw bar in town can be found at this eatery, which received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and a glowing review from prominent New England food critic Mike Urban. Swing by from 3 to 6pm for happy-hour food and drink specials. 

Location

 The Kennebunks, as Kennebunkport and Kennebunk are collectively called, are home to shops, galleries, historic sea-captain homes and seaside cottages. With sandy beaches and a bounty of water activities, this area is known as one of the top coastal destinations in the country. But there’s more to these towns than hitting the waves; Kennebunkport’s famous Dock Square, just steps from the hotel, is chock-full of bars and restaurants, and the area offers trolley tours, museums and first-rate antiquing.

How to Get There

Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
21 Ocean Ave
Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6003 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 342 Reviews
Great location on the water.
Reviewed 9 hours ago

Hotel is located on the water in Kennebunkport and is centrally located, so is in easy walking distance to local shopping and restaurants. Before dark go up on the patio upstairs to watch the ducks fly in right over the hotel to land in the water surrounding the hotel. Management and staff were very helpful.

Rolled in on a snowy afternoon...
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were greeted with 2 flutes of champagne and a warm reception from the front desk. Our room was just perfect; 2 rattan chairs and lovely decor that made us so happy! After walking into town for a little shopping, we met our friends in the bar for happy hour and we all loved it there so much that we canceled our other dinner reservations and moved into the restaurant for a delicious dinner. The bartender said that she made a good Manhattan and she was correct! The offerings for breakfast were just right. Some fruit, hard boiled eggs and 2 different house-made coffee cakes that were simply AMAZING! (lemon poppy seed and brown sugar and cinnamon crumb) We were sent on our way after check-out with a goodie bag containing house-made whoopie pies and 2 water bottles. Adorable! Only complaint - which is minor - is that the bathroom was very dark! Hope to be back again and again.

First anniversary
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed this past weekend at The Boathouse to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I’ve traveled many times to Kennebunkport as a child so I was super excited to get a hotel room in such a good location. Like I said location is excellent!! We walked to the Burleigh and had a great meal and got to everything in walking distance. I booked my room through The Boathouse website and was given a room on the third floor of the hotel across the street. The room had a nice view of the harbor. There was a couple downsides. Our room had weird angles in it from the roof which caused my husband to bump his head a couple of times on it getting out of bed. It was cozy but small. The hotel rooms also have paper thin walls you can hear everything and everyone going in and out of their rooms. I did request to have two plates and two sets of utensils in our room upon arrival so we can eat our wedding cake. This was not in the room and I had to go to the lobby to remind them and request this again. Also there were rings on the sink from peoples drinks prior, there was a hair in the shower from previous guest, and I noticed that there was a stain on the bed skirt as well as on the floor which I’m sure I can assume it was from bodily fluids of the mouth 😳. I did report this to the front desk they said that they were aware of the stains and apologize. I can understand stains on the carpet but the bed skirt can be changed and should be for that reason. All in all it was a nice hotel aside from those few mishaps. I would stay again just hope cleanliness would improve.

Wonderful!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small boutique set in a prime location in the quaint town of Kannebunkport. Gorgeous room, warm staff, a complimentary welcome drink and good food, set in a magazine worthy setting. Were thrilled and it will be our go to place when we come to Maine. A 5 star experience.

November weekend for 1st visit to Kennebunkport
Reviewed 1 month ago

We had a great weekend. Arrived at hotel to a welcome cocktail. Our room was very clean and had everything that we could want (coffee, water, hair dryer and comfortable beds). The hotel's location was excellent. We parked our car at hotel and could walk to shops and restaurants. Even got a surprise at checkout. I received a little bag with waters and the most delicious whoopie pies. Would definately stay at this hotel again.