Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
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
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.
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.
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.
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
We spent three nights at The Boathouse in early Sept. I reserved a Harbor room with a petite balcony on the waterfront. The lobby level is mostly a large restaurant with inside/outside seating and a wraparound bar. It’s a very lively atmosphere and is crowded at night. The front desk is off to the side, almost hidden from view.
The K room was small and cramped. The furnishings were attractive and modern but
there were obvious signs of wear and tear in the room, like visible stains on the rug.
The bathroom was pleasant and updated with a nice sized walk in shower. The A/C unit was located directly across the bed, right by my head. It blew air directly into my face and was poorly located.
The front desk is frequently unattended. If we had a question, we had to seek out someone in the bar or restaurant first. They either tried to answer the question or would walk into the kitchen and then, finally, someone magically appeared at the front desk. This is a nice hotel but The Boathouse markets itself as an upscale, luxury property. The rooms need to be better maintained and the staff needs to work a lot harder to earn those accolades.
There was a party going on across the river and I heard loud music the moment we walked in the room. Even with the balcony doors closed, the music was blasting. I reached out to the front desk and asked about the noise level. At first, my comments were snubbed. I ultimately was told that there was nothing that could be done and that the music wouldn’t go on all night because there are “quiet hours” from 9 pm on. I asked to change rooms but was told that the hotel was sold out and there were no available rooms. I asked to speak to a manager but was told that he was not in that night and would be back tomorrow morning. I left my name and requested that he contact me the next day.
I never heard from the manager or anyone about the noise. I ultimately found a pair of earplugs in the room, so management is aware of the issue, they just chose to ignore complaints about it. Of our three nights, two of them involved loud music that ended sometime in the 9 -10 pm timeframe. If this bothers you, do not book a Harbor-side room.
Bottom line: Decent place but overpriced and it felt like we stayed at a bar/restaurant with a hotel rather than a hotel with a bar/restaurant.
The restaurant used to be The Landing and was excellent. Now it is much more modern and is not as interesting. The food was good but limited in choices. Wait staff was very nice and told us of the history of the place.
Staff was just not on it. TV did not work in one of rooms. we stayed 2 nights. Poured down rain first night, so important to be able to snuggle down in room. Other questions to staff was met with a snotty response