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.
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My husband and I stayed for Valentine's Day and could not have had better experience! The rooms were so well decorated and comfortable, and the staff went out of their way to make our experience great. We stay at the big chain hotels often (Hilton, Marriott) so the little "extras" that the Boathouse did were over the top - like a welcome text the morning we were arriving, a text to let us know the room was ready (early), greeting us by name at the front desk upon arrival, a mason-jar hand crafted cocktail waiting in our room, etc etc. The guy at the front desk (Spencer I think?) was full of suggestions and great tips about town, and the restaurant hostess Valerie is awesome and took great care of us! Our dinner was delicious as were the cocktails and all of the wait staff. The "paint the town red" event and the lights and decorations that the Boathouse put up as part of it were all well done and looked great. Don't wait until summer when the place is packed - go enjoy this awesome place in the off season! We had SO much fun!
My husband and I took a few days after the holidays to spend some time away and we couldn't have had a better experience. We go to Maine every year, but tend to stay away from busy touristy places like Kennebunkport, but in the winter the town was a pleasure to visit--particularly since the weather was so pleasant. Staying at The Boathouse made the decision to stay in KPT even better because of it's perfect location. We were in the main building, which I think we would probably choose again, although the Wharfside building is equally accessible to walking to town. We were welcomed with a glass of Prosecco and checked in with ease. Our room (Aloft suite) was quite roomy and comfortable--the bed is separate from a sitting area. There is a small balcony on the bedroom side, which was inviting, but too chilly to actually spend too much time on. (It was handy to chill our champagne, however.) We checked out places in town for most of our meals, but the breakfast bites in the morning and dessert one evening in the hotel restaurant were delicious.
Because it was "low" season, many businesses, including the hotel bar/restaurant, close early some nights. Coming back on those nights give the hotel the feeling of a cozy B&B while still maintaining a luxury hotel ambience. Each member of the staff was friendly and helpful and made us feel like welcome guests. Every question was answered with a smile and all the personal touches seemed genuine. I don't know what the hotel is like during the summer, but I think a winter visit is what we will plan from now on.
My a/c was not working so I called down but they said that it had been like that the whole month. I ordered wine and it came back steaming hot. I complained about it so then I got frozen wine. The food was cooked raw and it was not seasoned very well. After that I ate my food at a place nearby called Federal Jacks. This was one of the worst trips of this year.
This is a lovely location and the main restaurant and hotel is beautiful. Just know there is a second building across the i let that may be your location. While still nice in its way, it is not the same
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.