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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
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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

Mid week getaway
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The room was spotless, friendly staff all around! Delicious food and drinks! There's even a small rooftop deck with some breathtaking views! What a wonderful stay! I will absolutely recommend this hotel to friends and family

Dinner at The Boathouse
Bettie G

As they don’t take reservations, we arrived around 6PM on a very rainy Sunday evening. Our waiter Brad was subtly attentive. My hubby had the short ribs - so tender and tasty, and I had the very best halibut dish I have EVER had! The flaky freshness plus the sauce!!! Best meal we had all weekend!! And the others were delicious.

Excellent Staff
Michele S

We loved our stay at the Boathouse. Unfortunately when we booked our room in the dockside area we didn’t realize there were steep narrow stairs to climb. We are an older couple so we asked if there were any rooms available in the main hotel with an elevator. The manager was very gracious and saw to it that we were settled into a room that didn’t require stairs. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Kennebunkport!