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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 359 Reviews
All that glitters is not gold!
Reviewed 9 hours ago

Overpriced! We stayed in the annex. The rooms are upstairs over a row of shops, looking onto the parking lot, so it was noisy. The walls were thin and you could hear conversations in the next door room. And the occupants of the room above were clearly audible too. Add to all of this, the air con was noisy beyond the point of acceptability.
The food in the restaurant was good, but bookings are limited and, as guests, you have the same status as a walk-in. A strange policy that is non negotiable. So book very early!
On leaving we were charged without a detailed invoice. And even after insisting, we finally had to leave without one.
Not a good experience!!

Beautiful views lovely appointed rooms. Lacked closet space and no drawers.
Reviewed 2 days ago

The hotel was lovely and nicely decorated. The front desk seemed to be a bit disorganized. Seemed like they needed to collaborate regarding a reservation. My husband and I had a waterview room. I noticed right away we had only one luggage rack and no drawer space. ( 1 small cubbie or cube with a door about 2x2.) I called the front desk to ask if there was an extra luggage rack and 2 gals came to the door to clarify, I guess ,what I was asking for. First they said they didn’t have one but later appeared with one.
We had a small closet with an ironing board and 3 hangers. I did notice one day that the non-waterview rooms seemed much more spacious. Not sure if they have storage for your clothes in the larger rooms. The hotel was right in the center of things but was quiet at night. On the morning we left we wanted to get on the road early. As we were packing the car a delivery man was there trying to get in the back door. Finally a few minutes after 7 one of the employees came from down the street and let him in. I realized why the hotel lobby was so quiet. No one was there overnight. Long time since I have stayed in a hotel where no one was around all night.

Poor customer service
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is my second stay with a KRC location. I originally stayed at the Kennebunkport Inn and it was fabulous (3 years ago). This trip we were excited to stay at The Boathouse location.

We tried calling the resort twice before arrival and left messages and had no return phone call. Once we arrived the valet was hanging out with staff from the restaurant and offered no help. We found the same service at the front desk. We were not offered help to our room or shown where it was even located. We went out for dinner in the pouring rain and when we returned we had to get out of the car and move a cone so we could park and the valet just stood 10 feet away and didn’t acknowledge us.

We also heard another couple complaining to the staff about the lack of customer service at the front desk. We also rarely saw anyone working the front desk.

We are traveling the coast and this is the first negative experience we have had. We will give the boathouse credit for clean rooms with a great view. The room has a good space for 2 people. The restaurant was also very good and had great service.

I also sent a message to the KRC customer service email yesterday and have had no response.

Not what I thought it was
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By looking at the picture of hotel you would think there was a view but we were put in the wharf side building which is old and not ADA compliant without an elevator and narrow steep stairway with view of parking lot. The room was updated but did not have a fridge, small TV, and the bed was very uncomfortable. We had a family of 5 above us and as normal with 3 small children they were up at 6am running and jumping around. With the oldness of the building it sounded like they were in our room. We did have a wonderful meal at the restaurant. On checkout I let the staff know of all my issues and they said that they would take care of us next time we came to town. There was also a 20 dollar resort charge for what I don’t know. Would never stay here again but would eat there again.

Great hotel with lovely waterside views.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really great hotel. Good restaurant and bar serving excellent food. Room was very spacious and clean. Right in the heart of Kennebunkport. Only downfall was that they didn't offer a proper breakfast and no where was open nearby for us to get any! It was May! Right before the season starts apparently.
They do offer muffins and coffee (but neither were of the standard of the food in the restaurant sadly).
Wonderful decking to sit on when the weather is good. Imagine that the town picks up and comes alive in the summer season.