Cape Arundel Inn & Resort
What We Love
- A coastal New England inn with an award-winning restaurant – includes daily breakfastGazing at the ocean from the Adirondack chairs on the lawn
- Staying amid stately vacation mansions and close to bustling Dock Square
- The hotel's Ocean restaurant – one of TripAdvisor’s Top 100 Scenic Restaurants in America
What To Know
- Rooms are well-appointed; some have fireplaces and some have views of Walker's Point
- The inn is all about small touches – champagne on arrival, warm cookies and apple cider in the evening, etc.
- Free WiFi can be a bit spotty
Cape Arundel Inn & Resort at once captures Kennebunkport’s classic, seaside New England character and ushers you away from its bustling streets and squares. The historic property – a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner – offers a mansion, an estate and a clubhouse, where you’ll find a billiards room, a lounge and luxuriously appointed rooms. Each morning brings breakfast at seasonal Ocean restaurant, one of TripAdvisor’s 2016 Top 100 Scenic Restaurants in America, while you’re always welcome to order “stay enhancements” to your room: a dozen oysters, for instance, or a platter of cookies.
Rise from an Adirondack chair on the lawn, with the ocean set right before you, to cruise through this cycler-friendly city on a bike – or, alternately, to glimpse it, and its nearby lighthouses, from the Atlantic. It’s not just the inn, but the whole town, that’s set on the ocean, and that vigorous coastal energy powers the local culture. Shop for nautical jewelry and trinkets in Dock Square, or take a sailboat or kayak out for a spin in the afternoon – just don’t let the lure of the sea keep you from returning home for an evening by the lounge’s crackling fireplace.
Rooms and suites
Ocean suites, Cape Grand rooms and Cape Classic rooms are all individually designed and full of charming New England character. Cape Classic rooms offer king-sized beds with garden views, or queen beds with ocean views, as well as large picture windows and marble bathrooms. Cape Grand rooms feature nautically themed décor and views of the water, and Ocean suites provide some extra square footage and deep-soaking tubs.
Ocean restaurant was voted one of the Top 100 Scenic Restaurants in America on TripAdvisor in 2016. The two-tiered dining destination – also endorsed by Portland Press Herald and voted Best Ocean View by Yankee Magazine – indeed offers an exquisite Atlantic vista, all the easier to enjoy because of the oversize windows throughout. Savor tapas and fresh fish, as well as your daily continental breakfast, dreamt up by Canadian chef Pierre Gignac, formerly of celeb-favorite Prego in Montreal. You can also dine poolside at The Club House during summer, and at any of five sister restaurants year round.
The inn itself offers seasonal activities, including stargazing events and installments of its “Artist on the Lawn” series. You’ll find that its setting of Kennebunkport is a classic New England town, with stately vacation homes closer to the inn and the charming shops, galleries and museums of Dock Square just a five-minute drive away. There are several bike trails, and residents are accommodating to bikers on the picturesque streets. But most abundant in the city dubbed the “Magical Place by the Sea” are coastal activities, from sailing trips and horseback rides on the beach to lobster tours and excursions to nearby lighthouses.
How to Get There
Our room (in the main inn) was extremely noisy, with noise starting early in the morning and going late into the night. I learned that there is some kind of an office or perhaps even apartment on the third floor above our room. It appeared that noise from the kitchen below us was a factor as well. I would not have expected this type of issue at this hotel, given its reputation and cost. It certainly negatively impacted our experience.
We loved the delicious breakfast, the amazing views, the attentive service, and the pool.
If you are choosing between their two buildings, the non-ocean option seems better, as the pool area was so wonderful.
We took kayaks one day (included in price) and explored the river. We took their complimentary bikes and explored cape porpoise. We loved their wine and cheese afternoons and the walk to town was kind of long but beautiful.
Wonderful evening a Ocean @ Cape Arundel Inn. We always try to celebrate here while at our place in K’bunk. Lovely view, special dinner(Rack of Lamb), attentive service(Thanks, Anna!)
Hosts served a taste of champagne prior to dinner & Madeira ???? with chocolate dessert. Very nice touch!
Always a celebration at Ocean!