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
Staying the night in this renovated 1800s summer house was a treat! We had the front corner room in the main house and enjoyed the beautiful views towards the bay and Walker’s Point. It was gorgeous! The room includes a wonderful breakfast, served in the front room facing the ocean. Our room was large and clean, and we were greeted with a glass of champagne upon check in. A real treat!
One of the favorite hotels/inns we have ever had to the pleasure to stay. The quality is over the top. The staff is so accommodating and friendly. The food -- wow -- from complementary breakfast to Oceans (ate there 2 nights) is exceptional.
We stayed in the Rock Bound cottages rooms and would suggest these suites. Privacy and view of the ocean are so worth the price. Pool, athletic club and game room feel like an exclusive club.
We were here to celebrate a decade turning bday and the staff went out of thee way to make us feel special. They were successful!
We stayed at the club house where you don't get the ocean views but it was very nice. The lounge area was very nice and it was quiet which we needed. The staff was well trained and incredibly responsive to any issues that we had. Our problem was the room. There was a refrigerator and a microwave in the room which was great , however they were in the closet and left no space to actually hang (long) clothes. The bathroom sink (there was only one) was much lower than the current standard. At 5'4 it only reached the top 1/3 of my thigh. The shower head was attached with a faucet fixture. The shower curtain appeared to be hung crookedly and there was nowhere to hold on in the shower tub combo. These are easy to overlook but not expected when we are staying at a "resort". Despite these things we would definitely visit again mostly because of the attitude of the staff, the delicious breakfast included in our package and fabulous views from the restaurant and porch.
This Inn/hotel is classy with a simplicity of beauty. The staff was helpful and friendly. We were mesmerized with the view from having dinner at their amazing restaurant or just sitting on their front porch admiring the ocean view. A hot breakfast is included, coffee station in the early morning, Nescafe set up and cold water bottles. This was definitely a memorable experience and a place to return to.
Rarely do restaurants that have a breath-taking view also have wonderful food and service. But, the Cape Arundel Inn and Resort offers an incredible view of the ocean (from the front porch) and from the dining room and offers wonderful food and professional service. Tip: Start your meal with cocktails on the porch- especially at sunset.