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.
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We extended our vacation in Maine by a night just to stay at Cape Arundel Inn, and it absolutely worth it. Every expectation we had (which was high from the start), was exceeded. From the amazing “Ocean Suite” room (Instagram-worthy views, high end linens, best pillows I’ve ever slept on), to the food at Ocean (courteous staff, great food), to the special touches (anniversary bottle of champagne left in our room), we loved every aspect of our stay. We rarely ever stay at the same play twice, but will definitely take a trip back here.
Our first visit to Maine was great. Cape Arundel Inn was great very accommodating from our room, meals to directions. Friendly staff and locals. Amazing views. Food was great from breakfast to lobster rolls. We will definitely return to Cape Arundel Inn.
The Cape Arundel Inn exceeded all our expectations. The Inn has the best of everything, from the beautifully appointed rooms to the stunning ocean views.
It is the most charming Inn with an amazing staff and attention to every detail. We stayed in the main Inn, our room was perfect and immaculately clean.
When we arrived we were greeted by Nia. She was wonderfully warm and helpful. We were there for 2 nights and enjoyed all the amenities. Breakfast with the ocean views and delicious food, the afternoon wine and cheese and eating at their Ocean Restaurant for dinner. The dinner was outstanding in taste,presentation and service.
Sitting on the front porch with a glass of wine, looking at the fabulous view of the ocean was amazing. Can’t wait to go back.
When I booked the room some months back I guess I didn't realize it was about a mile or so outside of the main shopping/tourist area so when we got into town and the GPS said to keep driving we were a bit disappointed.
However once at the hotel we were glad we were out of all the tourist traffic and in a quiter area. The young lady who checked us in (I believe her name was Nia) was very welcoming and once we got into our room we were really happy to have an awesome view of the water and the very nearby Walker compound where we actually saw the former president George W. Bush and family pull out of after the wedding of their daughter. One caveat is that the hotel is older and we could hear our upstairs neighbors conversations very clearly. I think the walls might be a bit thin.
The room came with a free breakfast which was nice but I do have to say that the service in the restaurant was a bit stiff and slow. We were told to sit wherever we liked which we did and waited, and waited and waited for a server to come by to offer coffee. When that finally happened we asked for coffee and he said he'd be right back with that and also with the mornings specials. There was also somewhat of a continental offering but when we first sat down there was very little out.
After 10 minutes or so with no coffee or other service, I called over another server and told her we were waiting so she got us coffee and told us what the specials were for the day. Blueberry pancakes and some other item along with eggs benedict. No mention of side dishes so my wife asked if the eggs came with anything. We were told yes, potatoes and bacon/sausage. We both ordered the eggs and they came fairly quickly. Soon after, yet another gentleman came over and asked if we'd like fresh ground pepper. We both said yes. Where he went I do not know but the young lady who actually took our order happened to come by with some. About 5 minutes after that, the first guy who asked came by with the pepper grinder. It was all really bizarre to be honest. The restaurant is not big and with 3 people serving I don't know why things took so long. As a last thought they did finally replenish the fruit offering. The food was really good and being complimentary was nice I just think the service could use a little more warmth.
Our stay at Cape Arundel was great. The quiet location was enjoyable and their Restaurant, Ocean rendered wonderful dining.Kennebunkport is a charming town ... cute shops, dining for foodies and plenty of activities.