Captain Fairfield Inn
What We Love
- Daily breakfast, a welcome glass of wine and afternoon cookies are included in the Jetsetter rate
- On a quiet street only a few blocks from downtown Kennebunkport
- Up-to-date tech amenities: flat-screen TVs and Apple TV, iPod docking stations, in-room iPads and WiFi
- The 24-hour pantry, which is stocked with coffee, tea and homemade chocolate chip cookies
What To Know
- There’s no restaurant, but the breakfast (think maple pecan scones, traditional blueberry pancakes and classic egg dishes) and small plates menu are memorable
- Some restaurants and attractions are closed during the quiet season (November to April)
- Pets aren't allowed, but the hotel can recommend a nearby kennel
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Most people come to Maine looking for a traditional New England experience: a great country inn, a perfect lobster roll and an orange and purple sunset over the water. On a quiet, tree-lined street in tony Kennebunkport, the Captain Fairfield Inn delivers all of that and more. The historic building, which was once the home of a New England sea captain, is just steps away from Dock Square’s antiques shops, art galleries and clam shacks, and a block from views of lobster boats and tall ships in the harbor.
Bed and Bath
The house dates back to 1813, but each of the nine rooms has a bright, streamlined feel. Many offer a modern take on the classic New England look: an oversize spindle bed with, perhaps, a suede-covered chaise and funky botanical wallpaper. Others have a more historic feel, with fireplaces, wide plank pine floors and powder-blue upholstered headboards. The inn is outfitted with up-to-date tech amenities including iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs, Apple TV and WiFi. The comfy beds have piles of plush pillows and soft linens, while the en suite bathrooms have spa-like rainfall showers and aromatherapeutic Lather bath products.
The cheery breakfast room — there is no restaurant — serves simple, tasty fare, like pancakes and dark roast coffee, at a communal table. There are also several tables for two. For dinner there’s a small plate menu featuring locally baked breads, smoked meats and artisanal cheeses, along with a good list of affordable wines, and you can eat in front of the fire. For a heartier meal you need only travel a few minutes to reach Kennebunkport’s many restaurants — plus art galleries, boutiques and the harbor, which is dotted year-round with lobster boats.
In the Area
For local eats, try nearby Old Vines, an Old World–meets–New World wine bar and lounge housed in a renovated barn, or Federal Jack’s, a riverfront brewpub that’s the birthplace of Shipyard beers. For a dose of retail therapy, hit all the boutiques and specialty shops in Kennebunk’s Lower Village and Kennebunkport’s Dock Square. Few museums have as stunning a location — or view — as the oceanfront Ogunquit Museum of Art, which houses a distinguished permanent collection of American art, including works by Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent and Thomas Hart Benton.
How to Get There
We expected a better overall experience given the Hotel’s high end pricing. While the hotel is well located and our room was spacious, facility maintenance is lacking and the service does not match the level we have experienced elsewhere.
The room was quite nice & comfortable with ensuite. The location is a quiet area convenient to Dock Square. The A/C was quiet and efficient. But, the breakfast was very disappointing. Nice people but, overall, just too expensive - the dollar value was just not good. The best I can say is that this Inn is just mediocre. There are other places to stay in Kennebunkport where you’ll receive a much better value for your money. I would go back to Capt. Fairfield only if other places were unavailable.
My husband and I have been to The Captain Fairfield several times, but not since it has been completely done over. We went when Rob and his wife first took it over, we met them, spoke at length, and found it glorious! The breakfasts were amazing, they were served to us and described in detail with a choice or two. The rooms were filled with gorgeous antiques and were delightful. It was our place of choice for our next couple of stays. We stayed there Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26. Obviously as Lark has grown, rates have increased dramatically, but we had such fond memories it wasn't a concern. We were shocked at the differences and disappointed to the extent that we almost left after the first night. But, decided to stay because we had such a short trip. Let me quote the Lark magazine..."splurge worthy sea salt chocolate chip cookies and masterfully prepared breakfasts" the reality had us happily paying for breakfast the second morning elsewhere. The cookies that were put out at around 4pm were obviously a mix and served on the cookie sheet they were baked on! No baker would ever do that...the heat stays and they continue to cook! The complimentary wine that was put out...I tasted one of the three reds and it had turned! In the room, gone are the classic sea captain antiques, there is no counter space anywhere to set things out, and a Lucite desk and plastic chair? Seriously? The bed was so uncomfortable and the AC sooo loud. But, the absolute worst was the breakfast! We got there with a half an hour to spare...not much left, one dry chocolate muffin, stale bread with pineapple and really heavy balsamic syrup, and baked eggs on a hot plate that were cold and overcooked. The most unbelievable part were the asparagus spears overcooked to the point of being mush with salami wrapped around them (for breakfast??) and cold as well.One fruit cup left with an whitish orange and berries, so I asked for another (there was two of us), that took about 20 minutes! So, there was not a lot to enjoy. We did sit outside to eat, that was enjoyable until we asked for more coffee, waited for that to be brewed and that the innkeeper walked out with the large pump between her legs to refill our cups!
We have such fond memories and this was just horrible!
My boyfriend and I spent a long weekend in Kennebunkport and decided to stay in a B&B.
This one did not disappoint. It was quiet and clean, and exactly what I was hoping for.
We stayed in room #2, Vineyard Vines themed, which was on the first floor, and included and "sitting room" within our room.
It was about 5-10min walk into the center of town which was perfect!
Terri and Rodger were friendly and made sure our entire stay was comfortable. Terri cooked breakfast every morning, which varied, but was yummy to say the least.
They gave us multiple recommendations for sights to see and places to eat, all were good.
The backyard, with fire pits and lawn furniture, was our favorite place to spend our nights.
We stayed at the inn for five nights for a family vacation and had an absolutely lovely time. They have managed to furnish it in a way that is modern but preserves the historic charm and the updated bathrooms are a plus. The innkeepers, Terri and Roger, could not have been any nicer or friendly. We also loved the small plate breakfast. The inn is in a fantastic location; you can walk to the beach and all the shops and restaurants. We will be back and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this great B&B.