The Breakwater Inn and Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast
- Watching the sunset from the hotel’s lawn chairs, dark n’ stormy in hand
- Positioned right on Kennebunkport’s scenic Ocean Avenue
- The spa is among the best in town
- Spacious, comfortable rooms
- Free use of bikes and canoes
What To Know
- The inn is comprised of two different buildings a short walk apart: the newer Spa Building and the historic Inn Building
- Stripers Seafood Restaurant is located at the Inn Building and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
- It’s a short drive to town
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Positioned along the edge of the Kennebunk River, the Breakwater Inn & Spa is comprised of two buildings a short walk apart. The historic Inn Building houses Stripers Seafood Restaurant where French doors open out onto a lawn with Adirondack chairs perfectly positioned for watching the sunset. Stroll up the small beach and you’ll be at the back of the newer Spa Building, where the spa and gym facilities are located.
Bed & Bath
There’s plenty of room to spread out in guest rooms in both the Spa Building and the Inn Building. Inn Building rooms have a charming, nautical theme, feature four post beds and are decorated in a pretty palette of blues and whites. Spa Building rooms are equally comfortable, though a bit more contemporary, with earth tones throughout and oversized windows. Both buildings’ rooms include air conditioning (not always standard in Kennebunkport) and bathrooms stocked with Molton Brown products.
Start your day off with a workout overlooking the water at the fitness center then opt for a massage at the Breakwater Spa, one of the best in the area. When hunger strikes, head to Stripers Waterside Restaurant, which serves local seafood like oysters on the half shell, Maine crab cakes and lobster rolls. Stripers is also a must at sunset—park yourself in one of the Adirondack chairs on their lawn and watch the light fade into the river, cocktail in hand.
In the Area
The Breakwater has a prime location on Ocean Avenue, a scenic road that runs along the water’s edge—take a stroll and you’ll quickly come upon Saint Ann’s Church, a historic seaside chapel built in 1887. Walkers can also opt for a stroll along Parsons Way Trail, a two-mile path that brings visitors past some truly stunning homes along the coast. When you’re ready to relax, drive a short way to Kennebunk Beach or Gooch’s Beach. For a sundowner, visit Federal Jack’s on the waterfront, the birthplace of Shipyard Brewing Company’s line of handcrafted ales.
How to Get There
We stayed in the older park of the inn but the room was fine. Went to breakfast the first morning. Sat at a nice table right by the widows. The continental breakfast was a little sad looking so we decided to order from the menu. The food took a long time and we were the only 2 there. I got an omelet which was ok with fruit the was really old and mushy. My husbands breakfast sandwich was not great but yummy potatoes. We almost didn’t have dinner there after our breakfast experience but I’m so glad we did. We sat outside and had drinks and appetizers and it was absolutely perfect!!! Nice wine, great apps...Brussel sprouts were so good. The went in and had dinner by the window in the bar, great service, good food not to expensive....a perfect night to celebrate our anniversary
We had a lovely 2 night stay. The weather was rainy and cool but we totally enjoyed our room, the view and the continental breakfast. We dined our first night and the food was delicious. Good wine selections and excellent cocktails.
Friendly staff, convenient location to walking, running, bike riding, swimming, dining and shopping. Clean and spacious rooms. The view from the rooms is spectacular. No need to drive downtown just bring a pair of good shoes.
My husband and I truly enjoyed our stay. The hotel was clean, fresh, and relaxing! The restaurant was delicious. The meal tasted freshly made by scratch. We cannot say enough about the staff. The staff was friendly, helpful, and accommodating .
We stayed for two nights in Room 307 in the spa building. The room has a great view of the water, and the bed was comfortable. It does need some updating, though. Bathroom walls looked tiled fairly recently but the floor tiles looked much older and dingy and clashed terribly with the newer, brighter tiles on the walls. The ceiling in the bathroom had water stains and a number of sections of peeling paint from moisture. The nightstands and coffee table in the room were pretty badly scuffed up in a room that otherwise didn’t look too bad. The carpet seemed in relatively good shape, no stains.
We had dinner both nights in the restaurant, Stripers. The first night was better than the second though. There was a much larger crowd on the second night but only the same two men serving all the tables (Brian, who has a great personality and was hustling big time between tables on Saturday, and the bartender). I don’t know if the kitchen was overwhelmed Saturday but my quinoa and spinach salad was mediocre and the chicken I added was over cooked and chewy. I really couldn’t even finish it. My date had the lobster roll but didn’t enjoy it as much as he’d hoped.
Of note is that the flooring in the main building is incongruous - as if updates were made at different points in time on the first floor. Kind of strange looking. The lounge floor definitely could use refinishing. A few cosmetics would go a long way here, and maybe calling in extra wait staff when it looks like there is going to be a crowd (which maybe can be predicted somewhat by the number of rooms booked?) The staff were all professional and polite, for sure. Other than that, we got a great night’s sleep on Saturday especially. They have a really nice Sunday brunch here but we didn’t get to do it this time around.