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
- 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 used the Hotel Tonight App which this property “partners” with and booked a last minute night away Sunday- Monday on Memorial Day weekend. The HT app gets their info from the property and advertised a restaurant “on property” open “daily” with a “happy hour daily”. After a 3 hour drive we were expecting to have a few drinks, a nice meal overlooking the water and retire to our room. We contacted HT csr who told us she was too busy and couldn’t help, when we heckled into the Breakwater the woman at the desk simply stated “no the restaurant is closed for the season and opens after Memorial Day”, she knew how long our drive was, never offered any assistance getting us to our room which was at another building another block down the road! The building has NO elevator, and we were on the third floor. We arrived during dinner time exhausted, hungry and left to our own devices to navigate to a restaurant. We found one down the road (see next review for the Nonatum Resort), they had a room and an open restaurant so we checked out of the breakwater inn and checked in there. Even when we made it clear after less than an hr on their property to the breakwater we were not happy the woman did nothing not even when we were checking out! Couple hrs later while having dinner HT CSR messages me that she spoke to a man at the breakwater and he could set us up across the street for dinner. We did our homework and that place is a clam shack, not on the water or having the same style menu or atmosphere as what was described in their “partner” HT and their Striper restaurant! Now we are asking for a refund, HT is saying it’s this property who gives them the info and this property is refusing a refund when we know they sold our room after we checked out and got double money for this night! My point in sharing in this review is to say that I expect to get dupped in a community like Hampton Beach NH, not Kennebunkport! Buyer beware, be careful of HT posting things that aren’t true, and this property and their lack of hospitality and correcting a wrong. Nonantum took great care of us and this wasn’t even their problem. I’d stay there again before I ever look at this place and think anyone who stays here and pays these high end room rates should know that it comes with NO customer service! Not even room service as described in the ad on HT!!!
I am not one to generally leave online reviews, but thought it best to warn future guests. My husband and I stayed at the Breakwater Inn this past Memorial Day weekend. We stayed in the King Spa Suite. The $600/night room was incredible overpriced. The room was dated and in desperate need of a facelift. Looking out the window at our "view", there was a large construction crane and a parking lot. Room service was unavailable as the hotel restaurant wasn't open past "brunch" (a mediocre display of bagels and juice). The front desk staff were average at best. In all my travels, I've never felt so disappointed with a hotel stay. Save your money and stay elsewhere!
Beautiful room; lots of natural light. 2nd floor- no elevator, slider to deck with 2 chaise lounges. View of cove and then beach in the distance. Extra sink/counter and fridge. Small, but adequate bathroom. Nice towels and bathrobes. Plan to return to spend more time.
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Breakwater in May for a getaway weekend. We booked the hotel because it had one of the highest ratings in town. It was listed as a 4.5 star hotel on many sites. I would give it a 3 star rating based on the room and service (or lack there of). We chose a room in the Inn Wing as the decor seemed more updated. The bedroom itself was fine but the bathroom was dingy and in need of renovation. We were on the third floor and there was no elevator. This was not a problem for us unless we were carrying luggage but for others it could be a challenge. From the service standpoint the front desk was frequently unmanned, even during daytime hours. The bar and restaurant had very limited hours and there wasn't even a vending machine on site or anything in the area open past 10pm. The location was nice being on the river and quite close to the ocean but it is a 20 minute walk to town.
Booked a room at the Breakwater Inn for one night through HotelTonight.com for my husband’s birthday. We checked in and were given a room with a double bed. We asked if there was a room with larger bed, so they upgraded our room for an additional $50. The woman at the front desk whose name starts with “L” walked us across the street to the Inn building to make sure the room was ready. She told us to wait while she went to “inspect” the room. Came back about 5 minutes later, told us the room was ready. We brought our bags in, everything seemed ok, though no tissues in bathroom. We asked someone if they could supply that and went to dinner. We returned at 8:45 pm and were the only car in the parking lot. There was no outside light on the back stairs which were covered with ice from the freezing rain. Got to our room and turned the bed down. The sheet was covered with food crumbs and hair and the pillow cases had clearly not been changed (very wrinkled). We called the front desk, no one answered, so left a voicemail. The restaurant was also closed at this time. No one called us back, so we called another inn and thankfully were able to get a clean room at that late hour. Went back this morning to return the key, get a refund and advise them of what happened. All we got was “Oh, so sorry. We’ll refund your upgrade fee. You’ll have to contact HotelTonight for full refund. Hope you’ll stay with us again.” Really? So much for customer service! Horrible experience all around.