The Lodge at the Cove
What We Love
- Daily light breakfast (fresh baked pastries and tea or coffee) is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Quiet location on a tidal cove within walking distance of the beach and Dock Square shops
- Family-friendly, with a variety of distractions available on-site
- Renovated with locally commissioned furnishings and artwork in 2013
What To Know
- Motor lodge layout, with privacy curtains on the porch; children aren't permitted in second-floor rooms
- Free WiFi and iPod docks
- The restaurant and bar are seasonal and open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day
- A $15 per night resort fee will be collected on property
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
This former motel underwent a full-scale renovation in 2013, blending a contemporary New England vibe with a family-friendly ‘tude. Thirty bright retro-chic rooms, accented with works by local artists and artisans, are spread out among three white clapboard buildings. Inside, each building features a different color palette and a unique decorative style, but all are grouped around the main lodge, which houses a tiki bar restaurant and the entrance to the hotel’s clifftop outdoor pool.
Bed and Bath
Original works by a local artist adorn the walls; cheery printed Dash & Albert rugs accent the floors. Furnishings include rope tables made by a local lobsterman and beds with handcrafted headboards and Serta Presidential Suite pillowtop mattresses. Each room has a flat-screen TV, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, and a vanity area with coffeemaker, refrigerator and microwave. Privacy curtains separate rooms on the shared outdoor porch for a semiprivate effect.
If you’re in need of distraction, the main lodge has newspapers, magazines, books and games, and alfresco play options include beach bikes and an outdoor heated pool. The beachy tiki bar serves light fare and Friday poolside happy hour with acoustic reggae.
In the Area
Grab free beach passes, towels and chairs and head for the beach. At the Seashore Trolley Museum, view more than 250 transit vehicles and ride a restored streetcar on a 3.5-mile loop through the woods. Seek finbacks, humpbacks, minkes and perhaps even the rare blue or endangered white whale aboard the 87-foot Nick’s Chance. Learn how to catch a wave with a lesson from the pros at Aquaholics Surf Shop. Hunt for treasure in the antiques shops lining Route 1 from Kittery to Scarborough.
How to Get There
Our stay at The Lodge on the Cove was wonderful. The room was clean and modern, there were lots of things to do on the grounds, i.e. pool, restaurant by the pool, firepit, etc. They hotel even supplied bicycles for guests to use - which was lots of fun and convenient to ride into town or to the beach. We love Kennebunkport and this resort is in a quiet area but right up the road from all the action.
There are so many great things about this place that it was hard to pick just one thing to focus on in the "title"!! The staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful from the moment we checked in to the various recommendations they made for things to do/local places to visit including restaurants to the bartender/waitress at the Dory. We liked the throw-back feel of an updated, upscaled motor lodge.
Pros: great for families, swimming pool, restaurant/bar, free muffins/coffee/fruit for breakfast in the lobby each morning, games in both the clubhouse (which also had old school board games, plenty of seating areas and a record player with lots of albums to choose from), free bikes to use at your leisure, SMORES and campfire in the evening!!!!
Cons: Neighbors could be a bit loud (but each room comes equipped with a white noise machine).
Our 11 year old son loved it so much he wants us to come back next year. We loved it too!!!!
It's been a rough year plus and really needed to get away. Saw that this place had good reviews so my mom and I got 2 rooms, we really intended on having as much alone quiet time as possible. But the trip here was brutal what should have been 5 hours was more like 8. We were given after hours instructions but when we pulled up, an angel named Rachel came out to greet us. She saw our headlights and opened our doors to help us in. We hadn't eaten so she called 3 or 4 restaurants to see if she could find us something. We ended up going to a Cumberland Farms but when we got back she had fruit that she brought in for her lunch in our rooms. She was sweet an sympathetic and everything we needed after that frustrating drive. We've ran into her a couple times this week, she's super engaging and interested in what we are doing and if we had any questions about the area. Promotion Promotion Promotion or raise raise raise she deserves all that. Normally no matter how tired I am it takes me a couple of days to settle in and get good sleep however I crawled into these great sheets and I felt tucked into luxury. I slept like a baby. I barely moved. Didn't really notice the toiletries that were provided but they where so cute. The soap wrapping became a soap dish. The make up remover. The cotton swabs and balls. The washcloths were thiccc and plush. No details were overlooked. Thank you staff for taking care of us in such a special way. P.S. the rooms, so spacious and comfortable. The decor and the use of local artists. Every item in the room was thought about not just thrown together. I appreciate that.
One of my favorite hotels ever. Great location, absolutely charming grounds, great room and bathroom and extremely friendly staff. Wonderful in room amenities and breakfast. I can’t recommend highly enough. Don’t hesitate booking this.
My husband and I stayed at the lodge for our anniversary trip to New England. We really loved this place. Staff was so helpful and friendly. Great location. I would say everything in town is mostly in walking distance but kind of a long walk. However, they provide a free shuttle. So transportation or getting into town was never an issue. The room was very comfortable and everything is decorated so nicely. Absolutely love the porches. Our only complaint for our stay was that you can hear everything your neighbors do. And the people above us were very loud and talked and moved all night. The lodge provides sound machines and earplugs in the room. The noise is to be expected in an old building like the lodge and they have tried to accommodate the guests by supplying the ear plugs and noise maker but it was not enough to keep the sound down from the people above us. But it would certainly not prevent us from staying again. In the future I would probably request we not be in a room below anyone. I will definitely recommend to my friends.