The Tides Beach Club
What We Love
- The inn faces the three-mile Goose Rocks Beach, where an attendant provides lounge chairs, umbrellas, water and more upon request
- All 21 rooms have flat-screen TVs, WiFi and air conditioning
- Excellent on-site restaurant and a lounge popular with locals
- Free shuttle and bikes available to access nearby sister property, Hidden Pond
- Coffee or cocktails on the porch
What To Know
- Quiet road separates the inn from the beach
- Located in Kennebunkport, but a 15-minute drive from Dock Square boutiques
- Pets aren’t allowed
- The shuttle is available upon request
- The restaurant will be closed Mondays starting Sept. 10 and Sundays and Mondays starting Oct. 8
- After Labor Day, the restaurant will only serve the all day and beach lunch menu on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and only dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Tides Beach Club is a classic. Only 15 minutes from Dock Square, tony Kennebunkport’s shopping epicenter, the 21-room inn’s 1899 Victorian bones are dressed conservatively in soft yellow. Bright blues and reds pop against a beige and white backdrop; beach-chic accents such as lamps made of shells are artfully arranged alongside ones made of glass, beadboard walls and hardwood floors.
In the living room, comfortable sofas and chairs are positioned for easy conversation while you take in the view of the ocean. The adjacent lounge, a South Beach–style mélange of lucite and chrome, rattan and marble, opens onto the glassed-in porch dining area, where guests look out on the water while eating chef John Shaw’s local classics, such as crispy fried clams, fish tacos and grilled tuna.
The 21 air-conditioned rooms come in various layouts, including two expansive suites designed by Jonathan Adler, each of which has a private ocean-facing deck. All are dressed in Frette linens and accented with L’Occitane toiletries, and they have WiFi, flat-screen TVs, marble baths and cozy bathrobes. The front windows frame views of the dunes across a narrow road; at the beach, an attendant provides chaises, umbrellas, water and lunch.
Tides guests also have use of the amenities at the hotel’s sister property, Hidden Pond. A golf cart shuttle runs between the two, but you can also pedal one of the inn’s beach cruiser bikes a little less than two miles inland to swim in its heated pools, take a yoga class or indulge in a massage at the Tree spa, followed by dinner at James Beard Award–winning chef Ken Oringer’s Earth restaurant.
How to Get There
God I love this place so much. I’m hesitant to even post this because as it is, it’s getting more and more booked up. My husband and I first stumbled upon The Tides 7 Summers ago on our first trip to Maine. I booked 1 night here at the end of a road trip to break up the drive and see the town. Well. Let me tell you....We were so sad we didn’t have 7 more days there that we promptly booked a long weekend there a for a few weeks from then.
It has elements of a classic, southern Maine inn with the wonderful simplicity of a modern, upscale boutique hotel. Some locals complain that it’s too “South Beach” but those people need to get with the times because this place is dope. Nobody wants to sleep in a rickety, creaky bed with scratchy sheets when you can sleep in the here in the most comfy bed ever. In fact, I actually bought all the bedding for my bed.
We’re a married couple in our late 30s so The Tides is perfect for us...right across the street from a beautiful white sand beach, a fabulous low key bar when you walk in, and the stairs to your cozy, comfortable room a stone’s throw away. You can also chill downstairs in the living area or park it outside on the front porch to gaze at the sea. You can enjoy the sister properties and the lovely town(s) of Cape Porpoise and Kennebunk.
Now, the rooms are very tiny, but we don’t mind one bit. Also the nightly rates are not cheap but completely worth every penny to me.
I love this place so much that I’m daydreaming about it right now in the middle of Winter; with a little heartache that our next trip there is still 6 months away. Miss you Tides!!! You made us fall in love with Maine. Xoxoox
This hotel is fabulously situated on the beach at Goose Rocks. The rooms are well equipped and the restaurant is great.
1 although warned beforehand, the Ocean View King bedroom has a glancing view of the sea, Andi think the description is frankly a little sharp;
2 the whole hotel could do with some management, the restaurant could have been sharper and so to the front desk
For the amount people are asked to pay, the act could be sharpened up
This is an older property with smallish rooms. Nice, sort of like a bed and breakfast.
Seemed to be fully occupied when we visited. I judge there are many repeat customers.
Just steps from the beach. A nice breakfast is included.
The restaurant and bar serve a good selection.
Parking can be tight. No elevator.
Beautiful location, wonderful staff all so friendly and helpful. Great base for exploring the area.The staff made me and my husband feel so welcome and special. We had a beautiful meal in the restaurant, I loved my vegan option, my husband loved his lobster. Great choice of drinks.Lovely atmoshere, very comfy bed and lovely room. It didn't matter that we didn't have a sea view the place was perfect.
My husband and I loved our stay at The Tides! Quaint little Inn with direct access and views of the Atlantic Ocean. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Just wish we could have stayed longer.