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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
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I love this Inn. I have stayed here twice. My last stay was in the Adler Suite with the well positioned balcony. The interior design by Jonathan Adler is exquisite and a perfect example of a New England design with Nautical touches.
The location of this Inn is absolutely perfect. It's located right on the beach and they provide beach chairs and towels. Very convenient!
The front desk staff who assist with bookings, restaurant reservations, etc are top notch! I cannot say enough good things about them.
As for the restaurant, the food is very good, however, there is room for improvement when it comes to the seasonal wait staff. I would have given this place 5 stars had it not been for the slow service and frequently off the mark service from the wait staff. At one point, we got seats in the front lawn and were waiting for the happy hour menu. The party sitting near us had been waiting for menus for over 20 minutes. The gentleman sitting near me got frustrated and walked inside to get someone's attention. It seems the slow and occasionally below average service is a symptom of insufficient training for the seasonal wait staff. It seems to affect breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner.
Having said that, I still love this place and hope to return. There are a number of other good restaurants with better and faster service in the sister properties so i'm not deterred.
Super time at the Tides! Our 6 th year and always super food , drinks and rooms. We got an awesome room upgrade. Ben is always making perfect cocktails at the marble bar. Thanks to all the staff and beach staff for making us comfortable! Cheers
This is an upscale, expensive small hotel located right across the street from Goose Rocks Beach. It has a nice porch out front where you can relax and have a drink or even a bite to eat. The lobby is "beachy" with lots of chairs and tables. Parking is tight always. The room we were in, king deluxe was decent size and nicely appointed. The bathroom was very nice and a good size with a big shower. Lots of staff, mostly younger kids eager to help but not always experienced. Only negative experience we had was with a hostess at the restaurant that had a snobby attitude acted like she was superior to me and my wife. Not cool and a complete turn off which detracted from our good time. Restaurant is very good with lots of fresh, local ingredients. Would we stay here again given the cost and everything else? Not sure. Don't mind paying premium prices for premium service and experience but it fell a little short.