Members Recommend
Excellent 380 Reviews
Jetsetter Verified
This Hotel meets our standards
Our editors have been here and it has met our standards

What We Love

  • Adirondack chairs on the lawn, blazing fireplaces, great food
  • A wine cellar celebrated by Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast
  • Delectable dining at Sea Glass celebrates local products
  • Pets are pampered here with gourmet meals and dog massages
  • Commitment to sustainability: biofuel is used for heat, the towels are made of bamboo, and the cleaning products are all Green Seal

What To Know

  • Equally popular with couples on a romantic getaway and entire families
  • There's no extra charge for pets, but they're only permitted in designated pet-friendly rooms and suites


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
Disclaimer: This content was accurate at the time the hotel was reviewed. Please check our partner sites when booking to verify that details are still correct.
Classic Inn Lobby Scenic views Waterfront property building home living room mansion Villa Resort cottage


The Review

With a stay at Inn By The Sea in Cape Elizabeth, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Crescent Beach State Park, and close to Two Lights State Park. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Cape Elizabeth Light and Higgins Beach.

Make yourself at home in one of the 57 guestrooms, featuring kitchens. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available to keep you connected. Conveniences include microwaves and coffee/tea makers, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find a health club, a sauna, and a seasonal outdoor pool. Additional amenities include concierge services, supervised childcare/activities, and gift shops/newsstands.

Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. This hotel has 2 meeting rooms available for events. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Inn By The Sea
40 Bowery Beach Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 United States


Amazing weekend retreat
Pam G

Perfect quiet getaway. Serenity of Oceanside, while just a quick ride into Portland for top notch dining and shopping. Stayed in the cove suites and loved every minute. Beautiful updated decor with all the amenities we needed.

Luxurious stay

Second time staying at Inn By The Sea. This time we brought our dog which was a wonderful experience! The staff goes above and beyond to make sure our stay was absolutely Grand!!
Our Cove suite was absolutely fabulous and had all the amenities we wanted… Fireplace, luxurious beds, great living room and kitchen with a dining room table to play scrabble and make a jigsaw puzzle????
While we were checking out we made another reservation to check back in, in January????
We are so looking forward to staying again for another five days????
Thank you Inn By The Sea!
Audrey Donovan/Rockport MA

Disappointment, at a minimum, by the sea

I had wanted to go to Inn by the Sea for YEARS. My husband had a business trip to Portland, ME So we decided to spend 3 nights at the Inn - prepaid. When we checked in as iPrefer members, the reservations clerk, Alex,checked us into a “basement” aka First Floor room (no elevator) which had the pervasive and distinct odor of tobacco. Alex wasn’t surprised when we complained. He put us in another “first floor” room (no elevator). Shortly before, I overheard Alex tell another guest that his room on the second floor was nearly ready.
In room # 2, there was no electricity; no heat. Other rooms had power. Room #3, same. At that point it was late and I told Alex that we expected full credit for the stay and he immediately agreed (the only positive part of the trip). We obviously checked out and left early the next morning after spending the night with no heat or hot water.
I was sooooo disappointed and shocked, although I think they could have put us in an upstairs room. The hotel was not full.
I can’t recommend this hotel other than to say it is on a beautiful beach, but even that doesn’t justify the prices or our experience there. Too bad, really.