What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes continental breakfast
- Within strolling distance of the charming village of Brunswick
- The comfort dishes at Coast Bar & Bistro — perfect for chilly New England evenings
- Cocktail hour in the bar, complete with a wood-burning fireplace
- Some units have two-person rainfall showers or Jacuzzi tubs
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Guestrooms have a cozy-classic feel, with a moody palette of charcoal, royal blue and burnished gold
- There’s an on-site fitness center (a rarity for a country inn)
- The private hot tub and sauna require reservations
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
History and Old World charm are fused with an up-to-date sensibility at this country inn, housed in a grand, 200-year-old Federal-style mansion close to the town of Brunswick. A homey yet sophisticated New England style prevails, from the lovely lobby, with its hardwood floors, to the elegantly decorated guestrooms, which are done in a moody palette of charcoal, royal blue and burnished gold. As they enter the grand lobby, guests are whisked back in time by the sweeping staircase, chandeliers and pressed-tin ceilings. A crackling wood fire makes for a cozy cocktail hour in the bar, and the theme continues in the restaurant, Coast Bar & Bistro, which pays homage to its location in the form of New England classics such as chowder, crab cakes and lobster pot pie (with the occasional nod to modern trends like kale chips and veggie burgers). Save room for the Sunday supper, a three-course menu featuring homey comfort foods that’s also a heartening bargain at $20. Work off all the carbo-loading at the on-site fitness center (a rarity for a country inn), or relax in the hot tub and sauna after taking in the sights of nearby Brunswick.
In the Area
One of the best ways to experience the wild beauty of Maine is on two wheels or on foot: The Androscoggin River Bike Path meanders through gorgeous countryside between Brunswick and the Cook’s Corner area, while Bay Bridge Landing Wetland Park adjoins Merrymeeting Bay and offers a walking path with interpretive signage detailing the local habitat and its flora and fauna. If small town culture is what you’re looking for, check out the Maine State Music Theater, which hosts popular musicals such as Sister Act, The Full Monty and Fame. For some eats, roll into Fat Boy Drive In, an old-school roadside burger joint with a distinctive green and white awning that serves artery-hardening treats such as onion rings and lobster rolls.
How to Get There
This was my recent experience. Several family members and I stayed at the hotel, on and off, between July 1 and July 23. AC was not working throughout the ENTIRE time which provided for a miserable stay especially during the heat wave. This means all common areas are hot and sticky, you may or may not get an AC window unit, and if you do you have to leave the curtains open to allow the unit to cool the room - and some nights the rooms didn't cool under 82 degrees. Allegedly it just can't be fixed. Also, the elevator has a big yellow sicker on the door as it "fails to meet safety standards" one of which was dated as far back as 12/21/2017! Seriously, in 18 months no one has been able to bring the elevator up to code? Since guest parking is on the lower level, be prepared to climb 2-3 flights of stairs. Plenty of staining on the ceilings from various leaks and active leaking from overhead light fixtures. I came back from a day out to a puddle on the floor and a dripping can light. Clearly the owners have no intention on fixing these issues and every intention of misleading the public as to the actual condition and amenities of the hotel. I hate having to write this, but I wish I had know the severity of the situation beforehand. Don't be duped out of thousands of dollars like we were, there are several other great options in the area.
Decided to have dinner here after the show. The service was extremely slow, waited for at least 45 minutes for any food to arrive. We asked for some bread which took about a 1/2 hour and were charged for it. Most of the food was disappointing, decided we would not go back.
We were given one of the few rooms with an in-window air conditioner ugh. This did not work so well never providing a comfortable nights sleep.
We incurred 3 fire alarms during the morning hours due to issues with there main air conditioning.