Camden Harbour Inn
What We Love
- A la carte champagne breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Great location on a hilltop above downtown Camden
- Each room is named after a former Dutch colony and decorated accordingly
- Home to one of Maine’s best restaurants, Natalie's; Executive chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens meld Down East ingredients with continental styles
What To Know
- The structure dates from 1874, but the inn underwent a considerable overhaul by the owners
- Modern touches include Molton Brown products in the bathroom, cushy featherbeds, and fireplaces and balconies in some rooms
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a design that’s equal parts Dutch and Down East and an award-winning restaurant, the Camden Harbour Inn attracts guests from around the world. The crisp white and gray inn sits on a hill overlooking the staunchly old-school town of Camden, and folks from Boston and guests from foreign shores can be found together on the inn’s porch overlooking Penobscot Bay. This 140-year-old property is suffused with love for both its home state and for European style. The structure dates from 1874, but the inn underwent a considerable overhaul by the owners, a Dutch duo who stay close to the action here.
Bed and Bath
Each room is named after a former Dutch colony and decorated accordingly. The Sumatra, for example, has a rich, dark wooden bed and overlooks Penobscot Bay; the Malacca has Southeast Asian–inflected splashes of red and gold. Though it sounds eclectic in concept, it feels cohesive in execution. There are plenty of modern touches, too: Molton Brown products in the bathroom, cushy featherbeds, and fireplaces and balconies in some rooms.
The Camden Harbour is also home to one of Maine’s best restaurants, Natalie’s. Executive chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens meld Down East ingredients with continental styles — hence the large number of Europeans you’ll see in the dining room or on the porch, munching on fiddleheads and crustaceans. Reservations are strongly recommended, as is a light lunch — the last reservation is at 9 p.m., so you’ll be dining on the early side. For a dose of pampering, there’s a single-room spa for massage treatments.
In the Area
At the base of Camden Hills on Penobscot Bay, the petite and picturesque town of Camden has been a summer vacation destination since the late 19th century. Today nature lovers head out on hikes through the 5,500-acre Camden Hills State Park or explore the area by water on a power boat or daytrip across Penobscot Bay. Out of season, make the most of Camden’s indoor activities, from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in nearby Rockland to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, in Boothbay. Beyond onsite Natalie’s restaurant, Camden offers a raft of top eateries, including Melissa Kelly’s modern Italian restaurant, Primo, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar for Japanese fare and buzzing Francine for mostly local and organic dishes.
How to Get There
This is n oldhotel that has been brought up to date and is well kept. We were referred to stay here and are pleased that we did. Breakfast is included in the very nice restaurant, Natalie's. The staff could not have been more helpful and delightful. There main efforts were directed toward our comfort and happiness. Even though much of the hotel is old it is kept immaculately clean.
The Camden Harbor Inn is a lovely property, the service is wonderful. A important notes should you decide to stay there...first there is no elevator, stairs are small and steep. Second, I booked the room almost a month in advance in hopes to receive a better rate, $500 plus. During a review of their website to check out thier restaurant's menu; which by the way breakfast was delicious, I realized the rate of the room had been reduced severely and included dinner and breakfast. Many of the literature in and around the Inn states that breakfast was complimentary. Only after we complained about the drop in the room rate, we were only offered breakfast as a compensation...which clearly we should have recieved anyways. After a quick dinner in town we retreated to our beautiful room only to find it filled with several species of bugs, on the bed, walls, and flying around the ceiling. The details are very nice at this Inn, from the chocolates on the bed to the handwritten welcome note in your room. My only complaints are the lack of compensation for the drop in their rates and of course the bugs in the room made for a restless night's sleep.
Fantastic hotel, great staff, wonderful restaurant, definitely go back, stayed for 2 nights on New England road trip and definitely a highlight. 5 stars from the whole family ???? everybody tried hard to make us feel at home, nothing was too much trouble. Best G&T in New England xx