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
- 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
As a Relais & Chateau property one has higher than usually expectations. This is a lovely Inn located with Harbor views. Our room was well sized with an old window a/c that was unfortunately old and made a lot of noise. Bathroom was tiny...toilet chain kept breaking which was annoying. Bed was super comfy. Room is very hip and stylish. TV was super small also. Being an older building there are lots of creaks and noises and unfortunately we had a noisy neighbor staying in the room above ours that sounded like big foot!
Camden Harbour Inn
This is a beautiful property, that has a wrap around porch for white table cloth covered dining, and rocking chairs for relaxing. It’s a fine place to have a drink and see the Harbour and the sail boats. Breakfast is included, with attentive service including lattes, juices, and to start off with, a small sample of the smoothie of the day.
It’s wonderfully located, walking distance to the Harbour, the Camden yacht club, and the charming Camden town with restaurants, etc.
The rooms are spacious.
There are wonderful amenities : water bottles each day; snacks in the lobby room where there is a fireplace; chocolates in a large bowl for guests; complimentary prosecco when you check in; bathrobes in the closet; fine soaps; nightly turn down service with slippers at bedside.... gives one a feeling of really being on vacation when staying here. While we were here on the weekend guests were offered a sunset 🌅 5-7 PM two hour boat ride on a masted schooner complete with some hors d’oevres and prosecco. The management goes out of its way to make this inn the special place that it is. For example - at breakfast menus are printed with guests names for a personal touch.
Drawbacks are there is no gym; and the bathrooms are on the smaller side with a sink that could use a few inches of elevation, and little space to put out ones toiletries; and there is no elevator ( bell people DO assist in getting luggage up the steps) .
Great rooms & caring staff! Host came down and met us at the car. He arranged for our luggage to be carried to the room from the car. Love the toiletries. The in house dining was superb! A full bar service and a beautiful deck seating on which to enjoy the outside. Beautiful views from the Inn. The town is an easy downhill walk from the Inn. Unfortunately we were there before the schooners started their summer runs. Well worth the trip to the top of the ridge to get a great look at the bay and ocean. Would love to stay there again.
My wife, 10 year old son and I spent three nights at the inn. It was a special weekend to celebrate a special birthday. It was one of the most delightful experiences. Sean, Erica and Lou Anne (I believe that was her name at the front desk) were amazing. The attention to detail, the hospitality at Natalie’s, the breakfast and dinner wait staff, the bartender - all were impeccable, courteous and super attentive. We stayed at the curaçao which was a delightful room. We are very widely traveled all over the world and must say this equals experiences we have had at the Aman resorts.
Can’t wait to go back and Thank You!
My husband and I were very disappointed with this pricey hotel. The stairs were steep, something as seniors we are concerned with.( No elevator) The bathroom had no place for our toiletres and it had a molded shower/bath tub. The room had an air-conditioning unit sticking out from the window, which wasn't onlined when we viewed the room. Our key to the room didn't work and we had to get help opening it.
The staff was friendly and pleasant and that's why I gave it one star.
We asked the manager if we could leave one day early since we booked another room at another hotel in Camden and wanted to leave as soon as possible. He told us it wasn't possible because of their two week cancellation policy. I emailed the owner and haven't received a response.
Why would a hotel want guests to stay if they are unhappy?
We didn't want to stay one more night and we're happy with the new hotel we booked.
I would not recommend this hotel.