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
We’ve always loved visiting Camden. Our first time staying at the Inn but second time dining at Natalie’s, the restaurant on site. We had a wonderful time! The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful. Our room was very comfortable and quiet. We had a view of the ocean which was so peaceful. Dinner was, as we remembered from several years ago, amazing! There were two types of menus, both set menus; one a 4 course lobster tasting menu and the other a 4 course various menu. We could not fault the service or food.
Location is also prime. Camben Harbour Inn is located just a few minutes walk into town which is full of lovely little shops.
We managed to get a great room price based off of the time of year.. the summer months do get busy and tend to be more expensive, however, Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie’s restaurant are indeed definitely worth a visit.
My husband and I spent the night at the Camden Harbour inn for his birthday and it was the perfect choice. The staff was professional and friendly. I was most impressed with the attention to detail from the moment we arrived until we departed. The personal touches made the stay very memorable. The room was comfortable with a lovely view of the harbor and town, the dinner was exceptional, the overall setting was charming and intimate and the departing champagne breakfast was a great ending to our stay. We are looking forward to booking another stay in the future!
Where do I begin? This hotel is literally the best. The front desk staff was exceptional at welcoming their guests to the property. And then we stepped into the room, and the view was absolutely breathtaking. There are so many touches in the room that makes this place special. One being the relaxing bath salts they provide. The only thing I regret is not extended my stay!! PERFECT HOTEL
So we decided to take off for the weekend and we found this extraordinary inn when we searched for a luxurious getaway. Advertised as a member of Relais and Chateaux we hoped that both the hotel and the restaurant would be top notch. It exceeded our expectations! Greeted warmly by the car by a dashing young man named Gilbert, we immediately knew we where in good hands. The luggage was brought to our suite and soon after we were enjoying a glass of champagne in the fireplace lounge. The staff was beyond attentive and helpful in making a sightseeing plan for the next day. They where able to get us into a Thai restaurant that was booked and housekeeping checked and cleaned our room every time we had left the room. Breakfast was an experience with personalized menus and both a la carte and a buffet. We both enjoyed lobster eggs Benedict, house made yoghurt with house made marmalade and ....house made granola. When we got back from dinner the room was cleaned, the curtains closed and the nicest handwritten card with chocolates on the bed. In addition there were snacks and a cold sodas to choose from and everything from breakfast to wifi and drinks and snacks in the room were included. No nickel and diming at this hotel and worth every penny!
The Inn was recommended to me by a woman I work with and did not disappoint. My Husband and I were long overdue for a weekend getaway. From the Moment we arrived it felt extraordinary. Gilbert came outside in the rain to greet us with a warm smile. He explained to us we had been upgraded to a room with a view because the room we had originally booked was under repair. That turned out to be a magnificent bonus. The turn down service, personal notes and small gifts that represent the coast of Maine were just some of the many niceties that make the stay special. Although the Inn is charming and tastefully decorated it is the service we received throughout our stay that was the real standout. We can’t say enough about Gilbert. It is obvious he loves what he does. We want to make special mention of our Bartender, Mike, as well. His knowledge, friendliness and professionalism are top notch. Truly the service we received from everyone during our stay was exceptional. Natalie’s was an amazing all around dining experience. I highly recommended the full experience. I look forward to coming back soon!