What We Love
- Daily homemade breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Classic inn dating from 1901, now with all the mod cons (think iPads loaded with local info, iPod docking stations, LED smart TVs with Apple TV) and hip styling thanks to a 2015 renovation
- Just 36 guestrooms and suites, all individually designed in splashy primary colors
What To Know
- WiFi and on-site parking are free
- The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays
- Pets are not permitted
- Guestrooms with water views are not guaranteed
- Celeb chef Sam Talbot is at the helm of farm-to-table restaurant Pig + Poet, a new hot spot with a weekday happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., and Sunday "pignics" (lobster rolls, pig roasts, etc.)
- Checkout is at 11 a.m.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On Camden’s main drag, within walking distance of the charming harbor, the seasonal Whitehall has welcomed sun-seeking guests since 1901. Thanks to a top-to-toe renovation in 2015, the inn has a colorful, modern style courtesy of Boston-based Rachel Reider Interiors. Inspired by the midcoast Maine landscape (“where the mountains meet the sea”), the decor is all seafoam greens and slate, natural grasscloth and weathered woods, while the eye-catching artwork is by a rotating cast of artists who hail from the state. Upstairs, the 36 guestrooms are individually designed in a colorful, print-heavy style, with retro light fixtures and cozy armchairs. All have iPads loaded with local info, iPod docking stations, LED smart TVs with Apple TV, coffeemakers and free WiFi. The bathrooms are stocked with posh Lather amenities, waffle kimonos and, in some, clawfoot bathtubs. On the dining front, chef Sam Talbot is at the helm of Pig + Poet, the inn’s light-flooded modern American restaurant, which focuses on local, seasonal and sustainable produce. It’s open from Wednesday to Monday, and there’s a weekday happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., as well as a popular Sunday lobster picnic in the sunny courtyard.
In the Area
At the base of the Camden Hills on Penobscot Bay, the petite and picturesque town of Camden has been a summer destination since the late 19th century. Today nature lovers head out on hikes through 5,500-acre Camden Hills State Park or explore the coast 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. The area 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
Amazing B&B! Nicely updated with thoughtful touches. Prime location to explore downtown Camden. Breakfast consisted of freshly baked goods and local treats. Highly recommended for anyone exploring Camden Maine!
Beautifully renovated historical inn. Wonderful warm welcome. Attentive but discreet staff. Great location with onsite parking within easy walking distance from the town centre. Great snacks and breakfast. Highly recommended, memorable stay.
Literary buffs will be intrigued to learn that Whitehall Inn is where poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was “discovered”. More than 100 years old, the Inn has been nicely renovated without losing much of its original charm. It has several outdoor patios with gas fireplaces, great for chilly evenings in Maine and is ideally located a short walk to Camden harbor where there are many charming shops and restaurants.
Apparently, there was a restaurant in the Inn in the past, but now it’s only used as an event space. The bed was comfy; good WIFI connection and friendly staff. Great coffee and unique breakfast menu. Note: the Inn is located on a busy street so you may want to ask for a room at the back.
We have been to Whitehall three years running. Rooms are always clean and hotel is quiet. Restaurant on site is a plus! Managers like Billy and Andrea are the reason we return to Whitehall. We can't wait to come back next year!
My husband and I stayed for our ten year anniversary. Overall had a good stay.
All the good things:
Front desk staff was very friendly. Parking is convenient. The area is incredibly beautiful and about a fifteen minute walk to downtown Camden. The inn is really big and has a lot of common areas with lots of sitting room. There was a fire pit outside. There is a restaurant on site, which we did not dine at but seemed lively. There was a poetry reading night at the restaurant while we were there.
The not so good:
Our room was located down a long hallway behind the restaurant, reached by making a couple of turns (everything was connected by hallways). The kitchen is on one side of the hallway and the restaurant on the other so staff comes in and out of those doors frequently. Knowing this, we carefully walked past the kitchen door pulling our luggage in, and a worker slammed the door open and it hit me. Now, this by itself is not that big of a deal to me as we were aware this was a high traffic area. However, this worker then made eye contact and scowled at me, though this really wasn't my fault as I had checked the door and was already walking past when hit, and made no attempt to apologize or say "excuse me" etc. I'm not an unreasonable person but feel this warranted some kind of acknowledgement-a nod, sorry, etc.
Otherwise, everything was pretty good and I don't feel this person's actions warrants telling anyone not to stay there. Everything else was good. Would recommend.