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
As with all Lark Hotels, the second you step foot into Whitehall you know you will be well-taken care of and have every opportunity to relax. The location could not be better with a 5 minute walk to town, a 5 minute walk to the ocean, and another 10 minute walk to Mt Battie trailhead. The inn does sit on Rt 1 (at times a busy road) but the background playlist keeps the hum of the traffic at bay. We returned to Camden as one last family get-away before emptying the nest of our two college-bound teenagers. Gwen and her team are ever present, making sure that guests needs are met, the lobby and seating areas are comfy, and the inside scoop on Camden to-dos is available and all questions answered. Whitehall is a classic New England inn and Lark Hotels were tremendously successful in converting this old gal into mod, chic accommodations while maintaining her solid bones. The front porch exudes summertime relaxation with its plentiful rocking chairs and perfectly situated side-tables (for your cocktail or coffee needs). The rooms are perfect and just what you need (and nothing more - nothing more as in frou-frou chintz and ridiculous wasted space). The breakfasts were exactly what an active person would wish to have to start the day - fresh, healthy, delicious, and plentiful. Whitehall is now added to our family's list of faves. Camden always delivers and now Whitehall is truly Maine's summertime place - the best summertime place.
I agree with Tina M.'s review. We have enjoyed Lark hotels since their inception, but if the Whitehall is any indication, the brand is suffering. Deluxe King room at over $350 with taxes, had no full-length mirror, terrible bathroom lighting, a challenging array of tv clickers. Room was on their third floor up a narrow, windy staircase. This might be something you should mention before booking. While my husband and I are athletic 60+ year olds, I can only imagine how challenging it would be for the ever-popular senior citizen crowd who frequents charming towns such as Camden.
Breakfast was fine, but so disappointing there is no longer a dining option and what a waste of beautiful space!
We also stayed at the Whitehall when first opened and noticed the change this visit. I agree that the staff on duty looked very young and inexperienced.
Thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay at Whitehall Camden. This boutique type hotel is a 10 minute walk from the centre of Camden and is a very easy walk. Breakfasts were great and in a very relaxed environment. Coffee and snacks were available throughout the day, the cookies are delicious but they go quickly. The rooms were well equipped, very comfortable and very clean. The staff were pleasant and willing to help. The atmosphere was very chilled and relaxed and we particularly enjoyed the outside area and spending time there in the evening relaxing by the fire-pits. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for a chilled out, relaxed stay.