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
Gwen was a fantastic host during our 3 day stay at Whitehall. She was friendly, responsive, and helpful in every respect. During our 10 day trip to New England, we stayed at 3 different B&B's. Whitehall was the best. The small plate "tapas" like breakfasts were fun and tasteful.
This was one of my favourite hotels on a trip around Eastern USA. After many traditional inns and dated hotel rooms, Whitehall was a breath of fresh air. We loved the decor in the rooms and lobby areas. We loved the small plates quirky breakfast, the friendly reception and ample free parking. The price including breakfast was very reasonable. The only down side was that our room was at the front of the building on the main road so traffic noise from about 6.30 in the morning disturbed even my sleep like a log usual experience. If I stayed again I would ask for a room at the back. The hotel is about a ten minute walk from Camden restaurants and Harbor.
We booked a three nights in a king room on a whim based on an excellent deal we found.
Pros: beautifully restored, excellent porch with rocking chairs, very comfortable bed, and within walking distance to town.
Cons: not as advertised on website. The bar and restaurant are no longer in use - this was fine by us, as we were looking for a quiet stay, but the website is misleading to anyone looking for amenities. It seems the hotel is trying to turn itself into a wedding venue (there was a rehearsal dinner one night of our stay) and it overtook the hotel one evening, which was very annoying as a guest as areas were closed off. Breakfast could also be improved - really not that hard to go a little further for your guests.
Had we paid full price, we would have been irritated. Given the steep discount, however, no complaints.
This was our first trip to Camden and we wanted to get a real sense of place so we chose the recently renovated Whitehall by Lark Hotels. If you're unfamiliar with Lark, they are creating unique hotels and experiences that offer a sense of whimsy and place. Whitehall felt as if we were stepping into a hip yet timeless out of the way lodge. The decor, as is a Lark tradition, was playful and bright, the rooms and the common areas were clean, well appointed and comfortable. I will say however, we stayed on the third floor and on a hot night that room got hot! Yes, there's a window air conditioner but its far from quiet. Yes, you can open a window but you will hear traffic from the road below. Despite these two caveats, the room was great. Breakfast each morning was delicious and our innkeeper was amazing!
The inn itself is a short walk to the downtown and harbor and the surrounding area is very charming. We really enjoyed Whitehall and if we return to Camden, and I hope we will, we'll definitely plan to stay here again.
Gwen and the team were great hosts during our multi-day stay. The room and bedding were comfortable and the breakfasts delicious. Lunch and dinner are not served, but there is a full bar. The property is on the fringe of the downtown area that has many excellent restaurants. Because the inn’s location is on route 1, traffic can be noisy, so ask for a room on the back of the inn. Despite renovations to this property by Lark a few years ago, the company should invest more to maintain it.