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
We spent 4 days at the Whitehall hotel, it was a great experience, the owners were very helpful and made our stay even more enjoyable. The hotel is well located in the town of Camden. Also a great spot for 1-day trips to the other parts of Maine, i.e. Bar Harbor, Bangor, etc. The outdoor fires were a tremendous hit with my family, parking is plentiful, art deco furniture was surprisingly comfortable. Thank you, Gwen and Michael -- great hosts.
We had a lovely 3 night stay at Whitehall. Gwen and Michael are charming, welcoming hosts, for whom nothing is too much trouble. Our room was impeccably clean and comfortable, and the whole hotel has been renovated in a bright, modern style. There is outdoor seating front and back, and two fire pits that are lit in the evenings. It’s an easy ten minute walk into the centre of Camden. Despite what other reviewers have said, we thought breakfast was wonderful! There is a variety of about six or seven “small plates” to choose from, all made fresh and changing daily and you can have as many as you like. Add in fresh coffee and tea and juice, and it’s a feast. Tea, coffee and home made baked goods are available all day long in the sitting room/lobby. The only small criticism we would have is that the music in the sitting room was sometimes rather jarring, but perhaps others like a more “vibey” ambience! This did not detract from what was otherwise a really lovely stay.
We stopped here on the offchance and as they had vacancies we stayed one night on a B&B basis.
The room on first floor was very small and had no seating although the bed was comfortable. you only had a single door btn the room and the noisy staircase to higher floors.
The lounge area was nice and free coffee and tea were nice touches, although there were no clean cups for a while.
The white wine was from a tap and according to my wife was disgusting (both types) as the receptionist took this off our bill it would have been nice for a hotel of this ilk to provide bottled wine.
Breakfast was a joke, my wife who is a coeliac had almost no choice beside fruit, not very good as breakfast is actually included in room rate.
Such a pity as its a very imposing building and has the potential to be much better than it was for our stay.