The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern
What We Love
- Downtown location within walking distance of Brunswick’s shops, restaurants and farmers market
- Steps from the Bowdoin College campus, with arts programs and museums
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Pets are permitted for a $50 fee
- Some first-floor rooms face the restaurant patio
- You'll need a car or taxis to explore beyond Brunswick
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In coastal Maine’s charming college town of Brunswick, The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern blends seamlessly into the town’s mix of clapboard and brick Federal, Colonial and Victorian architecture. But don’t be fooled by the three-story New England exterior; the contemporary interiors have neutral colors punctuated with black and gold and accented by recycled beams and photos from the local historical society.
Bed & Bath
All 52 guestrooms feel modern and spacious (Standard Rooms are 600 square feet), with King or Queen beds in soft linens, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and coffee from local brew maven Wicked Joe Coffee Roasting Co. Some rooms connect for a family-friendly layout, and most have views of Bowdoin College and downtown Brunswick. Bathrooms echo the bedroom’s natural palette in dark brown, cream and black with Bath & Body Works toiletries.
The elegant Tavern restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, which the chef prepares using ingredients from the bounty of local farmers and fishermen. Two standouts: Maine lobster scampi and all-natural grass-fed New York strip steak with seasonal vegetables. On a cool evening, snag a chair by the lobby fireplace; on a warm night, sip a cocktail or dine on the fenced-in patio. The 1,900 square foot event space makes the hotel a favorite for destination weddings.
In the Area
The location, a few minutes’ walk from the campus of Bowdoin College, puts the downtown area within footsteps. The college is home to the Bowdoin Museum of Art, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Maine State Music Theatre. The adjacent town mall, a shady green, is the site of a twice-weekly farmers market and summer band concerts. Brunswick is also the gateway to Harpswell, a peninsula and archipelago linked by a causeway and bridges, where there are preserves for hiking, coves, fishing villages dotted with lobster and chowder shacks, and a craggy coastline favored by sea kayakers. Don’t miss a meal with a view at Dolphin Marina and Restaurant. Flanking Brunswick are Freeport, home of outdoor retailer L.L. Bean and scores of outlets, and Bath, a historic shipbuilding city and home to the Maine Maritime Museum.
How to Get There
We stayed here as part of a tour of New England. Friendly staff, particularly in the bar, and pleasant, very clean room which was however rather bland. Bright, clean bathroom. All going well until we went for breakfast, where we encountered grumpy waiting staff, and a poor buffet which included the worst (and cold) scrambled eggs ever. Most of our tour were similarly unimpressed to the extent that our tour guide stopped our bus an hour after leaving the hotel in order to buy us donuts and juice! Says it all! Tip for hotel - if you want the business from a high-end tour company please try to put on an edible breakfast and hire pleasant staff to serve it.
Enjoyed our stay here although breakfast service (a buffett) was massively slow one day. We walked the small town and up the mountain a bit but rocking in the chair on the front porch was my favorite part of the stay.
Excellent accommodations. Friendly staff, clean and lovely room.
Our room was large and well maintained. We had a “king” bed which was very comfortable. The town of Brunswick, ME is very “New England”