Cliff House Maine
What We Love
- The resort is open year round (unusual in this part of Maine)
- The plethora of outdoor activities for every season: fishing, lobstering, beachfront snowshoeing, sea kayaking, and cross-country skiing are just a few
- Checking out panoramic ocean views from the walls of windows in the lounge, restaurant and lobby
What To Know
- There’s an 18-hole golf course adjacent to the property
- In addition to the gym, there are group yoga classes and outdoor group runs two mornings a week
- Some rooms are pet-friendly
- Valet parking is available for a fee per night while self-parking is free
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Visitors to southern Maine might be surprised at the lack of fishing nets and lobster pots at the Cliff House, which is part of a growing trend of freshly styled Maine hotels. The look owes something to the Scandinavian design revolution, with its white paint, wooden floors, and clean lines, but it still nods at its nautical history with stainless steel portholes in the rooms (they’re purely aesthetic, so don’t try to open them). The hotel’s most gorgeous asset is its view—set atop Bald Head Cliff, the ocean offers something spectacular to look at even in the winter, when guests won’t be sunbathing on the sandy Ogunquit beach, just a few minutes from the hotel. The outdoor seating areas, including a fire pit, have been carefully arranged to take maximum advantage of the scenery. The decision to keep the hotel open year-round means that there are plenty of non-beach activities as well, including a sumptuous spa, a heated indoor pool, or the opportunity to simply parking yourself in front of a fireplace, or the floor-to-ceiling windows, with a locally brewed Wiggly Bridge bourbon in hand.
In the Area
While it’s just an hour’s drive to Boston and even less to Portland, most visitors will want to stick in the nearby environs and enjoy the outdoor activities and offerings of the two small towns that are easily reached from Cliff House: Ogunquit is a couple of miles to the north; York about six to the south. Both have good beaches, plenty of restaurants and collections of local shops. The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Preserve is just a few minutes away, and the resort offers bird-watching kits and guides for interested guests. In York, the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School offers popular cooking classes that make a good winter activity—especially when it’s too chilly for visits to the charming and historic Nubble Lighthouse.
How to Get There
Stayed at Cliff House early December. Everything was great. Very quiet, including some sort of business convention. From checkin to checkout, no problems. Staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. Marjorie at reservation was great. Food okay at Tiller restaurant. We were upgraded to a fabulous fireplace room. View to die for. Even extended our stay an extra night. If you can go off season, do it !
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Nightly room charge was $500. Made reservations via direct telephone 2 months in advance. Requested upper floor king w/ ocean view. Check in...got ground floor with filthy balconies, nasty biting bugs and extremely noisy HVAC. No in room morning coffee as each floor had "stations" for ice and beverage and was NLT 250 steps away per fitbit.
Self park was a hike as all close park was valet only for $26.00 per night. Not included in $28.oo resort fee...and for what. No pool no hot tub....closed for season. Only restaurant over priced.
Very disappointed that I responded with concerns to their email survey and got NO feedback. Do not stay there IMO.
My family had a wonderful experience. Clean, spacious and very tastefully appointed rooms. Wonderful staff from top to bottom. Most of the food was good but not great which was disappointing given the price and the exceptional quality of nearly everything else.
Great weekend away for some Christmas shopping! Excellent service, great room overlooking the ocean; very clean; comfortable beds. I would recommend The Cliff House to anybody who relishes in quiet sophistication!
Best hotel we've stayed at in New England. The staff is amazing, view in every room is breathtaking and amenities are fantastic. We have enjoyed going with a 5 and 7 year old for 2 years, as well as romantic get aways.