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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The rooms and public areas are beautifully designed in Nantucket-chic casual elegance. Rooms are well-appointed. Our corner room had amazing views. There's an inexpensive shuttle to Ogunquit which was pretty convenient. Food at the main restaurant was very good - in particular the lobster corn.
Although service was largely friendly, there are times it was just wholly inattentive and far from that of a five-star property. In particular, we were taken aback by a shockingly rude response we received to a request to check out an hour late (at noon not 11AM). It's not that our request was denied that bothered us, it was the total lack of grace with which it was denied. When we arrived, the pool area was packed with people and when we returned hours later, it had cleared out but had not been straightened. Towels, cups, etc were strewn everywhere and it was hard to find a clean place to sit. In the end, we cleared our own spot and had to ask for the debris to be removed. There's just a lack of adequate staff training.
I loved the room we had middle of the 3rd floor with ocean front view and crashing waves was incredible and just what I wanted. Nothing could be better. Everyone was very hospitable and competent and made our stay enjoyable.The place is very large but the experience is not affected negatively by this at all. It is well staffed and well organized. Could use another medium priced restaurant or large cafe on the premises. Concierge service is excellent and the housekeepers are very accomodating. Everyone is pleasant and servcie is quick and efficient.
over great experience, room,views and food great. Did classes in morning over looking ocean what could be better. However Service could improve for a high star hotel, I believe this was due to a seasonal turnover. I believe at this level of hotel a guest should receive service without issue