York Harbor Inn
What We Love
- Choice of lodges in one family-run group, including the original York Harbor Inn (main inn); the seven-room Harbor Crest Inn, which dates from 1730; and the newest addition, Chapman Cottage
- Two restaurants in the main inn, including 1637 for dinner and a fun Sunday brunch and the Ship’s Cellar pub for lunch; Chapman Cottage also has the Tavern, for hearty dinners on the deck
What To Know
- Chapman Cottage and the Harbor Crest Inn are around half a mile from the main inn along a scenic coastal road
- Rooms at York Harbor Inn have the most traditional look; sloping ceilings make some feel small
- No elevators, but the staff is on hand to help with bags
- Harbor Crest Inn is the only pet-friendly hotel in the group
- Check-in is at York Harbor Inn
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Family owned and run since 1978, York Harbor Inn comprises six historic lodges along the waterfront in York Harbor, Maine. At the heart of the action is the namesake York Harbor Inn (dubbed the “main inn”), the largest of the buildings and home to the 1637 restaurant and the Ship’s Cellar pub, which showcases custom handcrafted mahogany woodwork. The guestrooms here are all individually designed, but they have a uniformly traditional style, with fabric headboards, flat-screen TVs and small private bathrooms. Around half a mile away along the coast road, the Harbor Crest Inn is the pet-friendly option of the group, with just seven large guestrooms, including a two-room suite with a private terrace. All have four-poster King beds, gas fireplaces, WiFi and, in most, a two-person Jacuzzi tub. Next door is Chapman Cottage, the newest and most upscale of the properties, opened in 2012. Here you’ll find just seven guestrooms, three with private decks and two with deep soaking spa tubs and gas fireplaces, as well as the popular Tavern restaurant. A favorite with guests and locals, the indoor/outdoor Tavern puts a creative spin on regional specialties like cottage chowder with Atlantic hake, grilled watermelon and ricotta fritters, and Chapman’s lobster brioche.
In the Area
Just an hour north of Boston, York, Maine, is a quintessential New England seaside escape. Beach lovers have their pick of the two-mile-long Long Sands, the sunbather-friendly Short Sands, family-favorite York Harbor Beach (across from the main inn) and secluded Cape Neddick Beach, while culture seekers should plan on stops at the landmark Nubble Lighthouse and Boon Island Lighthouse. Pick up some salt water taffy at the Goldenrod, a York Harbor institution since 1896, or shop for keepsakes in the indie boutiques in Perkins Cove. For golf lovers, the Ledges and Cape Neddick Country Club are both within driving distance.
How to Get There
Our kids knew of this place and got us a gift certificate that we used for our 36th Wedding Anniversary. We stayed in the Harbor Hill Inn and the room was very nice, king bed, fireplace, and jacuzzi (larger than the one we have at home so we actually used it). Upon arrival it was so nice to be greeted by friendly staff. For me, that sets the tone for my entire stay. I don't know, there is something especially nice when you are greeted by someone who makes you feel like they actually care that you chose their hotel. Our room wasn't ready which we expected - we arrived at 11:00 AM but the staff offered us ideas about what to do. We ate in the pub which is the same menu that they have for the dining room for dinner. Then we did the cliff walk right across the street and later I went for a run and felt completely safe in the area. We had dinner at the 1637 Restaurant - I had made reservations prior to arriving and didn't realize it was the same menu as the pub. But we both really enjoyed our meals. Friendly staff. It wasn't as upscale as I was hoping - everything now-a-days is more casual - so that was my only disappointment. And for the price of the room we just thought the entire experience - room/dining, would
have a little more wow factor. Just wanted something a little more special for our anniversary. But really, it was fine and the friendliness of everyone in the restaurant surpases formality. Just a heads up about the beach across the street and this does not take away from this hotel, but it is a Maine Beach. The sand is not that soft sand and the ocean smell is pretty potent. We walked down to the beach and most people sit far from shore, the seaweed is everywhere and the smell is VERY fishy. But it is very scenic. But again the hotel has no impact on the beach but just a side note. Again, from the other reviews of York Harbor Inn tha I've read, if you pick the right room, I'm sure you will not be disappointed.
We stayed at the B&B by chance as we looked up a place to spend the night on our way to Acadia National Park. We liked it so much we decided to stay there another night on our way back home the following week. The location can't be beat within walking distance to the beach and a short drive to local restaurants and attractions. We stayed at the second property a few blocks away and would highly recommend this option for anyone wanting a quiet and relaxing stay.
Been here many times over the years and this is the first visit that left me disappointed.
Came for a work get-together with a fairly large group (we made a reservation in advance). We had two waitresses working with us; neither checked back with us in a reasonable amount of time, our food and drinks took forever to arrive (close to 20 minutes for a cup of coffee) and neither ever offered to get us more drinks when our glasses had clearly been empty for some time.
Besides that the food was simply lackluster, and not what it used to be. Almost $50 for a cup of chowder, a drink, and a salad with four measly steak tips is ridiculous. YHI has always had a good reputation, and it just didn’t live up to its name. Not sure if I’ll be returning any time soon.