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
Eddie, the restaurant hostess made our trip (1205 miles) worthwhile. Our server, our first night had very poor skills. Eddie corrected the mistakes and made sure our next evening was smooth and most enjoyable.
We've been staying at this inn for 25 years and always found it to be the best shoreline view with such great historical value. The dining room is beautiful. The food excellent.
I drove by this inn years ago while on business and thought next time I'm in the area might like to stay there. York Harbor Inn is a nice place. The pub and live music was very relaxing by the huge old fireplace. The staff was VERY attentive to every question this out of towner had about the area. Across the street is a great path to walk along the shore. Breakfast was included with cost of the room and tasty. Our room (#5) although adequate for our short stay, seemed to be in need of a refresh. Other than a nice seascape watercolor (by a local artist? Nice touch), the rest of the room said "1980s" with the crystal light fixture, 80s hotel art and pull down vinyl window shades. Flooring was commercial carpet that had worn out its welcome some time ago. It was not the decor one would expect from a quaint historic seaside inn of this stature. Overall however, a nice place to stay. I recommend it to future guests of the area.
We booked this hotel for our honeymoon. According to their website, we booked a room with an ocean view and private balcony. WELL... when we got there, this was far from the truth. The room was smaller than a secondary bedroom in a regular house. The air conditioning was a small window unit that did not cool down the room. Our private balcony was part of the roof top to the hotel and in the summer sun, was unbearable to enjoy. Our ocean view was excellent, if you could see it through the huge maple trees in the park directly across the street. In order to see the ocean from the room, you had to literally look through the trees and down an embankment. There is also no parking near this beach. It is permit parking only. The only way to access this beach is to walk through the park and down a steep walking trail. Overall, for the price we paid for one night to stay here and the false advertising on their website, I would NEVER recommend this hotel to anyone! We will never stay here again.