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
The location was beautiful, right on the water. I purchased a groupon for a "luxury room" in the description it said that each room has a fireplace and hot tub. I called ahead of time to make sure we would have either one of those things, the receptionist repeated several times that "since we purchased a groupon she could not guarantee this." If this is the case, they should not advertise this in the description. If they don't want people to purchase groupons, don't offer the service. When we showed up they did inform us that all the rooms with hot tubs and fireplaces were occupied. For 200+ a night I would expect more, groupon or not.
Bought a dinner/overnight package for a birthday. This Inn is expensive and portrayed as very "high end". The room we stayed in was very small. I understand it is an old house renovated as an inn but we have stayed at many and this one wasn't up to par. The food was pretty good though and the views of York Harbor were very nice.
We had a really unfortunate experience here. Some rooms are grossly overstated in their online description and when we went to our room for the first time, to start our coveted kid-free weekend away, I was SO disappointed. The room was much smaller than described and location was marginal at best. When we asked if we could move rooms, the manager was immediately agitated and so unkind. I understand they were at or near capacity, but the room and the way we were spoken to nearly ruined our special weekend. Long story short, we called a nearby inn and paid over double to stay there. It was worth every penny and we had a fantastic weekend. I was also promised a refund and when I called the next week on it because it hadn't gone through, they had no record to process it. The refund was eventually processed. That being said, there was one very friendly worker who greeted us initially. I'm sure he's fantastic.
This is probably the worst place we've ever stayed. The room was super tiny with a slanted ceiling so you couldn't stand up on one side of the bed. The bathroom was very small and uncomfortable (my husband couldn't even stand up to go to the bathroom and he's not a tall man) The bed was too soft. The a/c didn't work. We were on the second floor in this tiny room with a super tiny window and it was HOT. My husband went down stairs to ask if they had a box fan we could use and thankfully they did. I was in bed when he brought it in and didn't look at it until this morning. It was DISGUSTING. Apparently it came out of the kitchen. My husband over heard the kitchen staff complaining about the guy giving it to us because their vent wasn't working and without the fan they would set the smoke alarms off. For what we paid for this room, I expected something beautiful. Never, ever again will we stay here. A Best Western would have been more comfortable. Do NOT waste your money.
The location, staff, food, coffee, all were wonderful. I stayed there five years ago and unfortunately had a room directly above the lounge and had to endure the live musician playing below. This time we booked the Yorkshire Inn, (same establishment, just a separate building) and had a much nicer, and quieter, time. Really felt welcoming and I can't say enough about the included breakfast! It was outstanding.