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Historical Traveler Reviews The Colony Hotel Kennebunkport
We stayed here with several other couples over Labor Day to attend a nearby wedding. It's a lovely hotel, nicely appointed with a pretty view. However, ifyou want any chance for rest or relaxation this hotel is *not* for you. It is a child and dog friendly hotel. Now, we all like kids and dogs but this was over the top. We were awakened by hollering kids and jingling leashes every morning well *before* 7AM. And the hallways were like Grand Central Station until 11AM so there was no hope of sleeping in. I tried to nap by the pool but I couldn't with all the barking dogs and screaming kids. And don't even think about an afternoon nap in your room! I have never stayed in a hotel that was as noisy as this. All of the people we knew at this hotel were so bleary eyed by the end of the weekend that no one could wait to go home! What a shame - it's a lovely place and we were all looking forward to a nice, relaxing, calm New England weekend. And it was no bargain to boot. Unless they completely sound-proof their rooms, I'll never go back to this hotel.
My husband and I and another couple spent three nights at the colony in early October. It was our second time there, and while we still like the old-fashioned charm of the place we were also put off by the hoards of children. We and our friends were on different floors of the hotel, but both were disturbed during the night by screaming kids. We could not find a table at breakfast where we were not surrounded by them. It really took away from the otherwise relaxing atmosphere. I agree with the previous reviewer that the hotel needs to make an effort to put some seperation between families with children and other guests so they are not so disturbing to those of us seeking peace and quiet.
Too many children
The Colony was one of the noisiest places my husband and I have ever stayed due to children running around and doors slamming all day and well into the night. The rooms could definitely use some updating and soundproofing. Efforts should be made to keep families with children somewhat separate from those guests that are there for some peace and relaxation. Children literally had the run of the hotel from early in the morning to late at night. This is a beautiful old seaside hotel but, overall, we were very disappointed with our 3 night stay at The Colony.
My family has been traveling to Maine since the 1970's. We always rented a house when the children were growing up, and we would pass the hotel frequently and wonder. Now that the family is grown, we decided to try The Colony and were very happily suprised. We also have a dog, which attracted us because the hotel is pet friendly. We went on the Fourth of July and could not have been more impressed with the beauty of the historic hotel, and their love and tolerance of all dogs, big and small. The pool is beautiful with a great view, the breakfast is awesome, and included in the price. A tea is set up at tea time for guests to enjoy. People are respectful and dress appropriately for the dining room. Families abound and it is fun to see them all dressed for the fourth! (some with their pets) There is a fabulous old porch where one can sit and enjoy the sunset or sunrise. There is an abundance of good eating establishments available within a comfortable walk, along with a nice little private beach right across the way. The Colony exudes the charm of Kennebunkport, Maine. You know, it's not The Four Seasons, but it's a colorful, comfortable place to stay to enjoy the southern coast of Maine!
When you first pull up to the Colony, you will be impressed by the looming Victorian grandness of the hotel and its beautifully landscaped grounds. The pool is fantastic and the view is breathtaking. The hotel has an old world feel, filled with antique furniture and decor. You will be impressed by your complimentary breakfast, which includes a full buffet in the dining room which has beautiful water views. However, if you decide to visit the Colony, be sure to stay in the main hotel. I would not recommend the other guest houses that are subpar compared to the rest of the hotel. Our room in the East House had a 'Grandma's attic' feel, that felt more dingy that quaint and smelled musty. Housekeeping woke us up at 7am and contined to clammer about outside of our door for two hours. They had filled the entire "lobby" area with towels and cleaning supplies before vacating. Overall, I was disappointed by our overpriced room at the Colony but impressed by the overall hotel and grounds.
First time in Maine
My husband and I were fortunate enough to spend 3 nights at The Colony Hotel last month. It was our first trip to Maine/The Colony Hotel. It exceeded all of our expectations. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and very clean. The views from several places were breathtaking. The staff was very courteous and professional. We had to arrive a day early, and they accomodated us immediately. We were even given a tour of a few of the room choices! I have never had the option of seeing a room first. We will definitely visit Maine again and The Colony Hotel will be our choice of places to stay.
Much needed rest!
I needed some much needed rest. I found it at Colony. Peaceful, relaxing and plenty to do if you choose to. The breakfast buffet is great! The ocean right outside your door, just great. The only fault was my room was not far from the bar and late at night it could get a little noisey.
Stayed here last year with my VERY large and VERY furry dog. She was greeted warmly by the staff and I never once felt out of place having her around. The room was small but clean and the hotel wonderful. Great area to explore. I am planning a trip again later this year.
Beautiful, all around
visited here several times, on summer trips with my best friend. The memories of this hotel will last forever. Very peaceful. The hotel was beautiful, in classic style. The view was very relaxing each time. And the area of Kennebunkport was welcoming and fun.Bring your family, they'll have a great time.
Have stayed twice. First time in the Main House. I found it to be very noisy all hours of the day. No chance of napping or sleeping past 7:00am. The rooms were very nice. Second time we stayed in the garden rooms behind the Main House. Very quiet but the rooms were warm even late Sept. Also the garden rooms have televisions in the room. None in the main house. Walking distance to town. The ocean views are beautiful from the verandah and the front of the hotel.