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TravelPod Member ReviewsTarrafal Hotel
We stayed overnight at this beautiful B&B. It was full of antiques. The room was charming.
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A pleasant surprise
Following the mixed reviews on this site the Kennebunkport Inn was a pleasant surprise. We received a friendly greeting and were delighted with our corner room which was tastefully decorated, clean and very comfortable.
The breakfast room was a little gloomy but breakfast offered a good and wide selection.
As we were only staying for one night the central location was ideal for exploring this lovely small town.
Perfect for One Night
My husband and I just stayed in a Wharfside room for one night. Our room was really nice - large King bed with cable tv, small table with 2 chairs and a good sized bathroom. The shower was a bit weird but that's only because of the architecture of the building. It would be very difficult for tall people to shower without hitting their head. We hung out at the piano bar for a couple hours before dinner - Overall, great place to stay right in the heart of Kennebunkport. We did not eat at the Inn because we have been to the area many times before and feel that there are much better places in the area for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Kennebunkport is good for 1-3 nights, I would not recommend staying in just one town for 6-7 nights when there are so many other little towns along the coast that are worthy of a visit.
Wouldn't go back
I'm sorry to say that I can't agree with the other positive reviews. I gave it 2 stars for: staff being pleasant, yet not overly accomodating and the grounds/breakfast/location. That said, while the breakfast is good, it is overpriced. Where they get you is the fact that they are hardly any places for breakfast within walking distance. $10 for eggs benedict?!
Yet, our biggest gripe was the size of the room, including the bathroom. Others have mentioned that their rooms were small, but we thought our room and bathroom was incredibly small. The shower was exactly the size of a shower on a cruiseship and I can't tell you how many times I nearly hit my head on the sink trying to use the toilet! This is the smallest room we've even stayed in and that includes budget hotels like Red Roof Inn! Oh, and the "closet" is in the bathroom (who has a closet in a bathroom?!). Granted, we didn't spend much time in the room, but we thought the price tag of $189 was extreme for the accomodations - and we have stayed in rooms that have ranged in price from $60 per night to $600 per night. It was so small that we kept the Do Not Disturb sign on the entire stay (6 nights) because there was really nowhere for a housekeeper to walk around and to clean!
Our other gripe was the fact that when I called to book the room, I asked about the noise level and wanted a room with the least amount. The woman on the phone suggested a Riverside room on the corner. We were in room 227 and it was located right beside the parking lot. Just to make you aware, there is a big parking lot right in front/beside the hotel for the shops...in which we were awoken at 6:30am EVERY SINGLE morning when the trash trucks would come. When we asked about switching rooms, the gentleman at the front desk told us the only room available for the week was at the Wharfside and that room was actually smaller than ours! Go figure! I understood that he couldn't help that the rooms were booked, but some type of apology or statement of understanding would have gone a long way.
The "front desk" staff were helpful for the most part (i.e. dinner reservations, directions, etc.), but when we checked out, we were never asked how our stay was. Perhaps they already knew??
We're not picky people - all we require is a nice, clean, quiet room. Kennebunkport Inn did not fit that bill. I would only recommend staying here if you stay in a Mansion or Federal room. We would probably go back and try the Cape Arundel Inn or the Ocean View - both on the water. If you're looking to stay in town, King's Port Inn looked pretty nice (and a reasonable $$) and it was right up the street from the Inn.
Can't wait to come back!
What a wonderful New England Inn! The location was ideal - we never needed our car once we arrived. The staff was very friendly and accomodating...We stayed in a newly renovated room and it was simply lovely. One evening we ate in the restaurant and the meal was delicious - the lazy man's lobster was superb. The lounge also had a wonderful singer/piano player. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and I couldnt have picked a more perfect place!
First Time Guest
We were very disappointed with the accomodations
at the Kennebunkport Inn. The smaller rooms are
really small and not very private. You can here everyone closing their doors. If staying here, we would recommend the larger rooms, of course the price increases quite a bit. The bathroom and the shower were also very small. The hallway was musty. The breakfast was wonderful but I thought it was included in the price. Bottom line the Kennebunkport Inn did not live up to our expectations. Being close to town was the only plus.
Best in Kennebunkport
The Kennebunkport Inn is centered on an elegant Victorian home built in 1898. Of all the lodging in Kennebunkport, this inn is closest to the quaint downtown area. In fact, it is in the downtown area. All the shops are within easy walking distance (less than a block). During our visit we stayed in the "Warfside" rooms, which are separate from the main inn-about a block away. If you want to be in the midst of the shopping and dining action, the Warfside rooms are even better. When you step outside the Warfside entrance, the shops are literally steps away. (It is easy to mistake the Warfside entrance for a door to one of the village shops.)
The rooms at the Kennebunkport Inn are comfortably furnished in a "country" motif. The beds are draped with thick comforters. In our room, wicker chairs and a large TV rounded out the furnishings. The room was air conditioned and featured a telephone with a data port.
There is a small outdoor swimming pool at the main inn. The hotel also provides passes for the Kennebunkport beach, which is several miles away.
Our experience at the Kennebunkport Inn was extremely positive. The staff is pleasant and the rooms are immaculately clean. The restaurant is superb, serving the best food the town has to offer. (The crab cake appetizers were fabulous and my filet mignon was large and flavorful.) The restaurant is pricey, but the food and service are well worth it.
The Kennebunkport Inn is a popular destination, but they only have about 50 rooms. Reservations well in advance are adviseable.
The Kennebunkport Inn is a great place to stay. In a town where rudeness seems to be the norm, the Kennebunkport Inn breaks the trend. From the owner to the groundskeeper, everyone was extremely nice and helpful. The room was a bit small, but they made the best out of the space available. The service was great. The food in the restaurant was incredible. It was pretty centrally located to everything. It rained a couple of the days we were there, but the staff was right there with suggestions on what to do on a rainy day in Kennebunkport. The piano bar offered a fun alternative. I highly recommend this place to anyone considering a trip to Kennebunkport.
I *highly* recommend staying at the Kennebunkport Inn. It was elegant, relaxing, centrally located to EVERYTHING, the service was top-notch, and the food-- superb. My husband and I spent our honeymoon there, and they went out of their way to make it special for us. If you're considering a stay there, look no further. This review comes from a VERY judgmental and picky person, so believe me when I tell you-- it's a great place to stay.
A Lovely New England Inn
We just came back from a wonderful vacation at the Kennebunkport Inn (...). What a fabulous location, right at Dock Square, where all the shops, restaurants and activities are located in this very lovely town. The Kennebunkport Inn proprietor is Debbie Lennon, and she is a most gracious host. The Victorianstyle Inn is absolutely charming! The room we were in had antiques, a four poster bed, and a gas fireplace (private baths too). Everyone there goes out of their way to make you feel welcome. Judy assisted us by making some great recommendations for entertaining, sailing and numerous other activities in the area. It is a full-service Inn with a wonderful steak and seafood restaurant and a Pub with live piano music lots of fun! You must have the Bananas Foster Waffles for breakfast, they are absolutely sinful, but a must!We plan on going back to the Kennebunkport Inn again, it is a wonderful getaway, with the most gracious proprietors.Enjoy!Ariane & John Caparella
Great centrally located hotel
This hotel is located in the center of town. It has an outdoor pool, and a parking lot. The location is ideal for being able to walk around to all the great shops, restaurants, galleries, etc... We did not try the restaurant but it is supposed to be very good. The service , and cleanliness of the hotel was good. We enjoyed our stay, and look forward to returning there soon.
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