The Breakwater Inn and Spa
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Great Location, Nice Accommodations
I recently stayed two nights at the Breakwater Hotel. On the positive side, the hotel has a great location on Ocean Avenue. The view from our room was absolutely beautiful - overlooking where the river meets the ocean. Our room was nicely decorated and spacious. The property has its own restaurant, Stripers, with upscale decor, good food and a comfortable lounge. On the not so positive side, we had a series of problems with our reservation and I would encourage anyone staying here to bring along confirmation information - otherwise, you could be faced with problems when it comes time to check out. The breakfast offered at the property, which is included in the room rate, had limited offererings and wasn't particularly appealing. The daily housekeeping service was also disappointing - as best I could tell they made the bed and changed the towels - nothing more. Guests planning to stay at the Breakwater should realize that there is an Inn as well as a Hotel. The two are not connected - they are actually a good distance apart - and I believe the service level suffers as a result.
Beautiful Stay @ The Breakwater!
Having never been to Maine, I was expecting a rustic experience coupled with difficulty understanding the "natives." I could not have been more wrong! As we pulled up in the horseshoe drive, we were greeted by smiles from the valet to the Housekeepers. Everyone was so friendly and willing to help us find our way around town, the best places to dine (and even made reservations), and where to go to make the most of our trip. Our room was huge - a large king 4 poster bed with pillowtop mattress and a down comforter. We were so refreshed it the morning! The view was beautiful as well - we watched the fisherman and sightseers throughout the day - traveling up the river and out to sea. In the distance we could hear the waves crashing on the shore. It was so relaxing to watch the world drift by on our deck. Our morning breakfast (included in the rate) was freshly baked ham & cheese quiche, muffins & croissants. They also had cereals, bagels & cream cheese and fruit & yogurt. Again, the view was unbeatable! I returned back to "civilization" wishing I had never left. I will be back to unwind and enjoy again at The Breakwater - the perfect place to get away!
Unbeatable location but mixed feelings... and don't go with a baby!
We spend two nights in a king size room; ocean view. The room was beautiful, very well decorated and very spacious. The view was unbeatable! However, the bathroom was like a closet... small and build with really cheap materials. No bathrobes, no sleepers... !? A bit extrange for the price (300 US$) and class of the hotel.
We went there with our 6 months old baby. We had a lot of problems finding accomodation because many Inns in the US do not accept babies. However, when I booked the room, the lady from the reception told me that they accept babies and that they had facilities (cribs) available for them. We arrived on a Friday evening and the recepcionist asked us if we were going to have dinner at the restaurant. I asked if it was OK to bring the baby and stroller into the restaurant and she told me it was no problem. However, when the waitress welcomed us she asked me "if the baby was going to scream" if so, they would put us in a corner away from the rest ... BUT WHAT A QUESTION TO ASK !!!??? Babies are by definition unpredictable !!! The rest of the stay I felt very self concious about the baby and I felt they treated him as "persona non grata" ... On Saturday morning we asked the reception for some tips about informal restaurants by the beach where we could have a lobster lunch. They were kind of puzzled about the question and they could not give an anwser.. ???? I think that they were astonished that we wanted to take the baby into a restaurant! All and all, maybe it was a culture thing. In Europe we take babies everywhere and even the most expensive hotels or relais would accept babies and treat them nicely. Oh, well... All and all I found the service stiff, snobby and quite unpleasant... but maybe it was because of the baby thingy. By the way, I must say that the food at the restaurant was very good but the breakfast was super-stingy! Only croissants, a couple of muffins, a quiche and cereals... It was the stingiest breakfast I have ever had in America. However, again, the quality of the food was good.
Won't go back with or without baby! I hated the baby-unfriendly attitude.
I visited the Breakwater Inn the first weekend they opened for the 2005 season. It was wonderful! The hotel staff were courteous and very helpful with dinner reservations, nearby attractions and just to chat. Breakfast each morning (included in the rate) was delicious - try the quiche! My room was spotless and had a very romantic view from our own private porch. What a beautiful way to relax and watch the sun set! I will definitely be back with my husband next year! I would recommend this property to anyone who is looking for accommodations in Kennebunkport!
Can't wait to go back
I visited The Breakwater last fall and can't wait to go back. The valet greeted us and we really loved ourroom, was the least expesvie and had one double bed and the most lovely view and super good bed. Just goes to show you don't always have to spend the most to get a very nice room. We really liked having breakfast in the bright room with the great view they serve it in. We had dinner one night at The White Barn adn it was wonderful, very elegant and romantic and our last night we had lobster at Stripers, just for fun. We are going to stay during the summer so we can swim at the private beach, pebbly but no one else there!
Upscale and comfortable
We were in Kenebunkport last summer for a wedding and we decided to stay at the inn. We found it to be very comfortable and staff was very accommodating- even when we arrived past the time the desk closed the night manager was there to greet us. The decor was very hip and classic.
Such a great location close to town & the beach. The value and the price of this hotel is well worth it.
Can't wait to go back
I stayed at the Breakwater last summer and just went on line to book for next July. My Family and I loved our stay, we booked a king room and had a cot for our son and had plenty of room. We really liked the patio-deck we just lucked into last year and were really glad to find out we can book a patio room now in advance!
Definetley wortha trip and the restaurant was great, we loved the fish and chips.
Starting a family tradition
I just booked our stay with the breakwater for July and am pleased to say they are still on track. This year we decided to get a room with a porch as we wish we had done last year. The location was perfect with a great seafood restaurant on sight and breathtaking views of the water. I can't wait to see our family in Cape Porpoise again and am almost as excited (maybe more) about the lobster. The kids loved the little beach around the corner that is close enough to walk. Highly recommend a visit!!!
The Frye Family
Loved the renovations!
The Breakwater Inn when I visited in July had been completely overhauled. All new rooms and restaurant, was a great surprise to find heat and air and yes, nice bathrobes in our room. We stayed in room 14, right on the water and there is a new lawn that slopes to the water.... I want to go back this fall. Really loved our big bed and patio on the water!
The Breakwater Inn will break your heart
The website and brochure say guests are treated to thick white terry robes. When I asked about the robes, the front desk clerk was surprised and didn't even realize it was in the brochure. I asked about the complimentary bikes and canoes, you have to go to a sister property two buildings down for the bikes and 1/4 mile away for the canoes. Make sure you get the confirmation in the mail!!! I never received one and was kicked out with no room and no openings in Kennebunkport on a Saturday afternoon. This was after spending $300 for a room with curtains hanging off of the rods and a railing on the balcony that is in poor repair - Watch out or you'll fall off!!
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