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Historical Traveler Reviews Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa Boothbay Harbor
Overpriced and Overrated
A beautiful location can't hide some basic problems with the Spruce Point Inn. My wife and I recently shared a 3-night minimum, $600 plus/night (including "hotel fees") ocean-view efficiency cottage with our two adult children. The view was beautiful, but we felt that it should be at this rate. The cottage was clean and charming, but the floors were listing more than the sailboats in the harbor, and the king-sized mattress had to be a leftover from the Inn's early days. To make matters worse, pipes that ran under the cottage must supply water to adjacent buildings as they were noisy all night long. After a sleepless night and aching backs we determined that a simple mattress swap was in order. However, we were told that this was not possible by the staff at the front desk. So much for a relaxing start to our short vacation.
After working our way through several levels of management, we were provided upgraded accommodations in two rooms at the same rate as the cottage - one with a brand-new king-sized mattress. Our advice...stay away from the cottages. But beware, these two rooms would have cost us over $800/night!
Your hotel fee does offer free kayak rentals. But again, beware, the 4 kayaks are available on a first-come first-served basis. Since the system is managed at the spa, which is located nowhere near the waterfront, one must keep a close eye out for the next available kayak, then report to the spa to sign-out the equipment. After three attempts we did secure two kayaks and had a great time. But, there must be a better way.
Our dinner at the Bistro was excellent and the service was great so we left a generous tip. At check-out time we learned that our hotel fees cover dining room gratuities. Who new?
Overall, Spruce Point Inn is a beautiful place and the staff is friendly and helpful, but one should not have to go through what we did to enjoy its pricey amenities.
Great Place to visit
Great spot to visit. Stayed at the Spruce Point Inn during early June. The place is very nice. Rooms in the Bluebird building were very nice, spacious and very comfortable. Great view of Boothbay Harbor and beyond from the deck and our room had a gas fired woodstove too. The grounds are landscaped and looked in great shape. The saltwater pool along the bay was a great place to relax and take in some sun. The casual dining restaurant on property was fine for breakfast and the fine dining restaurant provided an excellent evening meal. Piano player in the restaurant was a nice touch.
My wife used the spa services and said they were fine. A small workout room is in the spa building with enough equipment to get in a workout if you choose.
Great place to go and relax.
Spruce Point Inn is like time-travelling back to your childhood!
I travelled to the Spruce Point Inn this past July 4th long weekend for the wedding of one of my best friends. I had never been to Maine before, but I was excited because the pictures on the Inn's website promised a true New England experience. In no way was I disappointed.
The Spruce Point Inn has several different accommodations: Suites with king-sized beds, fireplaces, and spa baths with separate showers that could easily accommodate two or three people; rustic cabins that will remind you of summers spent at the family "Camp"; and quaint Main Inn rooms that make up for in charm what they lack in contemporary amenities. There really is something for everyone and every budget.
The setting overlooking Southport Island and the Linnekin Bay is exactly what I hoped Maine would be like. I arrived early in the evening, and the Inn and its' surroundings were enveloped in fog. The only noise to be heard was a fog horn. In the morning, I opened the curtains to see blue skies, even deeper blue waters, and shingled cottages across the bay. The Inn has two pools, and I found myself preferring the un-heated saltwater pool perched on the edge of the water. There was nothing bare-bones about the pool, with padded teak loungers and fresh towels restocked long before the supply ran out. While there are no waiters taking drink orders poolside, "sunscreen concierges", or any of the other novel distractions many have come to expect from summer resorts, the Spruce Point experience is one free of stress and totally peaceful. Just what I needed when I wasn't helping with pre-wedding details.
The Spruce Point Inn may not have every modern convenience, and if you are looking for a "Soho-House-by-the-Sea" you won't find it here. What you will find is a welcoming and warm reception in a setting that will make you feel as if you travelled back in time to one of your favorite childhood vacations, a commodity rarely found in contemporary luxury hotels.
Service Was Fair But I Don't Care
Yes it's true. The prior year service was fair. Something to do with visa restrictions post-9/11 affecting seasonal help. The Inn staff also have trouble with email. Email is some kind of newfangled gadget that speaks of the Devil. So they don't reply and you have to use a "phone". And yet, I don't care. My kids love this place. Something about the landscaping with lots of tall trees hiding secluded pockets to hang out in with just your peeps. The Inn is also built on a slope so several areas of the Inn have a view of the harbor and the rolling knolls yonder including the really nice saltwater pool. Unheated, bring someone warm. Just off this pool which is on a rocky platform is a quiet dock where you can walk down and dip your feet in til they're numb while you look at ships meandering around the mouth of the harbor. You don't get the killer waves and tumult like you do at Ocean Point, but maybe you don't want that. The sun hits the west side of Inn and the water on the harbor in the early afternoon and bakes everything a toasty golden color. The water laps at the dock at a carefree pace, the whole place glitters. The luxury suites have fireplaces which come in handy in, gulp, late June or early July. Ayuh. We stayed in an "ocean house" last year and the place was just too huge and scary for one family. The junior suites are just right for four people. They have REALLY nice bathrooms. There is a second pool further back on the property that is heated and tends to be used more by children. It's fenced off and not too noisy. They have an ultramodern exercise place next to this second pool which is new last year. My wife thought it was keen. We haven't tried the spa yet, but I'm not sure I want a stranger massaging my toes. I haven't experienced difficulty with the restaurants but I'm sure the larger weddings can cause that. I can't see all the restaurants shutting down, though -- there's like three of them. The restaurants on-site are expensive but up to snuff; the wait help is very professional. There's always Red's Eats (Wiscassett) if you want less formal summer lobster/shrimp cuisine. We've never been in the Rec room. Don't have time for shuffleboard. Gotta go to the aquarium and pet the sharks. The Inn is not far from downtown, but it's not an undemanding walk when it's hot. The road midways is dusty. The Inn has a shuttle that runs about twice a day. Stay at an intown place if you want bluster and quick access without hassles of parking or that worry about missing the shuttle. The Inn is almost at the very end of a peninsula, and when you go past the stone gates, you have in some ways entered another world. At night, you are in a nautical feature film. The fog can roll in and all you hear is the slow tide, the distant horn, ship's bells(?), and your kid saying, "Dad, I wanna go to Sherman's". Welcome to your vacation, weary traveler.
Loved this hotel
Tucked away on the tip of land next to the sea is Spruce Point Inn.
We had a wonderful room which was in a block of four. The room had a sitting area and a porch with chairs. The bedroom was on a higher level and the bathroom at the back was complete with whirlpool tub. Only complaint was that the bathroom had clear doors with a net curtain which did not afford much privacy. The food was excellent - we dined in Bogey's which was a short walk from our room. It is close to Rockland, Camden and Rockport, all worth a visit. Highly recommended.
Don't tell your friends. It was to good to be true.
Clean, fresh and Maine! The rooms were very nice.
The Food was excellant. Get out of your hectic city
and get here, slow down and recharge.
The people here are nice and friendly. It was so refreshing to be away from the hectic Hamptons.
The only horns you heard were from the coast guard station miles away. No traffic, no stress.
I cannot wait to plan my next visit.
From the wonderful pianist in the main dinning room, to Al the well informed helpful maitre d we are convinced that this where to spring,summer and fall relax.
Not worth the price.
We stayed at the Spruce Point Inn July 28 and 29, 2004. I had selected it because Tauck Tours lists it as one of their New England places and they have a reputation for staying at the better hotels. It is a lovely location on a point in a residential area with a view of the harbor and a distant lighthouse. However, the room was not worth the price. We stayed in Main Inn 4. It was large and had two windows with views (one largely covered by an outside awning). The decor was garage sale shabby...faded fabric, lack of theme, not pulled together, outdoor carpet on floor, etc. Definitely not worth the price of $350 per night. Breakfast (you pay for it) tasted okay but we had to wait a long time for the food and service was poor...wait staff forgot things, didn't tend coffee, etc. We will not return to this place.
Great Location, Disappointing Service
While we had a wonderful week at this beautiful location we were very disappointed with the overall level of service at what was supposed to be a top rated resort. We should have known something was wrong when we had great difficulty getting someone at the resort to answer the phone or respond to our emails in a timely manner. This unfortunately meant that by the time we got through the resort could not handle all of our party and we had to split up. Once at the resort we had extremely mixed service in the dinning rooms where it is clear the resort had difficulty in attracting experienced staff. We enjoyed meeting people from various countries around the world but would have been nice if they could do more than pour a glass of water. Dinners turned into marathon sessions (but food was very good). The other major disappointment was the "heated" pool. On day two of our visit the heater on the pool/hot tub started to "act up" and by day 3 it was totally useless. No one at the resort seems particularly concerned even after we and numerous other guest complained. Finally we were told that the pool company was coming to fix it but not till the middle of next week. Totally unacceptable. Staying on the pool, recommend that everyone avoid the BBQ at poolside - food is close to inedible - really more of a service for workers of the resort. On a more positive note, we had great success with the baby-sitters most of whom doubled up as cleaners during the day. They were all lovely, reliable and great with kids. In conclusion, this resort has decided that their specialty with be to cater to weddings where I assume all their attention and efforts are going unfortunately at the expense of the rest of the resort. They could really use a full time manager to focus on "guest services". An example is the LightHouse, an indoor games area for kids and adults. Every, and I mean every, game was broken and the place was a mess - we wouldn't let our kids in. My recommendation is if you only care about the location - this is the place, but if you want service, try again.
Lovely location but amenities can be lacking
Spuce Point Inn has a lovely location, with a stunning view of the inlet. Be sure to secure a "superior" room, however, since the management is not shy about asking $125 per night off season for a room under the eaves that is accessible only by climbing up two narrow sets of stairs. Since the inn was short-staffed, we carried up our own bags. The room itself lacked both air conditioning and a telephone, but had a nice bathroom and a TV. The inn does not serve lunch, and the walk into town takes a good hour along the side of the road. The inn runs a jitney service into town about once an hour, but the food there is less than stellar. The inn is promoting itself as a wedding destination, and they will close their dining rooms for these events, stranding the other guests.
Paradise on Earth
From the time I was 7 until I was 16, my family spent a week every summer at Spruce Point Inn in late August. It was what I lived for every summer. There is no place else I have ever seen quite like it. I spent too many hours to count in the heated fresh-water pool, where I always won the penny dives the lifeguards held, and my father always somehow coaxed me to swim with him occasionally in the salt-water pool, which is about five degrees warmer than the 55-degree ocean, as the water is unheated and pumped right in from the harbor. My mother just loved not having to cook or make beds, and relaxed reading by the ocean on one of the patios with an unmatched, unobstructed view of the sailboat-filled harbor, with the tangy salt breeze gently cooling the air. The restaurant served some of the best food I've ever had, and I'm sure they lost money on me on the Thursday night buffet. The setting is just unmatched, at least from the places I've been both in Maine and around the country, and it's a perfect place for couples or families to be with each other, as the location is secluded and very safe, and you can let the kids have the run of place without worrying about them. There is nothing like the combination of hearing the seagulls cry, watching the waves lap up against the rocky shore, smelling the salt air, and hearing the deep, resonant tones of the harbor chimes. I enjoyed my time there so much each year I cried as our car pulled away when it came time to leave. I haven't been back for awhile now, but I've never stopped thinking of it or planning the next trip.
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