Sadly Disappointed A review of Harraseeket Inn
We- (four friends) have stayed at the Inn many times over the years on our yearly trip to Freeport.
The staff are very kind and helpful.
We stayed at the Inn on August 10th. We booked two rooms.
We were very disappointed to see how badly the inn has been allowed to deteriorate.
Our rooms were clean but felt very "grubby". The carpets were very badly stained and the sink in one room was actually cracked! Beds felt old and were a bit curvy to the centre, pillows were tired and insubstantial.
The hallways were warm and moist and smelled moldy everywhere though it was particularily bad in the hallway near the pool and elevator as stale food smells were added to the mix.
We traditionally have a meal at the casual pub like restaurant in the inn and did so this year. Again, the staff were very nice but so busy they only had time to take our orders and deliver them. Water glasses remained empty etc.
We odered a bottle of wine over the course of our meal and sent it back to be chilled as it was almost warm when poured. I mentioned that this had been a problem the last time we were at the Inn and the waiter agreed, telling us the wine fridge is opened every time a glass of wine if poured and it could not keep the bottles chilled. He mentioned the dining room had a separate fridge for their bottles of wine and that chilling was not a problem there!
The menu is very wintery even in the heat of summer, with many deep fried selections. Even the pita bread that came with our appetizer was deep fried!
Breakfast was included in our rate. I asked for local berries and real maple syrup- expecting in Maine, at the Harraseekit, that this would be automatic. Unfortunately only artificial syrup and imported fruits were available. Conversely on this same trip we spent a night at the Doubletree in Portland. While not nearly as lovely a location or ambience as the Harraseekit, at half the room price, they did serve real maple syrup, local berries and made to order omelettes with the breakfast included in our rate.
The Inn is in dire need of a reno to restore it to it's former lovely state. It has all of the potential with it's location and great staff to return to being the best place to stay in the area.
We will not stay there until this is done.