UGH! What a disappointment at Bethel Maine! A review of The Bethel Inn Resort

I traded my Gold Crown RCI week in New York City for one in "secluded, beautiful" Maine. (There are less than 1,000 Gold Crown status resorts in the 20,000+ properties around the world.).

I had read of other entries in these pages, and was confused: did they stay at the same place I was promised to be ABOVE average.

What a disappointment! This is not a Gold Crown property: in fact, they need serious work to make them eligible to be considered for any 21st century travelers.

The timeshare units are two bedrooms on split levels. Immediately I sensed it would not go well when there were big stains on the entry steps. In fact, the paint was peeling on the outside of the door frame!

The entire interior was depressing: worn carpets, shoddy furniture, tired bath linens, and bed linens which were too small for the bed! The ceiling had a huge water stain, and was cracked.

There is a complete kitchen: appliances, etc. The deck furniture was molded plastic, and more peeling paint.

The was cable TV; but no internet, and no business center. We had to stand in line at the public library for their two dial-up computers!

The main building did sell daily newspapers and included a small pub and dining room.

The heated outdoor pool was small but adequate; the saunas were as well.

The main interest was golf and winter skiiing. In their in-room brochure they describe their history. They indicated the building and selling of the timeshares saved them from bankruptcy and I did not see any reinvestment expenditures.

I would not recommend this property, and will not return.

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