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The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

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21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6003
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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#4 of 10 hotels in Kennebunkport
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The Boathouse's 25 modern guest rooms and suites pay homage to the property's waterfront location with rich colors and contemporary nautical elements. With contemporary touches like AppleTV and Keurig coffee makers, and luxurious comfort through Maine-made Cuddledown bedding and plush robes, your stay promises all you yearn for. Customized with luxury linens, complimentary wireless Internet and gleaming white subway tile bathrooms, each room showcases unique aspects of what Kennebunkport and The Boathouse have to offer. The Boathouse is comprised of two buildings - the Main building and the Wharfside building. The Wharfside building is a 2nd and 3rd story walkup. Several rooms in the Main building offer private balcony spaces overlooking the waterfront.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Massage
Valet parking
Paid public parking nearby
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Boating
Hiking
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Water sport equipment rentals
Bicycle tours
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Patio
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Gailcooksey wrote a review 8 Aug
Dallas, Texas7 contributions7 helpful votes
This hotel is over the top in terms of service, views and location. This was our first time here but definitely won’t be our last. They bent over backwards to accommodate us on a last minute booking. The staff are all so friendly and happy. You can’t beat the location and the views over the water are fabulous. Great food in the restaurant too.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Patti wrote a review 7 Aug
Methuen, Massachusetts5 contributions1 helpful vote
Boathouse motel restaurant lovely view beautiful day for deck seating. My soda had a drowned ant in it(was comped). Then we go to refill water glasses from pitcher left at table and 2 more ants came out and when we looked inside pitcher there were more. At this point we lost our appetite could not finish food. We did get an apology but that was it! They blamed new soda system.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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leeblack54 wrote a review Jul 2022
Woburn, Massachusetts25 contributions41 helpful votes
The Boathouse is in a perfect location in Kennebunkport. It is in Dock Square so it’s close to all the shops and restaurants. The bed was extremely comfortable, and the pillows were amazing. We had a room with a little deck to sit outside on. The breakfast was left at our door in a bag. It was perfect. The blueberry bread was the best I ever had. Coffee Available all morning. We really enjoyed our stay here, and would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Derek Hunt, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are thrilled to learn you enjoyed your stay here with us! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with such kind feedback. We will be sure to include the blueberry bread during your next visit with us! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer.
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Jeffrey S wrote a review Jul 2022
New York City, New York39 contributions28 helpful votes
We were excited for our stay at the Boathouse, as the location is PERFECT. Our room was located in the Wharf section of the hotel and room on the 2nd floor. No elevator or person to help us with our bags, as we had 3 large duffle bags since we had been traveling for a few weeks. The room was small and simple but the walls extremely thin. We heard the TV's from the two adjoining rooms as well as people's conversations. Limited information was provided upon arrival as to what activities the hotel offers (Kayaks but one needs to go to the Marina down the street). Will end by saying the location is great - we walked around the town and enjoyed the area but can't say the hotel was worth the price.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Derek Hunt, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
I certainly agree, you can't beat the location of the hotel! Otherwise, I am disappointed you didn't find your accommodations in our Wharf Annex to your liking. Additionally, I will personally review your feedback with my team to ensure we are always properly communicating with all of our guests regarding the many wonderful amenities at their disposal. Thank you so much for your feedback! Speaking on behalf of the entire team, we hope you will choose to stay with us again!
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RegularGuy52 wrote a review Jul 2022
Roaring Gap, North Carolina42 contributions18 helpful votes
When my wife was making our reservations, the website seemed to indicate rooms with a water view, spacious, etc…. Not the case. Our room was small with a pitched roof hindrance for tall people and a view of the room next door and dumpster. Ceiling was low on bathroom causing us to hit our head. Power outlets were scarce and our plug kept falling out of the outlets. Stair treads were very narrow so be careful going up and down. Beds were comfortable and the place was fairly clean. Hot water worked. We had a small window unit air conditioner which kept us fairly cool with the cord stretched across the floor in front of a corner. Oh, our tv box worked sporadically so we usually could only get 1 channel. The place was centrally located and we could walk most everywhere we went. Front desk lady did help us when we were In another town and had no Uber back. I think the website was very misleading considering the room we expected versus the room we got.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Derek Hunt, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
I am certainly disappointed to learn you didn't enjoy your recent stay here with us. Our entire team works tirelessly to provide each and every guest with a truly memorable experience and we clearly fell short of that goal during your stay. We make every effort to accurately describe our rooms both on our website as well as over the phone. On our website, your room type is listed under "Wharf House Annex Rooms" which are accompanied by appropriate descriptions and photos. I sincerely apologize for any confusion regarding your room and regret we weren't able to rectify the situation during your stay. I truly hope you will choose to stay with us again in the future!
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Chateloise wrote a review Jul 2022
Les Paccots, Switzerland12 contributions5 helpful votes
I don’t mind spending money but getting totally ripped off makes my blood boil. The Wharf House building and our room (425) are absolutely sub-standard and we were outraged at being charged $500/night for what we got. The carpet is stained and sports large holes. The entire space is outdated. Your « view » is of the parking lot. The walls are paper-thin and you can hear the people overhead stomping around. There is no elevator and the stairs are steep. The side entrance is beside a set of dumpsters. I was apoplectic when we arrived and saw the place and have since learned that we are far from the first guests to aggressively complain about the condition of the accommodations. Shame, shame, SHAME on the greedy property owners for screwing the vacationing public like this. There are many nice places (hotels and Inns alike) to stay in Kennebunkport, so you should avoid this property like the plague. You’ve been warned - ignore it at your own risk.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Derek Hunt, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded 12 Jul 2022
Thank you for taking time out of your day to provide us with valuable feedback. I'm certainly disappointed to learn you did not enjoy your recent stay here with us. We do our absolute best to accurately describe the location and décor of the Wharf House rooms on our website. I sincerely apologize if this was not well communicated to you during the reservation process. I will personally address your feedback with our entire team in an effort to continuously improve our guest experience.
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BB250 wrote a review Jun 2022
Lake Placid, New York34 contributions23 helpful votes
The view is fabulous..overlooks Lake Flower. Heater was very attentive and remembered us from last month. The Thai soup was good but spicier than last time..I don’t think they added the coconut milk.. We took a friend from Florida and she loved it.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Derek Hunt, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded 2 Jul 2022
Sounds as though you had a great experience! Sadly, I believe you may have stayed at a different hotel than The Boathouse in Kennebunkport, ME based on your review. We would love to have you stay with us anytime!
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Joy W wrote a review Jun 2022
15 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed at the Boathouse for our 38th anniversary just within the last week. The Boathouse was the best experience we could have asked for. The staff at the front desk and in the bar/restaurants were extremely friendly and helpful. Our room was exceptional. Spacious, clean, and the bed was so comfortable. We even got to visit the roof deck which was amazing. The contintenal breakfast was a pleasant surprise. Our overall experience was "awesome".
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Derek Hunt, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded 9 Jun 2022
I know I speak for the entire team when I say we are thrilled you enjoyed your anniversary with us! I will certainly pass along your kind words to the entire team. We look hope to welcoming you back for anniversaries to come!
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KG wrote a review May 2022
2 contributions2 helpful votes
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I highly recommend avoiding this place. No staff at check in — on Memorial Day weekend. Had to move our car because we were in a different building. Get ready to over look parking lots instead of the harbor! There was no elevator in this building and they put me on the third floor while pregnant. I shouldn’t have even lifted the bags. The room is serviceable but grubby, outdated, and has maintenance issues. Think roof leak, torn window screens and punctured lampshades with a window unit. It’s just frankly crappy, and I can’t believe I got catfished into wasting a night of vacation here.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Derek Hunt, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded 6 Jun 2022
I sincerely apologize your stay with us did not meet either your or our own overall expectations. While, The Boathouse does in fact have rooms spread out over two buildings, our entire team makes every effort to ensure our guests understand which building they are reserving during the booking process. Again, allow me to apologize for any potential miscommunication on our part. I will personally address your feedback with our entire team in an effort to continuously improve our guest experience. If you have any further concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly at dhunt@krcmaine.com.
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Jetsetsun wrote a review May 2022
Sharon94 contributions82 helpful votes
This is a beautiful hotel on the water with a lovely view and a very good restaurant. This hotel is very small— it’s a boutique hotel. It is a self service hotel. To check in you use an app and use the app to access your room and the elevator. The front desk Manager is hardly there. If you need something you have to call the main number and speak to someone at their sister property. The rooms were clean I did not find the bedding to be of high-quality the pillows were very lumpy and the comforter was not plush. The room was nicely decorated and had everything we needed, but I believe they fell short on the bedding. The hotel is in a great location walking distance to everything. The restaurant is very good we ate there twice. When we went to check out we received three separate emails with three different amounts when I went to the front desk to ask questions about my bill there was no one there. I had to call a sister property when I got home to resolve the issue. They offer breakfast buffet which really means muffins yogurt juice and coffee. They did not offer decaf coffee which is what I drink and I found that very disappointing this is the first hotel I’ve ever stayed at that doesn’t offer Hot Brewed decaf. The bottom line it’s in a great location with a nice restaurant the rooms are just OK it’s not worth over $500 a night. I’ve stayed in the number five star resorts around the world and the quality does not measure up to the price.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Derek Hunt, General Manager at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Responded 6 Jun 2022
I sincerely appreciate your feedback regarding your recent stay here with us. Our entire team strives to provide each and every guest with a truly memorable experience and feedback from guests such as yourself is invaluable. While, we staff the front desk daily, you are correct in that we utilize the front desk at The Kennebunkport Inn, located right down the street, to ensure coverage 24 hours per day. I apologize you were not able to find decaf coffee! We provide two additional coffee stations at The Boathouse, not including the continental station, so there should have been plenty of decaf coffee. I will personally review your feedback with our entire team to ensure we are delivering a great guest experience! We hope to welcome you back soon!
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$324 - $549 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesMaineKennebunksKennebunkport
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Walker's Point (0.4 km), Maine-ly Drizzle (0.1 km), and Maine Art Hill (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Yes, free parking, paid public parking nearby, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chez Rosa, Old Vines Wine Bar, and Rococo Ice Cream.
Does The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Kennebunkport.
Are there any historical sites close to The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wells Reserve at Laudholm (6.5 km), Wallingford Farm (6.0 km), and Perkins Tide Mill (0.4 km).
Does The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.