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“Very quiet and friendly hotel walking distance to Belfast center”
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Alden House Inn
Ranked #3 of 7 Belfast B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 August 2012

This B&B was located about a 5 minute walk from Belfast center. Beautiful location and house, inside and out. We had the Annie Partridge room. It was small and included a bath but very comfortable. There was a room air conditioner which was useful as the sources of noise from the hallway and bathroom shared by other room could be hidden. The owners, Larry and Rose, were very gracious and accommodating to our needs. Breakfast was very good The internet was very difficult and the owners did not know what to do about it.

Room Tip: Perhaps not next to the shared bath? But the Annie Partridge was pretty good.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

We stayed four nights at the Alden House. The Inn is beautiful and the food is absolutely wonderful. Downtown is only a short walk. There are some wonderful dinner restaurants nearby as well as a grocery store. The hosts provided a tasty snack mid afternoon which we looked forward to everyday and were never disappointed.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

Only problem here is that once you check in, you won't want to leave. Very classy digs with hosts to match. We'd booked for a few nights, then ended up staying a week.

Breakfasts are G&G (Gourmet and Generous); I'd counsel skipping lunch unless you want that bathroom scale to tip in the wrong direction.

Location is ideal: Quiet and leafy, but just a few blocks to "downtown" Belfast.

Property itself tastefully and carefully restored. I'm guessing it's antebellum, with grand proportions and airy spaces. I don't think it's named for the Alden of the John-Priscilla-Miles triangle of Longfellow fame. Just as well, because those Pilgrims worked up discomfort to a fine art. Not so here. Massive porch for hanging out, chilling, and getting mellow; all of which I sampled with encouraging results. Enviable water pressure for a property of this vintage.

Hostess boasts intimate connections to Maine cultural icons: Dick Curless fans take note.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

We stayed at the Alden House for two nights in July and enjoyed the inn, the town and our hosts. The inn is located on a quiet street and is convenient to the harbor and downtown area. We enjoyed walking around the neighborhood and admiring the beautiful Victorian homes which give you an idea of Belfast's history. Our hosts, Larry and Rosemarie, couldn't have been more helpful during our stay and made us feel very much at home. Their hospitality also extended to relatives who visited us while we were staying there. The lovely porch was a great place for all of us to spend the afternoon and our hosts were kind enough to offer our guests afternoon snacks which they have each day for guests of the inn. Our two breakfasts were some of the best we've had at any bed and breakfast. The Maine blueberry pancakes, made with corn meal and whole wheat four were wonderful, as was the omelet on our second morning. We chose Belfast for part of our vacation because it was close to our relatives' town but were pleasantly surprised by the variety of stores, restaurants and activities. There's also a maritime museum in Searsport, about 5 miles away. My husband signed up for a community rowing excursion one morning....free to anyone interested....and had a great time. We were lucky enough to be there during the annual "Art in the Park" weekend! Don't miss a trip to Young's Lobster Pound, quite an experience! We did have one very warm night, unusual for Maine, and if the hot weather had continued lack of air conditioning would have been a problem. The rooms all have fans, which helped, and fortunately the temperature cooled down a bit by bedtime. In spite of this, we would definitely stay at the Alden House again and highly recommend it to anyone stopping in Belfast.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

My husband and I have stayed here 7 or 8 times in the past 10 years. Really, it's that nice.
The rooms are well decorated and comfortable, with out being frilly.
The hosts are friendly and helpful without being intrusive.
The food is delicious, beautifully prepared and graciously served.
But my favorite part of The Alden House is the private dining tables in the
breakfast room with no buffets. Enjoy breakfast without having to make
small talk with other guests. Although you could if you chose to.
Keep up the great work Rose and Larry.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

Belfast is only an hour from Acadia National Park, but it was the right choice to spend the nights. There are great places to eat and good market in town. The Alden House was beautiful. The historic woodwork, beautifully carved furniture, and fantastic breakfasts defined our stay. The hosts, Larry and Rose, were friendly and helpful. Breakfast always started with a fruit course, beautifully presented. One breakfast included Maine Blueberry pancakes and a local sausage. Another breakfast was shirred eggs cooked with garden herbs and vegetables. Larry uses local produce when it is available. We stayed in the Hiram Alden room, which had a 2nd ensuite sink in addition to the full bathroom. The room's high ceilings and large carved fireplace made you feel like you were staying in an old estate house. If you're looking for a place to stay along Maine's Midcoast region, then the Alden House in Belfast is worth a stay.

Room Tip: The Hiram Alden room overlooks a shady garden, has a queen-size bed, and the extra sink.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

This B&B was very clean, on a relatively quiet street and had an amiable host, Larry. The exterior was pretty (particularly the yard and garden) and the common areas were very nice. Our second-floor room was spacious but not at all fancy (and had no TV). The main problem was the bathroom. It was teeny, teeny, tiny and contained only a small sink and commode. The tight shower was in a room across the hall. That wasn't horrible, but it was unexpected. Obviously, we would have preferred a standard-size bathroom but we were furnished robes (mine was stained) but no slippers. There was no AC either. We have stayed in much posher places for the money, but we enjoyed our brief time there.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are large (but bathrooms are tiny)
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Alden House Inn

Address: 63 Church St, Belfast, ME 04915-6208 (Formerly Alden House B&B)
Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Belfast
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Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Belfast
Price Range: £71 - £96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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Modern comfort meets historic elegance at the Alden House. We feature attentive service, spacious grounds and delicious food with locally sourced ingredients. ... more   less 
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Alden House Inn Belfast, Maine

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