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“Great location, nice facility but missing attention to detail.”
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The Thistle Inn
Ranked #12 of 15 Boothbay Harbor B&B and Inns
Fairfax, Virginia
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93 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great location, nice facility but missing attention to detail.”
Reviewed 6 October 2012

As noted in most previous reviews, a great location and a well appointed B&B. However we've stayed in a number of B&Bs over the years and the Thistle doesn't rank in the better half for the same or less cost. The shower for both me and my wife was intermittent with hot and cold water (the hot water was dangerously hot!), the TV remote had dead batteries upon arrival. Went to find the innkeeper to get fresh batteries and waited in the lobby are for a number of minutes with no-one from the staff to be found. Used my batteries from my trusty flashlight to remedy the problem. Again, other options were available and we wish we'd taken those instead of the Thistle.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 September 2012

The Timberwind room was very nice, plenty of space and a comfy bed. The private entrance was nice too. We were always greeted with a smile by the staff. And the food! Loved the cinnamon french toast, eggs benedict and couldn't wait each morning for the toasted white bread! Thanks for everything, we hope to go back!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Green Valley, Arizona
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2012

Heritage room roomy but on 3rd floor up 2 flights of steep stairs (only for the fit & healthy). Can't say enough about the breakfasts & evening dine. Excellent service, high quality food, great variety & good wine. Outside dining area is very pleasant. DS, LMD

Room Tip: Stairs are very steep here but otherwise a fine place to stay.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2012 via mobile

We stayed in the Timberwind room--the separate entrance enticed me. The room was large and clean and well-decorated, not at all gaudy and overrun with loud florals like so many B&Bs. We were right above the restaurant but couldn't hear a peep, although parking was slightly challenging when the restaurant patrons were there. When we had an issue with our key, the staff in the restaurant helped us without hesitation as the inn owners were not available. Breakfast was AMAZING, tons of choices and absolutely superb. We were lucky to eat on the gorgeous patio on a quiet September morning. It was perfect. The restaurant is open for breakfast so you can choose whatever you want (and how much you want!) off the menu for free. (And that includes lobster on your eggs Benedict!) I will definitely stay here again if I am in the area. Loved it!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2012

Based on previous reviews we decided to stay at The Thistle Inn during our stay at Boothbay Harbor.The location is perfect, just a short walk to town after a world class breakfast .The rooms were large and nicely equipped. Our favorite was the restaurant and Dory Bar. Friendly staff with the best food in Boothbay. Don't leave without having dessert.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2012

We took a gamble after reading all of the postings in this forum about what to do in BBH for a whole week. This Inn (The Sherman Zwicker Room) was PERFECT for such a visit. Very quiet. and Yes, you can believe everything you read about their breakfasts. FANTASTIC! My wife actually took pictures of all of them for her facebook page. Jen was not around much, but Max was always ready with suggestions. He is obviously spending a lot of time with the new upper scale restaurant that is beginning to catch on with the community.

Room Tip: If you have bad knees, stay on the ground floor.... but if you have bad knees you don't want to...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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St. Louis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2012

This is a very convenient property for enjoying downtown Boothbay. The Inn is old, but well renovated, and the rooms are comfortable. We stayed in two of them during our 4-night stay. As others have said the breakfasts are really good, and staff attentive. The restaurant is top class, and there are 2 menus - the expensive one, and a second one with more modest dishes and prices.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Thistle Inn
Address: 55 Oak St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1818
Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Boothbay Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Boothbay Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Thistle Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Thistle Inn is a historic sea captains home that offers 5 elegantly appointed rooms in addition to a fine dining restaurant, pub and wine store. A continental breakfast starts out your day of exploring the beautiful coast line and town of Boothbay Harbor. The Thistle Inn is for those that enjoy the convenience of an on site restaurant, elegant rooms and a perfect homebase for your vacation. ... more   less 
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