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“A beautiful, quaint and cozy place to stay in Boothbay.”

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Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront
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Reston, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A beautiful, quaint and cozy place to stay in Boothbay.”
Reviewed 18 August 2009

Our stay at the Harbour Towne Inn was in the penthouse apartment- the top floor of the house with a full kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a great view of Boothbay Harbor. The apt was spotless, including the bathroom, and my bed was very comfortable. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. The location was perfect as it was just a few short blocks to the main downtown area. Each balcony had planters on the railing overflowing with beautiful, lush flowers. The effect was stunning! We had a great time and would definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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1 Thank leenerbop
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pennsylvania
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2008

This was my family's first trip to Maine and we looked forward to it. When contacting "George" he rushed us into thinking we had to reserve or lose a room. When we arrived, we were delighted from the outside, then we walked in. Our room, on the second floor was musty, very old furnishings and had ants. We called George and he had them come up and spray. There was noone else staying there although he made it sound as if we were lucky to get a room. Breakfast was a stale danish from the local grocery, laid out in a small hallway. The next day, George left for a family day out, so noone was around all day. Long story short, it was horrible, and he charged us $250 a night..Never again.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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3 Thank trish11Pennsylvania
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Boothbay_Harbor_Inn, Manager at Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront, responded to this review, 12 August 2011
Thank you for the review. My father has Alzheimers and he no longer is running the Inn.
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2008

We booked this hotel trough Expedia, and used the hotel's own website to get a feel for what to expect. This was a big mistake - from our arrival, the owner denied all knowledge of the booking, despite me having e-mail confirmation. A room was found, small but quite comfortable, but the bathroom, particularly the "bath' falls well short of purpose, being the size of a large sink! The "views" of the harbour were very much obscured by adjacent trees, and the very below average breakfast should be regarded as a token gesture by the owner. This was probably a lovely place to stay in its day, but it has been denied any TLC by a somewhat "couldn't care less" owner. This is probably a last resort option if accommodation is scarce, otherwise don't bother. Sorry, Towne Inn - you just don't make the grade!

  • Disliked — total contrast to the glowing review of the hotels own website
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank LyeCon
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Ohio
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2007

Don't go here. If you're looking for charm, ambience, and a full-service sit-down breakfast, you won't find it. If you just want a place to sleep, you can find better places with better or comparable rates.

1) The "continental" breakfast consisted of coffee, bagels, some fruit, croissants, poorly presented buffet-style in a narrow hallway with everyone getting in each other's way.

2) Be sure to specify whether you want a room in the original portion of the house, or one of the more motel-like rooms along the outside decks. The outside rooms overlook the estuary entrance that leads to harbor with a nice view, but lacks the charm of what one might look for in a B&B.

3) High price/low service.

Stayed September 2007
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5 Thank Frunzenskaya
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Newton, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2007

Remember visiting Grandma's house? The peeling wallpaper, creeky stairs, cleaning fluids left in the hallway from a job half finished? Add some antiques, a comfortable bed and George, the Inn keeper.
The location of this hotel is ideal. It is located near the waterfront and shops. Parking is available behind the Inn....and it goes down hill from here.
My biggest complaint was breakfast. It was horrible. A few old bagels, english muffins, a coffee cake, boxed cereal and bruised bananas. Breakfast is held on the side porch. There is no counter space or table to eat on.
Next complaint, was being forced to check out before 10am on a Saturday. The Inn keeper was totally inflexible regarding checkout time and gave priority to the cleaning staff"getting out early to be with their families." He actually asked us to leave immediately after breakfast , well before 10am.
The view, although waterfront ,is obscured. We paid $250/night,which seemed steep for what the Inn offered.

  • Liked — location/parking
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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4 Thank Travelmore
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South Portland, Maine
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2007

My husband and I just returned from a two day stay at this Inn. The room was pleasant and the bed was very comfortable. Satalitte TV, a nice shower and big fluffy towels were also appreciated. We had a terrific view of the Harbor and enjoyed sitting out on the deck, both in the morning and in the evening. We loved that the Inn was located in the center of town. We especially liked our early morning walks through this quaint village. George recommended beautiful sights in the area that should not be missed. Also, his recommendations for eating places was right on. George is an interesting man and we enjoyed listening to his stories. Thank you very much George, we enjoyed our stay at your Inn.

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  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank luvlyone
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Seattle, WA
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2006

We made a big mistake. We drove up to Boothbay Harbor without any reservations, and by the time we got there, the only vacancy we could find was at the Harbour Towne Inn. The room was shoddily maintained and the bed was mediocre. The bathroom came straight out of a two-star motel. And breakfast was a total joke. It was worse than the complimentary breakfast you'd get at a Holiday Inn. I'd say that the owner is engaging in false advertising by calling this a bed-and-breakfast. Best B&B on the waterfront? Ha!

  • Liked — nothing
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  • Tips/Secrets — Stay away.
  • Stayed October 2006
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14 Thank nstrauss
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Property: Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront
Address: 71 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1843
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Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Boothbay Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Boothbay Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
What a thrill and surprise to learn that we have been chosen as the signature image of the annual guide to Maine Guide to Inns and Bed & Breakfast accommodations, published by the Maine Tourism Association. Our sweet little waterfront deck is on the cover of the magazine, as well as the online guide! We hope you'll find your way to our special little spot and share your own special memory of the majestic Maine coast. Located on the waterfront in the heart of the scenic coastal town of Boothbay Harbor, our historic Victorian Bed and Breakfast has earned the distinction as the "finest B&B on the Waterfront." Our waterfront Inn, located on Boothbay Harbor enjoys the ever changing tides of the Harbor, specializes in gracious Down East hospitality, accommodations with water views, and decks overlooking Boothbay Harbor. Guests love our convenient location, right on the water and just steps to downtown Boothbay Harbor’s shops, restaurants and boating excursions. ... more   less 
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