Ok, I don't speak or write Italian, but in honor of the Italian innkeepers Roberta and Claudio, of Camden Maine Stay Inn, I say, "Favoloso!".
This is a beautiful B&B on a large two acre lot that includes a stream and expansive garden area. The afore mention hosts, Roberta and Claudio, are welcoming, warm, helpful, funny - just great people to be around. The home is large with many rooms to enjoy reading, watching a movie, or just sit and relax. They have an good selection of brochures for the surrounding area and greater Maine and spend time with you explaining the important localities for dining and sightseeing as well as giving you a personal opinion of each, if you ask. At breakfast they are there to serve you and converse if you desire. They participate in the meal by chatting as they serve, if you're amenable. This creates a friendly atmosphere for all guests at breakfast; helps break the ice. But if you wanted to be left alone, they seemed to respect that also. But, when we were there, most everyone staying participated. We very much enjoyed them!
We stayed in the Common Ground Junior Suite. We loved the comfortable sitting and dressing areas with high ceiling and many windows and a deck with views the garden area and the hills behind. The suite was very clean, in fact, everywhere we looked the house was immaculately clean. We did not view any other rooms but based upon what we viewed my guess is that they would be kept to the same standard. Most comfortable accommodations!
We thought their location to town was good(I'll get to other reviews on this topic); just a short walk and scenic regardless of your route. You could cut down a side street and walk through a small park along Camden harbor with picturesque views, or walk down Route 1(on which the property is located) and enjoy the charm of New England homes and gardens. If one really lollygagged, you could still be in Camden central in 15 minutes, but a straight walk in gets you there in five, for the average person.
Overall, an excellent base from which to see Maine, or just relax there on the property, with all New England's charm, an international flavor, oh and I forgot to say, a very good breakfast with fresh baked goods and creative main breakfast dishes, and engaging hosts who are as charming and friendly as any one could want.
We read previous reviews here on Tripadvisor prior to our making a reservation, and like ours, almost all of them were excellent. There are a few negative ones. One guest remarked that they were annoyed that the innkeepers were showing them their Italian antiques as they walked them around the house. That's petty, I mean, come on, cut loose, enjoy life a little, try to take a moment and possibly look beyond yourself and perhaps come to appreciate something other than you own naval for a change.
Another review remarked that the inn was far away from town. Again, get off your duff, and try walking! There is so much one can see by foot that can be appreciated in a way that cannot happen if you constantly have that same duff parked in a car seat. And really, it is not far from town at all! You actually at the same time could improve your health - what a novel idea America!
Alright, enough of that. Give Camden Maine Stay Inn a try! Almost everyone who has stayed there thinks it is really great! We do, and in fact, the next we come to Maine, we will be there.
Bravo! Claudio and Roberta!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relaxed, cozy, romantic, and very friendly, the Camden Maine Stay is a grand old home located in the historic district of Camden Maine, one of America's most beautiful seaside villages. A two-block walk down tree lined streets brings you to the harbor park, shops and restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Camden Maine Stay Hotel Camden
- Camden Maine Stay Inn