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“Picture Perfect - the Camden Maine Stay”

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Camden Maine Stay Inn
Ranked #1 of 19 Camden B&B and Inns
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“Picture Perfect - the Camden Maine Stay”
Reviewed 14 February 2005

I have stayed at the Maine Stay twice and can’t wait to return. It is the perfect getaway -- a Norman Rockwell painting that has come to life. The inn is beautiful, warm and inviting. You immediately feel at home with Bob and Juanita’s delightful hospitality (and tea time cookies). The rooms are perfectly appointed and wonderfully maintained. There is nothing overdone, nor is anything lacking. The breakfasts are delicious and served in a delightful garden room (it’s worth getting up early for a window table overlooking the property’s gardens). The Maine Stay embodies Camden itself, idyllic without pretension.

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Reviewed 28 January 2005

I stayed here last Thanksgiving. It was a debacle, three main issues are:

1.) Cost:
It is definitely less in comparison to some of the other inns and that should be a factor in deciding where to stay, if that is a major issue, stay here.

2.) Cleanliness:
The inn was relatively clean, except that the "suite" in the basement reeks with mildew, it's disgusting actually and I was a bit surprised. (The owner, admitting it was there, felt it was only a faint smell and really was ridiculous to quibble over. Bottom line, it stank!)

3.) Noise/peacefulness:
The inn is old and that is apparent, but again it is relatively clean despite some rank mildew issues especially in the lower floors. I think the real problem is that the owner pays no attention to details: to give an example, look at the gaps between the doors and the floor, they have done nothing to address this, there's an inch to half inch gap on an old, a clean but old, pine floor. As a result there seems to be an echo of every word or footstep out in the hallway. Imagine sleeping until 7:00am and then hearing every footstep of another guest while he and his wife head to breakfast, it isn't too peaceful. The sheets; they are thin and cheap and not that comfortable. The mattresses need to be replaced, of the two rooms I tried they were sunken in the middle and were so floppy that they offered little to no support, nothing terrible, but it just wasn't comfortable.

It may seem silly to address little details as a problem, and the place does look nice at first, but this innkeeper doesn't care to address the small nuances that can make a huge difference. It is indicative to a lot at the inn. I will never stay here again, and in fact I hope I don't find an Inn like it in the future.

If you are looking for a cheap place to stay that looks pretty on the outside, this is the place. My personal opinion, and it should have merit, for the small amount of money that you save, by twenty to forty dollars, staying here is money that is not worth saving. If you can afford to; stay at another Inn.

The Hawthorn Inn and the Windward House are both excellent alternatives, the Hawthorn Inn probably being the best including dollar value. They are topnotch and both offer that missing first class service and attention to detail that you can measure others against. To be frank, the Maine Stay Inn cannot compete with them and is an embarrassment to the nicer Bed and Breakfasts'.

I hope I have offered a review that will influence your decision; the other Inns will really make a big difference in what can be truly a very romantic weekend in a really nice New England town.

Don't stay here, it just isn't that nice.

Sincerely,

Steve T.

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Maine_Stay_Inn, Owner at Camden Maine Stay Inn, responded to this review, 25 May 2014
This review was written by a guest who stayed at the Inn in January 2005. Ownership of the Inn changed in December 2008. All the "maintenance issues" listed have been addressed by the new owner, who agreed with the reviewer's cirticisms, immediately after the Inn was sold. As you can read from many othe reviews our Inn is now more than clean. In another review you can read that this place is "so clean that you can have surgery in it". We hope to welcome this guest back to show the difference.
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Additional Information about Camden Maine Stay Inn

Property: Camden Maine Stay Inn
Address: 22 High St, Camden, ME 04843-1735
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Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Camden
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Camden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Camden Maine Stay Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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