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“Exactly what we were expecting and more”
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Captain Swift Inn
Ranked #9 of 19 Camden B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Seneca Falls, New York
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Exactly what we were expecting and more”
Reviewed 25 August 2010

Our four night stay at the Captain Swift Inn in Camden Maine was wonderful! From the first day we arrived (where fresh-baked cookies were waiting in the foyer for us to try), to the day we left (where we had a beautiful 2-course breakfast including spiced peaches, a brie and sausage omelets, fruit salad, and fresh-baked coffee cake) the Inn and Innkeepers were wonderful.
Out of the whole experience, I would say the Innkeepers and breakfast are the reason that this bed and breakfast stands a large step ahead of many other Inns and hotels. Linda and Norm were always available and willing to help, but also more than happy to let you do your own thing. They gave us great advice on where we should go for specific food, and what we could do in the area. Never having been to Camden before, this information ensured we had a wonderful time outside of the Inn. The breakfasts Linda made every morning were also impressive. Each morning we had a different 2-course breakfast that I could never finish! The food was fantastic and and freshly made- no rubbery eggs that have been sitting out for an hour like you find in many other hotels and inns. An added advantage (as we were budget-conscious) is that this meal really "replaced" lunch for us- we just came back for a granola bar sometime in the afternoon and we all set until dinner.
During our stay we slept in the Locke room. Now, if you plan on spending large periods of time hanging out inside of your room, or you have mounds of luggage, this room is not the best choice (as you can see by the pictures and description on their website). However, the room was perfect for us, as we primarily needed a place to sleep at night, and to watch tv for an hour or so in the middle of the day. We didn't use this room's sitting room (it was in a public area), but as I said, that was not our goal. A nice aspect of our room was that we had original exposed beams on the ceiling, and the bathroom was very modern and lovely.
Other advantages to staying at the Inn are that it is within short walking distance of the center of town and a short drive to Rockport, there is plenty of off-street parking, it is air-conditioned, and there are many unique touches left from the original home.
Overall, we highly recommend it!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lugano, Switzerland
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Reviewed 21 August 2010

Very nice place, nice room, very clean too, nice big bathroom, afternoon cookies and tea, very good breakfast and especially extremely nice innkeepers. They were very helpful too, giving us all the information we needed and they also let us search the internet on their computer (traveling from Europe we didn't take our laptop with us, and that proved to be a problem since internet cafes were very hard to find). The only problem for us was that the room was not so quiet since it was on the side of the main road, so if you have problems with your sleep ask maybe for one of the back rooms. But we spent there just one night so everything was fine. Walking distance to downtown Camden too.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 16 July 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Captain Swift Inn for two nights with our two children (three years and nine months old). Linda, Norm, and their son Alex were very accommodating to our family and took a huge interest in our kids. I can't say enough about how friendly and welcoming they were. As for the room, we stayed in one of their "Suites" which was incredibly spacious, clean, well decorated, and comfortable. We had a great experience and highly recommend the Captain Swift Inn.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

We stayed at the Captain Swift Inn over the 4th of July weekend and it was a great inn! We stayed in the Coastal Hideaway Suite and it was HUGE!! Very comfortable King Bed with a sitting area in front of the bed with fireplace and tv mounted over it. Large Jacuzzi for 2 in the bathroom with a dimmer light over it made for great romantic lighting. The suite was two stories and we didn't use the second floor except for the mini-fridge and microwave. But there was another tv as well as sofa, chair and dining table! Just a huge space!!! Definately a great value, the pictures on their web site do not do the room justice!!!

Breakfasts were really great with a fruit parfait to begin each morning and then a main course. Both mornings were delicious! All very fresh ingredients!! Only downside was the heat! The main part of the inn was not air conditioned and it was a very very hot weekend, hard to fully enjoy a meal when you are sweating so much!! It was a nice feeling to get back to the air conditioned room after breakfast.

The innkeepers gave great activity and restaurant suggestions. We enjoyed our time in Camden very much!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Pasadena, Maryland
1 review
Reviewed 18 May 2010

My stay at the captain swift inn was excellent. The staff was really nice and made every effort to make sure myself and all the other guests stay was as pleasant as possible. The breakfasts in the morning were amazing. Everything was made fresh, tasted great and served to you as soon as you were ready. The inn is run by a family and everyone in the family was really nice and helpful. All the rooms in the common areas were very clean and comfortable. Some of the sitting areas were great if you wanted a nice quiet place to read. I loved my time there and I will definitely stay there again the next time I go up that way. It was close to a lot of parks if you are into hiking and biking. Down town Camden was within walking distance.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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Florida
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2009

This was the best B&B ever. Everything was clean, the food was excellent, the hosts were warm, welcoming and very helpful. A great place to stay. The open kitchen allowed you to visit with the hosts, no closed doors here...I would highly recommend the Capt. Swift Inn!!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2009

Perfect in every way - the attention to detail was incredible. We will definately be back and we will stay for longer next time. We discovered it by accident and it was the best bit of luck our entire trip. We only had one night but are already planning a longer visit. It, and Camden, have a special piece of our hearts.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Captain Swift Inn

Property: Captain Swift Inn
Address: 72 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843-1907
Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Camden
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Camden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Camden, Maine finest at the Captain Swift Inn. This 1810, Federal-style home sits in the heart of Camden, a beautiful seaside village in Mid-coast Maine. Just a short stroll from the inn and you will find yourself amongst the abundance of Camden's unique shops, galleries, restaurants and the historic windjammers of Camden Harbor... all just waiting for you to explore. The Captain Swift Inn offers guest rooms for romantic escapes, family getaways, or just to relax and renew. A delicious complimentary, multi-course breakfast is served each morning of your stay. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Captain Swift Inn Camden, Maine

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