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Inn By the Sea
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cape Elizabeth
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“we love this jewel by the sea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

We have stayed at this Inn three years in a row. It just gets better and better. The rooms are beautiful with ocean views from all of them. This year we ate all our meals there as the restaurant is terrific. All services are above average. I am disabled and this year they had a lift for the pool. I was able to swim and am very grateful for that.

Room Tip: Handicap accessible rooms with roll in showers also have beautiful views.
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Green Features: Very impressive environmentally conscious practices.
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear lizk55-11,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor and thank you for your wonderful comments in regards location, Sea Glass Restaurant and positive experience at our seasonal heated pool. We are delighted to read that your experience at the Inn continues to get better upon each return and we look forward to seeing you again next summer! Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

Accommodations are wonderful!!! My son and I had gorgeous rooms in the Inn. They were quite large with a fireplace and built-in television, oversized bathrooms. My daughter, son-in-law, granddaughters shared a two bedroom, two bath apartment...huge living room, dining table that seats ten, full kitchen, big porch with a two-sided fireplace, very comfortable furniture. View of the ocean...so restful, a perfect set-up for relaxing, unwinding.

Food is excellent. From special blueberry pancakes as a choice for breakfast to innovative recipes for fresh fish for dinner. Love their beach, wonderful for long walks. This is a great place to be pampered. The staff are very warm, friendly, eager to help. There's a heated pool, activities, yoga classes, marvelous spa, dogs are welcome, afternoon "refreshments," and more.This was my third
stay. Can't wait to return!

Room Tip: The rooms in the Inn are wonderful; all very good size with great bathrooms. Our rooms were in the b...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank MaryLouZ675
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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear Mary LouZ675,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor and thank you for your wonderful comments in regards to our accommodations, Sea Glass dining experience and eco friendly Spa! We appreciate you taking the time to share and we look forward to welcoming you back for a fourth time to the Inn by the Sea in the near future! Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

The hotel offers so much and all is perfect. Dining is fabulous for lunch, dinner & breakfast. Outdoors is a treat with fresh air coming in from the ocean. Some mornings have sweet fog rolling in

Their beach is wide and nice firm sand to take long walks. The pool is heated. Their spa is excellent and most of all it is very peaceful and secluded

You are just 15-20 minutes from Portland where there are museums and nice dining. Kennebunk is 45 minutes so the Inn by the Sea is a perfect vacation hotel. 5 Stars

Stayed July 2014
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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear homerun183,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor and thank you for your wonderful comments in regards to our location, Crescent Beach and positive Sea Glass dining experience! We appreciate you taking the time to share and we look forward to welcoming you back to the southern coast of Maine in the future! Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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Lopez Island, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

My wife and I won an auction bid for this vacation package from the Alberquerque, N.M. tourism bureau last year. We were wondering what we really were in for and were pleasently suprised to find the airlines wonderful, (Thank you, Jet Blue)! And then the resort was in a state (Maine) we have never been to. It is right on the North Atlantic Ocean where a lot of our fresh Lobster comes from. The Inn is certainly a 5-Star, with all the ammenities expected and then some! The welcome greeters, service helpers, managers, bartenders and housekeeping were better than any we have experienced, (and we have traveled to WEest , South and East a LOT)! We stayed an extra day and toured Portland and the lighthouses, ending in a wonderful Lobster dinner qwe'll never forget at the "Good Food" restraunt. Thanks to all! We highly recommend this as a luxery resort and Spa for the ones that can afford it! Once-in-a-lifetime!

Room Tip: Main resort has many ground and 2nd level rooms attached. Condo-style rooms and cottages also availa...
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Green Features: They appear to be ECO- minded, but the luxerious grounds and surrounding Sea leave the hiking and beach going public to help protect the area. There are wildlife and bird sanctuaries on the grounds.
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear steve w,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor and thank you for your wonderful comments in regards to our location, amenities, positive Sea Glass dining experience and most of all our welcoming staff. We appreciate you taking the time to share and hope you’ll visit us again in the near future! Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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Westbury, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

Wouldn't go to Maine without stopping at the Inn by the Sea. It is really special. We've been coming to this hotel alone for romance and with family for fun. I recommend it to everyone and I get a big thank you. Nobody has been disappointed

Room Tip: Every room has a special view of The water or the magnificent gardens
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Green Features: It makes ME feel like I am contributing to a healthy future for our world
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Dear MLFMHF,

Thank you for your recent and second review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor and thank you again for your wonderful comments in regards to your past and most recent experiences at the Inn. We appreciate you taking the time to share again and again and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

I suppose I should have map googled with the satellite option to check out the location of the inn. It is on a few acres on a relatively narrow strip of cove and it is literally surrounded by suburban vacation and residential homes with very little Maine flair. This was disappointing.
We ended up eating in the restaurant for 3 dinners. The service was great. The food was also very good. The bar is tiny but the bar tender was lovely and accommodating. The front desk on duty late at night was cranky and rude...I guess he was having a bad night, but for these prices he needs a little reality check on manners! We probably will not stay there again because of the location of the property not really feeling like being in the Maine that we love. I guess these places are becoming harder and harder to find. But I am sure families traveling with children etc will find the property suitable. It is very close to Portland with all of the great restaurants.

Room Tip: Beachfront but on a cove so most of the view is of the land in the surrounding cove which has alot o...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Dear sweetswededoc,

Thank you for your review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your positive comments in regards to our Sea Glass restaurant but are disappointed to read that you were unhappy with our physical location. Also we are disappointed to see your comments in regards to our desk staff member as this is not typical of an Inn by the Sea employee and will be reviewed immediately with the department head for further action. Thank you again for sharing. Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

This was our first time vacationing with a pet and it really was a great experience. We spent 9 nights at Inn by the Sea in one of their ocean view suites. The property has a fair sized pool, room service, 10 minutes walk on a private boardwalk to the beach, access to picnic areas with bbq, lots of walking paths, pet sitting ($10 an hour and available whenever we asked for it), yoga each morning, events at night, a good restaurant, and a young and very enthusiastic staff. My only hesitation in giving 5 stars is an initial experience with someone complaining about our puppy, over zealous house keeping staff, and others telling us the rooms in the rest of the hotel are not at the same level of renovation as the room we had. We had a great time and if ever in Cape Elizabeth again would absolutely try this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank damquat
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IBTSDOSM, Director of Sales at Inn By the Sea, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Dear damquat,

Thank you for your recent review of Inn by the Sea on TripAdvisor and thank you for your positive comments in regards to our Beach Suite accommodations, location, Sea Glass restaurant and enthusiastic staff! We are concerned to read your comments in regards to our housekeeping staff and would love the opportunity to learn more about this experience in detail so we can have it corrected if needed. Please contact our Housekeeping Director, Rebecca Urbanik at 207-7993134. Also, the Inn by the Sea does have varying room types throughout the property in hopes to accommodate all the wants and needs of all of our guests. We do hope that the Beach Suite met your needs and expectations during your stay. Thank you again for taking the time to share, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Richard Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing
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Property: Inn By the Sea
Address: 40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
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Region: United States > Maine > Cape Elizabeth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cape Elizabeth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Inn By the Sea 4*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After a multi million dollar renovation the eco luxury Inn by the Sea is Maine's premier beach destination. Located on a mile of unspoiled beach guests enjoy intimate dining in the ocean view Sea Glass celebrating Maine fare, relax in the spa or fireplace lounge. Spacious redesigned suites, rooms & cottages w oversized bathrooms, or full kitchens, or fireplaces. Child & Pet friendly! 5 acre indigenous garden,pool, bocce, fire pit, golf nearby. 10 mins to Portland. ... more   less 
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