I got a tripadvisor email several days ago saying that it had been a year since my last review ... and it has been a year since I have been in Freeport at the Harraseeket Inn and LLBean. I did post a good review of both last year. I believe the purpose of tripadvisor is to share a personal perspective of an experience, and everyone has the right to their opinion. Sometimes, though, I find posts confusing and quite frankly, suspect. Case in point, one I read the same day I received the email that leaves me confused. A displeased (and in some cases flat out wrong) reviewer, appears to live 20 minutes from the Harraseeket Inn and visited for one night's relaxation; however, they stayed at a Hampton Inn the night before. A little strange, but … OK. But, the review just doesn’t make sense. I am sitting on a new Isince my visit last year) leather couch in the drawing room at the Harraseeket Inn right now, having checked in six days ago. I feel compelled to clarify a few things so that people looking for a hotel or place to eat in Freeport get balanced information. Admittedly, I’m a fan of this place, but I do pay attention to every – and I mean every -- detail. It is simple to correct some flat out erroneous information not subject to opinion. First of all, there are two -- not one -- guest elevators at the Inn: one in the lobby and one near the tavern. Second, ordering two pulled pork sandwiches ($11 each) and water at the Broad Arrow Tavern will not result in a $38 bill (I checked the menu because the $38 quoted seemed outrageous to me too). While I have never tried the pulled pork sandwich, you will not find a better lobster roll, and the lunch buffet is always a good bet. As for parking, keep in mind the Inn is not a “motor inn” where you park your car in front of the door to your room. You can park on the portico or by the back door to unload and load luggage. Distance and effort is definitely up to personal perspective, and if you have to walk from the farthest part of the parking lot, it is more than just a few steps. There is not valet parking, but there is handicapped parking located close to the door. If the walk from where someone parked was truly long and inconvenient, the inn must have been extremely full … and … an early check-in request might not be available. In any event, do we really know by just walking in the door how many guests checked out the night before, when they left, and how many are expected that day? I just sat here and shook my head when I read the comment about breakfast ..."now, this is where the Inn has great room for improvement". I’ve eaten at a referenced Hampton Inn lobby breakfast, and for its purpose, is very nice: very nice, but definitely not the Harraseeket Inn. Because the full breakfast buffet is included in our room rate, we always have breakfast at the inn. I don’t recall during my 15+ annual visits to the Inn when there wasn’t a host or hostess at breakfast. Sure, if it is busy, I have at times had to wait a few minutes to be seated, but a “noisy cafeteria”? I can’t say I would ever liken The Maine Dining Room – even during a busy breakfast – to a cafeteria. We did remark how busy it was Sunday morning at breakfast, and most if not all of the tables were full. You could tell guests from the wedding the night before were filtering in to breakfast, and we saw the bride being congratulated as she walked by several tables. Weekend breakfasts do tend to be busier than weekdays when we are here early in May. Being told to "help yourself" at a buffet doesn't seem odd to me no matter where I am. I'm sure if someone is unable to serve themselves and doesn’t have a companion to assist, the staff would be more than happy to serve them from the buffet. I would normally recommend the breakfast frittata, but now I’m thinking the French toast is a viable rival. My mom and aunt are addicted to the blueberry muffins. Side note: As I was writing this, I met a lovely couple from northern Maine who found the Inn several years ago when they had their 50th wedding anniversary dinner in the Maine Dining Room. Their initial comments to me were that they “love this place” and “can’t say enough about this place”. After their anniversary, they said to each other they had truly found a “hidden gem”. They even detailed to me information on a room package they believed was quite remarkable. Anyway, my bed is always comfy with soft snow white bedding, my room clean, the food so good I eat far more than I should, the surroundings warm and welcoming, and we always see guests we know from previous years’ visits. The Harraseeket Inn is our destination; Freeport and the surrounding areas are the bonus – not the other way around. If I have an issue, I tell someone, and they fix it. And … while I could expound more on why this place is one of my favorites, the true “gem” of the Inn is the staff. As my mom says … I am in awe of how hard they work to make our experience one we want to repeat over and over again.
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