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The Tides Beach Club
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Kennebunkport
Certificate of Excellence
South Hadley, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Just Awful”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

I have stayed in better motels. The rooms were awful, room 2009 was hardly better than room 208. There is no place to put your clothes away. My wife and I had to live out of our suitcases and leave our clothes on the floor for the entire miserable four night we stayed at The Tides Inn. Get rid of those useless white cabinets and put some real bureaus in the rooms.

If I hadn't made a nonrefundable deposit, I would have left after the first night.

Richard Moran

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Weston, Connecticut
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

The Tides is a gracious, wonderfully staffed, classic small New England Hotel located directly on lovely Goose Rocks Beach, The hotel, thoughtfully provides guests with comfortable beach chairs and umbrellas and offers a complete beachside lunch service. The restaurant is excellent with gracious service to match. The rooms are comfortable and attractively decorated although quite small. The same can be said of the bathrooms many of which offer only a shower. For us the location in a quiet residential neighborhood, well outside of town and away from the commercialism of Kennebunkport was a major plus. Another very attractive feature is free access to the delightful sister property, Hidden Pond which offers an excellent spa and heated pool.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

So many nice things to say about our fabulous stay at The Tides Beach Club. Everyone on the staff was so accommodating and friendly. Nothing was ever a problem and everyone was so helpful and laid back and easy. Located on beautiful Goose Rocks Beach - my favorite beach!, the hotel itself is beautiful beach casual chic. Having the chairs, towels and umbrellas set up and lunch served to you on the beach is wonderful. The continental breakfast is very nice - fruit, yogurt, cereal, cheese, pastry, egg sandwiches, etc. We borrowed bikes and had a lovely ride around the neighborhood. Did yoga twice at Hidden Pond - their sister property. Clarissa was a fantastic instructor. Smores at the Hidden Pond campfire were fabulous. Our room was clean and stylish with a comfortable bed. Loved being able to hang out in the lobby and on the porch. There's such a nice vibe at The Tides and we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New Rochelle, New York, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

The TBC is an excellent and charming inn located right in Goose Rocks Beach. The service is top notch, the rooms are stellar and are bright and offer great views and the facility is quiet and distinguished, yet informal. The area in which the inn is located is not crowded, and I think that adds to the allure. Having access to the Hidden Pond resort amenities is a plus. The food is excellent. We had a great stay and would definitely return. A jewel of a place.

Room Tip: You'll want a room facing the ocean in the front part of the building.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Robert F
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Albany, New York
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137 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

I have walked buy this place without going in for just under 3 decades. I was also only 9 the first time I walked by but still. This year we walked down to give it a try for some drinks and appetizers.
What a cool place! We had some muscles, shrimp, and wings. Nothing crazy but enough to determine if the rest of the food is going to be good. I would absolutely go here for dinner after this experience. The staff seemed nice enough, the food was solid. My mind wasn't blown but that can't happen every time you go out to eat. Food was very flavorful, great portions, came out hot and the beer selection was excellent. I will absolutely be back next summer!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Shawnee, Kansas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

We loved our experience at Tides Beach Club! The furnishings were beautiful, both in our room and in the shared space on the main floor.

Our room, #210, was in the back of the house and offered a "partial" oceanview. The room was plenty large enough for us, including a nice wingback chair, king bed, armoire, and small bay window. The ceilings were vaulted, which also helped the room seem larger. The bathroom was plenty large enough for us, but we would have liked a bit more counter space. The shower was large and had nice subway tile and a great Kohler showerhead and handheld.

The inn is placed right across the street from Goose Rocks Beach and it's a very short walk to get there. The beach attendant takes great care of you and will provide towels, setup chairs and umbrellas, and offer water. The beach was taken great care of and was a wonderful place to collect seashells. We visited over Labor Day, and although the town of Kennebunkport was very busy - the beach was not.

The front porch is the perfect place to sit and read a book or enjoy one of their amazing cocktails. The staff even offered me a blanket one evening when it was a bit chilly. Again, fantastic service!

The Hidden Pond resort was also very nice. We enjoyed massages at the Tree Spa and enjoyed access to their pool. We took the provided beach cruisers and the ride was not too difficult - about 1.7 miles - and only one major intersection.

The restaurant and bar are very busy in the evenings - so if you visit during the summer, I'd suggest making a reservation. It is the only bar/restaurant in the Goose Rocks Beach area.

The drive to Kennebunkport is a bit long, but the beach was perfect and hubby and I were looking for a relaxing getaway. If you prefer to be in town, closer to all the action - note you will need to get a parking pass to get to Goose Rocks Beach and the parking was limited.

Room Tip: If you prefer an oceanview room - request 3rd floor as those are farther from the restaurant and bar...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank amber g
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Media, PA
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Tides Beach Club for 8 nights. I don't think most people stay that long, but it was well worth it! I really can't complain about one thing. All we can do is rave about this place. We had an ocean view room and it was wonderful being able to open the windows and hear the waves crashing. The decor is so cool. I love a beachy New England feel to an inn, so I was afraid it might be too trendy from looking at the website photos, but it was decorated in such an eclectic manner that I just loved it!

It was really a fun place. All of the locals come for drinks and dinner (it is literally the only place in town) and it made for a fun atmosphere. Our first night there we ate out on the porch...food is delicious, service is great and they always have 2 musicians playing guitars every Sunday night.

The next morning, and all mornings thereafter, we ate our breakfast on the front porch. Breakfast was continental, but way above most continental breakfasts that I've ever experienced. Fresh fruit, muffins, bagel & egg sandwiches, cereals, yoghurt parfaits, hard boiled eggs, etc.

The beach is literally across a very small street. You don't take your life in your hands when you cross this street! Lounge chairs, towels and water are all set up by the friendly beach staff. The beach is in a cove and it's about 3 miles long...just perfect for walking.

Kudos to management and all of the staff. Everyone was so cordial & gracious & they went out of their way to accommodate any of our requests. I don't think there was one person over 35 yrs. of age and I must say we were really impressed with their professional demeanors.

I actually didn't realize that we were 10-15 minutes outside of Kennebunkport, but it's no big deal to get in the car for the short drive. The neighboring towns of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are pretty congested, so we would definitely go back to Goose Rocks Beach where you can easily get the best of both worlds even if you have to get in the car once and awhile.

And if you make dinner or spa reservations at any of their sister resorts, they have a luxury sedan that picks you up. We ate at One Dock Square and it was delicious. But, most of our meals ended up at the Tides Beach b/c it was so convenient. The bar is a fun place to eat if you can't get a table. The bartenders are friendly and the food is great!

We were very sad to leave...it was really a perfect vacation! I would highly recommend Tides Beach to anyone thinking about staying in this area!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Tides Beach Club
Address: 254 Kings Hwy, Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-7262 (Formerly Tides Inn By-The-Sea)
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Region: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Tides Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With stellar ocean views of one of the Northeast's most gorgeous beaches, The Tides Beach Club offers a high-end yet casual beach style resort with terrific dining, an vibrant cocktail bar and exceptional beach amenities. ... more   less 
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