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“Beautiful spot in Kennebunkport, Maine”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Nonantum Resort

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Nonantum Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kennebunkport
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Holliston, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful spot in Kennebunkport, Maine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We love visiting Kennebunkport each year and staying at the Nonantum Resort. The staff is incredibly welcoming and friendly. They want their guests to enjoy their stay and go out of their way to make it happen. The view of the river and the boats is beautiful. We stayed for a few days in June. We love to get a room that looks out on the Kennebunkport river. We also liked that we can make coffee or tea in our rooms as well as getting it in the lobby. We had wonderful weather and enjoyed reading sitting on the Adirondack chairs looking out at the river. The gardens on the property are gorgeous and well cared for. One night we even sat out where they had a fire pit to roast marshmallows. There was a guitar player hired by the resort and a friendly young counselor for children at the resort. We requested songs and the musician did a great job playing our requests. The restaurant is excellent and my husband's favorite is the blueberry ribs. The full breakfast each morning of our stay was great. It is an easy walk into town to explore the wonderful shops. We also walked the Parsons Way and drove down the road to view President Bush's home on Walker's Point. We highly recommend this lovely resort, the Nonantum, in beautiful Kennebunkport, Maine.
Linda Krim

Room Tip: We like a room that offers a view of the gardens, river and boats.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Hi Linda:
We love having you visit each and I am so glad to hear "The staff is incredibly welcoming and friendly. They want their guests to enjoy their stay and go out of their way to make it happen". What a nice compliment! Thank you!
When I stay at The Nonantum I also really enjoy having a coffee in my room. There just is something really decadent about crawling back in to bed with a coffee and watching all the beautiful birds and boats as they leave the harbor.
Please come back and see us again soon! I am sure there will be lots of new choices on our buffet breakfast that you will really enjoy!
Have a great summer!
Jean Ginn Marvin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

My husband and I recently spent 3 days here. The staff is one of the best parts. They all seemed to be very customer oriented. When their head gardener realized I had an earlier injury, she brought me an ice pack and chocolates!

The grounds and view are beautiful. In my opinion, it is well suited for families with children. It is a large hotel and priced reasonably. The rooms in the older section are small and noisy. Breakfast is steam table, high volume food. I picked this hotel because it was rated #1 on Trip Advisor. For couples, I think a smaller place would be better. Next time, we will check into some of the many local inns.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Hello Scottsdale Visitor:
Our staff really is amazing isn't it? I am not the least bit surprised to hear that Kim our Head Gardiner brought you ice and chocolates without being prompted. That is just the kind of person she is. Kind and thoughtful!
Next time you come for a visit just let the reservationist know you are looking for a romantic get away and we will take it from there!
My son, daughter-in-law and grandson live in Phoenix and I am hearing reports of some very hot weather from your corner of the world. Perhaps you would like to come and visit again very soon! Our weather is absolutely perfect!
Thanks for writing,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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Stow, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We really enjoyed our overnight at Nonantum. Alot of the rooms were done over, much to our
liking, new furniture, new bathrooms, new bedding, mattresses, etc. We had a corner room over
looking the river, room 201.
The buffet breakfast was outstanding, pancakes, french toast, fruit, bagels, toast, scrambled eggs,
sausage, bacon. If you can sit on the porch you will have a beautiful view of the river.
Enjoy your stay!! Jim and Nancy Murphy

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Hi Nancy and Jim:
It is always a pleasure to welcome back our repeat visitors. Nearly 80% of our visitors are repeat visitors and we are always striving to get that number higher!
I am glad to hear you liked the redone rooms! Each year we redo a chunk of rooms so that there is always something new to see each season!. Many of our returning guests right away ask to see "What we did over the winter"! This year we did even more than usual and people have been wowed!
The breakfast is always amazing and this year the kitchen has kicked it up a notch so there are even more delicious choices. I find it hard to resist all the terrific options!
Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Warm Regards,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Our room was just exactly what we were expecting it to be. The beds were comfortable and the pillows were fluffy and clean. The desk area, with free hassle-free internet, was convenient. Having a comfortable chair for lounging was a plus as was the small refrigerator. The view from the balcony is quintessential Maine! We loved watching the birds and the boats come in and go out. We can't say enough about the staff. The gardeners are consistently busy about the grounds. Flowers abound! It was a relaxing treat to sit in the big Adirondack chairs amid the gardens at waters edge. The front desk staff is efficient and kind and woman handling the reservations is amazingly helpful. Each night we had a perfectly shaken cocktail delivered to our room quickly and efficiently. The housekeeping staff is friendly and accommodating. Nonamtum offers a full breakfast buffet which is delicious and thoughtfully accommodates the dietary needs and desires of all, from full hearty eggs and meat to fruit and yogurt. Walking to the small pebble beach is convenient as is the walk into bustling Kennebunkport. We will hope to return to this very same place and the very same room soon!

Room Tip: Loved our second floor portside room! Wonderful views and comfy deck chairs.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Hello Vermonters:
It sounds like your vacation was the stuff relaxation is made of! It really is hard to beat having a perfectly made cocktail delivered to your room and then sit watching the birds and the boats from your own balcony while the sun sets slowly in to the West!
Our kitchen does a great job of working around special dietary needs and many families tell me this is the only place they can go on vacation and relax knowing their food allergies will be taken in to consideration.
The ladies of the gardening team are all super hard workers and our grounds certainly reflect it! I walked the grounds today and was amazed at how gorgeous they are! I do not know if you noticed the herb gardens but they are just beautiful!
We look forward to seeing you again soon!
All The Best,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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albany new york
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Arranging our trip with Mike, of the Nonantum Resort staff was seamless from the beginning. Everything we asked for, including a second floor room with balcony and a river view was accommodated. We were also the beneficiaries of a 10% AAA discount that lowered an already reasonable room rate for June. We traveled with another couple and both rooms were very comfortable and spotless. The shower worked perfectly and warm water was immediate. The included full breakfast buffet each morning was a major plus, as was the leisure time at the resort's Latitudes Bar at poolside. The excellent fine dining experience we had at the Nonantum's Ocean 95 restaurant was topping on the cake.

Golfeagle

Room Tip: Third floor in the Portside building is best to avoid the occasional noise from room overhead.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Hello Golf Eagle:
Mike does an amazing job setting people up in exactly the right room! As you correctly point out that between the pool bar, beautiful views and delicious food, you could just stay at The Nonantum and have a wonderful vacation - and many folks do just that!
If you are a more adventurous type, you can always ride bikes, go kayaking, fishing, standup paddle boarding, sailing, for a boat ride, a swim in the heated pool or join in one of our Activity Programs.
Then again, you could snooze by the water in a large Adirondack chair and watch the boats go by. The choice is yours!
Thanks for writing!
Cordially,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

This hotel is just lovely. We stayed in late May when they were just opening for the season. Nonetheless, everything was set up and ready to welcome guests. Despite Mainers assuring us it was summer and warm, it was still quite cold so we didn't use the pool, kayaks etc. The staff were very welcoming and gave great tips on local restaurants, place to visit, best views etc.

Stayed May 2014
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jeangm11, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Hello Australian Visitors:
May can be a little cool here in Kennebunkport but as you observed it is still a great time to go for walks on the beaches, or strolls downtown to do a little shopping in our cute boutiques!
I am happy to hear all the folks at The Nonantum Resort were helpful about sharing information about the best places to go and the prettiest places to see!
I know it is a long way but I hope you will find your way back here someday! The fall is spectacular and I am sure you would love to see the trees wearing their autumn colors.
Thanks so much for the terrific review!
All The Best,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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Ellington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

My wife and I stayed here this past week because of the TA reviews. Booking this hotel was very easy and the staff was very friendly. Upon arrival we were able to check in an hour early. The grounds of the hotel are very nice and well kept and the grounds staff should be very proud.

After getting the keys and going to the room we were very impressed. The room was spotless probably one of the cleanest rooms we have ever stayed in. They left us nice chocolates and when they turned down the room the same thing.

The pool bar and staff were very nice and so was the housekeeping staff.

We had a great night sleep in the room and the bed was VERY comfortable.

The breakfast was a nice hot and fresh breakfast which we very much enjoyed. The hotel is not far at all from the Bush compound or downtown KBPT.

I would def go back and stay at this hotel. We plan to go back next year about this time of year.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Jason S
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jeangm11, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Hello Connecticut Visitor:
We will look forward to your return visit in June of next year! In the mean time, you may want to consider coming back later this summer or even this fall. Both are such pretty times of the year. Today I was out admiring our gardens and the scents from the Rosa Rugosa was heavenly! I wish I could bottle it and send it to you!
Our herb gardens are also looking really amazing. Each afternoon our chefs go outside and cut some herbs for use in the dining room tonight!
Our friends at the pool bar do an terrific job in making people yummy lunches and frosty drinks - just the thing for a warm summer day!
The Nonantum Housekeepers work very hard to insure that everything is spotless. I have worked in the Housekeeping department for a couple of days and I can tell you it is one hard job!
We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Kind Regards,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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Property: Nonantum Resort
Address: 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-6308
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Region: United States > Maine > Kennebunks > Kennebunkport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kennebunkport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nonantum Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Maine waterfront resort where traditions begin. The Nonantum has been welcoming guests with genuine hospitality since 1883. Enjoy historic charm with just the right modern comforts. Located on the Kennebunk River, along scenic Ocean Avenue, close to the shops and galleries in Dock Square, near Walker's Point and the beaches. Offering casually elegant accommodations, award-winning dining, family activities, and a gorgeous setting for special events. Seasonal outdoor heated pool, kayak rentals, trolley tours, scenic lobster boat tours, sailing tour and fishing charters departing right from the resort's on-site marina. Free WiFi, free parking, and free breakfast when you book directly with the resort! ... more   less 
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