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“A perfect balance between family entertainment and upscale accommodations!”
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Nonantum Resort
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Kennebunkport
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

We found nonantum because we often stay in elegant and upscale accommodations on vacation. With three children, we were searching for a place that had ambiance, good service, fine dining - yet also a place where our children would feel welcomed as guests. Nonantum actually finds a way to incorporate children's events and activities while at the same time allowing adults to relax and feel like you are vacationing at a friends' beach estate. Thanks to Vikki for double and triple checking that our room was satisfactory, and to the front desk, Ellen and the great musicians at dinner, and the breakfast staff for spoiling my son on his birthday!

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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2014

Wow! VacationPro? It sure sounds like you have done a lot of traveling; what an joy it is to have received such a great review from you!

We strive to create a pleasant atmosphere for all of our guests, so at the beginning of each season we sit down to create an Activities schedule that can serve as many age groups as possible. Every Tuesday and Thursday, we host an adults only meet and greet with the managers alongside a kids ice cream social. Parents love being able to converse with other guests and enjoy a cocktail while their children are having a blast creating sundaes with the Activities staff.

Vicki is such a sweetheart! She, along with the rest of our staff, upholds our standards of excellence, and will do her best to resolve any issues as soon as possible! Our guests are often pleasantly surprised by the phone call they receive a few minutes after check-in to make sure their room is satisfactory.

Listening to the live music in the dining room is such a treat, and our waitstaff loves to personalize every guest's visit as much as possible by making sure each birthday and anniversary is recognized.

Best,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Resort was nice, wonderful views at sunset. Very relaxing atmosphere and a short walk to town. Came for a wedding so did not bring the kids, but there were a lot of kids events and overall it was very kid friendly. We stayed in the main building where the rooms were smaller and a little outdated, I suggest requesting to stay in the "newer" wing when making your reservations. Continental breakfast was outstanding, full spread. Staff was very accommodating.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Maisey166
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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

Hi Maisey,

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! We do certainly have lots of activities for kids! Next time bring them along and hire a babysitter to watch them during the wedding reception! We have a list of approved babysitters, many of which are Nonantum employees.

We are working hard to renovate the rooms in the Carriage House. Nearly all of them have been updated, but as we only have a few months per year to work on them, it is a long process. We hope to finish up the remaining rooms this winter, so by next year every room in the Carriage House will be beautifully updated.

Warmly,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

I attended a two day wedding event held at the Nonantum in Kennybunkport on July 10 & 12. I must say the ambiance of this stately old line resort was entrancing. The staff was extreamily helpfull in every way and I can not praise the staff too much they were in every way outstanding. I would definately recommend a visit and stay at this lovely resort.

Room Tip: Riverview is my preference.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

I am so glad that you found our staff to be so helpful! Weddings are a frequent occurrence here, so we are certainly operating a well-oiled machine. In fact, many of our employees choose to get married at The Nonantum because they know that their guests will be well attended to. Please come back to visit us!

Sincerely,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

Lovely resort on the river within walking distance to town we had a newly renovated room and there are lots of amenities the hotel is very charming and staff friendly a very enjoyable experience super kid friendly!!!

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1  Thank AmyH1027
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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2014

Thanks for your kind review, Amy!

We love being close enough to walk into town, but removed enough to provide a relaxing atmosphere. Our staff works hard year-round! When we are open, we work to please guests. When we are closed from December to April, we work on updating rooms and repairing general wear and tear. In recent years we have expanded our kids program and parents love being able to bring their kids yet still have some quiet time to themselves. We hope to see you back here again soon!

Warm Regards,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We have spent several vacations at Nonantum. Great location on the water, excellent service, fine dining and staff is always ready to help. Would recommend this for families and couples.
A short ride to Freeport maine for shopping and 30 minutes to Portland for cultural activities such as the Portland airport, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Children's Museum, minor league baseball and many fine restaurants.

Room Tip: Ask for a water view if available.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2014

Welcome back!

Maine is definitely a welcome change of pace for many of our New York residents like yourself. I am so glad that you continue to choose to spend your vacation with us! Kennebunkport is so great because it offers the quaintness of a quiet seaside town while being just a few highway exits away from the hustle and bustle of Portland. I myself am from the Portland area, and often can't wait to get into work because of the serene atmosphere found here at The Nonantum.

Please join us again soon!
Jean Ginn Marvin
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

My husband and I frequently travel to Kennebunkport. Our recent stay at the Nonatum was one of the best! Our room was priced right and had all the amenities: beautiful view, 4 poster bed, jaquizzi tub, and a fireplace. Very romantic. We really enjoyed relaxing by the pool and the bar staff makes great drinks. One night we ordered room service and the food was amazing. Can not wait to return. The grounds are beautiful, the staff very friendly and helpful. WD even got to witness 2 weddings.

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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2014

Hello Jenn!

Happy Anniversary! I bet watching the weddings being held here brought back some great memories for you! I am so glad that you were able to relax on your romantic getaway; we love to make sure everybody is comfortable and well cared for. It sounds like you and your husband got to spend some quality time together. I hope to see you both back soon!

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

My friend and I stayed here for one night, a Saturday night. We were really excited to stay here given that it was ranked the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor in Kennebunkport. I understand why this hotel would be appealing to families with kids. There is an activity tent and a pool and enough to keep young ones occupied. That being said, it would cost a family almost $100 to rent 4 bikes for a few hours. For what you are paying for your room, I would expect bikes and kayaks to be complimentary or at least heavily discounted from the in-town shops.

We were told when we checked in that they have an amazing breakfast, it's included with the room. It's not amazing. It's your average breakfast buffet - scrambled eggs, french toast, omelette station, fruit/yogurt station, and assorted pastries. I have no complaints about the food, just don't call it amazing.

The room was clean, spacious and had a nice view of the pool, and inlet. We made a mistake sleeping with the windows open because we were awoken by kids playing shuffleboard the next morning (all before 9am). No big deal, but you're best bet is to shut the windows and sleep with the A/C on.

The location is close to town but it's not a short walk. It's a good 20 minutes to the shops.

Lastly, with the exception of our room which felt like it was recently renovated, the premises just feel old. One of the stairways has an old stained carpet. The doors and trim look banged up and dirty. The pool area has a nice little bar/restaurant but is otherwise an average pool. There is no wow factor.

If we hadn't paid $300+/night and this wasn't the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor, my expectations wouldn't have been so high. This place is good for families with children. If you aren't bringing children, stay somewhere else. For a similar price, there are better options.

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Mainah3, Owner at Nonantum Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Hello Boston Friend:
It is always so sad to me when I read that someone did not have a good time during their stay at The Nonantum. Believe me, that is the last thing I ever want to read! It is your vacation. We want you to have a great time! I realize it is impossible to be all things to all people but we sure do try!
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. I apologize we were not what you were looking for.
All The Best,
Jean Ginn Marvin
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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
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Kennebunkport
Price Range: £111 - £302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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