I love Monhegan and have been going as a day tripper for years, always wishing I could spend the night. So, when I had four days to spend with my daughter in Maine I thought immediately of Monhegan and booked a suite at The Island Inn. I'm sure my expectations were too high, and we still really did enjoy ourselves, but it just seemed that they did as little as they reasonable could rather than trying to make guests really happy.
Amazing sunsets, plenty of places to sit outside and enjoy it and the scenery in general, good breakfasts, and most importantly - it's on Monhegan which is a magical place.
General stinginess; thin towels and bathroom amentities (tiny generic shampoo, slivers of soap), no seasonal fruit at breakfast or any variety, coffee and tea get put away at a certain time in the morning, even during a rainy day when everyone has to stay in, they make you buy a trail map for $1 (couldn't they just include one in a $360/night room? I would donate to Monhegan Assoc. anyway), heavy bags cost $2, light bags $1 to bring to the dock, etc. I realize that things are more expensive on Monhegan, but it still seems - stingy.
It's not these little charges are expensive, they just bug me and make me feel bad about a place. I would be happier spending $5-10/night more to cover the map, the bags, decent bathroom amentities, coffee and tea available throughout the day etc. (maybe even cookies or cheese and crackers in the afternoon?). Those are the touches that guests notice and make them feel good.
Suite 2 was like living in a fishbowl and although I was happy for the sitting area and desk on our super rainy day, and the private (but very basic) bathroom, I would have prefered more privacy. People continually passed by our windows, even standing to talk on a cell phone for a while one day, and one side of our sitting area was glass exposed to the common porch, which caused us the leave the shades drawn. If we closed the doors to the bedroom to get more privacy we got no fresh air as the room had no windows. Also the wall in the bedroom is shared by the diining room so you wake up by them setting up for breakfast early, and go to sleep to the sounds of closing down after dinner. I wouldn't choose this room again if I go back.
Breakfast was exactly the same everyday. It was boring. The buffet consisted of melon, pineapple and grapes, granola, yogurt, lobster scrambled eggs, bacon & sausage, toast, blueberry muffins and scones, and blueberry french toast and cold cereal with eggs and pancakes to order. Everyday. Different fruit, or muffins, or french toast, change the eggs? The food was good but a little variety would have made breakfast better.
Lunch is only served Thursday - Sunday, so we had to get takeout sandwiches and bring it back to the room or picnic. The dinner was average and expensive, some of the sides were pretty bad, the filet was good, it would have been nice to have lighter options too, like on the lunch menu.
There aren't many choices on Monhegan and this may be the best Inn, but I wish they would charge less so that I didn't have as high expectations, or charge a bit more and really deliver - or even better - just deliver. If you have time, a house for more privacy and a kitchen, might be a better option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Island Inn sits atop a bluff looking west over Monhegan harbor toward the ocean and in the evening it provides a perfect location to view the dramatic sunsets and the magnificent colors that accompany them. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Island Hotel Monhegan
- The Island Inn Monhegan Island, Maine