First - there is no cell phone service. They know this, but do not tell you in advance so *I* will tell you.
Second – there are no irons. Bring one if you are going to a formal party, like a wedding!
Third – toiletries are sparse. There are three little bars of soap in the room but you are on your own for shampoo, conditioner, all the rest.
Fourth – pretty much no one in Maine seems to take American Express! Good thing I packed my Visa to settle the other half of my bill.
With that out of the way; unfortunately, the service complaints are justified. The girls that work there are quite nice but not local [Ukraine and Thailand] and English is their second [or third or fourth] language. One of the customers had difficulty asking for sweet and low, which was right on the table, and asking for any sort of recommendation for anything local is right out the window. I was made very uncomfortable when I went to return my room key a little early [7:30 instead of 8:00] and I heard one of the owners shouting at someone behind a closed door. His complaint was that she had done something for a guest and he wanted her to “just say no.” I can’t be much more specific than that.
I stayed in one of the cottages [Pine] with my wife and a friend. I’m not sure what we were expecting but the terms “rustic” and “sparse” immediately come to mind. When we opened the door, it smelled kind of like the inside of a camper so we immediately opened all the windows to air the place out. All in all, it wasn’t too bad. The beds were good enough for a two night stay. There was a small living room area and a deck for us and some friends to hang out on. There is also a small stove and refrigerator, which we didn’t use. Really, if you think of it more as “camping” than “hoteling” it’s quite comfortable and makes for decent accommodations. I should also mention that the place was clean and generally well kept with the exception of some wood rot in the bathroom near the shower.
There is a living room area at the main house with free wi-fi. There are also a couple of board games [Scrabble, Chess, maybe checkers?] and a good selection of books and magazines for your use. Breakfast is also served from 8-9 am in the main house. It’s pretty simple; eggs, pancakes, bacon, ceral, coffee, and juices, but does the trick for no charge.
I like the location, directly across the street from the ocean. There is also a deck owned by the property over the ocean. It’s a great place to sit and watch the fishing boats come in and drop off their catch at Shaw’s Fish and Lobster Wharf – a convenient place to go for dinner two buildings away from the Gosnold.
Overall, I thought the place was alright and would give it a second chance. I don’t spend enough time with the owners to let their attitudes ruin my trip. Just don’t expect a whole lot and I think you could be pleasantly surprised.
- Also Known As:
- Gosnold Arms Inn Maine/New Harbor