The large gap between the flimsy room door and the floor insured that we heard everything that went in the hallway and the lobby. The flimsy walls transmitted the sound from the next room. Our room itself was pleasant enough but undistinguished. It wouldn't have taken much to make it nicer.
Worst was the staff. And I live in Maine so it's not that I'm not used to Mainers. My daughter stumbled on an uneven walkway just outside the main door while rolling our suitcase out to the car. She limped back inside, clearly bruised, bleeding slightly, in pain and shaken up -- she had gone sprawling on a brick walkway. I helped her sit down in a wing chair immediately opposite the reception desk. The woman behind the desk was totally uninterested and, when I asked her if she had some water, replied that there was water available for sale. Nice.
We were also overcharged. The posted rates in our room showed a maximum charge of $225 but we were charged $255. The bill shows it as a "group rate." Aren't group rates supposed to be lower, not higher? And according to Maine law, maximum means maximum. When I inquired about that at the front desk I was met with a shrug.
There are lots of lovely places to stay on the Maine coast that actually welcome and take care of their guests. This isn't one of them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Frommer's Travel Guide said, "It's hard to convey the magnificence of the ocean views, maybe the best of any Inn's in Maine." The open sea, rocky cliffs and thick forest create an enchanting setting for the historic Newagen Seaside Inn, poised on the tip of Southport Island in the heart of Maine's famed Boothbay Harbor region. Make some memories at the newly restored, yet always historic, Newagen Seaside Inn, at the edge of the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Newagen Seaside Hotel Newagen
- Newagen Seaside Inn Maine