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Loon Lodge Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 8 Rangeley B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hanover, New Hampshire
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11 reviews
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“First impressions”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Six of us, grandparents, parents and children, arrived at Loon Lodge on a rainy, overcast day this week to be greeted by a deteriorated rubber shoe scraping mat at the front entry. The parking lot was typical Maine in that it was gravelly and sandy however, the condition of the mat might very well have given one the impression that you were entering an about to be closed Sears store instead of the wonderful country inn, full of north woods ambiance that Loon Lodge is. Another industrial type, ugly brownish gray floor mat had been installed in the entryway apparently to alert patrons that they should scrape their shoes again.
Once inside, the first impressions gave way to a delightful restaurant, bar and old time living/waiting area. The staff was delightful and quite accommodating in that we were told that lunch was not being served but "I'll see if the chef will open the kitchen for you." which he did and our lunch was perfect.
Our visit was unfortunately for only one night and staying for dinner as well was an excellent choice.
By the time this review is posted, I would imagine that both entry mats will have been changed to be a bit more pleasant and welcoming.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

Four of us for dinner ...our table overlooked the lake ...the place had a comfortable rustic feel to it...we lingered for 2.5 hours thoroughly enjoying ourselves... Our wait person (Melissa) was superb...she had great timing, a nice personality and knew the menu..we shared a couple apps...believe it or not the stuffed dates wrapped in applewood bacon was a big hit..calamari was good but not great ...stuffed haddock was delicious and enough for two...2 of us had the grilled ribeye steak....would not ordinarily order it but it was delicious ..my wife enjoyed her tuna..wine by the glass was excellent ...and we splurged with dessert...the price was very reasonable so value comfortably exceeded price...we're going back this fall and looking foreword to it..

  • Stayed July 2013
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Belfast, Maine
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

We generally "wing it" when traveling, looking for rooms when we arrive and after assessing the area. Sometimes it's a bit of scramble, but we've found it more reliable -- and more fun -- than booking a place blind. (Trip Advisor is certainly a help with the latter, though.)

On a recent overnight to the Rangeley Lakes region, we checked out several local inns and found them to be either overpriced, a bit seedy, corporate-boring, or a bit too "precious." Then we came upon the Loon Lodge. Build in the early 20th century, this place has had a lot of uses, but it functions quite well as a Lodge. Set right on the shore of Rangeley Lake, but a ways away from the busiest, noisiest part of the lake, Loon Lodge sits above a generous expanse of lawn which slopes down to a large boat dock and small beach. With Adirondack chairs scattered here and there, the lawn offers a spectacular view of the lake, especially at sunset. Our room also overlooked the lake, a nice plus.

The Lodge also has a fine restaurant, with menu items for every taste. There is some seating on a deck overlooking the lake.

The only downside, and why I gave it four stars, is that the walls are a bit thin. Fortunately, it seems to get a nice clientele who are respectful of the privacy of their next-room neighbors, and we slept soundly through the night. YMMV.

As for expense, I'd put this in a middle category. Not budget, for sure, but not luxury top end, either.

In all, a great stay and a good find.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2013

We were recommended to this lodge/restaurant by the owners of the Pleasant Street Inn. They said the food was worth the trip and we would not be disappointed. We were not led astray. I had the pork dish and my wife had the haddock. Both were excellent and delicious. We will surely patronize the Loon Lodge on our next trip top the area.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Agoura Hills, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2013

My husband and I arrived in Rangeley on a summer Tuesday night and had the place all to ourselves. We had driven around town to scout a nice establishment and Loon Lodge did not disappoint. The lodge was clean, had very nice decor, and the price seemed reasonable.

We stayed in downstairs Room 1 which had a great view, patio access to the lake, and a full, attached bathroom (some of the upstairs rooms had separate baths next door to the rooms).
In reading the reviews, it seems that the biggest complaint is about the noise from other rooms or the dining room. Since it was a slow night, the restaurant closed early, we were alone in the lodge, and noise was not an issue so I simply can't speak to that.

The restaurant seemed pricey so we went to eat in town. We found that the prices were actually consistent with the other restaurants in town. If we had stayed longer, I would have liked to have tried the restaurant or pub.

We ALMOST stayed a second night just because we loved the lodge and town so much. But alas, we had other places to be, so we had to move on. But I would absolutely recommend this lodge based on our most satisfying stay.

Room Tip: Downstairs rooms 1&2 had their own in-suite bathroom; the upstairs rooms' bathrooms were sep...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2013 via mobile

Sunsets, wonderful food,also can get there by boat. Dining alfresco is perfect especially at sunset.Ask for a table on the porch. Winter dining is great too as this is the coziest restaurant in town. And don't miss the foliage in the Fall.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 7 July 2013 via mobile

We were looking for a place to have cocktails and a light dinner in a peaceful setting on the lake. We found what we were looking for and more at the Loon Lodge. We decided to eat in the pub which was a welcoming room and Lisa , the bartender, was very friendly. We decided to sit out on the porch and enjoy the great view of the lake. We felt like we were on our own porch. My husband had mussels which he said were greats and I had Caesar salad and crab cakes, very tasty . We were not hurried through our courses and were able to enjoy the views of Rangeley Lake. A little pricier than other Rangeley restaurants, but in this case you get what ou ay or.

Stayed July 2013
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Additional Information about Loon Lodge Inn & Restaurant

Property: Loon Lodge Inn & Restaurant
Address: 16 Pickford Rd, P.O. Box 676, Rangeley, ME 04970
Region: United States > Maine > Rangeley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Rangeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Loon Lodge Inn and Restaurant on the easterly shore of Rangeley Lake is perfectly situated for spectacular evening sunsets. The lodge, built in 1899, has been meticulously restored and is open to the public offering guest rooms, fine dining, Pub fare, and event planning. ... more   less 
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Loon Lodge Inn & Restaurant Rangeley, Maine

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