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Seawall Motel
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

My husband and I recently spent several days at the Seawall Motel. My sister and her husband had stayed there three times and recommended it. We enjoyed staying on the "quiet side" of Mt. Desert Island, yet it was an easy drive to numerous hiking trails, and the view of the ocean from the motel was wonderful. You could leave your window open and hear the waves crashing on the shore across the street and smell the salt air. As others have said, it's not a fancy place, but it's clean, well-kept, with the "comforts of home" such as cable TV and wi-fi. We could not get cell phone service inside the room, though we could outside. I'm only giving the rooms and sleep quality a "very good" because it's not a posh hotel so does not have the softest of beds or the plushest of towels, but we were not expecting or needing those things - everything was more than adequate and comfortable. It has a great continental breakfast, and the owners are the nicest people - very friendly and helpful. We were looking forward to meeting the infamous Speedbump the cat, and he did not disappoint, as he greets arrivals in the breakfast room every morning. There are many choices of restaurants in nearby Southwest Harbor. If you're looking for a quiet place to stay that is out of the fray of the east side of the island, I highly recommend Seawall Motel.

Room Tip: We stayed on the second floor, as others had recommended.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2012 via mobile

My husband and I recently traveled to Maine and chose this motel because of the great TA reviews. It is in a great location, across the street from the water and right next to parts of Acadia National Park. It is a short drive to the small town of Southwest Harbor where you have some good restaurant options. Also close to Bernard where Thurston's Lobster Pound serves great lobsters and clams. The owners and staff were all very nice and helpful. The breakfast was also a bonus since it is included in the room price which was very reasonable. The rooms are modest, but large. We were so glad we chose SW Harbor over Bar Harbor. We liked being on the quiet side!

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Reviewed 29 September 2012

My fiancee and I just returned from 9 days in Maine. We stayed at Seawall Motel on the quiet side of the island and realized that we made a very good choice. We spent a lot of time in Bar Harbor, the busier side and we saw that our choice of "home base" was perfect - away from the touristy chaos that often goes along with vacation spots. Dave and Vicki were very kind as was the entire staff. They were always welcoming, patient and helpful regardless of the time of day we saw them. The motel is not fancy, but our room on the second floor was very spacious, clean and had a great view of the ocean. The breakfast choices provided were plentiful and varied. For me, one of the highlights was Speed Bump, the kitty who strolls the grounds and greets visitors. Very sweet. I highly recommend the Seawall Motel if you are looking for a peaceful, friendly, non-touristy place in Maine.

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms have a good view.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Just returned from a week at the Seawall Motel. The place is very friendly. Enjoy a nice basic breakfast. A good time to talk to other guests and the owner Dave as to what to do and how to get there. Every one that works there Is great!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Maynard66
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

To be honest, I have never been more than 50 miles north on Virginia. Eugene Smith, an artist in Winchester had painted several water colors of Bass Harbor and after seeing those, I knew I needed to go. Granted, it was totally out of character for me to go anywhere more than 30-40 miles from home, unless it was an emergency or I was headed to Doswell to see my folks. Regardless, Mom made the trip to Winchester and we left the next morning headed to who knew where. First night was in upstate NY, followed by being on the Iseland the next day. Totaly clueless as to where to go but equipped with maps and an atlas, we stopped at several motels and inns, all which were full. Upon asking for referrals, we were directed to The Seawall. Folks, let me tell you this...LOOK NO FURTHUR, If you are desiring clean comfortable accomodations with an endearing gracious host in a wonderfull location, this is your spot. Dave, along with his lovely wife Vickie, and there outstanding staff are second to none. sure, there are pricier, designer type venues available, and thats great. But for me, this was ideal. The service, the rooms, the breakfast, the inn keepers, the view..folks, you are messing up if you dont put this one at the top of your list! Dave, for everything, I thank you and Vickie for all you did to make our trip so special. God bless you all.

Greg

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

Researched a lot on Trip Advisor and then picked this place. Stayed for 4 nights over Labor Day weekend. Excellent value, quiet, short stroll to the ocean/beach. Clean, nice sized rooms, and very quiet at night. The owner Dave (I think) and all other staff were very helpful with everything. Wifi worked well. Ice machine and all of that was great. They allowed us to put 2 good bottles of wine in their personal fridge as we were going out on a sailboat cruise and wanted it good and chilled. No problems.

Morning coffee was good. Didn't eat there but the breakfast looked very nice and had lots of takers each morning. Not a cat lover and there is a cat there but he/she never got in the way for us.

We would definitely stay there again if we come to the area. Most of the other lodgings are expensive, stuffy B&B places and the whole motel experience just works for us when we come and go a lot. I can't think of a better place to stay in SW Harbor.

Room Tip: Upstairs are quieter and have a decent view of the ocean. Very nice especially in the morning.
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1  Thank Alistair_MacLean
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

This motel offers good value ... it is clean, well located and the managers are very friendly. You really can't beat the price and the location (within walking distance to the Acadia National Park Seawall) is tremendous. The managers are helpful and incredibly friendly. The negatives are that the room walls are thin and the building is fairly simple ... not a lot of frills. However, all in all, this motel is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Seawall Motel

Address: 566 Seawall Rd, Route 102A, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4037
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Southwest Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Southwest Harbor
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Seawall Motel is located on the quietside of Mount Desert Island in the Southwest Harbor area. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Motel borders the Seawall entrance to Acadia National Park. It adjoins a pine forest and a fresh water pond which provides ample opportunities for birdwatching and scenic photography. The Seawall is a naturally occurring granite, loose boulder and rock seawall with easy shore walks and tide pools to explore. There is a picnic area to watch the waves crash on the rugged shoreline and a spot to watch the sunrise over the Great Cranberry Island. On a clear night, it is one of the best places in the country for stargazing. Just beyond the scenic areas, you'll approach two of the many walking trails of Acadia National Park: Ship Harbor and Wonderland. Each is less than a two-mile hike along the ocean and nature trails. A short drive from these trails is the Bass Harbor Lighthouse that has been guiding mariners with its light since 1858. The dramatic setting, especially at sunset, is a photographer's dream. The Seawall Motel sits directly across from the famed seawall and close proximity to many activities of what the park has to offer. It is a two-story Motel with free Wi-Fi, in-room phones, cable TV and complimentary continental breakfast. These budget-friendly motels has twenty spacious, comfortable, and exquisitely clean rooms with a choice of two-queens or king size beds. A community room is available for all guests to use which includes the vending and ice machine, refrigerator, microwave, and coin-operated laundry machines. The free Island Explorer Shuttle can be accessed from our parking lot for easy travel to restaurants and shops in downtown Southwest Harbor, and to many other locations on the island. Top-rated in TripAdvisor, the Seawall Motel is the perfect place for your Maine vacation! Enjoy the beautiful scenery, the wonderful staff, and freshly brewed coffee ready for you every morning! ... more   less 
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Seawall Motel Southwest Harbor, Maine

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