Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Quirky, charming inn with history
Originally built as a private residence in 1799, the building was converted to a hotel in 1928. It still retains a homey vibe, with rocking chairs on a pretty front porch, decorative fireplaces and clawfoot bathtubs in some rooms, and eclectic decor like floral wallpaper and antique-looking furniture throughout. Rooms were showing a bit of wear and tear during our visit, but they underwent soft renovations in early 2012 (updates included fresh paint, wallpaper, and new heaters as needed).
The property has changed hands many times over the years and current innkeepers Brian and Shanna O'Hea are also professional chefs who bring their talents to Academe restaurant, which features renowned cuisine. Popular with locals, it's not uncommon for the place to be packed on the weekends.
If paranormal activity is your thing, keep an eye out for the ghost of Silas Perkins, who reportedly hangs out in the hotel.
Located on a busy street, a short drive from Kennebunkport
The Kennebunk Inn stands on bustling Main Street in downtown Kennebunk, just adjacent to Kennebunkport. Famous for being the summer home for George H.W. Bush, Kennebunkport is a quaint Maine town chock full of shops, galleries, restaurants, and beautiful coastlines.
While other parts of Maine are accessible by public transportation such as buses and trains, Kennebunkport is an area where you'll definitely need a car to get around. It's not a bad jumping off point for visiting other towns, either. Check out Ogunquit, known for its long stretches of sandy beaches and as Maine's biggest LGBT destination. Or head south to York to check out the famed Cape Neddick Lighthouse.
If you crave a little more city life, head north and you'll hit Portland, the largest city in Maine. There you can visit the historic Old Port district along the Harbor, or the Arts District along Congress Street and get your fill of food, shopping, and sightseeing. Highlights include great restaurants, historic parks, and baseball games at Hadlock Field (home of the Portland Sea Dogs).
Rooms vary in size and decor
No two rooms are exactly alike in size and decor. Simply decorated without a lot of extras, the rooms have wood furnishings, light colored walls, and standard beds that are comfortable, but lack plush pillowtop mattresses and luxe comforters. Given the historic nature of the building, the rooms can be quirky in shape, and some have low ceilings which may make taller guests feel a little claustrophobic. Some rooms were showing signs of wear and tear during our visit, but they received soft updates in early 2012, such as fresh paint and wallpaper.
The most affordable rooms are admittedly small, and some bathrooms are downright tiny.
The suites are good choice for families, with full kitchenettes and multiple beds.
Don't miss the popular Academe Restaurant on site
Acadame specializes in New England dishes created by the two innkeepers, who are also professional chefs
Academe is open for lunch and dinner daily, serving New England cuisine in a brasserie-style atmosphere. It is very popular with locals and very busy on weekends, even during slow seasons.
The Kennebunk Inn is ideal for travelers who enjoy the quirks of a historic property -- antique-type furnishings, creaky wood floors, and low ceilings, along with an alleged resident ghost. Rooms do offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, but if you want modernized, uniform luxury, this eclectic inn probably isn't the place for you, as rooms are all different shapes and sizes, and some bathrooms are downright tiny. The Acadame restaurant serves renowned New England dishes created by the innkeepers, who are also professional chefs.