Fodor's Expert Review The Island Inn

1 Ocean Ave., Maine, 04852, USA Fodor's Choice

Perched on a bluff above the boat landing, this landmark summer hotel recalls an era when guests arrived with steamer trunks for extended island stays. To capture the feeling of complete leisure, sit a spell in a rocker on the long porch and take in the gorgeous view. Local works of art are displayed throughout the three-story hotel, which was begun in 1816 and expanded in 1910. Guest rooms have been upgraded over the years and are pleasingly appointed with simple furnishings. Suites 1 and 2 have private, harbor-view porches. Waterfront afford views of the sunset over stark Manana Island; the adjacent Pierce Cottage, with an additional four rooms and two suites, has views of the village and lighthouse. Breakfast and dinner are served in the water-view dining room, which is also open to the public.


  • Great food
  • Long porch with rocking chairs and great views
  • Relaxing atmosphere


  • Books up quickly (early reservations are essential)
  • A few rooms share 4 hallway bathrooms
  • No a/c, no TVs in rooms, and limited Internet access




Phones: 207-596–0371


32 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.--late May, Free Breakfast, Begins accepting reservations in Jan. for upcoming summer

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