Hotel review: Tides Beach Club

The Tides Beach Club is the latest and only boutique hotel to open in Southern Maine. Located on Goose Rocks Beach, in Kennebunkport, this lovely and typical "New England" hotel is comforting, luxurious, and offers a traditional stay in an unconventional setting.  Fun fact: it's rare to find a "boutique hotel" in Maine, even more so : one that is located directly on the beach and offers beach services. Why not experience Maine a different way next time? 

In a glimpse...

  • Hotel name : Tides Beach Club
  • Location: 254 Kings Highway, Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Opening date: May 2013
  • Rooms: 21
  • My room pick :  The Jonathan Adler suite (even though all the rooms were designed by Jonathan Adler) 
  • In room amenities: wi-fi, Frette linens, Jonathan Adler bath products 
  • Beach access: yes, full access and beach service with chairs & umbrellas 
  • Restaurant: TBC Restaurant where guests can enjoy complimentary daily breakfast 

A different way to experience Maine

The Tides is a hip boutique hotel that yet manages to get the sense of what Maine is all about. With its huge front porch, Tides Beach Club is the "happening spot" in town where locals and tourists get together for afternoon cocktails. The hotel is intimate, decorated in style by renowned designer Jonathan Adler in soothing pink and blue tones to remind us of the ocean, located just outside the door.  The communal areas are gorgeous and designed like a modern and luxurious beach house, because, it is exactly that. 

The little plus that makes the difference : The complimentary breakfast is absolutely fantastic. Since the hotel is not in the center of Kennebunkport, it's nice to just be able to relax in the morning and enjoy (free)  breakfast with a view. I also like the fact the hotel is located directly on the beach, which is actually rare in Maine. Goose Rocks Beach is a quiet and intimate beach where you can relax and soak up the sun. Also, the Tides is the only hotel in the area that offers complimentary beach chairs to their guests. It's definitely a change of scenery from the busy and crowded Old Orchard Beach. 

Catherine Maisonneuve