Inn By The Sea

40 Bowery Beach Rd | Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-2599  [SEE MAP]Cape Elizabeth, ME  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Quiet, semi-secluded getaway
Some recent guests say service doesn't match price paid
This Cape Elizabeth property is about 9 miles south of Portland, nestled amid Maine's Great Pond and the Crescent Beach/Kettle Cove State Park. Recent visitors describe the inn's location as idyllic, and the guest rooms and amenities as the very definition of laid-back luxury. Appointed with bathrobes, hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, internet access and soothing red and charcoal accents, the inn's accommodations, beach suites and cottages earn top compliments from recent visitors, as do the friendly staff and pet-friendly amenities. At Inn by the Sea, you can indulge in rejuvenating treatments at the on-site spa, and when dinnertime rolls around, you can savor decadent meals at the Sea Glass Restaurant.
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort hotel, 61 rooms
Primary View
Traditional, Modern
Best For
Couples, Families



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List

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While accommodations in the main building are spacious, the even roomier garden and Loft Cottages and Beach Suites are great for families, groups, and pet owners.



The impressive views of the Atlantic and gracious gardens beckon you to explore this scenic destination at Cresent Beach.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1339 have reviewed the Inn By The Sea, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1339 reviews 4.5 (based on 1339 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Inn by the Sea offers guest rooms, cottages and beach suites. Traditional guest rooms are located in the Main Inn and feature king-sized beds, gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. The bathrooms have large glass walk-in showers, as well as plush robes and bath products. Upgrade to a cottage or a beach suite for added space and amenities like full kitchens and bath tubs.
  • Local artwork in guest rooms and throughout the property

Standard room size352 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Set along a one-mile stretch of sandy beach, the Inn by the Sea is an eco-friendly resort just outside Portland, Maine. The five-acre property is located in Cape Elizabeth — an area known for its two lighthouses. There’s a private boardwalk connecting the resort to the three-mile Crescent Beach, and the area provides numerous recreational opportunities such as fishing and boating.
  • Downtown Portland is less than 8 miles north of the property
  • Located about 11 miles south of Portland International Jetport
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The hotel’s Sea Glass Restaurant offers regionally-inspired and locally sourced cuisine, with an emphasis on serving full-flavored dishes with nutritional value. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is an indoor dining room with ocean views, as well as an outdoor patio and private dining rooms.
  • Summer “Jazz on the Lawn” events include picnic dinners
  • Special brunches offered throughout the year
  • Room service is offered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The Inn by the Sea has an outdoor, solar-panel-heated pool. Surrounded by a large sundeck, there are lounge chairs, tables and umbrellas.
  • Open during summer months
  • One mile of beachfront on the property
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Spa at the Inn by the Sea offers marine-inspired services. The eco-friendly facility offers natural and chemical-free services such as massages, facials, body treatments and waxing.
  • Private eucalyptus steam rooms and experience showers

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The hotel offers an outdoor pool, along with nightly fire pits by the beach with blankets. There's also seasonal family-friendly activities.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs


    There is a fitness center adjacent to the spa with cardio machines and strength-training equipment.
      • Weight equipment
      • Cardio equipment
      • Yoga mats
      • Free fitness classes
      • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


      The Inn by the Sea is equipped to host business meetings and conferences. There are two meeting rooms — the Crescent Room, with a retractable projection screen and sound system, and the Cove Room, which offers a boardroom-style setting. The property can accommodate groups of up to 180 people, with indoor and outdoor venues available.
      • Green Lodging Certification
      • On-site catering
      • Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the property

      Number of meeting rooms2

      • Business center
      • Meeting rooms
      • Meeting and event planners available


      The hotel welcomes dogs in select rooms and suites with amenities such as gourmet pet menus, pet-sitting, massages and turndown treats.
      • Complimentary pet accommodations
      • Water bowls, beach towels, blankets and treats provided
      • Dog-friendly beaches and trails nearby (note that dogs aren't allowed on the beach from April 1 to September 30)
      • Pets allowed (free)
      • Dog walking (with fee)
      • Pet-sitting (with fee)


      The Inn by the Sea offers indoor and outdoor venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The 1,300-square-foot Cove Room offers ocean views and an outdoor lawn area can host weddings for up to 150 guests. There is an on-site wedding planner to manage the details and the property offers full-service catering packages.
      • Cottages and suites can accommodate smaller groups

      Maximum wedding guest capacity150

      • Hotel hosts weddings
      • Outdoor space for weddings
      • Wedding planners available

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