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The Anchorage By the Sea 3.5

Ogunquit, Maine, United States

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  • Charming Ogunquit beachfront hotel decorated in classic Maine style with a large front lawn
  • A variety of bright and inviting rooms with flat-screen TVs and mini-refrigerators; some have beach views
  • Surf Point Grill poolside restaurant and bar with large windows that take in the view on-site
  • Lovely outdoor and indoor heated pools and three hot tubs
  • Seasonal yoga and meditation classes on the front lawn
  • Watercolor classes for adults and children in the gazebo
  • Freebies include Wi-Fi and outdoor parking
  • Meeting rooms for up to 35 people
  • Spa facilities available nearby


  • Common areas are often busy and noisy
  • There can be a long wait to use pool furniture
  • No direct beach access
  • No fitness center

Bottom Line

As the real estate saying goes, it's all about location, location, location. That saying applies to the 220-room Anchorage by the Sea, a year-round hotel that's on prime beachfront real estate. The hotel is geared toward families, and has two heated pools (indoor and outdoor), three hot tubs, seasonal painting and yoga activities, and a charming restaurant and bar. Minimalist rooms are decorated in white-wood furniture and spurts of blue that are bright and welcoming. Common areas can become noisy and crowded with families. The nearby Beachmere Inn offers a quieter getaway but has more expensive rooms.

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Quintessential Maine hotel with white-wood furnishings and beach atmosphere

Located on a two-lane, tree-lined street, Anchorage by the Sea is a charming two-story complex with white-wood balconies and a large front lawn with lounge chairs and seating to take in the beautiful Ogunquit beach view. The quaint lobby is classically furnished, unassuming, and comfortable. Across from the wood-accented front desk and corner display case that holds hotel souvenirs is a small sitting area with a fireplace. The large outdoor grounds provide ample space, a Marginal Way walking path along the beach, and bright blue lounge chairs scattered about.


This Ogunquit hotel is anchored by the beach in a slightly remote locale

Shore Road is the anchor of this Maine hotel that faces the ocean but does not have direct beach access. In the summer months, traffic on the small road can become congested. But there are shops, art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants, all within walking distance. The Wild Blueberry restaurant is a two-minute stroll from the hotel. It's a four-minute drive, or 14-minute walk, to Perkin's Cove, where guests can charter fishing and cruise boats or dine at Jackie's Too and MC Perkins Cove. The Marginal Way walking path leads to public beaches. The Ogunquit Playhouse is five minutes by car, and the Ogunquit Memorial Library is two minutes on foot. For relaxation and luxury, the Genesis Day Spa and 5 Elements Healing Center are within a three-minute walk.


Charming, beachy rooms with splashes of blue, flat-screen TVs, and mini-refrigerators

Rooms are large and match the hotel's Maine decor, with white beachy furniture and traditional decorations and furnishings that are welcoming and bright. Some rooms have fireplaces, views of the beach, whirlpool tubs, patios, gardens, living rooms, and kitchens with microwaves and two-burner stoves. Bathrooms are bright and clean with modern fixtures. The Towers rooms have sleeker, more stylish furniture, such as upholstered blue headboards and chic balcony chairs. All rooms are soundproofed, have flat-screen TVs, safes, free Wi-Fi, and mini refrigerators.


Stylish indoor and outdoor pools, and a meeting room

The Anchorage by the Sea has a lovely indoor pool with a hot tub, comfortable seating, fresh towels and arched windows that look onto the outdoor hot tub with its small waterfall that flows into another medium-size pool. The outdoor pool area is surrounded by turquoise lounge chairs and awnings, a white fence and semi-covered terrace seating. Near the lawn, there's a third hot tub, with an adjoining fountain, that's open seasonally. The hotel draws families, which means the common areas can become crowded and noisy with children. A meeting room with audiovisual equipment and optional catering is available, and it can fit up to 35 people. Seasonal outdoor activities, such as painting and yoga, are added bonuses.

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125 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, Maine 03907-3710, United States