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The Moorings Inn Waterfront
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Moorings Inn is old. The floors creak, the stairs are narrow, the windows are single pane, but that's part of the charm of the place.

The complimentary breakfast was complete with a number of nice baked goodies. The coffee was good- you'll find the water for the coffee out on the porch. I would recommend getting to the breakfast early as it can get picked over if you're a late riser.

My room had old, sometimes antique, furniture. I found myself wishing that I had a glass of wine that I could sip whilst lounging on the vintage settee in my own parlor. Yes, my room had a parlor with a writing desk and big comfy chair as well as the settee.

It's not a dump, just not flashy and new. It is simple and Old World/European.

Room Tip: My room was over the entry door and noisy when people went in and out. It's amazing how noisy p...
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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MooringsInn, Manager at The Moorings Inn Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2016

We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed your visit with us. Serenity by the sea , in a warm inviting atmosphere is the way we have been for 5 generations! The owner tries to preserve the past with subtle modern conveniences such as wifi and cable TV. Being one of the oldest buildings on Mt. Desert Island is something we take pride in . Our history can be explored fully on our web site. The lite breakfast is just enough to get the weary traveler up and running with plenty of coffee, juice,fresh fruit,sweet bread of the day ,and in season a meat and cheese platter . Local restaurants are nearby and make "cook to order " breakfasts if a more hardy meal is needed. We hope you will be joining as one of our many returning guests ... and don't forget to listen to the Somes Sound!






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Reviewed 21 October 2016

If you want to feel a peaceful state of mind in a setting right out of Hollywood, then The Moorings in Southwest Harbor is IT! They call it the quiet side of Mt.Desert Island, and it is. Peaceful, serene, slower paced. At chance to truly relax from the worries of life. This quaint Inn is everything to enjoy. Beautiful harbor views, truly nice people, and out of the way of noise and clutter. If you are looking for state of the art amenities, and waited on hand and foot, stick to Bar Harbor. If you want a homey feeling and good conversation, this is it. If I am so lucky to return, here is where I will call home during my stay. Say hello to Lee for me. And when she repeats Bah Hahbah, you know you are in Maine. Oh, yeah, Enjoy the sunrise!

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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MooringsInn, Manager at The Moorings Inn Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2016

Beautiful sunrises and sunsets , sparkling water, cool ocean breezes, and dancing boats all within a stones throw- this is what we have . Every accommodation but 2 have an ocean view. Relaxing rooms,suites, and cottage are all here for the taking. No two accommodations are the same . We have something for everybody and the staff strives to compliment our guests experiences. If there is a need the staff does their best to accommodate it. Lee will appreciate your good will! Hoping you return next season.

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Reviewed 1 October 2016

Woke to lobster boats heading out of harbor to witness a magical sunrise - yes, the rooms are that close to the water. Comfy inn on the water with ample adirondack chairs to see the sunset reflecting on Cadillac Mountain and MDI. Nice quiet side alternative to the Bar Harbor. Second floor rooms are up steep stairs so that's the only caveat. Management aims to please. Dog friendly to boot.

Stayed: September 2016
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Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

This place is a dump. The photos of the rooms were either not the same place or changed in some way. Our room is an addition, converted from a mobile home
The bathroom is small, unfinished and does not even afford privacy from the outside. The furniture is old, mismatched and cheap. The setting is quiet and pretty.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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MooringsInn, Owner at The Moorings Inn Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2016

Unfortunately we could not satisfy your concerns while you were here. We did offer to give you a credit but we did not have another accommodation that you could stay in for your entire trip without moving.


This room was booked online and the photos do depict what it actually looks like. This "light house wing" was not converted from a mobile home or any prefabrication. It was built in the late 1960"s when travelers preferred a "motel" type of accommodation- which means one floor, ground level , and a parking area close by. It is easy to get confused with the number of different room types we offer and no two are the same.

I apologize if it didn't meet your expectations, we try to satisfy our customers needs and usually can. We pride ourselves on being unique and offering an experience that is relaxing, peaceful, and stress free. We appreciate your feedback and will take your comments into consideration. Hope this response clarifies some inaccurate in formation.

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Reviewed 8 September 2016

The Moorings Inn is lovely, and a great point from which to enjoy Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. The Inn is located in a quiet neighborhood, overlooking the harbor. Our room, Theoline, was one of the smaller rooms on the first floor, perfect for our needs. The huge picture window overlooked the harbor and provided a wonderful breeze off the water. Behind the inn there is a rocky beach and a dock. Also plenty of chairs and small tables to sit and enjoy watching the harbor activity. Breakfast was your standard continental fare, yet with plenty of choices to keep everyone happy. The staff at the inn were friendly and accommodating, even calling us to let us know our room was ready earlier than we expected - a nice touch. Most importantly, the Inn is reasonably priced for what you get. We liked staying on "the quiet side" of MDI, away from the crowds in Bar Harbor. We ate at a few restaurants in Soutwest Harbor and all were excellent. I would definitely stay at The Moorings Inn again, and highly recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Moorings Inn Waterfront

Address: 133 Shore Rd., Route 102-102A, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Southwest Harbor
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Ranked #6 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Southwest Harbor
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic waterfront inn located at the base of Somes Sound , the only natural fjord on the east coast. Relax and try to hear the "somes sound" as you unwind and breathe in the salt air. Cottages, suites, and rooms await you. Boating facilites on site with captains eagerly awaiting to transport you to one of the outter islands to explore or to simply admire the scenery from a boat of your choosing-sail or motor. Cottages have wood burning fireplaces and whirlpool tubs with ocean side porches. We inn vite you to drop your anchor here! ... more   less 
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