The busy coastal town of Ogunquit Maine is the quintessential beach community. Sun kissed tourists visit the beach by day and walk around the town in the evening – shopping in the local gift shops and eating lobster rolls and other delicious coastal delicacies. Ogunquit should absolutely be added to your East Coast vacation bucket list – there’s lots to do.
Despite its close location to our home and great reputation as a travel destination, we’d never visited the town of Ogunquit for an overnight stay until last week. When I was contacted by the family-friendly Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit for a review, I knew it was somewhere that we wanted to experience.
Before the kids went back to school in late August, it was the perfect opportunity to have a quick getaway. We loved our stay at the conveniently located Meadowmere Resort – here’s everything you need to know about the resort.
Disclosure: Our stay at the Meadowmere Ogunquit was complimentary for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
A Review of Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit Maine
Location of Meadowmere Resort
Ogunquit Maine is conveniently located on the southeast coast of Maine, near Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, NH. It’s a little over an hour away from Boston, and five hours from NYC. If you are visiting the Boston area, it’s a place you could easily add to your vacation plans.
Meadowmere Resort is located right in Ogunquit, on Route 1/Main Street. It’s about a 10 minute walk to downtown and the Ogunquit beach, and about a 20 minute walk to Perkins Cove. The Ogunquit Playhouse, which offers theater productions, is also a short walk from the resort. There are a number of shops and restaurants within walking distance as well.
The hotel offers free parking for those who book direct with the hotel, and with the traffic and parking limitations in the town, it’s a good idea to leave your car parked. Once we arrived at the resort, we parked our car and walked everywhere. It was so much easier, and you’ll see lots of other families doing the same.
If you’d prefer not to walk everywhere, there is the Ogunquit Trolley, which has a stop right at the resort. It also stops at many popular locations throughout the town. These trolleys operate seasonally, and are independent of the resort.
Not planning to drive to Ogunquit? The Amtrak Downeaster makes a stop in nearby Wells Maine. The Shoreline Explorer trolley does travel to Wells, so you won’t necessarily need a car.
Rooms at Meadowmere Resort
For a small resort, the Meadowmere Resort offers lots of different room options for you to choose from. There are five different buildings, including the Main Building, the East Meadow Building, the West Meadow Building, and the South Meadow Building. The Country Squire Building is open seasonally and is more of a motel-style building (with exterior access rather than interior corridors).
Room types at the Meadowmere include the following:
Resort rooms are standard hotel rooms with free WiFi and private balconies or patios. These rooms are offered with either one king bed, two double beds, or two queen beds.
Country Squire rooms have a similar configuration, but don’t have balconies/patios and aren’t attached to the main building. The Country Squire rooms also have exterior, motel-style entrances, rather than interior corridors.
Family suites are a great option for families who need a little more space to spread out. This is the type of room we had, and it was absolutely perfect for our family.
These rooms have a common entry way with two separate bedrooms. In the suite we had, one of the rooms had two double beds and one had two single beds. Each room has a television with cable tv, and there’s one bathroom and one refrigerator. There are plenty of outlets in the rooms, and our room had a small balcony attached to the main bedroom.
We loved having the two separate rooms in the family suite. With a boy and a girl, it’s always a challenge when we stay in a room with just two beds.
Although we loved the room, we weren’t in it for very long. There’s just so much going on in the resort and in Ogunquit that you really won’t need to spend too much time in the room.
In addition to standard rooms and family suites, the resort also offers luxury suites with a jacuzzi/fireplace, or both. There are also honeymoon suites and ADA suites available.
Rooms don’t have coffee makers, but complimentary coffee is offered all day in the hotel lobby (along with flavored water). I usually like to have a coffee when I wake up, so this is a great option to have available.
Amenities at Meadowmere Resort
The location and proximity to Ogunquit activities is a huge benefit to staying at the Meadowmere. However, when you are at the resort, there are tons of things to enjoy right there – especially for families.
A game room at the resort offers air hockey and arcade games. You can also rent controllers for Playstation 4 video games. We didn’t spend much time at the game room, but I know we would have been there more if we had stayed longer or if the weather wasn’t cooperating.
If you want to get out of the sun for a while, the on-site TV room offers regular showings of popular family-friendly movies. There are sometimes R rated movies shown in the evenings. A schedule of movies is listed at the front desk, so you can plan around that.
Indoor and Outdoor Pools
Do you and your kids want to swim while on vacation? The Meadowmere Resort offers an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. Because the weather was beautiful outside, we spent much of our time at the outdoor pool.
This pool, located adjacent to the West Meadow Pub, is open seasonally. There are seats and tables around the pool, so you can relax while the kids swim. Food and beverage service from the pub is available.
If the weather isn’t cooperating, there’s also an indoor pool that is located near the front lobby. There’s plenty of seating located around that pool as well. If you are visiting in the cooler months of the year, all of the buildings (except for the Country Squire, which is open seasonally), are attached to the indoor pool so you won’t have to go outside.
My favorite amenity at the resort is the Roman Spa, an indoor spa with warm weather and two small waterfalls. It was surprisingly quiet during our stay, so I had some relaxing time there. There’s also an outdoor hot tub located right near the indoor pool.
Towels for both pools and the whirlpools can be picked up in the resort lobby before you head to the pool. There are towel bins by the pools where you can drop off used towels.
If you are looking to work out on vacation, there’s also a fitness center on property. The whole area is also a great place to take a walk or jog, so you can always exercise outside.
Arriving before check-in? While check-in to the resort is at 2pm, guests arriving before that time can take advantage of pre-check in. You’ll be able to park your car and use the resort amenities before your room is ready. You’ll receive a text message once you are able to check in.
During our visit, we stopped first at Kittery for some outlet shopping, and then arrived at the resort in the late morning. We parked our car and then walked into Perkins Cove for lunch. When we were done eating and shopping, our room was ready. We checked in, unpacked, and then headed right to the outdoor pool.
There are other amenities at the resort including a library with books and board games, and a BBQ area.
Food at the Meadowmere Ogunquit
There loads of restaurants located just steps from the hotel. The resort offers books filled with menus of local spots. If you are looking for someplace to eat, this is a great place to start your search. The staff at the resort is also very helpful in sending you in the right direction.
West Meadow Pub
The Meadowmere Ogunquit has their own pub with a full bar right on property. This pub is open all day from mid June to early September and for dinner on the weekends the rest of the year. If you are at the outdoor pool, you can also get food and drinks from the pub. We didn’t have lunch or dinner at the pub, but did get some drinks while enjoying the outdoor pool.
In season, guests booking their stay with the hotel directly can take advantage of the complimentary continental breakfast each morning. We had the breakfast during our stay and really enjoyed it.
Just arrive at the pub and check in with the front podium. Then you can seat yourself. The buffet includes pastries, fruit, scrambled eggs, bagels, English Muffins, coffee, and more. Free breakfast is a great way to save on vacation, because you’ll have more money to spend on your other meals.
We definitely recommend staying at the Meadowmere Resort during your Ogunquit family vacation. It’s conveniently located, and offered amenities that families will absolutely enjoy. You can learn more on their website.