by Amanda Geronikos
Anchorage by the Sea is a popular hotel in Ogunquit, Maine — so popular, in fact, that guests arrive and book their stays for the following summer right away. Its popularity is a testament to its outstanding service, amenities and location, just steps from the beach.
Families also love Anchorage by the Sea because it provides a wide range of accommodations at different price points. Guests can spring for a guestroom with a balcony and a view of the ocean, or opt for a guestroom sans views in a building across the street. They can also rent a cottage or full condominium with a kitchen. Some of the buildings also have a B&B feel — perfect for grandparents traveling with their children and grandchildren.
No matter where you stay, you and your kids will enjoy all of the hotel’s perks: two pools (with poolside food service), multiple hot tubs, an onsite restaurant, painting classes, complimentary Wi-Fi, and lazy afternoons in the inviting loungers that overlook Marginal Way and the Atlantic.
And while the resort isn’t located right on the beach, it’s just a short walk or trolley ride to Ogunquit Beach, named one of the Top 10 Beaches for Families in 2015.
Our Editor Loves
- Ocean views
- Swimming pools
- Onsite restaurant
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
Anchorage by the Sea offers a wide array of accommodations, from budget-friendly guestrooms away from the ocean, to oceanfront rooms with balconies. It also has cottage and condos with fully equipped kitchens that are perfect for large groups. The general rule of thumb, like anywhere, is that the closer you are to the ocean, the more you'll pay.
When entering Anchorage by the Sea from Shore Road, the Port Side is on the left. Guestrooms in this long building feature views of Marginal Way/ocean, the pool, or other buildings. Really, there isn't a bad view and considering most of the rooms provide balconies or patios and two double or two queen beds, they're perfect for families. Rooms are also equipped with mini-fridges and microwaves, and bathrooms have both showers and tubs -- convenient for those traveling with young children.
The Starboard Side is similar to the Port Side, with the same options for bedding and the same amenities.
Located across the street from the main property, the hotel's Towers are more affordable and offer the same quality as the buildings closest to the ocean -- modern furnishings, mini-fridges, coffeemakers and bathrooms with showers and tubs.
The hotel has three cottages, all of which sleep six people. Cottages 606 and 607 have two bedrooms, one with a queen and one with a double, and a sleeper sofa in the living area. Cottage 608 has three bedrooms, one with a queen bed, one with two doubles and another with a twin; technically, this one can sleep seven. All cottages have fully equipped kitchens and washers and dryers.
Note: Cottage 607 has a yard. If wanting to travel with a pet, consider this option, though also note the hotel doesn't allow pets at all times.
The property's condos are slightly smaller than the cottages, sleeping up to four people. They're great for small families who want to enjoy the conveniences of home while on vacation.
The Garden house also sleeps four. This one has upgraded furnishings, having been recently renovated.
Graham House and Light Ship
The Graham House is best for couples, with one king or one queen bed in each of the rooms. It's reminiscent of a B&B. The Light Ship is similar in that it offers one king bed per room. This building has elevators (not all of the buildings do), so it may be a good option for grandparents traveling with their children and grandchildren.
Anchorage by the Sea is not only in a fabulous location but the accommodations were fabulous. The rooms were clean, fresh and roomy and the beds were comfortable. There is an on site restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food was terrific.
We loved it. Beautiful convenient location. Very clean. Pleasant staff. Bathroom very clean. Well made beds. New linens. I wish we had time to go in the outdoor stone hottub. Love the hotel location right by the beautiful seaside walkway.
The hotel has an indoor pool, located next to the lobby, and an outdoor pool that's so refreshing, many people opt to spend their afternoons there instead of the beach! The pool is surrounded by chairs and loungers, and food service is available -- order sandwiches, salads and other light bites to enjoy while the kids play. Of course, cocktails are also available.
The hotel has several hot tubs, some of them offering ocean views. While most of them are designated for adults, children ages 10 and up are permitted (with an adult) in others.
On Wednesdays, a local artist leads a painting class at the resort -- a unique activity for kids and their parents to enjoy together. Classes are hosted from 10 a.m. to noon.
There's a wide array of lounge chairs on the hotel's front lawn, which overlooks the ocean and Marginal Way.
Surf Point 360
Open to both hotel guests and the general public, Surf Point 360 serves delicious food and 360-degree views of the area. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with a separate "Little Sailors" menu that includes hot dogs, grilled cheese, and the like. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The bar, located on the second floor and featuring even better views from a wrap-around balcony, serves craft beers, cocktails and light bites from 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. daily. It is open to those 21 and older only.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Free Wi-Fi is provided at the hotel.
Pets generally aren't allowed at the hotel, but the hotel occasionally (typically during off-season) allows small pets in some of the units that have yards.
The Art of Smart Timing
The most popular time to visit is summer, and with so many repeat guests, you'll want to book as far in advance as possible. If you're able to get away for a weekend in the fall, you'll enjoy discounted rates for kids (rooms are based on double occupancy).
The city of Portland and its airport, Portland International Jetport, are less than an hour from Anchorage by the Sea and Ogunquit. If you aren't able to find flights in and out of Portland, try Boston Logan International Airport, about 1.5 hours away.
It's easy to get most anywhere in Ogunquit from Anchorage by the Sea, which seems to be located smack dab in the center of all the action. From the resort, turn right to go Main Street for restaurants and shopping. Turn left to head to Perkins Cove, where you can catch a family boat ride for lobstering and sightseeing.
From the hotel and Ogunquit, it's also easy to get to neighboring Coastal Maine towns that are equally worthy of a visit. Head to York for more beaches and an amusement park and zoo, Kittery for outlet shopping, Wells for mini-golf, or Kennebunkport for quintessential New England.
For Mom and Dad
Ogunquit is as family-friendly as it is romantic. Enjoy a drink al fresco at Surf 360, or, if interested in leaving the hotel, try That Place (a short walk toward Perkins Cove) for craft cocktails and innovative dishes. We highly recommend the salmon.