by Amanda Geronikos
The Tugboat Inn in downtown Boothbay Harbor gets its name from the main building that is literally housed in a tugboat! The onsite restaurant is also located in the tugboat, offering lovely waterfront views as hotel guests and the public dine on fresh Maine lobster.
The hotel is divided into five buildings, which offer a total of 64 guestrooms equipped with mini-fridges, Keurig coffeemakers, free internet, and king or queen beds. Some rooms are pet-friendly.
Our Editor Loves
- Unique hotel
- Onsite restaurant
- In-room fridges
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
by Brendan E
We stayed here for a family wedding. The place was very clean, the staff accommodating and the location was excellent. We had several meals in the restaurant and our waitress, Anne, was most accommodating, graciously serving us, putting together extra tables as the number of people continually expanded, and getting all orders correctly. It made for a memorable time.
by MaryLou S
We made advance reservations for a 7 night stay to experience the Holiday Lights/Festivals the first week of December 2018. We needed a handicapped room, which was not available, however the reservation staff member stated they had a 1st floor room with a walk in shower. We reserved that room and when we arrived, the front desk person provided me with the room key & stated for us to check out the room & just in case it would not work for us, they were holding an alternate room in another building. My husband & I checked out the room & immediately saw (& smelled) it would not work for us. I returned back to the front desk stating such & that we needed to see the alternate room they were holding for us. Only to find that they just gave out the alternate room to another guest. That evening when it got colder, we turned up the heat dial only to find the awful smell only got worse. Therefore, we had to shut off the heater entirely (keeping in mind it was December).
Not until 4:00am the next morning, when awakened by the engine of the 1st fishing boat outside, did I realize the horrible & unhealthy smell in the room was diesel fumes that had permeated the walls, carpet, drapes, HVAC filters of this room. I also think that some of the unhealthy smell may have been from water damage from a bad storm that took place January 2018, after reading about damages to numerous waterfront properties in town, one being Tugboat Inn. And believe me, the carpet, floor, walls & HVAC were not newly replaced. Also, the clothing rack was unsafely placed on the wall next to the bed if you were over 5'8" tall. Of which caused an accident for my husband. We tried to move to another facility, but all were full due to the Holiday festivities. So we had to endure yet a second evening in this horrible, smelly, unhealthy room AND we cut our stay to just the 2 nights. We would have turned around & left once we got stuck with such disgusting conditions, however we had already driven for over 8 hours. Perhaps I should also share my experience with the local Board of Health. AND the room included a continental breakfast, however there were at least a dozen stairs to climb to get to the restaurant from our building, keeping in mind that my husband is handicapped. Since our stay at Tugboat, we found that this facility was purchased by a large company owning numerous vacation facilities. This companies goal is obviously concerned with quantity OVER Quality!