We stayed here for a recent vacation and were thoroughly pleased. Since there seem to be surprisingly few reviews for the Hodgdon Island Inn on Yelp! as of this writing, I feel compelled to add one. The innkeepers, Pamela and Richard, are lovely, down-to-earth people who bend over backwards to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. and who cheerfully provide a wealth of information about the area. We felt very at ease with them. The location is excellent: quiet and residential, but still just a short and easy drive away from Boothbay Harbor. Although the inn is not right smack on the shoreline, it is only a stone's throw away: you can easily see the water from the inn, and there's a little strip of grass that leads from the inn's driveway down to a lovely spot near the water's edge with a couple of chairs for enjoying the view. There's parking available right at the inn, and there's also a general store across the street where you can get sandwiches, which is an excellent option if you want a lunch that you can carry with you. (Incidentally, the store also sells lobster rolls; they are not the cheapest in the area, but they are very generous in terms of the amount of lobster you get.) The inn itself is lovely. The decor includes lots of antique touches, but has a modern aesthetic; it is definitely not cluttered or twee. The raspberry-colored parlor (yes, raspberry--trust me, it works) with the huge model ship framed by a bay window is to die for. Pamela and Richard, please come decorate our house! The guest rooms are charming as well, and well-appointed. I would say that they look even nicer in person than in the inn site's photos. Everything in our bedroom and en suite bath looked new and clean, and was in excellent working order. Although our room wasn't huge, it felt spacious: the small bathroom had a shower stall that was surprisingly roomy, and the bedroom included a king-sized bed, reading chairs, a mini-fridge, several lamps, and a dresser, with enough room left over for our things. The bed was quite comfortable, and I'm pretty fussy about beds. The bathroom was well-stocked with soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.--even makeup remover towelettes--and the tops of the water glasses were wrapped in plastic. Our only complaints with the room were very minor ones: first, our mini-fridge was a little noisy at night, but that was easily solved by unplugging it; and second, on the last night and morning of our stay, the room that shared a wall with ours was occupied, and I did wake up a little earlier than expected due to the normal sounds of the people in that room getting ready in the morning. The sounds were not extremely loud, nor was it extremely early--I am just a light sleeper and a late riser. If you are, too, you may want to ask whether any rooms directly next to yours will be occupied during your stay. Note also that some of the rooms do have parts with slanted ceilings, so if you are unusually tall, you may want to ask about that. The breakfasts were excellent. We were served two courses each day: the first was always some kind of fruit dish, and the second was a heavier dish, usually involving eggs. You also get coffee and/or juice. If you're a light eater, you could probably make do with just the first course, although you may want to at least taste the second. Although it's hard to pick favorites, we especially enjoyed the blackberry-ricotta parfaits and the English muffin French toast with fresh berries and cream cheese whipped cream. Breakfasts are served in the inn's dining room, which has several small tables to choose from--or, if you like, you can eat out on the porch. In the evenings after dinner, the innkeepers also put out a freshly-baked dessert in the parlor, along with coffee and tea. You can sit and enjoy it there and chat with any other guests who stop by, or you can grab a tray and bring your goodies up to your room. All in all, we had a wonderful stay. I highly recommend this inn.
Innkeepers Pamela and Richard obviously love their inn and do everything to give their guests a wonderful experience. Here is a list of things I love about this place: 1. We were greeted by the innkeepers outside right after we pulled into the parking area. A first in my experience. 2. The building is a lovely nineteenth century sea captains home that is beautifully maintained and decorated. 3. It is quiet. There was a water view from the two rooms (numbers 2 and 3) where we stayed. The beds were comfortable. Here's a great place to relax. 4. Breakfast is a gourmet delight, and every day at six p.m. a freshly baked dessert is put in the front room for the guests to eat all through the evening (another first in my experience). 5. The inn is just a mile or two from the Maine Botanical Gardens which are fabulous and worth more than one visit. 6. Pamela and Richard are gracious, friendly, helpful and treat you like family. I like variety, but I can't see myself staying anyplace else when I'm in the Boothbay area.
I loved this place, the hospitality is exceptional, never met people like Pam and Richard. They we so friendly to me and my husband as soon as we got there and we're very helpful. After few minutes of chatting with them we felt like we knew them for a long time. I would defently recommend this place and not to mention how wonderful cooks they are. Planning my next trip already.
Called in an order, the person answering the phone did not understand English. Once we got past this I ordered a cheese free pizza since I can not eat dairy. Even though I was told this was no problem the pizza came with cheese. They were happy to correct thus once I brought back the pizza with the cheese. I did and right in front of me just threw it right in the garbage, what a waste of food. Figured I'd give them another chance a few days later when my kids wanted pizza, again I phoned in an order and waited the 20 minutes. Went to pick it up and the person behind the counter claimed not to have my order., had to wait another 20 minutes for him to make it, at least I knew it was fresh! Won't be going there again.
I work at a moving company and the customer bought us food from here and it was delicious! I had a chicken parm sub and a slice of stuffed steak and cheese pizza! I will definitely stop by if I am ever in town again.
$9.95 for lobster roll and small bag of chips. Brilliant. The place is packed on this lovely Exodus day (Labor Day). We arrived just before the masses, which I I've. Walking up, some lady unannounced exclaimed that her haddock sandwich was great. Ahhh, shaddup, I came for lobstah. Very good lobster salad roll. A bit a mayo and no filling. I would definite come again.
Stopped by a couple of years ago and still love seeing the sign as we come into Boothbay for our annual vacation. Their lobster rolls are more lobster salad, so don't compare them to other places - they are really good in their own right. Haven't tried anything else, but the smells coming from the small kitchen are always good and a quick place to stop on your way out of town.
Atmosphere: clean Service: friendly Lobster Roll: bits and pieces with a heavy mayo. Bun was weakly toasted. Unsure I could recommend with so many places around that give full pieces and have amazing scenery. Skip the temptation to try them all.