Black Point Inn is one of my favorite hotels, located on Prout's Neck, just a few minutes outside Portland, Maine. This luxury hotel is a classic inn perched on the rugged Maine coast. The hotel, which was built in 1878, is surrounded by water and my two nights there were quite magical—though not nearly long enough.
Flying into the Portland International Jetport (PWM), is easy. I flew from Phoenix to Philadelphia, then took a quick flight up the coast to Portland. I grabbed a taxi and enjoyed a 20-minute ride to the inn through the small towns on the coast. Turning the corner and seeing the gray and white inn sitting on a hill overlooking the water sent tingles through me. I was already in love.
The check in was a bit like arriving for a stay with friends. Everyone was welcoming and helpful. There is a quaint old elevator that the staff operates, so they whisked my bags up to the second floor as I checked in, then made my way up the wide stairs. Elegant yet comfortable is a tough combination to master, but Black Point Inn does it beautifully.
I had a lovely king suite, one of 25 large guest rooms in the inn. The room was welcoming with its antique furnishings, floral wall coverings and a deck that looked out over the grounds and the Atlantic. I had some work to finish during my stay and I found it easy to work with the free, high-speed Wifi, a nice desk in the bedroom and a comfortable separate sitting room.
For comfort, I couldn't ask for better. While I might not have my own home decorated like the inn, it fit perfectly there and I made myself completely at home. I loved the bed and so wanted to snuggle up under the covers for just a little longer each morning. I had a choice of several pillows (including amazing feather pillows), a soft robe, lovely Egyptian cotton linens, and two bathrooms. Even though it was a tad cool during my stay, I still enjoyed lounging outside on my deck, watching the water.
Other room features include lovely bath amenities, a newspaper delivered to my room each morning, two flat screen TVs, full size hair dryer, ample closet and drawer space and heavy curtains that let me sleep in a dark, quiet room. I did miss having a safe in the room. There is also no refrigerator or coffee maker/kettle in the room, but you can get cold drinks downstairs in the bar and the inn serves coffee and tea in the lobby each morning from 6:30 to 9:30 am.
Services and amenities
Black Point Inn has perfected excellent customer service. The biggest “amenity” is the ocean just feet from the inn. To wake up to such amazing views is priceless, but here are so many other amenities that help turn Black Point Inn into the perfect beachfront escape. I discovered that one of my favorite spots (besides my own room) was the Sun Porch where I curled up for an hour with a book.
I also loved the porch of the Chart Room, which was one of the hotel's two dining rooms. While it was a little chilly to dine there, I did take my morning tea out on the porch to watch the fog rising from the water.
For those who want to enjoy the outdoors, you can take the 1.75-mile Cliff Walk along the shore, enjoy the two sandy beaches or spend time in the inn's outdoor geothermally heated pool. There are also bikes and kayaks available from the inn for exploring the area. If you want to get out and enjoy the outdoors, there are activities such as nearby fishing, golf or tennis. You can also take a yoga class on the inn's lawn, work out in the fitness center, or take a walk through the nearby bird sanctuary.
There are many different options for dining during your stay at Black Point Inn. There are complimentary pastries plus coffee and tea, served each morning in the lobby, or you can opt for a full sit-down breakfast in the Chart Room. I loved the cast iron Belgium waffle with Maine maple syrup and fresh berries. The Chart Room is a lovely place to dine with seats on the enclosed verandah, where you can sit and watch the waters of Saco Bay as you plan your day.
The Chart Room is also open from 11:30 am to 8 pm daily for lunch/dinner/all-day dining. I arrived mid-afternoon and wanted a light lunch. I had the most amazing salad of arugula with Vermont goat cheese, fresh Maine blueberries, toasted candied walnuts and a raspberry vinaigrette.
There is also afternoon tea service served in the lobby daily from 3 to 4:30 pm. After my lunch, I enjoyed a lovely cup of tea, which I took up to my room and sipped it as I enjoyed the fresh Maine air from my private deck.
There are two dinner options. You can either eat in the more casual Chart Room (where the sunsets are spectacular) or The Point Restaurant, a fine dining eatery that serves contemporary cuisine. The menu at The Point Restaurant changes occasionally, but it does include the same Black Point Inn signature salad that I enjoyed for lunch, as well as a delicious French Onion Soup. My scallops for dinner were delicious, prepared to perfection, but dessert was the highlight with a trio of goodies—chocolate covered berries, a chocolate cup filled with fruit and a mini cream cheese.
In addition to the regular meals, the inn has a great cocktail list (try the raspberry crush with prosecco and muddled raspberries) as well as several special events—a weekly manager's cocktail party, live jazz and wine tastings.
Prout's Neck is a unique little spit of land that has welcomed politicians, rail barons and sea lovers for over a century. World renowned artist Winslow Homer lived and worked in a cottage just down the street (which is available for a limited number of tours each summer through the Portland Museum of Art). During my stay at Black Point Inn, I felt comfortable, welcome and at home. I didn't want to leave and hope to make it back one of these days with my husband. It was one of those rare escapes where you can feel pampered and surrounded with luxury while still feeling completely at home. That's a rare but welcome find in the hotel world.
Reservations are available from early May through late October each year and range from $205 per person in low season to $335 per person in peak season, which includes full breakfast and dinner daily, based on double occupancy. Black Point Inn closes for the 2014 season on October 26, 2014 and will reopen in early May.
- 25 suites and rooms
- Free in-room WiFi
- Flat screen TV
- Desk and chair in room
- Luxurious bed linens
- Morning coffee and afternoon tea available in the lobby
- Breakfast and dinner included in room cost
- 24-hour front desk
- Iron & ironing board
- Spa services available in-room
- Free newspapers
- Weekly yoga classes, jazz events and cocktail party
- Two onsite restaurants and a bar
- Some rooms with private decks
- Bikes and kayaks available for rent
Black Point Inn
510 Black Point Road
Scarborough, ME 04074