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The Colony offers modern amenities in a beautiful historic setting. Spectacular ocean views, natural beauty, cool sea breezes and a sense of history distinguish The Colony Hotel from other coastal resorts.

The Colony is perfectly located within walking distance of Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, shopping, galleries, and a variety of activities.  Our private sandy beach is just a stroll down the lawn where you can experience an dip in the Atlantic, soak up the sun or explore Maine's famous tidal pools.

It is obvious that commitment to history, hospitality and substainability is important to the Boughton family.  Four generations have actively managed and supported the preservation of this Kennebunkport landmark hotel.  

The Colony Hotel is a proud member of the Historic Hotels of America and received a perfect score in 2012. Founding members of Green Hotels and Maine Environmental Leader.

amenities

  • 125 beautifully appointed guestrooms
  • complimentary wi-fi and wired internet
  • full breakfast buffet
  • casual dining
  • ocean view dinners
  • live entertainment
  • heated saltwater pool
  • private beach
  • 18 hole putting green
  • shuffleboard
  • horseshoes
  • croquet
  • bicycle rental
  • Colony shop
  • business center
  • organic flower gardens


    125 guest rooms - click here for a list of guest rooms
  • complimentary wifi
  • iPod clock radio
  • flat panel televisions in garden houses only
  • two line speaker phone with voicemail
  • Spa Therapy bath products
  • simply dreamy beds
  • hair dryer
  • iron & board
  • in-room safe

pet friendly

We loves pets! Known as one of Maine’s most pet friendly resorts the Colony Hotel provides everything you will need to keep your four legged traveling companion comfortable: pet blankets, water stations, several biodegradable bag dispensers and acres of walking/playing areas. Dogs are welcome on our private beach, and if needed we can help find a pet sitter if your plans require one. There is a nightly pet fee..

history

Originally the sight of the Ocean Bluff Hotel 1872, the current hotel was designed by architect John Calvin Stevens and opened in 1914 as The Breakwater Court.  The room and meals rate was $5.-10. per day, depending on view and if you wanted a private bath. 

A historic hotel that's a true family affair
It was in 1935 the Boughton family bought The Colony Hotel in Delray Beach.  In 1947 George Boughton bought the Breakwater Court  to compliment the Florida Colony Hotel. The north - south marrying of two hotels with partial year seasons was common to historic hotels.  The hotel name was changed to The Colony Hotel and opened for the summer season in 1948.  The next year the beach across the street was purchased and in 1954 the Glen Haven hotel was acquired and renovated, now known as the East House. Two additional buildings included with the Glen Haven purchase the cooks dorm and chef’s house.

KCOL historic DR KCOL historic guestroom
During the winter months the Hotel is under constant renovation and particular attention is paid to preserving the original style and beauty of this grand hotel.  While furniture is reupholstered and walls papered, the framework of both remain, making the Colony Hotel
a true Historic Hotel of America.

green hotel

The Colony Hotel strives to provide personal gracious hospitality and service with sensitivity to the environment. We acknowledge our interdependence with all living things, and we operate with the belief that ecological, economic, and cultural sustainability require equity and balance.

The Colony Hotel donates $1 for every night stay to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust since 1995. The programs initiated by the Colony Hotel include solid waste reduction, material reuse, recycling, energy and water conservation.  The education and communication campaign continues to strengthen our efforts to make environmental awareness second nature to our employees and guest.  The following are some ways the Colony Hotel departments are working to be environmentally responsible:
housekeeping

  • offer guest option not to have sheets and towels changed daily.
  • reduce guest room waste with in-room recycling program
  • guest room water conservation program
  • biodegradable liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner in guest room dispensers
  • non-toxic cleaning materials
  • environmentally safe laundry detergent
  • guest room bedspreads re made into dog blankets

 

    Kitchen
  • no use of Styrofoam in kitchen
  • no use of aerosol spray products
  • non-toxic cleaning materials
  • compost organic kitchen waste
  • fry oil used to produce bio-diesel

 

    Grounds and Maintenance
  • no use of chemicals in garden
  • native plants in garden
  • herbs and flowers for kitchen use
  • recycle motor oil, antifreeze
  • minimize construction waste
  • insulate rooms to reduce energy usage

 

    Shop
  • re-use packing material from shipping
  • locally made and environmental products
  • products with no animal testing

 

    Administration
  • distribute Green Meeting Guide
  • photocopy all materials on both sides
  • use recycled paper products
  • recycle cans, newspapers, glass and plastics
  • cut used office paper for note pads
  • energy star compliant equipment only
  • buy bulk to reduce excessive packaging
  • purchase local products to minimize fuel and packaging used

gallery

Click here to view our gallery of photos from the Colony Hotel property.

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