Concierge.com's insider take:
To the outside world, the Camden Harbour Inn displays all the 19th-century elegance you'd expect to find in one of Maine's most picturesque coastal towns. But for the inn's interiors, Dutch owners Raymond Brunyanszki and Oscar Verest have imported the design sensibilities of an urban boutique hotel, with neither an embroidered cushion nor a seafaring knickknack to be found—unless you count the antique telescope in the lounge, trained on the gently bobbing boats in Camden's harbor. Each of the 18 individually styled rooms and suites (ranging from 280 to 620 square feet) are named after the ports where the Dutch East India Company traded in the 17th and 18th centuries. The feminine Bonaire has floral wallpaper in soft grays and blues, upholstered chairs, and an antique claw-foot tub; the New Netherland is reminiscent of a gentleman's club, with black wallpaper in a shiny and matte stripe, a leather headboard, and black-velvet banquette seats. Some rooms have private decks and patios, while others have fireplaces, so book a room that suits the season. There's a sultry bar, and Natalie's restaurant (mostly seafood, prepared with a delicate French touch) is a haven for local foodies as well as guests. City sophisticates who want to get closer to nature safe in the knowledge that their hotel serves up a perfectly seared scallop and has a stylish suite to bed down in will find themselves right at home.Nicola McCormack
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