The Thistle Inn

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Desk, free WiFi
Desk, free WiFi
Desk, free WiFi
Desk, free WiFi

Overview of The Thistle Inn

The Thistle Inn

3.0 star property
3-star B&B in Boothbay Harbor with restaurant and bar/lounge

7.4/10 Good

117 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Restaurant
55 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME, 04538
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Meeting room
  • Wedding services
  • Limited hour front desk
Feel at home
  • Fridge
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Cable TV service
  • Free parking nearby
  • Snack bar/deli

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Heart of Boothbay Harbor

Getting around

  • Wiscasset, ME (ISS) - 26 min drive
  • Rockland, ME (RKD-Knox County Regional) - 68 min drive
  • Portland, ME (PWM-Portland Intl. Jetport) - 77 min drive
  • Brunswick Maine Street Station - 46 min drive

About this property

The Thistle Inn

3-star bed & breakfast by the ocean
Consider a stay at The Thistle Inn and take advantage of a terrace, a bar and a restaurant. Guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
Additional perks include:
  • Smoke-free property and wedding services
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the overall value and helpful staff
Room features
All guest rooms at The Thistle Inn offer comforts, such as air conditioning, as well as Guests reviews give good marks for the size rooms at the property.
More conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Fridges, cable channels and daily housekeeping



At a glance

Hotel size

  • 6 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3 PM until 6 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests must contact the property for check-in information
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Breakfast is not available from November 1 - May 31. Breakfast is included June 1 - October 31.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free off-site parking nearby

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Snack bar/deli

Working away

  • Meeting room


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Wedding services


  • Built in 1861
  • Terrace


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Fridge


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from July 1 2021 to September 1 2022 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities


Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

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Frequently asked questions

Are pets allowed at The Thistle Inn?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Thistle Inn?
No, unfortunately, but there's free parking nearby.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Thistle Inn?
You can check in from 3 PM - 6 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
Are there restaurants at or near The Thistle Inn?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant. The dining venue will be unavailable from 1 July 2021 to 1 September 2022 (dates subject to change). Nearby restaurants include Shannon's Unshelled (5-min walk), Wannawaf (6-min walk) and Bridge Street Cafe (6-min walk).
What's the area around The Thistle Inn like?
The Thistle Inn is in the heart of Boothbay Harbor, a short 2-minute walk from Opera House at Boothbay Harbor and 5 minutes' walk from Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

6/10 Good

Room with private bath in a pretty, quaint, old house was nice. But, be aware, this property is also a popular restaurant and tavern with live music. Our room backed up to the bar area so we were serenaded with music until 9 pm. After that we were able to hear the staff cleaning up until near midnight.
Mary, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Wedding in Maine! Awesome place to stay!
The Thistle Inn was fantastic and we would definitely stay there again if we are ever in Boothbay Harbor. We were in town for a family wedding and were happy that we stayed at the Thistle Inn. It was perfect for our small child as we stayed in the Timberwind room that had a trundle bed for our daughter. The Owner greeted us like she knew us for years and the staff was very attentive to our requests although we tried to be low maintenance guests for the majority of our stay. We had a private entrance and it could not have been a better experience! Great job!
Jamy, 4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Wonderful inn in a beautiful harbor town with top notch food and hospitality.
Rick&Linda, 2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

We were terribly disappointed as guests of the Inn. We booked for 3 nights however left after the 2nd night due to the state of the room. We had hoped to add this property to our list of locations we love in Maine, however the poor reception, dark and dingy room, poor servicing of the room and the combined noise from the restaurant and the air conditioner overwhelmed us. While the restaurant was amongst the best we ate in, we wished we had somewhere else to go after. We had a great appreciation for the work the new owners have put into a first class eating establishment, the Inn itself is in desperate need of the same attention.
Michelle, 3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Excellent location and tremendous meals! Some of the rooms are noisy due to the large dining areas below and need some upgrading.
Jean, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Honestly great! Would stay again. Clean rooms and full service restaurant in lovely setting. Could use some tree trimming and bushes. Foods good and love Anya! Great staff.
Jerry, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very pleasant B&B
We were very happy with our stay in this quaint, clean and friendly place. Very well run.
karen, 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Was perfect for our needs. We took five of the six rooms at the Inn. The bed was comfy, the towels luxurious and the breakfast terrific. The shower in Appledore needs some adjustment to get the water a little cooler.
Deb, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Its was a an adorable inn! The room was large enough and cozy for my daughter and I! The continental breakfast was amazing and one of the best breakfast’s we had! The only complaint i have and its very small was there was a tree draping over the wooden staircase leading up to our room that everytime we wnt under it we got soaken wet! Thank you The Thistle Inn! You made our first day in Maine so enjoyable!
Carol, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Lovely inn close to the Harbor.
Our innkeeper was very warm and gracious. Breakfast was very good and pleasantly presented. The attached restaurant was small but the ambience on the deck was lovely and the food was excellent with a great presentation. The servers were very attentive. The crab cakes were delicious! We couldn’t have been more pleased.
Carolyn, 2-night trip
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