Camden inn receives AAA award

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:30pm

CAMDEN — The Captain Swift Inn has been awarded the four-diamond rating by AAA. The Inn, which reopened in November 2018 after a complete renovation, has joined the select 6 percent of the 27,000 hotels that AAA rates to attain a four-diamond grade. 

AAA's 4 Diamond Rating is the highest achievement level a bed and breakfast inn can attain and there are currently a total of four, 4 diamond properties in Camden, according to the Inn, in a news release.

Inn owners, Carolyn and Rick Bentzinger, are pleased with the award, according to the release. Carolyn said their goal is to provide guests with an unmatched lodging experience, defined by warm and responsive service; varied amenities and authentic hospitality.

“First and foremost, it is about the guests and their experiences at the Inn,” said Carolyn. “We are pleased to bring first-class accommodations to a landmark property in Camden, Maine.”

AAA judges visit unannounced every year to assess service and amenities during a minimum 1-hour visit. The AAA program is designed to use professional travel experts and member-driven criteria to quantify and recommend accommodations in the most desired travel destinations.

In addition to being a AAA 4 diamond property, the Inn is also a Select Registry member and a member of HospitalityMaine. President and CEO of HospitalityMaine, acknowledged the award by saying “As a former Vice President of Travel at AAA Northern New England and now CEO of HospitalityMaine, I fully understand what it takes to earn AAA’s prestigious 4-Diamond award! On behalf of our 1100 restaurant and lodging members from across Maine, I want to congratulate the exceptional Captain Swift Inn on their achievement.”

The Executive Director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce also acknowledged the award, stating “We're thrilled for our friends at the Captain Swift Inn for their well-deserved recognition as a AAA Four Diamond property. Innkeepers Carolyn and Rick have poured their heart and soul into renovations on this Camden gem to bring it to this exceptional level of quality and service. We honor their dedication to providing a top-notch lodging experience for their guests while also enjoying all that the Camden-Rockland Region has to offer. "


The Captain Swift Inn is a new 2019 member of the AAA OA (Official Appointment) Hotel Program. The Inn website is: