I tend to do a lot of research before I book a hotel. We travelled in July 2014. I could not have been more pleased with our stay at Bayview. The atmosphere was pleasant and everyone was welcoming. The staff even opened the door for us every time we left. We enjoyed how quiet and peaceful the hotel was, we felt like we could really relax. The continental breakfast was great - variety and gourmet. Attendants took your plates and it felt like we were in a restaurant. There was enough food to last you well into lunch. The room (very spacious) and bathroom was very clean - zero issues. The view from the balcony was nice, overlooking the bay. Here's what really made the difference for us. For anyone that does not know the area or have a set agenda, the Bayview staff at the front desk were awesome. We received restaurant tips and to-do tips. Each place they recommended that we went to was great. The hotel staff booked dining reservations and coordinated events for us. What also sets Bayview apart is that they have a free shuttle service. Downtown Bar Harbor is packed so to drive and attempt to find parking would be difficult during the busy season. The shuttle was awesome, dropped us off and picked us up from our exact location. In summary, if you want a great place to stay, Bayview is the top choice!