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“Location can't be beat” 5 of 5 stars
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Harborside Hotel & Marina
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   55 West St., Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609   |  
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Ranked #26 of 42 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Marlborough, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Location can't be beat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We stayed at the Harborside for 4 nights for our 15th anniversary. Our first night we were in a king room with a pullout sofa. Our room was an ocean view room with a balcony. (1065) The sunrise from this view was absolutely gorgeous. If you don't want to be woken up, make sure to keep the drapes closed. Be sure to watch the sunrise for at least one morning; it is an absolute must-do. For our remaining 3 nights, we were moved to a double as there were no kings available for the rest of our stay. Our new location(1017) was just as good. We had a room overlooking the pool with a large balcony--large enough to accommodate 2 chairs, a table, 2 chaise lounges and pretty of room to spare. We checked out of one room at 10am and were able to get into our new room at 11am. It was seamless and our luggage was moved for us. When we got into our new room, a complimentary bottle of champagne along with a lovely note was there from Isabelle at the front desk. (Thanks Isabelle!!) As others have stated, the location can't be beat. You can walk to stores, restaurants, boats, and the Shore path. Acadia Nat'l. park is a short drive. We enjoyed both pools and had several tasty drinks poolside as well. This was not our first time in Bar Harbor, but was our first at the Harborside. We will definitely be back and would not consider staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, October 1, 2014
Dear JenTurieo,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at the Harborside Hotel and Marina with other travelers. I am always pleased to hear guests experience who stay in our different room types and still enjoy the rooms just the same, no matter the bedding or view type. We have a very hard working Housekeeping, Front Desk, and Bell staff who are all happy to assist making room moves seamless for our guests. I am honored that you chose to spend your 15th Anniversary at the Harborside, and Isabelle, one of our managers, was able to personally make it a memorable experience.

We appreciate all the positive and constructive feedback provided by all of our valued guest, such as yourself, thank you again for the great review!

With Hospitality,
Chris Torrey
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I stayed at the Harborside Hotel at the end of July with my husband for our 35th anniversary. We arrived in the early afternoon and our room was ready. What a nice surprise to find a chilled bottle of champagne in the room! It was our third time there and, once again, our stay was fantastic. The room was beautiful and clean, with a good size balcony. We had an island view room. We did not mind the view of the parking lot, as we were able to see sandbar and the ocean in the back.

The hotel was very busy, but all the staff was friendly and polite. Everybody, from housekeeping to front desk and bellmen was saying hi, whenever we were walking in the lobby or in the hallways. The front desk team was always smiling, and prompt to take care of our requests, even if it was late and busy.

Bar Harbor is a great town and we felt like everyone wanted us to have an enjoyable stay, especially Isabel, the manager, who went out of her way multiple times to ensure our stay was memorable. She is definitely an asset to your company.

We love it there and can’t wait to return!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, October 1, 2014
Dear Francine C,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to review you repeat experience at the Harborside, it is our pleasure to welcome back our returning guests! I am pleased that you were able to spend a very exciting 35th Anniversary with us at the Harborside and that our staff were able to make it a memorable experience! We have a wonderful staff, I am pleased to read your acknowledgement to one of our managers, Isabelle, all of our staff works very hard to ensure all of our guests enjoy their stay!

We look forward to welcoming you back to property!

Warm Regards,
Chris Torrey
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New Milford, Connecticut
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25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We stayed at the Harborside for 3 nights. The location is great; it's close to restaurants, the whale boat tours and shopping, and is only a five to ten minute drive to Acadia. The rooms are clean. We originally had a suite near the pool (which was spacious but noisy and offered no view) and were then moved to the 3rd floor where we had our own little balcony which was lovely. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. We had a charge on our bill that was quickly rectified.
I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: The rooms by the pool are great if kids are traveling with you. The rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, October 1, 2014
Dear Mjrrnc,

Thank you for taking the time to review your summer stay! I am always happy to read wonderful comments regarding our hard working staff, and how they were able to assist our valued guests, such as yourself! We appreciate the great review, as we are pleased to hear and read about our guests enjoying the location, accommodations and our amenities of our property while visiting Acadia National Park and our beautiful town.

We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back to the Harborside Hotel and Marina!

Warm Regards,
Chris Torrey
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Louisville
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25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great location! Beautiful hotel in Bar Harbor, close to everything! Loved being able to walk to the shopping area and restaurants. Staff extremely nice and helpful. Rooms were a nice size for family of 4. Only disappointment was wi-fi was a little spotty.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, October 12, 2014
Dear 13Connie13,

Thank you for taking the time to review your August stay at the Harborside, we value all of our guests feedback and appreciate all the positive comments you have provided regarding your stay. I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our convenient location, walking distance to the heart of downtown Bar Harbor, and a very short drive from Acadia National Park. We have a wonderful hard working staff, on behalf of all the staff I would like to thank you for taking the time to mention them.

We hope that if you return to the Bar Harbor area, the Harborside Hotel and Marina will be your lodging facility of choice.

Warm Regards,
Chris Torrey
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This past July marked our 9th visit to the Harborside. This year we brought friends and family for a total of 12 guests. As per usual, the Harbourside did not disappoint and has 8 new members to its fan list. Its location on the water is beautiful. Sitting on our balcony sipping my coffee, smelling the sea air, and being seranaded by sea birds was a wonderful to start my day. Our room was spacious, the beds comfy and as in the past breakfast in the Bella Vita (the hotel restaurant) was delicious. Add to that, the Harborside is within walking distance of several great restaurants. Finally no day of our visit was complete without a dip in our of the hotel's great pools.

Room Tip: We always enjoy our island view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, October 12, 2014
Dear 06Suze,

I would like to thank you for being one of our valued OPAL guests and for your return trips to the Harborside. I was pleased to read that we were able to accommodate yet another great stay, for our new and returning guests. Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with other travelers, such experiences are best told by our guests.

We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back!

Warm Regards,
Chris Torrey
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Nashville, Tennessee
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62 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This hotel is in a terrific spot in Bar Harbor, right on the water with a lot of facilities that make for a really nice visit. The views are beautiful - even from a ground floor room. The rooms are very nicely appointed and comfortable. Staff is very helpful, but not overbearing. Highly recommend this hotel for a getaway or, if you're lucky enough, a business trip.

Room Tip: Water view if you can get it
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, October 12, 2014
Dear CharlieandCrew,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to review your August stay with other travelers; we appreciate all of your kind words, starting with the title of your review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the view from you ground floor room, the patio area along these rooms are always fun to watch the working harbor! We are always happy to read about our valued guests experiences while at the Harborside, so I would like thank you again for the kind review!

We hope that if you return to the Bar Harbor area, the Harborside Hotel and Marina will be your lodging facility of choice!

With Hospitality,
Chris Torrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We stayed here for our honeymoon. The rooms were nice, the staff was friendly and it was what I expected for the price.

Please note that everyone has to pay a $25 club fee per day. It seems a lot of people are surprised by this, but it is clearly stated on the website. We put it to good use playing tennis at the Bar Harbor Club next door.

The hotel has excellent access to the sand bar leading to Bar Island and is close to just about anything you could want in downtown Bar Harbor. Some of my favorite views in the world can be found within a few feet of the front entrance.

It was exactly what we expected for the price.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, October 12, 2014
Dear Kenneth B,

On behalf of all the staff at the Harborside, it is my pleasure to say congratulations! I am pleased that you chose to spend this very special moment with us! All of our guests have access to many amenities, including the tennis courts at the Bar Harbor Club, I am happy to hear you were able to enjoy playing a few rounds. We are grateful for all of your kind words regarding your stay; I would like to thank you for taking the time to review your honeymoon experience at the Harborside!

We hope in years to come, you will return to the Bar Harbor area and the Harborside Hotel and Marina.

Congratulations again!

Warm Regards,
Chris Torrey
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Additional Information about Harborside Hotel & Marina

Address: 55 West St., Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Bar Harbor
#21 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
#22 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Harborside Hotel & Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in downtown Bar Harbor at the ocean's edge; near Acadia National Park; breathtaking view of Frenchman's Bay. ... more   less 
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