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“On a 1-5 Scale, The Atlantean Inn is a Five” 5 of 5 stars
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11 Atlantic Avenue, Bar Harbor, ME 04609   |  
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Ranked #4 of 34 Bar Harbor B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Maine
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“On a 1-5 Scale, The Atlantean Inn is a Five”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2006

Traveling with a family member means two beds, or better yet, two bedrooms, a requirement that can thin out the number of appropriate B&B's in any location.

The Atlantean Inn in Bar Harbor has a two bedroom suite with a gorgeous bath that includes a whirlpool tub and skylight. The decor is light and bright, even though the house is one of the town's historic beauties. It isn't weighed down by too many ornate furnishings, as some of its kind tend to be.

Heidi and Gary, owners/innkeepers, understand the delicate balance between too much and too little guest attention. They will chat if you like, or not, and have a wealth of valuable information about the area and its rich history.

Gary's breakfast isn't going to be forgotten anytime soon. Fresh fruit in yogurt, delicious coffee, muffins, fruit juices and then the entree of a most wonderful frittata. Served in a lovely dining room at small tables with comfy chairs and linen tablecloths, located across the hall from the parlor, this is the prefect way to end a good night's sleep.

The mattresses receive honorable mention, courtesy of my back.

We hope that your stay at The Atlantean is as memorable as ours was.

  • Liked — Ambience, decor and breakfast
  • Disliked — Whirlpool tub drain malfunctioned
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay here at least once.
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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Abergele, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2006

We had a great couple of days at Bar Harbor during our New England trip in September and found the Atlantaen to be very well positioned on a quiet side street but close to the centre of town. We had the Elsinore room and experienced none of the noise problems mentioned below and moreover the room was immaculately clean throughout.

The innkeepers Heidi and Gary were unfailingly pleasant and helpful and the CD guide to the Acadia National Park they lent us was very interesting and informative - make sure that you ask to borrow this to enhance your trip.

Breakfasts are large and filling particularly if you have had a big meal the night before!

Recommended.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado
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17 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2006

Very convenient location to downtown shops, restaurants and the Shore Path without being on a noisy, traffic filled street.

Friendly, helpful hosts who gave great trail ideas.

Breakfast is served from 8:00-10:00 to allow sleeping in or getting started early, whichever you desire. Fruit is served first with orange and cranberry juice available as well as coffee and tea. The main course both days we ate breakfast was a bread type casserole. I didn't care for it but my husband ate his. The third day we just ate the fruit and got a sandwich downtown.

We stayed in two rooms during the three nights we were there. The first night, we were in Elsinore on the second floor. Decoration was comfortable and the room was a good size. In the morning though, we could hear conversations coming up through the floor from the kitchen area as they prepared breakfast. Nothing major but if you're a light sleeper, you may want to consider a different room.

For the remaining two nights of our stay, we moved to Wingwood, which is one of the rooms that include a whirlpool tub. When we came back from hiking to check into this room, the toilet was dirty. I started to clean it myself but then decided to inform the owners. When I told them, they were mortified and said that since they don't lock the front door of the inn, someone must have come in from the street and used the toilet after it had been cleaned. They said they would clean it when we next left the room. We left shortly afterwards to do some shopping and upon arriving back, the toilet was cleaner than it had been but still didn't seem totally clean. This may have been because the toilet seats are wooden and I feel they are more difficult to keep clean then white/beige seats. I did not bother to tell them I still felt uncomfortable with the cleanliness and just cleaned it myself since I didn't want to seem like a PITA.

We used the whirlpool that evening and the size is fine for two people to fit into but the jets aren't in the places you'd hope for--like your lower back area. Instead the jets are on the sides. Certainly, not the owners fault since they didn't make the tub, but just something to point out if you are hoping to ease sore back muscles.

We used the fireplace for a bit of heat the one night and it worked fine and was nice.

The loveseat and ottoman were nice to have to watch tv and the "private" porch included in the room was also enjoyable.

Wingwood is on the main floor directly off the entryway and the bed is against the wall that has the main staircase on the other side of it. Be prepared to hear everyone's coming and goings up and down the stairs and into the breakfast room and living room if you choose this room. This is NOT a room for anyone who is a light sleeper.

Although the owners apologized profusely for the bathroom issue and have said they were going to lock the main inn door from now on, I am not sure we'd stay at the inn again because it was just not what we were expecting at an inn of this caliber.

  • Liked — Convenient location and Friendly Owners.
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Somerville, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2006

We stayed at four B&Bs during our trip to Maine and this was our favorite. The innkeepers are wonderful and friendly people and we enjoyed talking with them. They had some excellent restaurant suggestions as well. The architecture of the tudor historic building (the former home of the famous Maine architect Fred Savage) is wonderful, and you can spend plenty of time appreciating the well-preserved details. The rooms are comfortable and the breakfasts are amazingly tasty. We'll certainly stay here again.

  • Liked — great hosts, location, breakfasts, and beautiful building
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2006

As fellow innkeepers, we really appreciated how much care and attention was given to details. We loved the location...close to everything. The pantry was a big plus...lots of goodies. The innkeepers were very hospitable and friendly. The breakfast was delicious and served in a lovely, relaxed breakfast room. A beautifully well-maintained inn. Highly recommend to anyone wanting personal attention in a very busy area.

  • Liked — Relaxed atmosphere
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2006

The Atlantean and its rooms are beautiful. This is a very romantic place to stay! The location is quite good, a quiet spot, but only a short walk to all the action in downtown Bar Harbor. It is also close to the Shore Path a very romantic walk along the rocky coast.

The breakfasts were very good. There are home made fruit muffins, a fruit and yogurt starter, and Gary's specially made breakfast entree of the day. During breakfast Gary comes out of the kitchen occasionally and gives a history of the Atlantean, and answers questions about where to go/what to do, etc. Note that this is a one specialty item of the day breakfast. So you are not provided with any choices/selection. One morning I did ask for hot oatmeal instead of the entree of the day. It was cheerfully provided.

Our room had a working fireplace and was beautifully furnished. Sitting in the rocker in that room drinking tea made me feel like my last name should be Rockefeller or Carnegie. There were even two plush white robes in the closet. I had the urge to wear one of those robes down to breakfast... The beds were made up elegantly, though I wondered where we were supposed to put the zillion pillows so beautifully arranged on the bed when it was time to go to sleep. :-)

Quibbles: The shower went chilly on me a couple times . I think this room, called Baymeath, could use visit from a plumber to have a pressure balancing valve installed. I would think that would take care of the fluctuation. Also I thought the bar of soap provided in the bathroom had a somewhat weird smell. Though my better half insists that the soap was great.

If you are hungry and it isn't breakfast time, the Atlantean has a well stocked butler's pantry for your use. We made good use of it for late night tea and snacks. I am sure that when we left Gary and Heidi were wondering who made such a dent in their jar of biscotti and bowl of almonds. There were also homemade cookies on a dish in the pantry one afternoon.

I highly recommend the Atlantean and hope to stay there again someday.

Stayed July 2006
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2005

Just got back from a rained out Columbus day weekend from Bar Harbor and wanted to express my thanks to Gary and Heidi for a wonderful experience at the Atlantean Inn. Although the weather didn't cooperate, it was still an amazing trip and we will definitely have to make a return visit at some point to explore Acadia National Park.

This was our first stay at a B&B and my wife and I couldn't have been more pleased. The Inn was conveniently located in downtown Bar Harbor but off of a quiet side street. You're litterally a minute walk from the town green and all of the shops/restaurants but still "secluded" off of a tree lined street. The charming English Tudor served the perfect backdrop to create the ambience we were looking for. The room we stayed in was beautifully set up and decorated.

Although the inn was at running at full capacity for the holliday weekend, it still felt tranquill, cozy, and relaxed. There is an indescribeable magic about the place that words do not do justice! I think a larger inn would have diluted the intimacy we were looking for. Gary and Heidi obviously take great pride in the Inn and it shows!

Unlike other Inns that are sometimes run by a hired set of workers, Gary and Heidi (the owners) live at the Inn and were very personable and tremendously informative and helpful. For those of you wondering about the breakfasts, you are in for a treat! In short, they were nothing short of amazing. The Apple Clafouti was culineary bliss and the fruit starters were too pretty to eat!

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Atlantean Cottage

Address: 11 Atlantic Avenue, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Atlantean Cottage is the name given to this lovely Tudor cottage, the personal residence of renowned Bar Harbor architect Frederick Savage. You'll find no more tranquil, quiet locale so very close to the best restaurants, galleries, museums, and shops. On a peaceful lane between Main Street and the ocean lies this serene getaway just around the corner from all that Bar Harbor Village has to offer. ... more   less 
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Atlantean Cottage Hotel Bar Harbor
Atlantean Cottage Bar Harbor, Maine

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