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“Not much has changed in 14 years-except the view!” 3 of 5 stars
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Wonder View Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   50 Eden Street, PO Box 25, Bar Harbor, ME 04609   |  
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Ranked #31 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Purdys, New York
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“Not much has changed in 14 years-except the view!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We first visited this hotel in 2000., and stayed in about the same rooms on the same level as the office. At that time we had a wonderful view of Bar Harbor from our little balcony. The trees have taken over and the view is gone, except for a tiny piece in the distance off to the right. That was quite disappointing this time. Also disappointing, the rooms are exactly the same! Same draperies, same bedspreads, same linoleum bathroom. The carpet is the only upgrade in 14 years! The prices are not the same, and I cringe that we spent over $150 per night. That said, the rooms are large and the hotel quiet. The complimentary breakfast was a nice surprise and was the usual selections-waffles, yogurts, frozen breakfast sandwiches, hard boiled eggs,cereals and apples and oranges, muffins and donuts. We did not visit the restaurant up the hill this time, the menu is quite expensive and we were not confident that the food would live up to the prices so we skipped that.

We had a couple of great days at Acadia National Park and enjoyed our return trip there immensely! We had waited 14 years for the wonderful Popovers for afternoon tea on the lawn and it was just as delicious this time, even better as they now serve specialty coffees now!

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Wonder View Inn, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us on Tripadvisor. It sounds as though you had a successful trip overall.

It is true that the trees are growing, this is one of the aspects of living in such a forested area. You might enjoy a room at a higher elevation the next time you visit and our reservation staff would be happy to help you get a room that will fulfill your desire for a better view at this time.

I am sorry that you did not decide to try our restaurant. We are very proud of both the quality and value of our food and once again the view from the restaurant is considered by many to be the best on the island.

I sincerely hope that you will visit us again, our repeat guests are like family to us and we hope to make you feel that way as well.

Thank you,
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Yes, it is old fashioned. We stayed in the Hillcrest rooms, right at the top of the estate, next to the very good dog friendly Looking Glass Restaurant. Wonderful views from our balcony. Good complimentary breakfast at the office, which was the only place where we could get reasonably decent internet access. We tried to get this issue addressed several times without success. But overall, very happy with the cleanliness and comfort. Would certainly go back. And that view!!!!

Stayed July 2014
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Wonder View Inn, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us including your experience at our restaurant the Looking Glass. I am sorry to hear that Wifi was not satisfactory for you during your time with us. We strive to provide the best amenities and comfort to our guests at all times and it sounds as though you realized this in spite of that frustration.

I look forward to having you stay with us again and would like to have the opportunity to meet with you in person.

The view is breathtaking from most of our location and none of us ever take it for granted.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This was wonderful for us and our dog. It is very close to downtown Bar Harbor- one night we walked and one night we took the free shuttle bus which leaves from the front of the motel AND allows dogs.The motel is older but pretty well maintained. Dog-friendly is really an understatement. He received a treat and a water bowl upon check-in.It has a courtyard we could exercise our dog. We did see a pool but were too busy for this. The main selling point is the location. The staff was friendly. I suggest calling for a reservation directly- our third-party booking did not ensure our pet friendly room and view. The motel did work with us, however. All in all, we had a good experience. I am sure before the trees grew up, it was a wonder view. Still, for the price, you can't beat it.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Wonder View Inn, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us. It is great to hear that you felt welcomed with your dog. Bar Harbor has recently been recognized as one of the best places to travel with your furry friends and we are proud to be a part of that.

We really do have an amazing location with over 14 acres of grounds within walking distance to downtown Bar Harbor. We describe our property as having the feel of a rural setting yet we are actually right in town.

I want to reitterate your comment about the importance of booking your room directly with the hotel. There are often special features to individual rooms on any property and it is important to know exactly what you are reserving when those details are important to you. Indead, asking for a specific view is often a request that can be honored.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Wonder View Inn comprises 4 different levels of rooms, and I do mean 'levels.' Some rooms (small, look like the old 50's motel rooms) are on the lower level with the office; some rooms are slightly larger and on an incline above them; some rooms are larger and nicer yet, and are up again, near the fabulous restaurant. Plus, the property adjacent/combined, The Blue Nose, has 4-star rooms and a spa. So reserving a room there takes lots of questions and investigations. If you take the "available' room, no telling! You get what you pay for; in our case, they had the only rooms available in Bar Harbor and we paid $159 during high season. The room reminded me of traveling with parents in 1960 across the mid west... A fabulous feature in Bar Harbor, though, is the free bus that takes most hotels in the area down into the village green and returns all the time. It's terrific and solves that old wall-to-wall auto problem in tiny Bar Harbor. Wonder View is the closest hotel to town--maybe a 5 minute stroll, so its convenience is something to consider. The free breakfast is also convenient.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Wonder View Inn, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. It sounds like you had a really nice vacation and enjoyed our hotel for it's vintage qualities. Maine, including Bar Harbor, is always a mix of the old and the new. We love our property for the many facets it offers and completely agree with you that it always helps to call us directly to sort through exactly which type of room is right for you.

The Wonderview sits on 14 acres and is a cross between a retreat with a beautiful water view from a high peak and an in-town property, as we are only a short walk from downtown.

The shuttle service in Bar Harbor is unbeatable and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the service. I hope that you will consider joining us again if a return to Bar Harbor is in your future.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Very dated and perhaps considered dilapidated, we gave it the good rating for what it is. Great price, best view, clean, comfortable room, slept great, and the coffee was perfect. AC ran perfect. I would go back.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Wonder View Inn, responded to this review, August 3, 2014
Thank you for your overall positive review of our hotel. We are an older facility and we pride ourselves on the customer service, cleanliness, and overall experience we are able to give our customers.

I hope you enjoyed our restaurant The Looking Glass which is a top notch fine dining with a casual feel facility.

It is great to hear that you would come back to stay with us again and we certainly hope that you will.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Very nice, somewhat old fashioned hotel. Beautiful views, very clean rooms. We had to cut our stay short because of hurricane Arthur, which knocked out the power in half of the city, but we will definitely go there again. Very convenient transportation to downtown Bar Harbor.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Wonder View Inn, responded to this review, August 3, 2014
Thank you for your very positive review of our hotel and your stay with us. We are so glad to hear that you will be back to join us. Hurricane Arthur was quite the experience for Bar Harbor and it sounds as though you were great sports about it.

We are very pleased to hear that you appreciated the convenience of the shuttle service to Downtown and that you enjoyed our beautiful view. We look forward to seeing you again and hope that you can make it in the near future.

Thank you.
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Before you book here, be aware that it may be a trip down memory lane. For some this is a good thing in a hotel, for others not so much. We love the location, which is extremely close to downtown Bar Harbor but removed from the noise and bustle. We love the sweeping green lawns, the pool deep enough for diving and well-stocked with fluffy towels, the tire swing under gorgeous old oak trees, and the fact that you can open windows on both sides of the room for a nice cross breeze. The staff is always polite and happy to help. Yes, the rooms are dated (some more than others) and when you book you may want to request certain rooms to be sure you'll have a view of the ocean, but they are clean and spacious. I have stayed here many times and am happy that my own young children now look forward to staying at the Wonderview each summer just as I did 25 years ago.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Wonder View Inn, responded to this review, August 3, 2014
This is one of the best reviews I have seen of Wonderview. You have done such an excellent job describing our property with the expansive lawns, tire swing, deep pool and yes older facility. We hope our guests feel at home here and the nostalgia you describe is a wonderful part of that.

We are always happy to hear our guests tell us that their children are building happy memories here. It will be great fun to serve them and their families in the future.
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Address: 50 Eden Street, PO Box 25, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wonder View Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the premiere locations in the area. Only a minute from downtown Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. Superb dining: Enjoy the famous, eight sided, glass walled, Looking Glass Restaurant, and enjoy the spectacular panorama that only the Wonder View’s unique location can provide. Comfortable rooms: Most balconies offer views of Frenchman’s Bay and the surrounding islands. Step out to our pool or stroll our beautifully manicured grounds. ... more   less 
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