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West Street Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   50 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609   |  
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Ranked #12 of 42 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Maryland
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225 reviews 225 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 98 cities Reviews in 98 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“Beautiful hotel!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The decor in this hotel is fabulous. We got an excellent rate for the last night of the season the property was open. Two negatives: the beds are too hard, and the rooms overlooking the parking lot do not have a nice view. The entire back of the hotel overlooks the parking lot.

Looking at the parking lot aside, the rooms are terrific. The toiletries are first class. The bathrooms are very roomy with good showers.

The check-in staff was not particularly friendly, nor did she make any recommendations for us. The housekeeping staff was very nice.

Regardless, if we got a good rate we would stay here again. It really is lovely.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Fantastic experience. Spent 3 nights during a post Labor Day holiday to New England. The location is absolutely fabulous. Directly in downtown Bar Harbor with incredible views from the balcony as well as the adults-only rooftop pool which was happily still open in September. Walk to waterfront tourist activities, restaurants and shops. Guests can also use the beautiful pool and fitness facilities across the street at Harborside which overlook the 'bar'. Pantry on each floor provided coffee, water, fruit and board games - very nice convenience. Furnishings are refreshingly modern in a nautical Tommy Hilfiger sort of way.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hubbard, Ohio
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Beautiful upscale decor, so clean you would think you were the first person to ever use the room, luxurious bedding, quiet, there is nothing we didn't love about this hotel. Huge walk in tiled shower with a glass wall and rain shower head as well as a hand held shower head. Infinity pool on the roof, downtown location, just perfect in every way.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This Hotel was in easy walking of all the shops, tours and restaurants. Love the modern look with a nautical colors and feel. I love their sliding door to the bathroom.
Would diffintly stay again if in the area.
There are several good places to eat within a block. There is Italian, Seafood, and even pizza.
They have a very nice grocery store in the next block (need to drive to it), if you want to pick up snacks,drinks, food to eat in or on the run.

Room Tip: ocean view is the best. If you don;t care then a room on the backside over looks a parking lot/ alle...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rochester, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We spent 3 days at this new hotel in mid October. It just opened in late June so of course it was sparkling. We loved the contemporary nautical decor and found the linens to be luxurious.The lobby is welcoming with several cozy seating areas, a crackling fireplace and a library of lovely books of photographs of Maine. The bathrooms (we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite) were some of the best we have seen in a hotel and certatinly the best we saw in Maine. I happily recommend the hotel.

Room Tip: Higher floors have better views.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver world travelers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We had never been to Bar Harbor and were looking forward to it. Spent a lot of time researching hotels/inns and things to do for our anniversary trip which we typically take in different locales each year.

After reviewing all we saw about the West Street Hotel we decided on it, and I am so glad we did! It is as described a newly-built hotel but in a nautical style so has some character befitting the location.

It literally - I mean literally - smells new, even though we were there a couple months after it opened.

Room: quite large, well appointed in every way from furniture to bath to electronics. We were there the last week of September and did not ask for a room with a view, but we got one nevertheless. I was expecting as we walked up from the rear parking lot that our room would be one of the ones facing the lot but upon checking in was pleasantly surprised we got one facing the bay out front. Nice! I believe if we were there during the high summer season that would not have happened though. It had a larger deck than other rooms with comfortable rocking deck chairs facing the bay and porcupine islands.

Spotlessly clean, to the point where I wondered if we were the first people to stay in the room. But based on the attitude and performance of the housekeeping staff the 4 days we were there I think the credit needs to go to them not the fact that it is a newer property.

All bath needs well provided, good quality products (I don't remember the brand but equivalent to lancome) including 2 bathrobes which we did not use. The TV and remote were very user-friendly and they provided a channel list easy to find which is so frustrating at some hotels. The mini fridge was larger and cooler than most - nice!

Coffee/Water hospitality station on our floor: nuff said, this is a terrific amenity that is complimentary. They provide chilled bottled water as well as nice Keurig coffees & teas with a good selection all day and night. Daytime they put out apples, and early evening they put out 3 kinds of home baked warm cookies.

Fitness room: there is a decent workout room onsite with a view of the main street (i.e. west street) with a peek of the bay and shops across the street. There were 3 elliptical machines and I think 4 treadmills, each with its own TV screen. NOTE: if you want to use these make sure you bring your own earphones to plug in because they do not provide them or even have them available to buy or rent. Also provided were ample free weights, pilates balls, mats, personal towels etc and bottled water in a fridge. My husband and I both made good use of the room in the few days we were there.

In addition to the onsite fitness room the hotel has complimentary access to the Bar Harbor Club just a few steps down the street which has pools, courts etc. We meant to check it out and use it but never got around to it.

Breakfast at Paddy's: our room rate came with breakfast included so we went there each morning. It is a la carte ordering from the standard breakfast menu so you can try something different each day which we did. Coffee and juices included. Everything we ordered was quite good: eggs benedict, bubble&squeak, pan boxty all came with a different homemade rustic bread each day, potatoes and a small amount of fruit garnish (truly just garnish, not enough where they should note it on the menu). The coffee was excellent, rich and smoky not at all watery or weak. Best of all was the service - really nice servers who timed everything perfectly and were very aware of needs without being intrusive. Big thumbs up!

It has been a while since we were there so do not remember our specific room number, but recommend asking for a room as far away from the elevator, hospitality station, and especially the rear (northernmost) stairwell as possible only because I can imagine those would be noisy with traffic.

The only improvement I would suggest - and it is a minor one - would be for the front desk not to "push" the restaurant Stewman's across the street for lobster. We went there with eager anticipation and were disappointed with way overcooked lobster and way high prices for what you get. We had hoped it could be our "go-to" place for lunch or dinner and never went back after our first dinner there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cave Creek, Arizona
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The West Hotel is beautiful. Amenities are very euro...we have been fortunate enough to stay in some lovely hotels in both the U.S. and Europe and The West Hotel compared well. Well-trained and helpful staff watch over a contemporary, vaguely nautical lobby. The room was very well-appointed...the shower offered a blissful amount of hot water and good pressure. The pantry on every floor was a nice touch, though we never had the opportunity to enjoy the warm cookies or fruit other reviewers comment on. When we can in from hiking at seven, there were only crumbs!

However...our room was situated overlooking the harbor. Great view, but we were awoken our first morning at six am by garbage trucks clattering below. The clamor continued for the rest of the morning...the taxi stand was directly beneath our balcony and a constant stream of tour buses inching up West Street created lots of noise and dispel fumes. (Though it was interesting to see if they could make the turn.) There were also crowds of folks disembarking from the cruise ships and boat tours. It was not the quiet, relaxing experience we have always enjoyed when visiting Mt. Desert Island. After two nights, we located lodging in a locale that offered a greater respite from the hustle and bustle.

On a side note, we have been visiting BH for almost thirty years...our last vist was in 2009. I am sure The West Hotel has been a boon to the local economy, but it was a shock (we had booked it online when the spontanieity of our trip meant our favorite guest cottage was booked up) to see a behemoth of a hotel looming where once there had been an eclectic collection of shops and eateries. I think perhaps whoever designed it---and the interior is very tasteful--- might have made an effort to make the exterior more harmonious with the BH ethic. The bright colors are almost jarring and "South Beach" in their garishness. I understand the same developer was responsible for the Bar Harbor Club...I wish the designer of The West Hotel had shared the same design esthetic. But that's personal preference. If a visitor wants top-of-the line accommodation amidst the excitement of downtown Bar Harbor, you can't go wrong with The West Hotel. If you seeking an escape to peace and introspection, you might want to look elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about West Street Hotel

Address: 50 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
#13 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — West Street Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 85
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