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“Great Hotel with Great Views of the Harbor” 4 of 5 stars
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West Street Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   50 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609   |  
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Ranked #9 of 40 hotels in Bar Harbor
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“Great Hotel with Great Views of the Harbor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

The location on the harbor can’t be beat. The location is central to just about anything a tourist would want/need access to. The harbor is right across West Street with the majority of tours (boat, trolley, bus, walking) originating from the location.

We stayed in a harbor view king room (411) in early October 2012.

Room
Room 411 is a corner room facing the harbor. The reason to get this room is the two balconies. The sunsets and the stars in the evenings are worth the price.
King size bed was very comfortable (firm), pillows were very soft (not firm)
Television was about 50 inches sitting on a credenza.
There is one ceiling fan with variable speeds.
There is a chest of drawers and a credenza for items put in drawers.
A digital safe and refrigerator are provided in each room in the snack bar area.
There was one small closet in the room with eight hangers
The drapery on the windows was thick and does a good job of blocking out light in the evenings.
The thermostat in the room was digital and the AC/heat worked well.
The walls between rooms are not soundproof. The doors of rooms slamming could be heard many rooms away.
The wifi in the room was good, but the password had to be reentered various times in the day.
The bathroom has a clawfoot bathtub, separate large shower and toilet area with some counter space.
The clawfoot bathtub is not large enough for two adults comfortably
There is a weak exhaust fan in the bathroom.
The water pressure in the shower is average. Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap bottles are provided.
The maid services does an excellent job every day. They are cognizant of the “Privacy” door hangers.

The pantry area is a nice option to pickup bottled water and coffee. Cookies are the nightly treat if you time it right (after 7:00PM). The cookies disappear quickly.

Reception
The front desk is helpful. They are easy to deal with. They were happy to talk about things to do and make dinner reservations. They were forward thinking and a step ahead. The best we have experienced in Bar Harbor.

There are two elevators in the main building and they are slow moving. There is another elevator in the building at the far end of the hallway.
The pool area on the roof top is no longer heated. We were told it was broken and would not be repaired.

The gym is well equipped for cardio lovers. The majority of machines are wired vs. free weight. The gym looks right out onto West Street on the main level so there is plenty of people watching while running and biking.

It is nice to have Paddy’s Irish Pub onsite downstairs, but some other recommended restaurants include Morning Glory Bakery(breakfast) Two Cats (breakfast), Café This Way (breakfast), Mache Bistro (dinner), and Fathom (dinner). All are within 1 mile walking distance.

Note:
-Guest parking on the property is an issue. There are not enough parking spots for 1/2 of the guests when the hotel is fully booked. Reception will tell you to park across the street at Harbor Side (a sister resort). The guest parking lot in the rear of the building is not the only places to park for guests. There are roughly 8-10 spots behind the building up a small hill and to the left of the guest parking lot that also have signs for West Street Hotel parking that guests can park in. This was shared by a helpful bell hop.

Room Tip: Room 411 is a corner room facing the harbor. The reason to get this room is the two balconies. The...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Sagamore Hills, Ohio, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We found this hotel on the internet and was so glad that we did! The room was excellent and the location was perfect. The staff went out of their way to help with anything we needed! We would definiately stay here again and recommend it highly!

Room Tip: Rooms with a view of the water are fantastic and worth the upgrade!
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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

My husband booked this hotel for us on a surprise trip for me and I was thrilled with it.

There's a fireplace in the lobby that smells so great when you return from a day of exploring Bar Harbor and Acadia. The hallways smell amazing because there's a lovely little beverage station in the hall for making coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. They provide full-size glass wine glasses and ceramic coffee mugs for the guests in that spot, along with board games (first come, first served). They serve chocolate chip cookies from 7-9pm which pleased my husband (I'm vegan so I didn't have any -- suggestion for the hotel: make them vegan! They'll be healthier and just as delicious, I promise!)

The room was lovely with modern furniture and a modern bathroom (with a super cool sliding wooden barn door that my husband is now obsessed with recreating in our house). The view from the balcony was of the harbor - so beautiful! The beds were really comfortable.

The location was also great. You can walk across the street to book a tour, you are right near lots of shops and restaurants, and in a second you can drive out of town and be in Acadia within minutes.

The rooftop pool was nice and very modern (and the view was awesome!) - but we were there at the end of the season in October and we were the only people up there. If it were peak season, I can imagine that the pool would not be that fun because it's not that big and who wants to be in a small shallow (4 ft) pool with lots of strangers? The pool also closes at sundown. I think they should have put a hot tub (or two!) up there and leave the pool area open until 11pm.

My only "complaint" about the property is that the elevators are slow... but that's just me being nitpicky. As I titled this review, I LOVED this hotel.

Room Tip: Get a view of the bay - it's gorgeous and otherwise you'll be looking at the parking lot!
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  • Stayed October 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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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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:
#7 Business Hotel in Bar Harbor
#7 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
#11 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — West Street Hotel 3.5*
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