My husband and I just returned from a 4 night stay at The Quimby Inn. This Inn is a little hard to rate because what it does well, it does exceptionally, but a few areas really were frustrating for us.
First the great...
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...we were there off season (late Sept) so traffic was a non-issue but we could tell that having a place so centrally located, within easy walking distance of every spot in downtown Bar Harbor would be a life saver during busier times. We also LOVED discovering the bike/scooter/kayak rental across the street. The owners were great and our 3 hour scooter rental was definitely one of our trip's highlights.
ALL of the Quimby Inn staff we interacted with were super friendly and eager to help answer any questions and provide advice on local restaurants and activities.
Our room was on the third floor and was very well sized, seemed larger than an Embassy Suite room. The decor was dated, but I'm more interested in a room's functionality than it's decor. The room had a nice sized desk, mini fridge which kept drinks super cold, king sized bed, love seat/sleeper sofa and an extra chair.
Room was spotless, great cleaning staff!
The shower was a plus/minus feature. It had a tiny (1") shower head, which made me worry that it was going to be cold. However, the water pressure was VERY strong and the water could get quite hot, so that was never a problem. I got used to it. However, I think a more traditional shower head would be a bit more comfortable. This one shot out a fine mist, but at great pressure.
Lighting in the bathroom was excellent and overall the room lighting was very good.
Towels were great - thick, soft and absorbent.
We were on the 3rd floor and my husband liked the walk-up in the back of the Inn for access. It gave a more private feel to the place, like we had our own entrance. It was a nice easy access to the parking lot too.
As with many rooms, it lacked a simple hook rack which would make hanging the fleece and rain jackets much easier. I wish I could tell every hotel/motel/inn to just add a rack of 6 hooks to their rooms to help their guests keep their outerwear stored easily. There were a total of 6 hangers, but we needed those for our nicer shirts and slacks. There wasn’t an iron in the room.
Now the three areas which we felt needed definite attention.
#1 We know the Inn is energy conscious, which I like. However, we used far more electricity during this trip than usual because we felt we had to keep our curtains closed nearly all the time and use the lights day and night. Our room had windows on adjoining walls, which also could have provided a wonderful cross breeze, but there were no sheers on the windows. The Inn is in town, so we felt very exposed whenever the curtains were open. We felt we had to keep them closed almost all the time and this made the room feel darker and not as cheery. It also had us using the AC more often than would have been necessary if we had the cross breeze. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a motel/hotel without sheers and this is one simple addition would have made a big difference in our stay.
#2 TV- The TV was an old 20” CRT, placed 17 feet from the bed! It was laughable. I know we didn’t go to Bar Harbor to watch TV, we enjoyed hiking and rock climbing and other adventures all day. However, we realized that after such fully active days we were quite tired by 8pm each night and were really looking forward to an hour or two of relaxation and entertainment back in the room This was not possible. There was a straight backed chair, but no place to rest the feet. This made it uncomfortable for sitting in any length of time. The love seat was placed nearly adjacent to the TV so the viewing angle was terrible (it was too heavy to move). Meanwhile, we had a huge white space on the wall right in front of our bed. It would be so easy to put a small flat screen up there and make it much more comfortable for guests to keep up with the news and enjoy some nightly entertainment. Also, we discovered the channel up/down buttons only worked for channels 2-15. It took a day to discover that to get any other channels you had to manually enter the number. Finally, since it was the old size ratio, anytime a show was on that was formatted for a widescreen TV, the picture shrank to an even smaller size, probably around 8” high.
#3 The final issue was the bed. Linens and size (king) were great and they provided plenty of pillows. However, both my husband and I woke to a sore back every morning. I’m pretty sure it’s because it did not have any sort of pillow top or memory cushion on top, so it was harder than most beds we’ve slept on. We like a firm bed for support, but need some sort of cushioning for comfort. Bed preferences are very individual, so I’m listing this issue last since I can believe it was a perfectly fine bed for others.
Overall, I can tell the owners put a lot of effort into this Inn and the staff is wonderful. The three issues I listed would mean I'd have to consider other places for my next visit, but I liked the atmosphere and location so much I know I would also miss staying here.
If you don' t mind the stairs, top floor is very quiet and private. We liked room 317.
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