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“Fantastic experience at the Saltair Inn” 5 of 5 stars
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Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B
121 West St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609   |  
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Ranked #1 of 33 Bar Harbor B&B and Inns
north yorkshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience at the Saltair Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

After a very long journey (thanks to Hurricane Sandy), we were delighted to arrive at the welcoming Saltair Inn. The innkeepers were out trick or treating because we arrived so late, but had left us a lovely letter and offered us the choice of any of the available rooms (at no extra cost), we could just pick the one we liked the best. After such a bad start to our trip, we felt this was very kind of Matt and Kristi. Our room was very comfortable, the bath was big and we felt very cosy in our chosen room. We helped ourselves to some very nice cookies that had been left out and felt very at home.
The highlight for us was the breakfasts and we very much enjoyed talking with Kristi and the other guests. Juno the dog was a big plus too. Thanks to everyone for the chats at breakfast, it was a great start to the day. I also have to say that the blueberry stuffed French toast is the best breakfast I have ever had - big thumbs up Kristi. The whole house was lovely and we will definitely be back next year - freak weather permitting!
Thanks Kristi and Matt
Karen and Jeremy (UK)

  • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
seattle, wa
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Pros:

1)Matt & Kristi are very warm, kind, considerate innkeepers. Great source of info for local things to do & places to go.
2)Nice selection of drinks both hot & cold as well as a refrigerator to keep your own goods.
3)Good breakfast with a nice selection of foods.
4)Great location in Bar Harbor without too much traffic.
5)Nice lawn area that fronts on the bay.
6)The beds are nice with comfortable linens.


Cons:

1)While the house is certainly "quaint," it is in need of repairs.
2)It's an old house. It's settled in its foundation. The doors don't fit the jams correctly & light spills under the doors at night. The paint is peeling in the rooms & the siding on the house is old & worn.
3)The rooms are drafty, and while the fireplaces are nice, they're not just for show. On a cold night, you'll need them b/c they will be the only warm spots in an otherwise cold room.
4)For the room price of $350/night, I did not feel that the rooms merited that price level.

The next day, we stayed at another nice B&B in Bar Harbor that was literally half the price yet offered a comparable experience.

Either the house needs to be significantly updated or the price/night needs to be significantly reduced.

This was the first time that TripAdvisor led me wrong with its overwhelmingly positive reviews, and so I feel obligated to recalibrate this B&B's review.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

The owners were great, and knowledgeable about the area, and restaurants to visit in town which all proved excellent. The location was far enough away from town to not be caught up in all the cruise ship passengers, but close enough to walk for a bite to eat yet minutes from Acadia National Park.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We stayed at the Saltair Inn for one night in the Chart room while passing through Bar Harbor. The Inn is beautiful and has an amazing view of the water. Our room was comfortable and spacious, the breakfast was delicious, and the service was wonderful. Kristi and Matt were very friendly and eager to help you plan your day exploring Acadia. Matt convinced us to do a much more strenuous hike than we had intended to do, and it ended up being the highlight of the trip. The iron rungs drilled into the granite sounds tough, but it was the perfect recommendation. We tell everyone in Michigan about our amazing trip to Acadia and we cannot wait to come back to the Saltair next summer. We would definitely recommend the B&B to everyone.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Colorado
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18 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Yes, the location is that great. Their backyard is the prime location in Bar Harbor for viewing Frenchmen's Bay. We stayed in the Sedgewick room which was a very nice room. If you want to enjoy the beautiful views of the Bay from the privacy/comfort of your own room, I would definitely recommend the suites. Not being familiar with Bar Harbor or this B&B, I thought the suites were a bit pricey when I was making our reservation but knowing what I know now, I would have went with one of the suites with the view of the Bay. To wake up to that view every morning would have been a highlight of our trip and well worth the money, in my opinion. Oh well, maybe next time.

Yes, the food is that great. By far, the best breakfasts we had during out stay in Maine (we stayed at three B&Bs). The chocolate chip cookies that Kristi set out one afternoon were the best I have ever had. The cookie I had the next day from Mrs. Field's PALED in comparison. Definitely Kristi could start a cookie business, if she were so inclined.

Yes, the hosts are that great. Matt and Kristi were polite, professional, and very knowledgeable of the area. If you just want to eat your breakfast and get out the door, they are okay with that. If you need help planning your day, they have lots of suggestions (that you won't find in the travel books). They definitely know their stuff and they definitely know how to run and B&B.

I would HIGHLY recommend this B&B. Definitely.

  • 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We just returned from our third year staying at The Saltair Inn, and we will be going back next September. We love it. The innkeepers, Kristi and Matt, are simply the best. They have created an amazing B&B. We love the rooms, the delicious breakfasts, the afternoon snacks, and the amazing views of the Bay. Our favorite activity is to sit in their backyard and watch the sunset after a day hiking in Acadia National Park. But we keep coming back each year because of the relaxed, warm and friendly feeling created by Matt and Kristi. Over the past ten years, we have stayed numerous other inns, hotels and B&Bs in Coastal Maine and Canada, and The Saltair Inn is hands down our favorite. We recommend this B&B to everyone.

Room Tip: We recommend the rooms overlooking the Bay -- the Master Suite, the Acadia Suite and the Harbor Suit...
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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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New York City, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We had a great stay at the Saltair Inn in Bar Harbor. We stayed two nights in the Sedgewick room. The room was clean, cozy, and had a brand new private bathroom. Kristi and Matt were great hosts and we enjoyed the breakfasts and homemade cookies left on the dining room table in the late afternoons. You cant beat the location - right on the water and steps from Main Street. Also just a short drive to Arcadia National Park. Definitely recommend staying here when visiting Bar Harbor. Don't think you could find anything better.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

Address: 121 West St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Three blocks from the center of town, the Saltair Inn offers luxurious waterfront suites appointed with king-size beds, elegant private baths, multiple gas fireplaces, TV, and private sitting rooms overlooking the Bay. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Saltair Inn Waterfront Hotel Bar Harbor
Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed And Breakfast
Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B Bar Harbor, Maine

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