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“Nice place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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60 Cottage Street, PO Box 955, Bar Harbor, ME 04609   |  
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Ranked #26 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Baiting Hollow, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place (can't call it a BNB since they do not serve breakfast) is close enough to walk to the bars and restaurants, yet far enough away that you can get away from the bustle.

We did not have a reservation, but just stopped in to see what was available. The staff was accommodating and friendly--nice since we stopped by right at 7 pm when they innkeeper was just about "off duty".

The room was comfortable and clean. We only stayed one night, but would have been happy to stay longer. The porch and coffee area are quaint and a nice place to sit and relax.

I can't remember our room number, but we paid $135 for the night in the middle of August.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I spent 3 nights in Bar Harbor in August 2014. I didn't have advance reservations and I didn't do on-line research. I took my chances. The first night I stayed at 2Cats in Cottage Street (I had tried Central House but they were sold out, despite the "Vacancy" sign out front). Down the street from Central House, 2Cats is charming, in a 60s/rasta sort of way. Its hugely popular breakfasts are famous and filling. After one night, I decided to stay another night in Bar Harbor, but 2Cats had no room (they only have 3 bedrooms). I stopped in Central House to inquire about vacancies and, lo and behold, they had one (room 204). Wow, what a difference. Where 2Cats is funky in a 2d-hand store furniture sort of way, Central House is like staying with your maiden aunt. Flowered wall paper, ceramic bedside table lamps that match (sort of), a coverlet that I would be proud to put on my own bed, and a four-poster. This is a place that my mother would approve of. There's no breakfast, but there iis an extensive array of coffees and teas, as well as a big communal fridge that you can stock with pastres from several nearby bakeries (the absence of breakfast reduced my rating from excellent to very good, but for those who don't care, this place is great!). As noted by others, the front porch is a splendid and comfy place to watch the world go by from their big wicker chairs. This is what a Maine escape looks like in the picture books, folks.

Room Tip: I only saw 204, but it was terrific.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tennessee
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

After much research on where to stay we chose the Central House for it's location and charm. It truly is in the perfect location - easy walk to everything! We stayed in room 206 and it was very comfortable. No problem with noise, etc. The front porch is a wonderful place to relax and people watch. You can't beat this place for the value and location. Definitely recommend staying here.

Room Tip: Room 206 was perfect!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had a lovely time staying at Central House. The rate for our room was very affordable and it was very clean. It was within walking distance to shops, restaurants and the Harbor front. The Inn keeper was very friendly and got to know your names. The Inn didn't include breakfast but, offered free coffee, they had a coffee machine, small frig, ice cube machine and a beautiful dining room. We are planning to return for another visit.

Room Tip: The top floor might have bigger rooms, but our was just fine and we were on the main floor..
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was a great place to stay in Bar Harbor. It is 2 blocks from where all the shops and restaurants are, so it's walkable but not noisy. We stayed on the 3rd floor and we didn't hear anyone else around moving. We had our own bathroom and it was huge. They didn't include breakfast, but freed us up to do our own thing and allowed them to charge less. They did have a small refrigerator and also a Keurig machine to make coffee and tea (with to go cups which was great). I'd for sure come back and stay again!

Room Tip: We had Room 302 which was a queen bed and private shower/tub. The bathroom was huge. The 2 windows f...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 5 days on the 3rd floor and paid the cheapest price in downtown Bar Harbor. We liked that it is a walking distance to restaurants, bike rentals and shops. The inn keeper is very friendly and informative. We'll keep this in mind on our next visits.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed two nights in room 204. Let me start off by saying the location is one of the best in Bar Harbor. It's right next to downtown, but not directly in the heart of everything so you avoid most of the noise. The inn itself is one of the cleanest and most welcoming accommodations I've stayed at. When we checked in, the unoccupied rooms, including ours, had the doors open to let the air flow through the inn. I think this helped avoid the musty smell you can find in other older inns. The innkeeper we met was very friendly and helpful, and made it a point to learn our names. They don't serve breakfast, but I didn't mind because the price was so affordable and there are many breakfast places and bakeries in the vicinity to try. The room itself was larger than I expected, especially for the price. We had what seemed like a king bed, a small twin bed set up like a sort of lounge, and a beautiful antique looking couch facing the TV. Some other reviewers on here complained of the noise late at night, but as I'm a light sleeper I always bring a fan with me when I travel to block out any noise and had no problems with it. The only cons I can think of would be that the curtains are sheer, so if you can't sleep in a room with light you'll wake up with the sun. Which isn't a bad thing, if you're planning on taking an early morning hike. Also, the shower pressure isn't the greatest, but the house was built in the late 1800s, so I guess that's to be expected.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Central House

Address: 60 Cottage Street, PO Box 955, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Central House was built as a guest house in 1887. Tourism was just getting started in Bar Harbor. Much has changed since then and The Central House is now right down the street from many Bar Harbor shops, tours, restaurants, and the Island Explorer shuttle bus to Acadia National Park and Sand Beach. We offer Maine-roasted coffee and a selection of teas at 8 o'clock every morning. While we do not serve food, we provide a $10.00 gift card per room per day to lunch and dinner favorite Geddy's Restaurant facing the harbor. Our living room, front porch, and coffee area provide comfortable places to sit and enjoy your own food and drink and wireless internet is complementary throughout the house. Our rooms are simple and cozy with A/C, cable TV, and private bathrooms. Each room is uniquely furnished and decorated and many returning guests reserve their favorite rooms year after year. Rooms have a queen-sized bed, except Room 206 with a king-sized bed, and Room 204 has an extra twin-sized bed in addition to the four-posted queen to comfortably sleep three. We have been told by many guests that they find The Central House is a great value for the charm and ideal location. We hope to hear from you this season! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Central Hotel Bar Harbor
The Central House Bar Harbor, Maine

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