Our family of 4 (ages 52, 49, 13, and 10) is familiar with resorts like Marriott Vacation Clubs, Diamond Resorts, Staybridge Suites, and similar newer hotel brands. Though our room was a typical "motel room" size and not a suite, the quality of our room, the lobby, two swimming pools and hot tub were very good....especially the indoor pool and spa. Bathroom arrangement was small, but nice with newer finishes throughout. Excellent shower with rain-shower head. Beds and cotton linens were outstanding and comfortable. We stayed in the building across the parking lot from the main lodge. The main lodge with the reception desk, bar, lounge and gift shop is a "hotel style" building with interior entry doors. Our building was "motel style" with an exterior door and chairs sitting outside the door for the great view of Fisherman's Bay and overlooking the outdoor swimming pool. (nice and heated, but not as warm as the indoor pool) The indoor pool (beautiful, nice and warm) and spa are in a separate, nice building within 50 steps of our room, but all guests must walk outside to get there, even from the main building. Both pools have nice furniture around the decks and towel service. The guest lobby was very nice and spacious with excellent finishes. Be sure to get the freshly baked cookies in the early evening around 5 and pickup the daily activity sheet from the front desk that gives times for Happy Hour drink specials, "Make Your Own Ravioli", or the guest evening entertainer in the beautifully appointed lounge/living room/game room with the fire place and beautiful bay views. The hotel also has it's own restaurant in a separate building up the hill, but we didn't eat there. Downtown Bar Harbor is only a 10 minute walk, though you must walk across a fairly busy street to get to the sidewalk. However, you can also catch a bus from the neighboring WondaView Hotel parking lot next to the Bluenose. The bus is very convenient and comfortable, but ours was very bumpy.....needed new shocks. This resort appeared to be one of the better facilities with a good value. We paid $190 per night in late August. The other hotels in the town were nice too, but much more expensive. If you don't mind the walk to the bus or town, the location is very good for the price. It's also one of the closest to downtown unless you are willing to pay for the downtown hotels...$250-$300+ per night. We will definitely come back and we highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bluenose Inn is a AAA rated hotel, an elegant immaculate treasure featuring breathtaking views of Frenchman Bay. Set atop a magnificent granite-terraced hillside, the hotel is one of the most beautiful spots on the Atlantic. 97 Classically appointed rooms located in our two buildings. Dining in The Looking Glass with panoramic views, cocktails in the magnificent Great Room, heated indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub,steam room, spa & complete fitness center and wi-fi throughout the property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bar Harbor Hotel - Bluenose Bar Harbor
- Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel Maine