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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is tough to review because the hostess was very gracious and the breakfast was excellent. The room was spacious and we had everything we needed. However, as others have said, the private baths are across the hall and the house is extremely dated. The carpeting is beyond redemption, clean bare floors would be a big improvement. There was really... More 

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Thank Ronald M
Gretchen S, Owner at Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you Ronald for your feedback - it's always helpful when planning improvements. Which is happening this fall, after the season ends, and the hall carpeting is scheduled for replacement. Wear and rear does happen. In an older house, dating back a hundred years or more, when private baths replace former shared baths, they are placed where they fit -... More 

New York
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97 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As others have stated, it's quirky, it's dated, it could probably use some upgrades and sprucing up here and there, but I'd stay again in a heartbeat. Arriving on MDI with no place to stay on the Sat night of Labor Day weekend, Gretchen answered the phone and our prayers to find a place to stay the night. Gretchen is... More 

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not a B & B. Very overpriced for the conditions. The photos on the website are very misleading. Very dirty, smelly, carpeting disgustingly dirty, hair in food, bathrooms are either across the landing of the front stairs or down the hall. Got bug bites sitting in living room.....fleas I assume. Doors only lock from inside the rooms with... More 

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Thank virginiab647
Gretchen S, Owner at Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

I'm so sorry that Virginia's expectations were not met but I do appreciate her feedback. As I plan for the future it's helpful to hear guest's impressions. Staying at a B and B is always an interesting and unique experience and long time guests will attest to the fact that each and every one is different and unique - as... More 

Surrey, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for three nights at Penury Hall and just loved it. If you are looking for generic, plastic and veneer standard hotel type accommodation don't go here. It is so much better than that, Gretchen is a wonderful lady who makes you feel like you are her temporary family. We have a very comfortable room and bed that was... More 

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Thank Nick B
Gretchen S, Owner at Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you, Nick and family, for your review. You truly enjoyed your time here and the whole family was busy from morning til dark. I'm sure you took away many good memories of Acadia, Maine and Penury Hall and wish you could travel from the UK more often. Would be good to see you again. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

A comfortable, homey B&B located in quiet Southwest Harbor within walking distance of several excellent restaurants. Gretchen, the owner, is the real attraction. She graciously shares her home with guests. She manages to find things of common interest amongst all age groups to insure good breakfasts and great conversations. The bedrooms were comfortable and spacious with a good wi-fi .... More 

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Gretchen S, Owner at Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you Judy for your review and so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. For a quite small town we do have a wonderful variety of excellent restaurants, and all within walking distance. Interesting breakfast conversations which I can usually hear from the kitchen. More 

Kennebunk, Maine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Spacious common rooms for conversation, TV, distant water view. Hostess anxious to please, but... bring your own toiletries as they were in short supply (one tissue in the box, no body soap provided, hand soap close to empty, body lotion in pretty dispenser was watery, shampoo left overs). Threads hanging off hand towel. Shower was jerrymandered, stair and upstairs carpets... More 

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California
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30 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Gretchen is a delightful innkeeper. She has a wealth of world experiences and knowledge that makes for great conversation. Having been traveling for two weeks and staying at all B&B's, we have quite an ability to compare B&B lodgings. Speaking specifically about the Inn, you stay in the home of the innkeeper, using her living area for your living area.... More 

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michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Gretchen is a very welcoming and friendly hostess - most willing to help in anyway. She is by far the best part of staying at Penury Hall. But I seem to be the only reviewer who comments on the house itself - it is very tired and worn. In comparison to other "old" B&B's, I was quite surprised to see... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a very nice old home located right downtown across the street from the main section of town. The owner Gretchen is a delight and worth the stay just to talk with her during breakfast. The bedrooms are spacious and clean, and the rooms have a private bath that is located across the hall from the room.

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Gretchen S, Owner at Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

I'm always pleased when my guests enjoy my older home as much as I do. It is ideally located in town and after a day of touring in Acadia being able to walk to a variety of restaurants is a bonus in itself. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Our three night stay at Penury Hall was very relaxing and comfortable. With just three guest rooms, Gretchen, the Innkeeper made us feel right at home. Her cinnamon french toast, herb scrambled eggs and eggs benedict were delicious! She provided suggestions for our primary interests of hiking (views from Mansell Mtn with descent on Perpendicular Trail were awesome!) and kayaking... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Dry Cleaning
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A comfortable, rambling village home on the quiet side of Mt. Desert Island with three guest rooms, all with private baths. Walking distance to a variety of restaurants and close to Acadia National Park and all it has to offer. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast

Address: 374 Main St, Box 68, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4245
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Southwest Harbor
Price Range: $65 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast Maine/Southwest Harbor
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