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Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast

374 Main-St., Box 68, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679
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Kennebunk, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank maineexpl0rer
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99 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank dayzpen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank musicmary
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank CaptainVS
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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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Butchy11
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My boyfriend and I were traveling to Maine to celebrate my birthday. We were looking for a more laid back area to avoid mass crowds of people and Southwest Harbor was perfect. It was quiet but also close to everything - restaurants, hiking, shopping, etc. We absolutely LOVED Gretchen. Instantly her home felt like ours as well. The room was... More 

Thank Patekr
Rock Hill, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We went up to see our son who moved up to Maine in May went online and found Penury Hall B&B. Gretchen was so nice and made us feel right at home as soon as we walked through the door. Breakfast every morning was very good and filling and our son and his girlfriend were able to join us each... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay with you. We were glad to avoid the crowds at Bar Harbor, and your home was a lovely launching place to explore Maine. I particularly loved feeling like we were locals. The breakfasts were wonderful- your a great cook. To anyone who would care to visit, this is a truly lovely B&B... More 

Thank Whyzely
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45 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Southwest Harbor is a cute little town full of great restaurants and interesting shops as well banks, a grocery store, etc - but not the HORDES of tourists that Bar Harbor has. Penury Hall is full of art, and Gretchen, the owner and hostess has very good taste. The bedrooms are comfy, as are the beds. We had the admirals's... More 

Thank OregonPerkins
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

You may think the beauty of Penury Hall is its fabulous location so close to restaurants and shops, or it's substantial breakfast that makes you feel you can skip lunch, but the real beauty of the B&B is Gretchen, the owner, who knows everything about the island and is eager to share her insider's information with you. Gretchen takes the... More 

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  • Free Parking
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  • 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
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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