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“Cabin living straight out of the 1960's but not for everyone.” 4 of 5 stars
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The Colony on Frenchman's Bay
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hulls Cove
Granby, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Cabin living straight out of the 1960's but not for everyone.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My wife and I, having come of age in the late 60's / early 70's found this cabins to be quite nostalgic, and has some have pointed out, perhaps a bit worn / worse for the wear. I can juxtapose our stays at the Colony to other, more luxurious places on MDI, but that would not be fair. If you are looking for luxury, bell hops, over-the-top guest services, this place is not for you. If you are looking for a reasonably priced place to stay with a full sized refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster and coffeemaker so you can make your own breakfast (and maybe lunch or bring home a couple of lobsters to boil) and save some $, then this place is for you.

Bottom line: This is a nice compromise between camping (which can be cold and wet on MDI) or spending a bunch of money on a room (without a kitchen, dining area or front porch).

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Jack W
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Lovely view and nice pool. That's about all I can say. Rooms are musty, there were spiders in our towels and we lost power on the Fourth of July. We stayed the night anyway because we already paid. Not one person asked if we needed anything and when I called to report the problem the man was rude and condescending. Beds left me with a back ache for 2 days. Not worth $150!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars
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5 Thank BroncoBe
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Old Town, Maine
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40 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Visited here for the 4th of July weekend! We (my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter) were in 17. Found it to be a nice cabin reminding me of my childhood camp. Clean, comfortable with older furnishings. You would hunt long and hard to fine nostalgic stuff like this to furnish a camp! Loved the retro green bath fixtures. Real wool blankets too to warm up from the ocean breeze! Price was great for the quality and especially if you pay by cash! Amazed at the hospitality with a 4th of July BBQ for all! The pool was one of the best outdoor pools I have every seen at cabins. Kyle and family work hard to make your experience a good one - and we did have some horrid rains, high winds and things this weekend. Working a business like this in a high tourist area is not easy. Kudos to them having a lovely private beach across the road - something few in the area own. Pet friendly too! Thank you all - I know we will be back as a family! Hope their season is a good one!

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank hollorageo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Stayed over the 4th of July weekend at a premium rate during hurricane Andrew. We lost power the morning of the 5th and weren't scheduled for reconnection until the 8th. The owner offered no amenities, no transition to the many cabins with power and was annoyed with our calls for service. If you're looking for a subpar "cabin" with multiple dificiencies (spiders, ants, broken showers, and noisy neighbors) than this is the place for you! Don't expect refunds for nights without power and/or heat, as well as not having a working shower because they aren't the owners fault (as we were told). Be cautious with this stay....and you've been warned!!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank absolutwhit
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is our 4th stay at the Colony. This year we stayed in cottage 26a . We traveled as a couple with our dog. We loved staying at the Colony. It is not a 5 star hotel. The cottages are simple, the furnishings are vintage and have not been updated, but it is CLEAN and COZY. It fits with the rustic setting of Acadia National Park. The Colony is family run. It is laid back and friendly. Jean is a sweetheart. Kyle is always helpful and accommodating. There are other family members that help run the motel and always are helpful. The location is wonderful ,you are on the water, with great views, and a short walk to the beach. The Colony does not offer a lot of frills, but if you are a "Rusticator" and enjoy the simple pleasures of Acadia National Park then this is for you. They are also very dog friendly, and our dog Harry loved his stay also. Our daughter and her husband stayed in the cottage next door and enjoyed their stay also. Thank you Kyle,

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank capecodair
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

We got both rooms 30a and 30 for my wife, 2 boys and my self. Very cute set up. A bit out dated for furniture but very comfortable non the less. Warm, cozy, & quite. We stayed off peak season so the complex was almost completely empty. Not sure what it would be like sharing a wall/cabin with another family. Beware of the water pressure....If not careful the shower will blast you through the wall! Haha. We enjoyed the stay and will definitely be back.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Thank iaoceo
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Allentown PA
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38 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Great dog spot with beautiful sunrises and lots of walking space. Chart Room restaurant is next door and always good, and the bathroom, although small, was updated.

Beds are a little on the soft side, but everything was clean and rates are a value!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Colony on Frenchman's Bay
Address: # 20 rr3, Hulls Cove, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor > Hulls Cove
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hulls Cove
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Colony on Frenchman's Bay 2*
Number of rooms: 55
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