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The Colony on Frenchman's Bay
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hulls Cove
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
1 review
“Great OLd Maine Charm Nice Cottages”
Reviewed August 14, 2010

Great place to stay Old Maine Charm at its best.Sick of the same old cookie cutter
Mac Motels, and want a special place to stay the Colony in Hulls Cove is it.Nice sized
cottages with that down east ambiance . When you come back to your room its like
coming home.The staff was great and a 1 min. walk to a great restaurant the Chart room.
with a $16. Lobster dinner . No its not the Ritz but a down east place to enjoy your
stay at Mt. Desert Island.Try it you'll like it and the price will let you dine out at the areas great
restaurants.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Central Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

The Colony offers private cottages that are very comfortable, but at the lower-end of the spectrum as far as luxury accommodations. Think "rustic" and you will be closer to what to expect. The furniture and fixtures are dated but functional. The service seems to be hit-or-miss... the housekeeping service was great, but the owners/managers are not always in the office (they do live on the property, I believe, though). Of course, you will not likely be spending much time in your cottage while visiting Mt Desert Island. The important part is the Colony is comfortable, centrally located, a great value, gives you plenty of space, a parking spot next to your front door, and the peace, quiet, and privacy of staying outside of town in a private cabin.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Wichita
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3 reviews
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

Really disappointing will never stay there again. Reserved a cottage on the ocean for a special trip with my fiance (newly engaged, scouting spots for our wedding). On arrival at 5:15pm to check in, there was a note on the door saying someone would be back at 5:30pm. At 5:45, no one had shown up so we called the number they left and the person who answered said they'd be there at 6. At 6:20, 5 people finally showed up. Apparently, the entire staff takes their dinner break at the same time. They did not have the cottage we reserved available, citing a 'mistake', so they 'upgraded us' to a room directly by the pool (very loud and we have no kids) that was musty and hadn't been renovated in 30 years. Disappointed, we looked at a motel room which also smelled horribly and was old. We finally settled on a duplex cottage thinking we might as well save a little money. Getting into the cottage, there was dog hair all over the chairs on the outside of the cottage as well as hair on the two chairs in the cottage and in the bathroom. Not 2-3 hairs, but completely covered. We left to go hiking and asked the front office to please clean. On our return 3 hours later, the hair was all still there. We again complained to the front office who insisted they had been cleaned and argued with me. I offered to gladly show them the hair that remained in the bathroom and on the chairs. At this point, if we could have gone anywhere else we would have but on a Friday night in July, our options were limited so we stayed. 15 minutes later, a young girl in her nightgown showed up to clean off the hair. What bothers us the most about the entire stay is that not once did anyone apologize for any of the problems we had. It would have been nice to know about the reservation mistake prior to arrival so that we could have stayed at another cottage on the coast, since this was forseeable. We were charged full price for both nights. I would never stay here again and hope that you will not either.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Mount Dora, Florida
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

We've stayed here a number of times and have met people who have been coming here for 30 years or more. Everyone here is very friendly and helpful and the cottages are very clean and well appointed. Our dog appreciated the dog walk area in the apple orchard, there are often deer to be seen there. There is an interesting historical marker up the hill past the maintenance shed. Saturdays are a special treat when Dave comes and plays his bagpipes on the grounds and down on the beach. Where else would you get all this? (And at quite the reasonable price too)

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Tremblant
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Reviewed July 24, 2010

We loved the Colony. The staff was very friendly and the service was great. They even provided us with a picnic table and music for our lobster dinner. The pool area was terrific. The decor is minimal but everything we needed was there . No frills. The view of the ocean was wonderful and we took our morning coffee down to the shore each morning. We will definately return. Wonderful value for the price.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Millis, Massachusetts
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115 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2009

I was just looking for a nice clean place to sleep after a long day of driving. For $70 including all taxes this place fit the bill for me. Stayed in a small room in one of the cabin rooms. Had a small porch out front, free WI-FI and a pool. The view across the street of the harbor is beautiful. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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Long Island, NY
1 review
Reviewed September 2, 2009

This family-owned and run hotel is located on a gently sloping hill overlooking the water. They welcomed our dog and even had a dog walk in the back. It is primarily cottages, and as we had a dog we stayed in a 1/2 cottage near the apple orchard/dog walk. The cottage was very clean, and we had 1 double bed, 1 single bed, and a nice sized bathroom. There was NO smell at all! The decor was older, but we cared much more about cleanliness, service and reasonable price, and this hotel delivered. We will be back.

  • Stayed August 2009, 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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