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“Acadia Park and Kingsleigh Inn - outstanding!”
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Kingsleigh Inn
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

Four of us traveled New England for two weeks and spent two nights at the Kingsleigh Inn. We chose it because we wanted to be in a quieter area away from Bar Harbor which seemed too touristy. What a treat to get to know Pamela and Brian who are congenial, humorous hosts, to have their knowledge of the area and the nearby restaurants, and, most of all, to experience their delicious treats and breakfast. Other reviews mention the afternoon treats, the wine and appetizers and three course breakfasts. but the quality is what makes it special. Pamela loves to cook and the food shows her attention to detail and flavor. We will stay there again at this beautiful place when we return to spend more time at Acadia National Park.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

The Kingsleigh Inn is a wonderful place to stay while visiting Acadia National Park. We stayed there four nights in September and would have loved to have stayed longer. Another reviewer has remarked that Pamela and Bryan clearly love their business, and we agree. Indeed, they have mastered the art (as well as the business) of running a B&B. This is clear in the warmth with which they greet their guests and the care with which they look after their guests’ needs. They are helpful in making restaurant recommendations and reservations (the Inn is within walking distance of at least four excellent restaurants). They have provided a fine collection of books about Acadia as well as hiking maps that guests can borrow and take on their hikes.

We stayed in the Wellington, on the first floor, the four nights we were there. The room was comfortable, with plenty of space. Some reviewers have remarked that their rooms were small, but ours certainly wasn’t. Though we were near the common rooms, our room was quiet. The bathroom was a bit small, but was certainly adequate.

Other reviewers have mentioned the excellent breakfasts, but we must talk about them, too. The three courses were prepared and presented with care and skill. The food was delicious. In addition, for early risers, there are coffee and tea and muffins or some other baked item at 7:00 am. And, as others have mentioned, coffee and tea are available all day.

A highlight for us was the social hour from 5 to 6, when we had a chance to meet and talk with the other guests. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres are provided.

Other reviewers have remarked on the level of street noise. The inn is on the main street of Southwest Harbor, and there are a few trucks going up and down the street, but not enough (while we were there, at least) to be bothersome. Of course, for the most part we weren’t at the Inn during the day. But one day it was raining so we stayed around the Inn until lunch time, sitting in the lounge at the front of the Inn. We didn’t notice street noise.

In fact, the quiet and peacefulness of the Inn is, in our view, one of its best assets. For us, the lack of televisions in the common rooms and most of the guest rooms is a plus.

We have stayed at B&Bs for over 25 years, and Kingsleigh Inn is certainly one of the best. We hope to return many times.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

Pamela and Bryan welcomed us and enchanted us for the 2 nights that we were guests. The breakfasts are truly special and served by Bryan with a flair. The afternoon wine and cheese hour is also very nice. But the key was the warmth exuded by Pamela and Bryan. The location in Sowthwest Harbor is ideal, away from the Coney Island that is Bar Harbor.
We look forward to returning there often!!!

Room Tip: we had the Chelsea and Victoria guestrooms....both very nice.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

This really must be the best place to stay in SW Harbour. The owners clearly love their business and it shows. The breakfast is certainly different - it's three top-notch courses, starter, main course and, I kid you not, dessert. Excellent.

The rooms are spotless, the location is great for local restaurants etc and the owners will help you out with anything you might need. We had a bad experience at a restaurant they recommended, but that's not their fault (I won't name it in case our experience is not a fair reflection which it probably wasn't) and overall we had a really great time here and in Acadia NP.

One restaurant that really impressed us was Red Sky just round the corner - really exciting cooking.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Many thanks to Kingsleigh Inn for giving us such a memorable time on Mount Desert island. The Inn was very well sorted with many unexpected amenities such as fresh cookies and pastries throughout the day and a huge amount of island info, brochures, and trail maps. Their 5:00 social hour, offering wine and a snack, was great. We had the unique opportunity of meeting many of the guests during this time and it was very nice hearing about their day's adventures which ultimately helped define our next day's itinerary. In the end we left after making a few new friends and many new memories. We will not hesitate to return in the future. Oh and the breakfasts were great too! Perfect proportions and some diverse offerings!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Waverly, it was somewhat tight but was nice and worked out well for us.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

Very nice inn with good attention to detail. Liked the afternoon tea/coffee/cookies. Cocktail hour was nice as well esp. after hiking and biking all day in the park. Also liked availability of coffee and tea all day. Nice to relax with at night. Breakfast was nice. I don't usually have a big breakfast but portions seemed a little small even though there were 3 courses. The egg dishes seemed more appropriate in size. Could have used one more pancake on the pancake plates. Juice shots were fun. Loved the early morning mini muffins. Had a frig with complimentary water and soda which was also nice. Tasty chocolates in the room. Yummy.
Upstairs rooms were small. Bathroom was small too. I'm sure this varies room to room.
Greatest downside to inn was being located on the main street. Could hear traffic in room despite having new "sound proof " windows. Found that being located on the main street took away from sitting on the lovely porch. Innkeepers were very professional and pleasant.
Have area activity books, hiking books and biking books to use.

Room Tip: Would take a room away from highway.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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KingsleighInn, Owner at Kingsleigh Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2011

We were so sorry to hear that this guest did not have the quiet, relaxing experience that we strive to provide with our many amenities, guest services and carefully appointed guestrooms and gathering areas.
We remember the time described very well - my Mother's Wedgewood was dancing across the china cabinet's glass shelves in addition to the whole house shaking! Indeed, we had a real fear of structural damage to our 1904 building, but thankfully, all is well in that respect.
The cause? The town of Southwest Harbor has embarked on a water and sewer upgrade project which began in earnest in early September and those days with the extreme noise and even "aftershocks" of the process of breaking up the asphalt and digging up the pipes were very distressing for guests and locals alike.
The excessive noise from the project, if work is on Main Street, is during the day when most folks are out in the park enjoying our great fall weather. However, for those who had wished to enjoy a relaxing day in our living room, lounge or on our deck with book or Kindle in hand and an espresso or soothing hot tea at the ready, this was not to be.
We sincerely regret the inconvenience of not having that option available during that time period and look forward to the finish of this much-needed upgrade to our town's important infrastructure on Main Street and adjacent streets. Our public works director assures us the project is on track and the resulting new systems will be of great benefit to our town and our visitors.

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Reviewed September 18, 2011

Been going to southwest harbor for years. Bryan and Pamela pay great attention to detail: chocolates, morning pastry available an hour before breakfast, 24 hour self-serve coffee bar, 5pm tea/baked goods, 6pm wines and snacks, and a neat comfortable place. Bryan and Pamela are very good hosts and great sources of reliable information about attractions, hikes, boat rides, etc. The problem with the Kingsleigh--and this is not so much a valid criticism as simply pointing out an important element you can't know until you go--is that the Kingsleigh is on Main Street. You will hear traffic going by during the daylight hours, including lots of loud trucks. If you sit in the downstairs rooms, beautifully decorated and comfortable for reading, you will hear and feel windows rattle. This is something you should know before you go, then make your decision. It is very nice to walk across the street to a bike shop and it is equally nice to walk to half a dozen eateries for snacks or meals. But you will not be able to quietly sit on the porch and read and relax, nor will you be able to do so in the first floor common areas due to the noise. I've stayed in SW Harbor around the corner at a very lovely and quiet inn, the Lindenwood, and the Kingsleigh wins for food and details, the Lindenwood wins for peace and quiet by a lot, just a 2 minute car ride from the restaurants you walk to from the Kingsleigh.

Room Tip: Hawthorne was nice, but small.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 373 Main St, PO Box 1426, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4404
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Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Southwest Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Southwest Harbor
Price Range: $140 - $315 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kingsleigh Inn sits high on a hill, overlooking the harbor in the heart of Southwest Harbor catering to couples seeking the comfort and charm of an historic home, myriad amenities of a boutique hotel and welcoming hosts to ensure a memorable stay on Mount Desert Island. Our rates include a 3 course breakfast with choice of a different sweet or savory entree each day, in-room Port wine with homemade chocolates, afternoon cookies, early evening wine and hors d'oeuvres and all day coffee, tea and fresh ground espresso. We have private off-street parking, free WIFI, guest refrigerator with complimentary soda and bottled water, free guest phone (US and Canada), hiking sticks, books, trail guides and much more. ... more   less 
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Kingsleigh Inn Maine/Southwest Harbor

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