This is a glorious inn, tucked away in a quiet nook only one short block away from the teeming Bar Harbor hordes.
The inn has been -- obviously lovingly -- restored. It's light, bright and airy, with several common rooms, an enclosed porch-type area and an elegant breakfast room with white table cloths and separate tables (thank you).
If you are a foodie, locavore or just love wonderful food, the breakfasts will impress you. The place is pricey, but just consider the breakfast (+ coffee and juice) and deduct $50 for what such fare would have cost you (two people) ordering it in a" restaurant (including tip). There are home-baked snacks, fresh fruit and soft drinks available 24/7. There's excellent wine and cheese in the early evening (deduct another $15 -- 20).
We did have a problem with our room which was beyond the control of the hosts. They took it seriously, they addressed it, and they compensated us. Although it was taken care of, I mention it in this review for a reason: it's one thing to provide great accommodations, food and ambience. But I think you can really tell the quality of a place by how they handle the inevitable problems and conflicts that do arise. The BCI addressed our issue swiftly, fairly and without a fuss.
Our room, #6, was smaller than what I had wanted, but that is the only room that was available for our dates. Still: the upscale, generous amenities (L'Occitane); the comfy, fresh linens and robes; bath tub tray table; the complimentary 2 ounce bottles of artisan olive oil and vinegar; the bottle of pinot noir (not complimentary) -- all made it feel like a pamper.
Hosts are adaptable to the desire of guests to socialize or not. Lets face it: some B&B guests like to Kumbaya and others (like us) enjoy privacy. A good B&B experience for me is: leave me alone unless I need you. And when we needed the Bass Cottage people, they were there for requests large and small.
Much has been written in TripAdvisor about the infamous Room 6. IMO, this is a size room for if you're leaving early in the morning and spending the days and evenings out. There's a bed and one chair. More than one person cannot hang out and completely relax in this room. Of course, if you're happy spending time in the common rooms, it should work for you. Still, when I return, if I can't get a larger room, I would definitely stay at Bass Cottage. (In fact, I might even plan my trip dates around their availability.)
One possible drawback of Room 6 I should mention -- and it wasn't a problem for me -- is that the blinds are light colored and a hazy light shines into the room in the morning. I love waking up this way, but if you like to sleep late and the light disturbs you, you might bring a night mask -- or maybe another room has darker blinds.
Light blinds notwithstanding: Bass Cottage Inn is up there on the short list of the best B&B/inns I have stayed in.
[For picnic sandwiches for your day in Acadia, your best bet is the supermarket on Cottage Street. Made fresh every morning, the sandwiches there were much better than what we got the first day at the local deli. The best restaurants seem to be on the fringes of the touristic area. We ate at Mache, which was amazing beyond belief.]
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern. Maine. Classic. Bar Harbor's finest boutique inn. Yankee Magazine "Best of New England / Editors' Choice" award winner. Member of the Diamond Collection. Bar Harbor's premier luxury inn featuring sophisticated, elegant accommodations and gourmet breakfasts. Located steps from the waterfront, shopping, restaurants and just minutes from Acadia National Park. Fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and free WiFi. Open mid-May through end of October each year. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bass Cottage Hotel Bar Harbor
- Bass Cottage Inn Bar Harbor, Maine