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“Great place to rest and relax”
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The Bayview
Ranked #2 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 18, 2012

My wife and I were passing through Bar Harbor and we were lucky enough to get a room at Bayview. Staff was very helpful and extremely nice from the moment we arrived. The location is the best and the view is awesome. The room was extremely well kept and very roomy. The breakfast was outstanding and they even drove my wife and I downtown to eat and came back to pick us up. Everyone was very professional couldn't ask for a better place to rest and relax. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

I love responding to reviews like yours! You were very matter of fact and detailed, just telling it like it is. So, we feel lucky that we welcomed you as our guests! Please come back again and we will aim for a repeat performance!

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

A cut above the rest of the lodging in Bar Harbor which is mostly motels. Here the room is spacious, a balcony looked out on the water and you are walking distance from downtown (although the way back is uphill and there's always the hotel shuttle).
Staff is helpful and friendly, probably the greatest asset of The Bayview. There is not much in the way of grounds other than the parking lot and no fitness room, none needed as most likely you will be hiking in Acadia National Park, boating or biking.
The dining room is breakfast only but what an excellent breakfast. A couple of hot covered dishes changed every day, French toast one time and a very good egg scramble with sliced sausage another. However the highlight is the baking, from the homemade doughnuts for breakfast to the cookies that show up at the reception desk every afternoon: chocolate chip with dates, strawberry strudel, lemony shortbread with those tasty tiny Maine blueberries. They should market these and sell them all over the country!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank EmilDE
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

I agree with everything you said and thank you! It is our staff that is our greatest asset but good food, spectacular views and clean, comfortable surroundings don't hurt either! You are so right about the fitness room. We figure the walk up to our pool combined with the trails of Acadia provide plenty of exercise! We are proud of what we offer and are pleased you found it a "cut above"! Please come back and see us again!

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We stayed here October 12-13, 2012 while visiting Acadia National Park. The motel was beautiful and all rooms face the water. Staff were great and really helpful. The Bayview is not close to Bar Harbor, but they provide shuttle service. The morning breakfast was fantastic. Coffee was offered until 10 PM.

The rooms were expertly furnished and with nice amenities (microwave and refrig). Each room had it own balcony facing the water.

Room rate expensive.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Thank you for your honest review. I am really glad you had such a nice time. It is true that you pay more to be on the water, and there are many beautiful hotels in Bar Harbor that aren’t on the water. Some people only want a room with a view and that is all we have. All our hotel rooms are 75 feet from the water; our town homes are 480 feet from the water and look out over the hotel to the water. Combine that with no resort fees, no parking fee, no street view, just water and it doesn’t seem so bad! I hope you will return again and I hope you will be just as pleased with the accommodations. We will be very glad to see you!

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We are so glad that we decided to stay here, based on past Tripadvisor reviews. We were not dissappointed!! The staff really is terrific. They are the largest collection of friendly and helpful people in one hotel, that we have ever experienced. I went to a conference that was being held at the Harborside Hotel and Marina, but we decided to stay at The Bayview, based on all the great reviews.
The Bayview is only about 3 minutes from downtown Bar Harbor, but is a quiet, beautiful, and relaxing retreat. The shuttle that takes you anywhere in town and then picks you back up was so helpful. You can enjoy yourself at dinner, shopping, etc., without having to worry about trying to find a parking spot that would be a good walking distance from your destination. The drivers were always very helpful and pleasant.

The front desk staff was always helpful and nice. They will give you a map with most of the restaurants around town and many of them have their menus printed in the booklet, too. The fresh cookies and dessert snacks available every afternoon and evening were delicious! It was a nice treat after a day of hiking in Acadia or just shopping around downtown Bar Harbor.

Our room was very spacious and it was so relaxing to sit on the balcony, with the beautiful view of the ocean. We would occasionally hear and see a loon floating on the water.

Every morning we would eat at the breakfast buffet. We loved to sit and eat on the balcony. The food was always delicious. Rebecca, the chef, is a great chef and hilrarious! We enjoyed chatting and laughing with her every morning as she would bring us fresh muffins. It was a great spread of a variety of foods from scones, muffins, biscuits, cereal, fruit and yogurt parfaits, bacon, french toast, pancakes, quiche, etc. I had never tried eggs benedict before, but let me tell you, it was so good! My husband loved it so much, he had three. I also enjoyed being able to have authentic seaweed salad every morning. It was a real treat. If you really want to make Rebecca laugh or roll her eyes, just ask her what is in the seaweed salad. (Apparently some people don't know)

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2012

Thank you for your very detailed and positive review! It was great fun to read and I am sure Rebbeka got a real kick out of it. We are all on board with making sure our guests feel special when they are here and happy to be here! You certainly let us know that is just what you experienced. I am glad you found the time to sit on your balcony and with the colors this season so spectacular it is even better. The backdrop of the blue water with the maple on our front lawn is so pretty. We all hope you get to return someday. We will keep the shuttle running for you and maybe you will be able to come just to vacation and not work. For whatever reason you return, we hope to see you again at The Bayview!

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

There are not enough words to express how wonderful our stay was at the Bayview. From the moment we walked in, we were treated like old friends. The breakfast was fantastic and the staff very accommodating. Some people requested certain items to be cooked, and immediately the staff took care of it. We were housed in the townhouses and loved it. There was plenty of space and a wonderful view. They had a car service that would take you to downtown Bar Harbor and pick you up. This made our trip even more relaxing not having to worry about finding parking. I will be back again and again!!

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We had a wonderful time at The Bayview. The view of the bay from our balcony was beautiful. The room was huge and comfortable. Most of all, the staff was tremendous, making excellent restaurant recommendations and reservations. They have a shuttle that will take you anywhere in town and then pick you up when you call. We never waited more than 10 minutes. Highly recommend!!!

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2012

Thank you! I honestly think our staff is our biggest asset although that ocean view is pretty popular too! I know that everyone that works here understands what the "hospitality" industry is and since so many of us have been here for so many years it all feels like family! We want our guests to feel at home, we want them to relax and most importantly we want them to have a terrific vacation. We haven't always pleased everyone but we do try! I am very glad you had such a nice time! Please come again!

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Staying at this hotel is one of our best experiences. The room is huge and spotless, with gorgeous view from the balcony. The public space (both indoor and outdoor) are disproportionately big for a 26 room hotel. The breakfast was wonderful. We will come back again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Wei H
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2012

Thank you! As I have stated many times there are so many wonderful places to stay in the area that we are thrilled to be # 1. We also know that should that change it will only be because everyone in the area really wants to show their hospitality flair! I am so pleased that you had such a nice time. Everyone that works here does take pride in their work and when guests write reviews like yours we know that our efforts are truly appreciated! Please come back again!

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Additional Information about The Bayview

Address: 111 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1105
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Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range: $155 - $470 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Bayview 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Personalized friendly service, peaceful and quiet setting, spectacular views, close to downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Spacious oceanfront hotel rooms with balconies, some family friendly, or larger two and three bedroom townhomes and house. Expanded continental breakfast, pool, shuttle service, fresh baked cookies, lounge and limited wireless internet. ... more   less 
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