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5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bayview

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The Bayview
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
1 review
“Excellent Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Bayview is an outstanding hotel in Bar Harbor. The rooms are large and we had a private deck with an ocean view. Perhaps the best part about the Bayview is the service. They have a hotel car that they will use to drive you into Bar Harbor, which we took ample advantage for dinner in town. I travel extensively for business and stay in lots of hotels. The breakfast is excellent, and they had Kreuig coffee & ample teas stocked in our rooms. Overall, the Bayview is excellent and the service completes with some of the best high end hotels in the world. If you are traveling to Bar Harbor, I'd strongly suggest you stay here.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Steve224
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Thank you so much for the great review. The word "outstanding" is a tough act to follow but we certainly do try. I think you, like so many of our repeat guests really feel that service is our hallmark. Breakfast is more like a meet and greet than a hotel dining room, everyone walks out with a smile! Maybe you will become one of the repeats and trust me, we will treat you the same every time! I agree totally about the shuttle service. It is so much more relaxing and enjoyable when you can be looking at the scenery instead of searching for parking. Thank you again and please come back!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

This was our 11th season in a row to stay here , started by staying for 3 nights and lately we stay for 7 days and each year it gets better . The staff is always very friendly and the breakfast and cookies is second to none. This trip is one we look forward to begin our summer and always leave with good memories.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, June 20, 2014
Ah ha!! Eleven years you have put up with us, how wonderful and we all still look so young! Must be those 2pm cookies! This is one of those reviews that I can actually figure out who wrote it and I thank you! Seeing the four of you year after year, surrounded by many more returning faces, is truly a rite of Spring! Thank you for coming back each year. I hope we never disappoint and that your yearly visits continue for many years to come. See you in 2015!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

We just got home from our trip to Maine and Canada. We started at the Bayview which started a great tone for our trip. This is our second visit to the Bayview and again our stay was outstanding. They have a breakfast that is to die for. Our room was perfect, the bartender, Harry, was a delight, and the staff couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable. The Bayview is situated close to the main area of Bar Harbor with a beautiful view of the water. I highly recommend staying here if you ever come to Bar Harbor.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Mary F
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
Thank you for coming back to see us again! Sometimes the memories of a trip are very grand and our expectations become really high (at least in my mind) when I go back. I am so glad that this second trip was as good as the first! That breakfast is so tempting seven days a week! I agree it is to die for. Harry is wonderful, keeps us smiling and the guests love to chat it up with him! Thank you for the terrific review and I we hope to see you again...they say the third time is the charm!!!
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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were in Bar Harbor for a Friday night and Saturday night stay due to some friends getting married. Several other friends booked elsewhere and were so jealous at our room and amenities that we received for the rate that we paid. The rate is reasonable considering a free breakfast, all rooms are ocean views, and they are good size. The closer you get to town, the more expensive the rooms and the smaller, with no extras.
All employees were friendly, welcoming, and helpful. Their breakfast in the morning is continental with one hot dish as a "special." We enjoyed 2 different types of frittata one day and eggs Benedict the next. Both were delicious. All the pastries are made on site and the chef will often come out to see how your meal was.
Our room was spotless, with fresh linens and a beautiful balcony. The entire hotel is quiet and peaceful. I spent several hours on the balcony reading one morning and it was heaven! The rooms are very large and include a small dorm fridge, microwave, and a Keurig! We didn't watch TV but flat screens in each room with cable are available. Complimentary daily newspaper is available each morning at breakfast.
In terms of the travel to and from downtown Bar Harbor, it is 5 minutes drive at most, easily could bike to and from as well. The hotel also has a free shuttle service that will drop you off and pick you up!
Can't say enough good things about our experience here. Oh, and definitely try the homemade cookies at the front desk each day!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
I always get nervous when people say we are the best place because there are so many wonderful places to stay in Bar Harbor. I am so pleased that you found us and that we were just what you were looking for. Many times when I respond to reviews I try to point out just how great everyone here is, how delicious the food is and how beautiful the view is. You told it from your perspective and that in itself is worth ten of my responses. I also like your five minute drive “at most” description of our distance to town, that statement speaks volumes over my “about a mile, sidewalk all the way”! Thank you for sharing your positive comments on TripAdvisor and thank you for staying with us. I hope you will return someday to sit on the balcony and read some more!
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Palm City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Every single five star review of this property is true...and more! The magic begins as you enter the property through a high gate and drive on a short, winding road through several wooded acres to reach The Bayview. After a friendly check-in with Amelia, we immediately knew that this was the place for us in Bar Harbor. Look no more. In the past, we had stayed in a wonderful Bed and Breakfast in the downtown area; we wanted to try a different experience and were quickly persuaded by hundreds of glowing Trip Advisor reviews.
Words do not adequately describe the customer service at The Bayview. Every employee went out of the way to make us feel valued and welcome. In all our travels, we have never experienced customer service like this. It felt genuine and sincere, not "canned" like at some very expensive hotels and resorts.
Our $159 rate was the deal of this year for us. We felt like we were VIP's throughout our two night stay. Special thanks to Thomas, Amelia, and Matt, although I would like to thank all the employees for their care and attention. They work together like a family.
The room....very spacious and immaculate with a drop-dead unobstructed, gorgeous view of Frenchman Bay. Breathtaking.
Some of the room amenities include: terrific water pressure in the shower, fresh flowers and a heater in the bath, Keurig, microwave, and refrigerator, ceiling fan, terry cloth robes, plenty of electrical outlets for our gadgets, reclining lounge chair, comfortable mattress and bedding.
We loved the location of the The Bayview, slightly out of town. Although a free shuttle is available, we opted to walk each way to justify eating all the baked goods at The Bayview. Any one who has stayed there quickly learns what 2:00 means. Yes, that huge tray of homemade cookies, at least 4-5 different types, each cookie is better than the last. I cannot imagine anyone practicing complete willpower passing this tray.
Breakfast. Delicious hot choices. Cold alternatives. Excellent homemade granola. A tray with at least 8-10 different choices of superb homemade baked goods, including bagels. Give this baker a substantial raise! My husband raved about the sliced tomatoes, claiming that they were the best tomatoes since his childhood. He mentioned to the friendly breakfast crew, Anne and Matt, that the only thing that could have improved those tomatoes would have been lox. Imagine his utter disbelief the following morning when he was served with a custom plate. Lox, kippers, diced egg, cream cheese and chives. Consummate customer service. My husband will be talking about this experience for the rest of his life.
Many, many thanks to everyone at The Bayview. We will continue to return to Bar Harbor with The Bayview as the destination, not Bar Harbor.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Patricia316
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
Wow! It is an epic review and it is outstanding and we do love it! You mentioned just about everyone and everything and that makes us extremely pleased and proud! The customer service comments are sincere and very much appreciated. People say we go above and beyond, but as you point out, it is because we want to. Most times our guests are just as gracious in return. Perhaps the real key to our customer service is character. Let me tell you, we have some real characters here on our staff! One of them that oftentimes guests don’t get to meet is Nora. She is our chef and baker, the leader in the kitchen! The man that many see in the dining room is Matt, Nora’s husband. Nora would be out and about more, but she is busy cooking and baking! Matt does a terrific job as her wing-man, but please, make no mistake; Nora is the Queen of the kitchen. She has trained her husband well, although I should mention he has been a chef for years too! All of us here feel we have the "cream of the crop" with us with both of these extremely talented and personable people on our team! Anne has been a great new addition in the dining room as well as Amelia at the Front Desk. I think we are very lucky to find the staff that fits our style. I am glad you came and stayed with us, glad you called very early in the new year for the early booking special and very glad to know you will be back to stay again! Thank you very much!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014

We enjoyed a 3 day stay May 29, 30, 31 at the Bayview. Our large room, with a balcony, was on the second floor overlooking Frenchman's Bay. The room was clean, the bed very comfortable, it was quiet and the view was beautiful. Our last morning we saw a white-tailed doe and her very small fawn from our balcony. The breakfast was delicious, with fresh fruit, tomatoes (the tasty tomatoes were Maine grown), pastries (blueberry turnovers, banana bread, croissant, and more) hot/cold cereals, and egg dishes (the eggs benedict were wonderful). The variety of afternoon cookies were fresh baked everyday and were also delicious. The entire staff was sooooooo! friendly (desk staff, shuttle driver, breakfast chefs and waitstaff). It was nice to stay just slightly out of town and positioned perfectly to get to Acadia National Park. We loved our stay here.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank ViajeroTravel
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, June 8, 2014
Thank you and we loved having you here! I am glad you were able to see the doe and fawn. We have been seeing the doe here morning, noon and night but I haven’t seen the fawn. It is so nice to just be able to relax and watch them. Add the wildlife to the view and that makes everything good! I will pass along your praise to all that work here, from the breakfast staff to housekeeping and front desk, bellmen and grounds. We always appreciate guests taking the time to write. Please come back again!
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

We followed Trip Advisor comments and tried this #1 rated Inn. We were not dissapointed as the Inn is located in a large green extension with a spectacular ocean view. Our nice and large room was ocean front with a balcony.We also had a fridge, a microwave and a modern Keurig cofee machine. Breakfast in the morning was very complete with cold and hot food. All the staff members were very kind and informative, specially Jocelyn at the front desk which informed on places to eat and things to do.They have a shuttle service to the town.It is located at only one mile of the Acadia National Park entrance.We highly reccomend it.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
Thank you! Your review reminds me of a commercial I saw, “if it is on the internet, it must be true”! It makes us all very pleased and proud when our guests agree with what they read online. Jocelyn is just great too. She, like everyone else that works here, knows that kindness begets kindness and there is never too much information when you are traveling to a new area. Everything you said was high praise to all of us and we thank you very much! Please come back again!
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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