Everyone writes such glorious reviews of Bar Harbor's Cleftstone Manor, but we found it to be disappointing. If we had paid as much as Cleftstone charged to stay in, for example, a Hyatt Regency, we would have demanded another room or an extremely generous discount.
Why do people get so caught up in the pretense of gentry travel that they happily accept the accommodations I am about to describe? Who loves paying through the nose for beat-up furniture, back-aching mattresses, dirty drinking glasses, and gray bath tubs?
The mattress in the Bruce Price Room is sunken in the middle. The room is furnished with an antique bed and dresser that are shabby and in need of restoration.
At first glance, the antique footed bathtub appeared filthy. It was clean, but extremely worn. The tub fixtures are corroded with a resulting green stain on the tub. The brass fittings on the wooden toilet seat (ugh!) are likewise green. Whether clean or not, it IS gross and unsightly.
A hook on the back of the bathroom door would be useful.
We made the pilgrimage up Cadillac Mountain to watch the October 8 sunrise. It was beautiful and clear, but it was also cold. We were still chilled when we got back to the manor, so we turned on the heat. If guests in this room need heat at night, they won't get much sleep. The heater sounds like a jackhammer.
Every hostelry we have ever patronized has cleared away foodservice items from the room on a daily basis. Not Cleftstone. Our used drinking glasses remained in the room for all three days of our stay. Why?
I'm hoping that the bedding was clean. It looked all right. The food was good, but not exceptional.
We are not rookie travelers. We have traveled considerably for many years to many places, domestic and foreign. We do not stay in cheap hotels, and we do not appreciate being over-charged for mediocre accommodations. We won’t be back to Cleftstone a second time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cleftstone Manor, built in 1884 on "Millionaire's Row", is one of the few Victorian mansions to escape the fire of 1947. The sixteen guestrooms, each have private bath, many have TV, AC, phone, fireplace and whirlpools. The magnificent common rooms are furnished with Victorian antiques and period pieces, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of turn of the century Bar Harbor. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning and afternoon refreshments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cleftstone Manor Hotel Bar Harbor
- Cleftstone Manor Bar Harbor, Maine