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“There Must be Something Better”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Cleftstone Manor

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Cleftstone Manor
Ranked #25 of 31 Bar Harbor B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lakewood, Ohio
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“There Must be Something Better”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2004

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.

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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ridgewood, NJ
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2004

From the time we arrived till the morning we left, there was not a thing we needed that was not provided for. B'fast were delicious (and a choice), tapes loaned to us for Acadia Park, wine glasses when we wanted to relax with a drink in the afternoon, homemade cookies, tea for me when everyone else was out and about in the evening (just the little extras you receive when staying at this B&B). Grace was so helpful and very friendly. Our room was beautiful and very clean. We would certainly return to Cleftstone Manor.

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2004

Cleftstone Manor is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and it doesn't take very long to realize why. It's a beautiful Queen Anne mansion that harkens back to the days of old when grand homes really were worthy of that description.

We spent two nights at Cleftstone in late September in their grandest room, the sprawling "Cleftstone Room." A grand fireplace anchors the space, with a beautiful four-poster bed and stunning wood-beamed ceiling completing the picture of luxury. Big, fluffy bathrobes are available in this room, too.

The common areas are magnificient, inviting rooms that are great for friendly conversation or quiet reflecting. The guest-accessible computer on the second floor offering high-speed Internet access is a nice way to keep in touch with the outside world when the need arises.

As this property dates back 125-plus years, there are signs of its age evident here and there. Nothing offensive, but little things your eyes may notice as you take in all of her Victorian charm.

One aspect of the operation we believe can be improved are the breakfasts. One of the biggest draws for any B&B is the quality of the breakfast, the feeling one gets when you eat-out at a fine establishment. The food was good, but could have been more elegant in its presentation. We were served quiche one morning and it was the only item on the plate. No garnish, no sprinkling of colorful peppers, no artistic design of sauce. Just a wedge of quiche. Food tastes better when it looks like more effort is put into its creation.

This one drawback would not be a factor if the inn itself were more casual, but its historic designation requires a more formal dining experience, particularly when the room rate we paid is equivalent to some four-star hotels.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2004

The Cleftstone Manor was unknown to us. We found the name in a guide book. We found a beautiful inn with lovely inn keepers serving very delicious breakfasts. We got guidance as to where to eat and what to see. We were even handed a CD guided car tour through Acadia National Park. How convenient!! We had a wonderful stay. Thank you!

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Fishkill, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2004

Each of our three nights at the Cleftstone Manor this past August complemented the wonderful days we spent hiking and biking the spectacularly scenic trails of Acadia. The tea, lemonade and cookies, the spacious and beautiful common areas of the Manor adorned with vases of fresh-cut flowers, and the clean, comfortable and nicely appointed guest room, were great to come "home" to after a full day in the Park. Meals -- sometimes a hassle on vacation -- were not a problem thanks to Ann's terrific gourmet breakfasts each morning and reliable recommendations for dining out at night. A PC with Internet access was available free of charge to guests -- a rare and greatly appreciated service! We couldn't have asked for a better stay (or value) and we're already planning a return trip next summer.

  • Stayed August 2004
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2004

We recently spent five very enjoyable days at the Cleftstone Manor in Bar Harbor, Maine. Its historic setting represents the best tradition of vacationing in Bar Harbor. The rooms are spacious, bright and beautifully furnished and decorated in an elegant manner. Their breakfast menu is unique and varied, and the staff is helpful and courteous. Within its historic setting, the Cleftstone Manor serviced its guests' needs in the most modern way, including wireless Internet technology and a guest computer. We heartily recommend it as a special and unique place to stay.

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Quakertown, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2004

This was our first time at a B&B and did not know what to expect. From the moment we began our trip to Bar Harbor, the staff at Cleftstone felt like family. We were impressed with the immaculate condition that Anne and Bob (and staff) keep this B&B. It was quiet and the bed was so comfortable. And oh! The breakfasts are outstanding. Do NOT leave Cleftstone without trying one of Anne's muffins.
If you are even contemplating a hotel stay in Bar Harbor, stop and put the thought out of your mind. Stay at Cleftstone...you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2004
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Property: Cleftstone Manor
Address: 92 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1123
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
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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