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“The only place to stay in Bar Harbor” 5 of 5 stars
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West Street Hotel
Ranked #9 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Maine
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“The only place to stay in Bar Harbor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

It's about time! Wow, did downtown Bar Harbor need a property like this. This hotel is fresh, trendy, upscale, light and breezy with a nautical theme that isn't lame rather Pottery Barn goes to the beach. I could spend a week here and be quite happy. The Pro's: Excellent parking in downtown Bar Harbor, within walking distance to everything, superb decor and room layout, most excellent rooftop infinity pool/bar/hiding spot. Great on site restaurant-loved it! Hallway pantry on each floor is a level of luxury not found in most Maine hotels
Con's Lighting in the bath was somewhat dim and the sink configuration made hair and makeup hard to do. Recommending a lighted cosmetic mirror. Sliding door to bath needed some lube as the rail made a heinous noise when closing the bath door. But, really the cons are so so minor when it comes to this property. My prediction? Book now for next year, this hotel will sell out every Summer and Fall weekend!

Room Tip: High floor water view!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

There is a lot to love at the West Street Hotel. We visited for two weekend nights in mid- September. Built in 2012, it still very much has the feel of a new hotel. Everything is clean and new. I booked a harbor view room. My husband and myself found ourselves in a upgraded corner harbor view room which was very large. Everything was nice-sitting area, bureaus, nautical theme, 2 balconies with nice views, large bathroom with heated floors, modern sinks, huge glass shower, claw footed tub, nice bedding, towels and robes, heavy drapes that actually block out light, and more. We also had wonderful free breakfasts at Paddy's each morning. Coffee and bottled water station in hall available anytime, cookies in the evening. We had no problem parking in back and it's a close walk to everything Bar Harbor. There is also a beautiful infinity roof top pool with loungers, a must see.
I do believe this place would have a very different feel in the summer, just like Bar Harbor itself. Much louder, much busier, there were no children around and school had started. So really depends on what your looking for. Loved our stay, will be back again and will stick to off season. Last put not least, minutes to an entrance to Acadia Park.

Room Tip: Harbor view rooms worth extra money, otherwise facing parking lot. Corner rooms very large.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank tmgNh
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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Absolutely incredible, beautiful, outstanding hotel. There is not one thing that was missed to make our stay fantastic. The Hotel is new, the decorator should receive an award for the work that they did on this property. The Hotel is a Green Property with energy efficiency exuding everywhere while keeping the comfort of the guest a high priority. I wish we had a property like this in South Florida.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

We were impressed from the moment we walked in. This newly built hotel is a must if you are planning a trip to Bar Harbor. Beautiful rooms which are quite contemporary and very comfortable. Gorgeous view, prime location. Walk to everything from dining to shopping to points of interest. Minutes from Acadia park... So much to see and do! Lots of delicious dining options. Take a sunset sail, whale watch and explore nature in the bay. Access to The Bar Harbor Club's facilities is a plus.. Beautiful pool and fitness center, great spa! Highly recommend stating at West Street... We look forward to returning :)

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

I wish we could rate 4 1/2 stars. Our only objections were: a personal preference for in room coffee service rather than a coffee bar on each floor and bathroom lighting was inadequate.
Location, wonderful, bath and shower A+, staff A+, bedding A+, views A.

Room Tip: Choose a room closer to the corner for better harbor views.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank JandD65
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Northern VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

The location on the harbor can’t be beat. The location is central to just about anything a tourist would want/need access to. The harbor is right across West Street with the majority of tours (boat, trolley, bus, walking) originating from the location.

We stayed in a harbor view king room (411) in early October 2012.

Room
Room 411 is a corner room facing the harbor. The reason to get this room is the two balconies. The sunsets and the stars in the evenings are worth the price.
King size bed was very comfortable (firm), pillows were very soft (not firm)
Television was about 50 inches sitting on a credenza.
There is one ceiling fan with variable speeds.
There is a chest of drawers and a credenza for items put in drawers.
A digital safe and refrigerator are provided in each room in the snack bar area.
There was one small closet in the room with eight hangers
The drapery on the windows was thick and does a good job of blocking out light in the evenings.
The thermostat in the room was digital and the AC/heat worked well.
The walls between rooms are not soundproof. The doors of rooms slamming could be heard many rooms away.
The wifi in the room was good, but the password had to be reentered various times in the day.
The bathroom has a clawfoot bathtub, separate large shower and toilet area with some counter space.
The clawfoot bathtub is not large enough for two adults comfortably
There is a weak exhaust fan in the bathroom.
The water pressure in the shower is average. Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap bottles are provided.
The maid services does an excellent job every day. They are cognizant of the “Privacy” door hangers.

The pantry area is a nice option to pickup bottled water and coffee. Cookies are the nightly treat if you time it right (after 7:00PM). The cookies disappear quickly.

Reception
The front desk is helpful. They are easy to deal with. They were happy to talk about things to do and make dinner reservations. They were forward thinking and a step ahead. The best we have experienced in Bar Harbor.

There are two elevators in the main building and they are slow moving. There is another elevator in the building at the far end of the hallway.
The pool area on the roof top is no longer heated. We were told it was broken and would not be repaired.

The gym is well equipped for cardio lovers. The majority of machines are wired vs. free weight. The gym looks right out onto West Street on the main level so there is plenty of people watching while running and biking.

It is nice to have Paddy’s Irish Pub onsite downstairs, but some other recommended restaurants include Morning Glory Bakery(breakfast) Two Cats (breakfast), Café This Way (breakfast), Mache Bistro (dinner), and Fathom (dinner). All are within 1 mile walking distance.

Note:
-Guest parking on the property is an issue. There are not enough parking spots for 1/2 of the guests when the hotel is fully booked. Reception will tell you to park across the street at Harbor Side (a sister resort). The guest parking lot in the rear of the building is not the only places to park for guests. There are roughly 8-10 spots behind the building up a small hill and to the left of the guest parking lot that also have signs for West Street Hotel parking that guests can park in. This was shared by a helpful bell hop.

Room Tip: Room 411 is a corner room facing the harbor. The reason to get this room is the two balconies. The...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank buffgray
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Sagamore Hills, Ohio, United States
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21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We found this hotel on the internet and was so glad that we did! The room was excellent and the location was perfect. The staff went out of their way to help with anything we needed! We would definiately stay here again and recommend it highly!

Room Tip: Rooms with a view of the water are fantastic and worth the upgrade!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Judi D
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Property: West Street Hotel
Address: 50 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1858
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Bar Harbor
#9 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
#11 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — West Street Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 85
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