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Bar Harbor Grand Hotel
Ranked #6 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Not Great, Not Bad”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

We stayed at the Bar Harbor Grand for two days in October while traveling the coast of Maine for our honeymoon. The hotel was clean, reasonably comfortable, and conveniently located in town. However, I found the rooms dated and every staff member that we encountered had an air of general indifference. This was an odd place that reminded me of a bygone day where a fine hotel put a bell at the front desk, provided a clean room, and stuck a laminated area guide on the night stand. (Seriously - those days are gone - hospitality is a competitive business.) Good basic lodging. Don't expect too much.

Room Tip: The wifi didn't work in our room. We did some trouble shooting and it only works on one side of...
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Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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DennisWClark, Manager at Bar Harbor Grand Hotel, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
I want to thank our guest from Texas for their kind remarks regarding the cleanliness of our rooms. I truly hope they enjoyed their stay in Bar Harbor on their special day. I work with my staff constantly and strive to set an example in taking care of our customer's needs in a hospitable manner. We are continuously upgrading our property for the appeal of many. We appreciate this may not work for all. We have in place a plan for opening day this season to modify our wifi to be more effective. I truly hope our guest will visit us again in the future.
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We stayed here mid July 2012 for 3 nights. The room was very nice and the front desk clerks were very friendly and offered suggestions for things to do, etc. Breakfast with just so-so, normal continental fare. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate all day/evening. We didn't use the pool or hot tub but they looked nice. We never had to get in the car to go anywhere in town, everthing was within walking distance. It was about 1 mile walk from hotel to the waterfront...lots of shops back and forth so it didn't feel like a mile.

Looking forward to our next trip and we will definately stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Lyndeborough
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

I booked last minute off season for a business trip that took me to Bar Harbor. I had an excellent experience from the staff at the Bar Harbor Grand. All the staff went out of their way to make my stay an excellent experience and the room was the cleanest Hotel room I have ever stayed in. I highly recommend that if you're going to Bar Harbor that you visit the Bar Harbor Grand Hotel.

Room Tip: I stayed on the top floor and the views were great
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Very nice upscale hotel right in the center of Bar Harbor. Walking distance to the wharf and main street restaurants with ample free onsite parking. They have great package deals which made my stay very reasonable. The rooms are also good size and very clean. The only draw backs were a grumpy general manager, and a very basic low end continental breakfast. Aside from this the rest of the staff was very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Spent four nights here in November and had a wonderful time. The entire staff was pleasant and engaging. The location of the hotel made it very convenient for a leisurely stroll into town for dinner.

The rooms were large and comfortable. There were plenty of electrical outlets for charging computers and cellular phones. The in room safe was huge and would accommodate the largest laptops; several actually. The rooms were very clean.

The hotel was very quiet, although it was the off season. Breakfast is included in the room rate and it was very nice. It compared with a chain hotel breakfast spread with an assortment of fruit, yogurt, cereal, breads, waffles, etc. I enjoyed the fact that I could make healthy choices and save my calories for dinner.

I would have no qualms about returning to this hotel in the future.

Room Tip: I would ask for a room on an upper floor on the side; I think there would be less parking lot noise.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

This is a good, clean hotel with comfortable rooms. The staff was very helpful with suggestions on local places to eat. Rating would have been higher, but the breakfast selection here was limited and not as good as we have had at other hotels on the coast of Maine. The hotel is well located, allowing us to park the car and walk wherever we wanted to go in Bar Harbor.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kerzers, Switzerland
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

We stayed for tow nights at the Bar Harbor Grand Hotel. The hotel was located in downtown, several restaurants were in walking distanc. The room was realy big, very clean an also very quiet. If we would come back to Bar Harbor we would stay at the Bar Harbor Grand Hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bar Harbor Grand Hotel
Address: 269 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1744
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Bar Harbor
#1 Green Hotel in Bar Harbor
#7 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
#9 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bar Harbor Grand Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its great downtown Bar Harbor location, the Bar Harbor Grand Hotel is one of the area’s newest hotels, providing all of the modern conveniences with yesterday's charm. Based on the historic Rodick House, the elegant 1800's Bar Harbor landmark, the Grand is the perfect choice for all visitors to nearby Acadia National Park, and the Mount Desert Island region – whether it be for a romantic getaway, family vacation, or business. The Bar Harbor Grand Hotel invites you to be their guest on "the most beautiful island in America". ... more   less 
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