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Belle Isle Motel
Ranked #21 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Four stars within its category”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We try to rate properties based on the category they fall into. A motel should not get a one star rating because you are comparing it to a Ritz property. Far to may people on trip advisor seem to do that. For this review, we give the Belle Isle four stars in the category of economical roadside motel. This motel is easy to find - its right on the road between I-95 and Bar Harbor. The property itself is clean and neat. The office closes at night but they provide a pickup and drop off for your room key (nice touch). The room itself was small. With two large suitcases, it was a little cramped. For the price, which was reasonable, it you should not expect more. The beds were comfortable and all sheets and towels were clean and plentiful. The bathroom was clean and the water was hot. A coffee maker is in the room and stocked with Green Mountain Coffee. The only suggestions we would have are to replace the tv and a/c unit and upgrade the cable service. The tv was an old unit (not flat screen) and the picture was blurry at times. Also would be nice to have HBO and CNN. As far as the A/C unit, it worked well i.e. got the place plenty cold but was somewhat noisy. Overall our stay was comfortable and pleasant.

Room Tip: Ask for an end room. There was not really a lot of noise after ten but the end room had no noise.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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7 Thank gabytony
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Wellington, Canada
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Pet friendly and clean; we really enjoyed our stay there. Very friendly people. Would definitely recommend this motel.About 6 miles from town. Quiet at night. Great if you have kids too. Lots of room to play. Very clean too.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Pamela S
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Atlanta, Georgia
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61 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We chose Belle Isle for the price and also so our daughter could experience an old style motel before they are all gone. Belle Isle offers travelers a lower price option near Acadia & Bar Harbor. The motel is right on the main road but we were not bothered by noise between 11 pm & 6 am. Our room (#10) faced the road and was on the far end of the rooms facing the road, so no neighbors on one side . The pool and fire pit are on the other end by the reception & laundry. The window style AC unit in the wall was loud when we turned it to cooling. It was not as loud on the fan only setting so we left it on fan and had the bathroom window open and front windows slightly cracked. The weather was mild so we didn’t need the AC, thankfully. The room had the basics and a K-cup coffee maker (3 pods: 2 reg. & 1 decaf) & small refrigerator. The bathroom was very small but the water pressure was fine as was the water temp. It is an old motel and showing its age but seemed basically clean. The focus of our trip was Acadia so only were in the room to sleep & shower. Staff (reception and cleaning) were friendly and helpful. A place to lay your head between hiking when you don’t have camping gear. It is about 5 miles from the Acadia visitor’s center and 8 miles from downtown Bar Harbor. It was fine for what we needed, very no frills, if it was a different place and time other than Bar Harbor in peak season I would probably be more critical about the price for what you get, but as they say location, location, location.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Wagandsmile
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New York
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This motel reminds me of the places my parents would find when traveling. Of course we never made an advance reservation, we just drove until Dad got tired and pulled off the highway and found a motel. If you are looking for reasonable priced clean comfortable motel with a friendly staff, you have found it. Rooms are small but well laid out and include a refrigerator. Just a couple miles North of Bar Harbor, well worth the drive to save $100 a night.

Room Tip: Looking for a quiet room choose? Choose 20 through 27.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank PakTheCar
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Burlington, Vermont
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64 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

This is an older property that is very well mainained. As noted the rooms are small (they tell you that when you're booking), but clean and comfortble. We were looking for a place to sleep over a 4-day weekend and this fit the bill. Close to Acadia and Bar Harbor. Two firepits both lit every night, gave us a feel of camping out. Fridge in room is a nice touch, as is the high-speed wi-fi. Everyone on staff was quite pleasant and helpful. The rooms away from the highway seemed to be quieter at night.
We plan on staying there on our next visit to the area.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
Helpful?
3 Thank vtcruiser
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Brooklyn, New York
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41 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Very well maintained property. Stuff is doing good job keeping the property well. Nothing fancy but functional. Room with AC, desk, TV, and refrigerator. Shower, toilet, and lavatory aren't large but clean and up to date. Accurate housekeeping. Toiletries are replenished daily, bed made, and room cleaned. WIFI actually works and works good. I watched netfix! Pool is recently refurbished, sparkly clean. It is very pleasant after long day of hiking. They have 2 fireplaces with lounge chairs around them - very romantic at night. Driving to Acadia NP entrance 10min, Cadillac mountain 20min (a must for sunset and sunrise), bar harbor about 12min. Our room wasn't big. Not good for families with children. Nor to have a large language. Stay at Belle Isle Motel but travel lite, enjoy outdoors. Acadia is beautiful.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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3 Thank Epel
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Lexington, Kentucky
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

We were quite pleased with this little place. Rooms are small, but that is to be understood. It's close enough to everything and has been a good home base for our first trips to Acadia and Bar Harbor. Next time we might look closer to town. For the price, this was a great option.

Stayed July 2014
Helpful?
5 Thank Ryan A
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Additional Information about Belle Isle Motel

Property: Belle Isle Motel
Address: 910 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-7239
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bar Harbor
#18 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
#23 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Belle Isle Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belle Isle Motel is centrally located on Mt. Desert Island. We are minutes away from many activities and points of interest. If you like a clean simple room, relaxing surroundings away from the hustle and bustle and want to receive personal service, please join us! We want you to enjoy your visit to Mt. Desert Island and Bar Harbor so we do our best to make your stay with us a pleasant one! ... more   less 
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Belle Isle Motel Bar Harbor, Maine

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