Upon arrival at the Bar Harbor Inn we were quite disappointed with our "loft" room, which was not really described as being "different" from the other loft rooms when booked online. I had even called a few days before our arrival asking about the room and how it was laid out to be sure we would have a beautiful view of the harbor from the third floor. We were "told" our loft room consisted of a double bed on the second floor, along with a sofa bed and bathroom with a jetted tub, overlooking the gardens and the 3rd floor loft room was to have a queen size bed, bathroom, and balcony overlooking the harbor. Room 223 is NOT that !!!!!! Coming into the room on the second floor of the main inn is a 3/4 bathroom with a stand up shower, toilet and sink off a small hallway like area. There, is also a small refrigerator and a stairway leading to the third floor. The third floor has a double bed with a balcony facing the harbor and no bathroom. The view is very restricted due to the room being right next to where the Reading Room Restaurant sticks out. They did attempt to appease us by offering us a different room ( Rm 208 - a loft room!) for 2 of the 5 nights we had booked at a discounted rate and a gave us complimentary meal at the Reading Room. The "second" loft room had a beautiful FULL view of the harbor and pier and was a room like we had expected in the first place.
Now.. once we settled down....room 223 was really fine for the two of us, but it does not have a great view of the harbor. The farther you get away from the restaurant..the better the view would be. Room 223 would be just fine if you didn't think the "whole" harbor view was that important and you only needed only one queen bed.
I just think the inexperienced travelers should know that room 223 IS different than the other loft rooms....and when booking rooms online, you need to really watch the descriptions that are given because the rooms are not the same. Room 223 IS described as such when booking the room, but not knowing is was "different" than the other rooms I had already heard about, I really didnt put two and two together. I thought that all the lofts were described that way.
Anyway, the continental breakfast was very good with all the pastries, breads, fresh fruits, bagels, hard boiled eggs, cereals both hot and cold, fruit juices, coffee, tea and milk. The manager of the breakfast area was very nice and helpul. You do have to go to the ocean front Lodge building for the breakfast but you get a beautiful view of the ocean while eating a wonderful breakfast! Not bad!
All in all, the location makes the hotel. The room was clean but the beds and pillows were not at all comfortable, and the rooms seem quite outdated. The staff at the desk were friendly enough and the cleaning staff we encountered were very pleasant. The door greeter/valet person was also very pleasant and quite friendly. The restaurant though.... was not a comfortable place for the two of us but the food was good!
We would definitely stay there again, but mostly for the location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bar Harbor's best oceanfront location, with great in-town convenience. Rated "Superior First Class" by Official Hotel Guide. Eight acres of lush lawns/gardens, three beautiful and distinct buildings, embraced by serene half-mile shorepath. Elegant rooms/suites; king/queen beds; premium bedding; waterfront balconies. Superior hotel amenities -- complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, luxury robes, wireless internet, homemade cookies. Both fine and casual dining - with delicious cuisine, attentive service, breathtaking ocean views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bar Harbor Hotel Bar Harbor
- Bar Harbor Inn Maine