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“Relaxing Historical Hotel with Great Views, Grounds, and Restaurant”
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Bar Harbor Inn
Ranked #7 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
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Richland, Washington
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“Relaxing Historical Hotel with Great Views, Grounds, and Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

Of all the very good choices in Bar Harbor, the Bar Harbor Inn & Spa is most likely the best. Situated at the "end" of downtown, on the harbor (you can get your feet wet just steps from your room!) with several acres of property/gardens it's a "must see" at least once in your life! We splurged ($$$) for a "loft suite", and was well worth it. Very interesting layout: entry was on the second floor of the hotel into a large living room (w/sleeper sofa and large bath) and sitting area, with a garden view, and the upstairs loft (third/top floor) was a large king bedroom (with bath) and balcony facing the opposite direction -- the harbor! (Spent many hours on the balcony just watching the pier, harbor, people, etc.)

Barely made time to visit the impressive Acadia National Park right next door. Though having its own grounds, the BHI is literally right next to the "downtown" main street with many shops. Would take longer to get in the car and find a parking spot than to just walk the few hundred yards. Make sure to take a couple days to enjoy and your camera.

Restaurant also has gorgeous views and excellent food/service. And did I mention the hot/fresh chocolate chip cookies at tea time (4:00pm)??

Room Tip: While the garden view rooms are nice/pleasant, you really should spend the extra $$ to have a harbor...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

My first time in Maine, great lobsters everywhere! Lobster pounds alone made the trip worth it. the hotel itself is set nicely on the water and convenient to the main shopping street. The rooms are not very expensive and that probably explains the cheap feeling of the place. The furnishings, carpets, beds, bathroom fixtures all felt very cheap. uncomfortably so. Nothing wrong with the hotel I just wish they had spent more on decor.

I highly recommend bringing bikes and riding the carriage paths at eagle lake. Also acadia national park is absolutely stunning.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

The inn is located on the coast and the center of town is a short walk. Fortunately my first impression mellowed through the course of my stay. Check-in was less than stellar as the clerk’s attitude left me with the impression she was doing me a favor fulfilling my reservation. The young woman is a credible candidate for a semester at charm school.
Room 310 was a first level oceanfront accommodation priced at $374.43 inclusive of taxes. The room was furnished with two queen beds, night stands, dresser, mini refrigerator with flat panel TV on top, table with two chairs, a large living room chair with accompanying ottoman. The room did not have a desk. The furniture actually overwhelmed the space. You could not open the door to the balcony without having to move the ottoman out of the way. Electrical outlets were scarce. TV reception and internet connectivity were inconsistent throughout my stay. The balcony was furnished with two chairs and a convenience table. A small closet housed a personal safe. The bathroom had a single vanity sink and shower over tub configuration. A complete range of Gilchrist and Soames toiletries was provided. A second level room is probably the better choice or you will have to live with the noise from your upstairs neighbors.
The inn’s common area includes a large reception room with fireplace and a small gift shop. Computer work stations are located in the reception room and coffee/tea service along with cookies is provided through the day. The grounds and gardens are beautifully landscaped and well maintained. The inn fronts the shoreline path which meanders along the Bar Harbor coastline.
A complete continental breakfast buffet is included in the rate and served in the lobby of the Oceanfront Lodge. The fare includes fresh fruit, pastries, breads, hard boiled eggs, cereals, and a range of hot and cold breakfast beverages.
The inn has two dining venues. The Terrace Grille is an al fresco setting and you are at the mercy of the weather. The Reading Room is the inn’s prime dining venue. Three evening meals consisting of an aperitif, two appetizers and a glass of the featured white wine averaged $62.50 inclusive of taxes and gratuity. Entrees ranged in price from $28.00 to $39.00. The menu is varied and the food very well prepared. The evening meal is accompanied by a pianist. The Reading Room’s host is well versed in the local lore and most anxious to share it with you.
Acadia National Park is a short drive from the inn.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Reasonable room and average size. More of a hotel. The views were outstanding. We had very good service and enjoyed the restaurant. Not my first time in Bar Harbor but my first stay at the Inn. The manager provided some recommendations for our itinerary, we took their suggestions and it turned out great. We'll return and again before the summer is over I hope,

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

We'd expected a cool visit to Maine in late May.....it was actually quite warm. Thankfully, the Bar Harbor Inn had A/C! The staff upgraded us to a second-floor room to enhance the view; it worked! What a spectacular panorama of the harbor. A drink at the outdoor bar was fun, and the dinner "deal" at the restaurant was fabulous, the best lobster I'd tasted ever. The doorman was gracious, front desk helpful and courteous. Breakfast on the lawn the next morning was also a treat. We want to come back as soon as we can!

Room Tip: Ocean view, second floor is the best.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Brick, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

This was the 4th time staying at The Bar Harbor Inn and it was wonderful as always! The staff are wonderful and friendly. The rooms are beautiful and clean. And the views are amazing! The restaurant was delicious...best blueberry pancakes I have ever had! Great location as well...close to shopping and other restaurants. I won't stay anywhere else when visiting Bar Harbor!

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

We had an excellent experience at the Bar Harbor Inn. The view was incredible and the room was very well kept. The service was was amazing considering the manager actually stopped by and asked how the accommodations were. It is definitely worth a visit!

Room Tip: The suites are amazing!
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Property: Bar Harbor Inn
Address: 1 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1898
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Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bar Harbor
#1 Spa Hotel in Bar Harbor
#4 Business Hotel in Bar Harbor
#8 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
#12 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bar Harbor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 153
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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