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“Maine In May - Perfect Getaway”

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Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel
Ranked #10 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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30 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“Maine In May - Perfect Getaway”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

What to do between snow and sun --- well, I have the answer. Our "seasons" are usually crazy with projects, company, vacations so last weekend just decided to drive to Bar Harbor. We stayed at the Bluenose Inn. As I arranged the trip - I collected major spouse points. The service was excellant- check-in smooth as informative by "Love" from Russia. Yes, her nickname and she lives up to it. Hand written note from the General Manager and the whole staff was top notch. There are many places to stay in Bar Harbor - but none, none, with these views and none with the personalize service and amenities. We will be going back, but May is nice - you have the town to yourself. We liked that.

Room Tip: 4th Floor is a must. I had a two room suite with french doors, fireplace, two large flat screen TV...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 17, 2012
Thank you for your excellent comments regarding your recent stay. Love, our front desk clerk, has indeed done an outstanding job for us and has received many positive comments from guests during her tenure. Regarding the handwritten note, we feel the need to abide by the high tech/high touch manner of doing business. As far as coming to visit in May, it is indeed a good time to visit as many guests have experienced.
Please come back to see us but don't wait until next May as each season has its own benefits.
Jim Ash
General Manager/Co-Owner
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

My husband and I always stay at the Blue Nose Inn when we vacation in Bar Harbor. What a wonderful place to stay. The service by hotel and restaurant staff has always been excellent and friendly. The rooms are very clean and our view was unbelievable. We will be returning to the Blue Nose Inn this month and this time we will be joined by my brother and sister-in-law. They have never been to the hotel and with my review of the property they are now very anxious to see for themselves what a wonderful hotel it is. We cannot wait to arrive and see if anything has changed.

Room Tip: Higher floors have a better view and be sure that you stay in the Main Hotel.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 17, 2012
I wish to sincerely thank you for your excellent comments regarding your recent visit to the Inn. It sounds like you truly enjoyed the park and our new amenity, the firepit on the deck at the Looking Glass restaurant.
I have passed on your comment about the lobster benedict, Next time, try the lobster mac and cheese as well.
Our pianist has just started his 16th season here and is truly a remarkable talent. Again, I will pass along your comments.
We hope to see you again in the near future especially since you are only an hour away. Sometimes the best trips are those close to home.
Jim Ash
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Bangor
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

Althought we only live an hour from the island we decided to treat ourselves to a weekend getaway. The Bluenose was a good choice. We biked from the hotel onto the nearby Carriage Trails returning at dusk for cocktails by the outdoor fire pit at the Looking Glass restaurant. The view was spectacular - we could look down to Bar Harbor below us, out to Frenchmen's Bay and Cadillac Mountain to the west. The next day after breakfast at the Looking Glass (try the lobster benedict) we spent the day hiking and touring the island. We returned that evening and relaxed in the Great Room listening to the pianist. A pleasent end to a great day.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
I wish to sincerely thank you for your excellent comments regarding your recent visit to the Inn. It sounds like you truly enjoyed the park and our new amenity, the firepit on the deck at the Looking Glass restaurant.
I have passed on your comment about the lobster benedict. Next time, try the lobster mac and cheese as well.
Our pianist has just started his 16th season here and is truly a remarkable talent.
Again, I will pass along your comments.
We hope to see you again in the near future especailly since you are only an hour away. Sometimes the best trips are those close to home.
Jim Ash
General Manager/Co-Owner
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Melrose, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

I spent four nights here while attending a photo workshop in Bar Harbor. The staff were very helpful and efficient. The room was clean and very comfortable. We were there off season but the price was very reasonable. On a more personal note, I forgot the battery charger for my cell phone upon checking out, and the staff had attached it to my car while I was in a meeting. Service above and beyond.

Room Tip: There is a very nice view from the third floor rooms and no one above you to make any noise
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 12, 2012
Thank you for your excellent comments regarding your recent visit to the Bluenose Inn. I hope the photo workshop was a success. We hope to be doing business with this group for many years to come.. I have passed your comments on about the battery charger. We pride ourselves in service so I am glad it worked out for you. We hope to see you again in the future.
Jim Ash
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

The rooms were spacious and quaint. The staff is delightful and very accommodating. We stayed just before the season started so the price was quite reasonable. The restaurant had a wonderful view, staff attentive and jovial. The food delicious. Everyone went out of their way to make sure our stay was satisfactory. The Inn is a a little hike or a car ride away from downtown but a beautiful view of the harbour and convenient to Acadia National Park.

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TheBluenoseInn, Marketing at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, August 1, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor, I apologize for not responding earlier. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and had the opportunity to visit The Looking Glass as well. We all appreciate such positive feedback and kind words. I hope you'll have a chance to visit us again soon!
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Kettering, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

We just got back from our trip to Bar Harbor and we were only going to be staying 2 nights at the Bluenose Inn, but we changed our plans and stayed for 4 nights! The room was quite large, very clean and nicely decorated. We enjoyed the fireplace, but it was the fantastic view from our balcony that mesmerized us! Customer service and satisfaction is a priority at the Bluenose Inn as each staff member is friendly and more than willing to make sure you are enjoying your stay. Eating breakfast at the Looking Glass is the perfect way to start the day. The wait staff is very attentive and the Crab Cakes Egg Benedict is memorable!

Room Tip: When I made reservations I asked for a great room with a great view-room 440 was just what I asked f...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Thank you for your excellent comments. You are indeed correct concerning the view and it never gets old. I hope you had a chance to see the super moon from this vantage point. When your travel plans bring you back to Maine, we sincerely hope you will return to the Bluenose.Inn.
Jim Ash
General Manager/Co-Owner
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Harwich, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

fantasic vistas from balcony of our room.spacious suite & very clean.staff was very helpful & friendly especially the wait staff in the looking glass restaurant. spa was excellent&clean.would recommend to all our friends & everyone else. had a great time.

Room Tip: king deluxe suite 4th floor
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
We are extremely honored that you would select the Bluenose to celebrate your 10th annivesary. Thank you for the excellent comments regarding your visit and we hope to see you here on future anniversaries. We hope you had a safe trip home and look forward to serving you again in the future.
Jim Ash
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Property: Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel
Address: 90 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1123
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Bar Harbor
#6 Business Hotel in Bar Harbor
#10 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
#15 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 97
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bluenose Inn is a AAA rated hotel, an elegant immaculate treasure featuring breathtaking views of Frenchman Bay. Set atop a magnificent granite-terraced hillside, the hotel is one of the most beautiful spots on the Atlantic. 97 Classically appointed rooms located in our two buildings. Dining in The Looking Glass with panoramic views, cocktails in the magnificent Great Room, heated indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub,steam room, spa & complete fitness center and wi-fi throughout the property. ... more   less 
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