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Bar Harbor Inn
MTKPC91 from: Lexington, Massachusetts
Published Date: Aug, 18, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Grandeur and Location, And Pricey
This was the third time we stayed here, but it’s been about 10 years since the last time. We spend a lot of time in the Park, so the value just isn't there. Normally we rent a cabin on the water farther from town. We stayed here because, despite Lyme disease debilitating my husband this summer, we wanted him to be able to easily see the ocean, walk to town and get room service if he was feeling too poorly to go out. Its pricey but if you are looking for the feeling of old Bar Harbor grandeur, and/or convenience, it’s a unique option. It worked well for us this year and I am glad we did it this way. I’m not really sure about the value if you are spending a lot of time in ANP, rather than town.
We were in the Ocean Front Lodge, first floor, two queen beds.
Room service was pretty quick and items were reasonable and varied. You could get items from all three eating options. You could also order crab or lobster on various salads. The lobster roll was excellent and in line with costs at local restaurants.
The deck facing the ocean was large, with two chairs and a table. Even on the first floor it was high enough up to not feel like people were gazing into your room from the shore path. There was room for putting my bike on it.
Yoga on the lawn! Sunrise! Fog rolling in! Lobster boats about 100 feet away!
The new pool, with the infinity edge and the view of the ocean is breathtaking.
Breakfast baked goods were excellent as was the variety of beverages and fruits. Cereal, yogurt, oatmeal packets and boiled eggs were also available. It was greatly appreciated that it went until 10:30 so I could have food both before and after an early bike ride in the park.
They were just finishing up construction on the path to the pool. The workmen were polite and noise was kept to a minimum.
The landscaping was lovely. Just steps away from the hustle of Bar Harbor, and suddenly you were in a really quiet oasis.
The bathroom was underwhelming at this price point. A bit small. And while the vanity was nicer, the shower materials and curtain were exactly the same as their sister hotel the Acadia Inn (Hampton Inn like) we stayed in earlier in the summer.
No matter what time we tried, we could not get into The Grille over looking the water.
As hotel guests, it would have been nice to be able to make a reservation or at least call ahead to put our name in.
Service at the pool was incredibly slow. They were understaffed for taking and delivering orders.
Not their fault, but the view of the massive cruise ship was not appreciated.
All day tea and cookies were underwhelming. Knowing what they have available for breakfast, makes it all more confusing. Just a few tea options, and some cookies. This may seem small but given the beautifully appointed lobby and inn-like feel, this feature is important and easy to get right. I look forward to the afternoon tea whenever we go away.
- Value: 3
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 3
Barbara S from: Monroe
Published Date: Aug, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
A Little Slice of Heaven
We just returned from our fourth stay at Bar Harbor Inn and this place just keeps getting better and better! The new infinity edge pool and hot tubs are beautiful. The staff is friendly and trained well in customer service. The refurbished Lobby is amazing! John, the concierge was knowledgeable and turned us on to a great company with which we were able to schedule a unique boat tour for just the two of us! Thank you Bar Harbor Inn, see you again next year!
- Rooms: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 14, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Best location on Bar Harbor
Perfect spot. At the center of town, looking out at the islands. The harbor is right in front of your window and the town center is across the street.
Nice spa. Great restaurant with sunset views. Best spot in town.
dulacdoc from: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Published Date: Aug, 12, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Great hotel and stay, but some issues need to be fixed
Overall we loved our stay. What I find a little odd about this place is that the difference between it being just a nice place and an amazing place are easily fixable.
1. Location and views. Spend the money to book a water-view room. Best views of anywhere we stayed.
2. Room was comfortable and well appointed. Comfortable beds. I disagree with the "outdated" reviews
3. The free continental breakfast is extensive. Tons of options with breads, fruits, yogurt, even gluten-free
4. The Reading Room restaurant-excellent service and food
5. The new infinity pool is beautiful with amazing views
1. The basement has offices and maintenance with lights on all night. The glare shines out of the windows and ruins the beautiful night views from the rooms. Either turn the lights off or install blinds/shades.
2. While the pool itself is amazing, pool service was slow..30-45 minutes to get a drink. Also, the pool only has one single person bathroom. Usually a wait...quicker to walk back to your room.
3. While the Reading Room was great, at the Terrace tables are first come first served. We waited 2 hours. People not staying at the hotel are treated the same as guests. This is their "restaurant with a view" and hotel guests should be allowed to make reservations.
4. Front desk staff seem to be going through the motions.
Wonderful place and we'll stay again. But the issues above were minor but obvious distractions that you don't expect at a $400+/night resort like this.
Luxurycruiser21 from: Harvard, Massachusetts
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 7, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Wanted to stay all summer
Most curtious place we ever stayed. Dinning Room fantastic. Acadia ever a wonderful place to visit. Visiting Maine without including Bar Harbor is a serious neglect.
PlAn to return on our bucket list.
Flowers are splendid.