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Highland Lake Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Bridgton
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We just stayed one night (repeat trip) - but we just love it here. The room is a basic room - we took an efficiency with a small fridge, stove, Keurig coffee maker. It had a queen and a double bed. There are tennis courts and a game room, but a large yard for Frisbee or yard games. We took out a canoe, a sit-on-top kayak and then a rowboat. There is a boat launch there, but there's also one right up the street which is probably easier to maneuver because you have to travel down the whole yard if you were to launch a big boat from here. Water is so peaceful here. Like glass in the morning and at night. I don't know if it's in a cove area or if the whole lake is like this, but there are plenty of Adirondack chairs, a fire pit and a grill available to use. We will definitely be staying here again as it is close to the amenities in downtown Bridgton. They also have boat docks, but we did not use it, so I don't know how much they are to dock here.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Woody W, Owner at Highland Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

Thank you for your kind words. We're truly glad you enjoyed your stay and got a chance to use many of our amenities. (FYI, there's no dock use charge for non-powered watercraft, and only a $10 per day charge for powered ones.)

Hope you get a chance to visit again!

--Woody

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We booked a room here for one night so we could enjoy 2 days of fishing. Our room was very clean, the staff was very friendly (and witty ;)), and the grounds were actually really beautiful. There were lots of chairs to sit by the lake... a good size fire pit... and a nice sand entry beach. Even though we didn't really utilize all the things that were available, it was still nice to have it all there. We planned on fishing/kayaking on the lake there (Highland Lake) but that afternoon the water was too choppy and we ended up driving to nearby Long Lake which was calmer. Not many rooms were booked that night so it was really quiet there. Sleep quality wasn't the best... the room was warm and the AC couldn't quite keep up. I require cold sleeping conditions so that is probably part my problem :p All in all our stay was pleasant! We would return if given the chance.

Room Tip: We stayed in the king executive. Nice bit of a lake view.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This hotel is really about what is outdoors. They offer kayaks, canoes, swimming dock and fire pit - all for free. Also avaialbe is a coin operated laundry and a game room. The lake was very nice.

The rooms are basic, which didn't suprise for the price. The manager is friendly and gave us advice on where to dine (The Balck Horse Tavern was great!) later that night, we met up with some other occupants of the hotel and enjoyed swapping travel stories down by that lake.

We were only staying for one night.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

My mother and I stayed in the resort in late October, 2013. We were looking for a nice lakefront efficiency with possible boat rentals, and found Highland Lake Resort on the internet. The pictures do not do justice to the fantastic lake views, particularly with the leaves changing, and cannot begin to describe the personal attention and excellent service from Woody, the owner and manager.
When we arrived we had only reserved a couple of nights since we knew next to nothing about the property. After our first night we talked to Woody and asked for an upgrade to an efficiency and an extra night. Woody upgraded us for free (there was absolutely nothing wrong with the regular hotel room we had, we just needed a fridge for our leftovers) and backdated my mother's AAA card discount that we had forgotten about the day before!
The season was basically over for upper Maine, so Woody had beached and locked his boats and floating docks, and opened the game room "upon request." Well, we requested (we are both Ping Pong fanatics-what a great way to start the day!) and Woody not only left the game room open for us but gave us the keys to the canoes and rowboats, access to the paddles and oarlocks, and told us to help ourselves at any time. What a nice man!
My mother and I also discussed what a reasonable, excellent place this would be in the summer for families with kids. It is exactly the kind of place that she and my father used to look for when I was a kid and it jump-started many happy memories of summer vacations, boating, ping pong, and all of the reasons that you take the kids on a family vacation - quality time together.
The town of Bridgeton was also a pleasant surprise; a cute downtown with fun local shops, several excellent, extremely reasonable restaurants, and great walking trails. Apparently, Woody was on the board of some civic improvement group and they set up a system of walking trails that wind through the woods surrounding Bridgeton. The area was settled long before the Revolutionary War and we learned a lot about the local history just from the walking trails.
All in all, Highland Lake Resort was an absolute bargain, extremely friendly, and a wonderful family resort with all of the amenities. Thank you, Woody!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Thought this would be a great place. Floors were dirty (Cheetos under the bed) wall are very thin was able to hear people blowing their nose etc. Price too high even though it was Fryeburg Fair week. Wouldn't stay there again.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Woody W, Owner at Highland Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2013

I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay with us. Fryeburg Fair week IS a busy week (we're sold out almost every night!), and many of our summer housekeepers have gone back to school. Our fall season staff is a bit newer, but that doesn't excuse finding anything, not even some Cheetos, under the bed. Had you let us know when you checked in, I would have had the staff go back and redo the room.

As for hearing people "blow their nose" in another room, I'm afraid I can't offer an excuse or cause. You are one of only a handful who have ever mentioned noises from other rooms to us, and normally those instances involved some kind of argument or a cranked-up TV. The walls were constructed with 2 layers of framing and insulation, and we added a total of 3 doors between the connecting rooms to limit noise transmission. I will, however, go through the rooms again and see if we detect any problems in any rooms.

Finally, our Fryeburg Fair rates are no different than our other "special event" rates, and are far from the highest in the area. For those who don't take advantage of our free WiFi, game room, spa, or fitness center, or take out a boat or canoe to see the foliage from the lake, our rates may seem a bit steep. However, we still offer all of those amenities FREE to all our guests, and have to cover all of our costs in the process.

Again, I'm very sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay. Please don't let this keep you away from the Bridgton area, however. Between the dining, shopping, convenient location, and spectacular foliage, Bridgton is the place to visit in the fall!

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Our party of four selected this motel because of the location and were very happy wih the experience. The owner/manager is accomodating and was responsive to the one very minor issue (TV remote) that we encountered. The rooms are well equiped with a large TV, coffee maker, small fridge and microwave. Bed was fine, though some furnishings are a bit worn. Oddly, a late night episode of some HGTV renovation showed the exact wallpaper in our room being ripped down. The bathroom is sized like an RV, with a tiny shower that can a challenge. The Rte 302 traffic noise mentioned in some reviews were not an issue for us.

We enjoyed the large common porch that faced the lake. The lake view would be much improved by clearing the assorted brush and small trees that have grown over the fence surrounding the tennis court.

For us, the extensive waterfront was worth the stay. A very good launch ramp, small swimming beach, large picnic area, docks, hammock and plenty of seating make this a real gem. The lake is one of the nicest in the area, with islands and mountain views. Both couples agreed that we would return.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

I have been fortunate enough to travel to many countries and even stay at 5-star hotels in Europe and Asia, and Highland Lake Resort measures up to the best places I know. The owners are exceptionally hospitable and friendly, the magnificent lake is perfect for swimming, and the amenities such as the gym, boats, hammock, and barbeque make it second to none. The naturalness of the setting gave us such a sense of wellbeing. I can highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Highland Lake Resort

Address: 115 N High St, Bridgton, ME 04009-3734
Region: United States > Maine > Bridgton
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Bridgton
Price Range: £54 - £96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clean, Comfortable, Friendly, Affordable! Owned and operated by native Mainers, this family-run resort motel features modern amenities with a lakeside inn atmosphere. Only 50 minutes from Portland, 35 minutes from North Conway, NH, and 3 hours from Boston. Private sandy swimming beach, free use of boats, canoes, and kayaks, picnic area, Family recreation area, game room, fitness center, health spa. All rooms have a covered deck with lake view, color cable TV, phone, clock radio, A/C, heat, hair dryer, bathroom amenities, in-room Keurig coffeemaker, and free WiFi. Kitchenettes with stove, fridge, sink, and cooking/eating utensils, Executive Rooms with microwave and fridge, and Deluxe Suite with king bedroom, plus fireplace and Jacuzzi tub available. Walk to downtown shopping and hiking trails. ... more   less 
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