Based on the website and reviews we found on YAHOO we were expecting a quaint, rustic New England setting. Not quite!--unless you count downtown Dover Foxcroft as "rural" and no one could call it quaint! Granted, we could have used Google Earth to take a peak before we booked the room.
As another reviewer pointed out, finding where to check into the hotel was an adventure. For those of you who de rent a room at the Bear's Den, be warned--the office is at the back of the hotel. To get there, you have to open the chain link door to the pool area.
We should have known we were in trouble when the young lady who checked us in wanted payment before we saw the room/cabin.
When we entered the room my husband noticed an odor....They must have fumigated the room within an hour or two of our arrival. Withing 15 minutes, we both had headaches. Granted, the wondows opened so we could air our cabin out ourselves...
As another reviewer pointed out, the Bear's Den is lacking basic amenities--like a chair in which to sit. There is no daily chambermaid service so if you want an extra towel, be prepared to hunt it down yourself. If you want a clean towel, you may want to bring one from home. Or, if you want the trash dumped, better be prepared to take your one small trash can to McDonald's or the gas station to empty it there.
Now, for what was right with the room. No it was not clean--finding spider webs, hair in towels, and dust that could be written on is not my definition of clean. However, it did have a great--forceful--shower. The TV worked and so did internet access.
We rented the room because we wanted to go hiking in the area. So, for us, the location was perfect. The staff was friendly--at least the girls who checked us in was friendly.
All in all, I probably would not recommend a stay at the Bear's Den. Howevier, for some reviewer ths was the perfect place to stay. So, whatever floats your boat..... but we will avoid bear's in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bear’s Den Motel provides you with log cabin rentals. Come stay in our spacious, log cabins and enjoy everything the Bear’s Den and Dover-Foxcroft, Maine have to offer. ... more less