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“A location without peer and as close to the Victorian ideal of a vacation as you can get.”
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“A location without peer and as close to the Victorian ideal of a vacation as you can get.”
Reviewed 9 October 2010

The Asticou Inn is a splendid choice for those who wish a traditional Victorian vacation, perhaps the best of its kind in this dying breed of genteel accommodations. It is emphatically not a brand-new, glitzy contrivance with all mod cons and a surfeit of pointless amenities. Nor should its oceanfront location be construed as implying the hotel solicits those looking for seaside revelry.

What it is is a wonderful throwback to the days when people would make extended visits to Mt. Desert Island and other wealthy summer enclaves, looking not so much to be seen and mingle but rather escape and relax in relative private. Those who did not own homes of their own often would lodge in these seaside hotels (intentionally built to resemble the era's summer cottages) within easy reach of their friends. The Asticou is the last example of this kind of hotel on the island, and one of the very few left in the country. (There are a handful of period houses turned hotels in the area, but no other Victorian seaside hotels.)

As such, the Victorian ethic and aesthetic prevails. The hotel has a certain faded charm, a quiet demeanour, and an indisputably wonderful location on one of the continent's most beautiful islands. The restaurant leans toward elegant, and the reading room and porches (both front - facing the harbour - and rear - facing the road) are wonderfully peaceful.

The rooms run small - again, as was the norm for this era - but are charming. They are designed for sleeping and have all the necessary amenities, nothing more than what is needed. The walls leave a bit to be desired in terms of acoustics, but the overall serenity of the hotel and its focus on undisturbed tranquility mean you likely won't lose any sleep.

If you understand what the Asticou Inn offers (hint: read the Web site) - and how difficult it is to find this nowadays - the otherwise hefty prices make sense. I find them a tad high, but the compensation is readily at hand when one factors in the location and ease of getting to and from anywhere on the island.

As anyone who has lived in a large Victorian house will attest, these buildings have their own personalities. Each one is different. The Asticou is not really for families with children (although it does have additional outbuildings to accommodate them) nor those looking for entertainment and activity at the speed of light. It is really for those who want to escape, who want to relax in and be surrounded by quiet beauty with an unpretentious ambiance, and who are willing the pay the price that this entails.

If this is you, this is a wonderful choice as well as an unrivalled opportunity to stay in one of the last hotels of this kind anywhere.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

Our stay at The Asticou Inn was absolutely perfect. It is a charming inn with great views of Northeast Harbor. The staff was quite helpful with excellent local knowledge. This will be somewhere we visit annually.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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new brunswick
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

The Asticou Inn exceeded our expectations. Our suite was cozy, clean,& comfortable with a touch of a time gone by. The beds were comfortable, inviting. Can't say enough about the lovely views and restfull atmosphere. The Asticou is an old, beautifully restored inn which should be kept in mind if you are seeking sound proof rooms and many modern amenities. This is not that type of place but if you are open to a true, Maine seaside experience, the Asticou is a treat.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

I would without hesitation recommend the Asticou Inn to travelers who want to experience the charm of Mt. Desert Island and who also have high standards for cleanliness, outstanding service, and a comfortable night's sleep. The location is on the "quiet side of the Island," just on the edge of Acadia National Park and only minutes from anywhere on the Island, but away from the touristy noise of Bar Harbor. Here you can experience the history and charm of old New England (one of our party said "I feel like I'm in a Louisa May Alcott novel") but with all the updated amenities you'd expect of a first rate inn/hotel. Concerns expressed in reviews from 2009 or earlier have been addressed through new investments in facilities upgrades, comfort, and cleanliness. There is new management, but the very best of the previous staff, including Tom Weverstad have been retained. Our rooms were immaculate, our beds were very comfortable, and our bathroom facilities worked perfectly. Our room was quite spacious; there are floorplans of the Inn itself and of the charming house-size cottages that are part of the property, so you can select room sizes and locations that best fit your needs. The well landscaped grounds, overlooking the harbor are lovely. But most important is the quality of the staff. They are expertly trained and attend to your every need without being the least bit officious. The occasion for our visit was a wedding reception that, as the mother and father of the bride, we hosted for 90 people. Probably 30 or more of our guests stayed at the Inn for two nights or more, and all were so very pleased with the comfort and quality of their experience. The food at the reception was superior in every regard (I've been to about five weddings in the last year and, although it sounds self-serving to rave about the food at a wedding we hosted, this was by far the best food of any of the weddings we attended). The filet mignon and scallops were perfectly cooked. If you are considering a wedding ceremony and/or reception at the Asticou, by all means, this is a fabulous choice. Tom Weverstad, who arranges every detail, worked with us and our daughter graciously for nearly a year and was most patient with our changes of mind, our big ideas, our last-minute requests. You do NOT need a wedding coordinator when Tom Weverstad and his staff are there to help with the planning and execute flawlessly. Plus, the costs of the reception were comparable to, if not less than, the other venues we considered on Mt. Desert where I know the event would not have been so successful. Tom is a kind and generous person, too, who takes real pleasure in providing outstanding service and making such a special day perfect. The actual wedding was in a church, not at the Inn, but Tom went out of his way to provide assistance that made sure we had what we needed at the church as well as at the Inn. Bravo and thanks for a wonderful experience. P.S. Strong, free WiFi both in the rooms and in the public spaces is a real plus in a region of the country where internet connections and cell phone coverage are spotty.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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New Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

The staff at the Asticou Inn is incredible and they do everything in their power to make your stay perfect. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms very clean, spacious, and well kept, and the overall quality of the hotel charming. This is by far the best place to stay on the island. Great food, too. Also, for anyone thinking of getting married on Mt. Desert Island, I highly recommend holding your wedding/reception at the Asticou. Tom Weverstad is hands-down incredible and will take care of everything for you. My husband and I had the most beautiful wedding and everything was perfect thanks to his hard work. Our guests had a wonderful time dancing all night and eating the delicious food! A huge thank you to Tom and his entire staff!

  • Stayed June 2010
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 17 June 2010

I loved this place so much I had my wedding there! It is a quaint B&B that is right on the water. Friendly staff and an amazing restaurant

Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

We love historic hotels, and the Asticou is an excellent example of an historic Maine inn. The location and view are spectacular, but what we really loved was the old-fashioned charm. The staff were incredibly accommodating. When we arrived, our king-sized bed was broken into two twin beds. We pushed them together and did not complain. However, in conversation with a manager, we mentioned it, and our beds were fixed within minutes.
Our dinner was excellent, and the staff were very attentive. We really enjoyed our stay.
Yes, the hotel is rustic and older. But it also doesn't have fake granite bathrooms, incompetent staff, or cheap bedding, like you might find in newer hotels. It has stood the test of time.
If you come to the Asticou and something doesn't suit you, please tell them, and allow them to make your stay more enjoyable. They are in the hospitality business and the staff are really truly hospitable and welcoming.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Asticou Inn
Address: 15 Peabody Drive, Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04662
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Mount Desert > Northeast Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Northeast Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Asticou Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautifully restored 19th century country inn at the foot of Acadia National Park and overlooking Northeast Harbor. The beautiful Asticou Azalea Gardens are right across the street from the inn. The history of this property is truly fascinating!The inn features a restaurant and a heated swimming pool. ... more   less 
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