My friend and I stayed here when we visited the University of Maine in mid-June 2014. We are both alumni and wanted to go back to see how the campus had changed or stayed the same. The Black Bear Inn was conveniently located for our purposes. The room was a delightful surprise, with cover quilts that were anything but the usual (what I affectionately call) "cootie blankets." They were beautiful quilts with black bears and forest scenes. The tv was updated and there was also a microwave and refrigerator in the room. The bathroom was nice and the shower head was very clean with excellent water pressure. The Wi-Fi was excellent and easily accessible.. The Inn as a whole was a very quaint, Central-Northern Maine Inn that is what you should expect when heading to Bangor or Orono.
However, please note that the "wine and cheese reception" that runs from 5-6pm and is free for guests is basically a bunch of cheese on one normal sized dinner plate that all guests must share from. This is not a small buffet or more professional setup that you might expect at other hotels. The wine was delicious though. On the same thread, the continental breakfast was not very impressive. You would be better off taking the short drive to Governor's Restaurant up the road to get a wholesome breakfast for a reasonable price rather than trying to make a breakfast out of the free offerings at the Inn.
Despite the culinary offerings, I would highly recommend this Inn to anyone staying in the University of Maine area. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, the rooms cozy and comfortable, and you should be out eating at the local restaurants like Pat's Pizza and Governor's anyway, so don't worry about the food. :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Black Bear Inn Conference Center & Suites is an award-winning hotel conveniently located at exit 193 of I-95 and minutes from UMaine campus. The hotel is 100% non-smoking and the popular choice for UMaine visitors, conference attendees and tourists from all over the world. Each room offers a refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig coffee maker. Guests can access our free high speed-Wi-Fi. While you're here, enjoy a delicious meal from our on-site cafe, open for dinner from 5-8pm, Monday-Saturday. With 7,560 square feet of conference space, we are the area's premiere destination for weddings, banquets, and corporate events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Black Bear Hotel Orono
- Best Western Orono
- Orono Best Western