We spent three days here during the Canada Day (July 1) weekend: two adults, two kids and a dog. The staff was lovely in every case. I was very impressed with the welcome our pup got, and the nicest set of pet-owner rules I've seen--standard rules for her but phrased in a friendly, fun way. Also the pet-friendly room was fresh and clean, not the smelly, worn sort that's often relegated to pet owners.
The room was quiet serviceable, though I've had better mattresses and more luxurious linens. The staff made an effort to be hospitable, with warm cookies for the kids and a glass of wine for the grown ups in the evening. I loved that there was plenty of greenspace around the hotel; it all felt clean and safe.
The breakfast room was a bottle-neck as the area where the food was, was cramped; for instance, if someone was waiting for their toast to pop, other guests couldn't get at the bread or cereal. Simple choices, things to toast, a waffle station, a little fruit, but enough to get us out for the day. We had a great full breakfast down the road at Governor's.
It's very handy the I-95 exit and easy to find.
- 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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