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The Claremont Hotel
Reviewed 2 November 2011

A long drive from Montreal, it was a relief to arrive here. Outstanding location. The bay view from our room and large balcony was a real pleasure. Impeccable room, well equipped. The restaurant, tough lead by a small team, was a great surprise. Although you can dine in Southwest harbour or Bar Harbor, we had all our meals there. All seafood dishes were outstanding. The wine list is very well priced. Acadia park is a short drive away. Really worth the price.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

We have stayed here twice and will likely return next summer. This is an 1883 hotel that has been carefully restored and preserved, with an elegant restaurant added. It can be a little precious, what with the croquet courts and tournament, but that affectation is merely charming in this place.

The summer staff, aside from managers, is largely Eastern European young people in Maine for the summer. That can make for some interesting communication opportunities, but they are uniformly charming and helpful. You will find young people from Eastern Europe all over. We found some working behind the sandwich counter at Gott's store on the way to Bass Harbor (great whoopie pies there).

My family used to vacation in the area fifty years ago so it was a pleasure to return. I was pleased to learn that my good friend's parents had met when his mother rode up on her bicycle to deliver eggs at the Clarmont where his family was staying, as they did each summer, for a month at the Claremont. That would have been in the 1920's. Lovely to have that bit of history. And I'm sure the hotel looked much the same.

We would also recomment two local restaurants: Red Sky and Fiddler's Green. Both very fine.

Room Tip: Try to get an ocean side room: they are quieter. Also, the Phillips House is a good and quieter plac...
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

We stayed in the main hotel toward the end of the season so it is presumed the following will be corrected next year: room glasses not refreshed daily, pealing paint, dirty behind the bathroom door, dead mosquitos on the window shelve in the dining room, employees walking down the hall at 3am and exiting through the emergency stairwell doors (slam) and paint on the window screens in the main area. Pristine views.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

The Claremont is all its website promises -- beautiful location in the heart of the Acadia National Park area. We stayed three nights earlier this month in the cabin "Wentwood 3." The cabin is clean, comfortable, spacious enough, and boasts gorgious, unobstructed views of Somes Sound. It has a deck with cafe table and lounge chairs within feet of the water; great place for breakfast or stargazing if the Maine weather cooperates. Its done up in lots of knotty pine and a la LL Bean furnishings; bed is very comfortable. Kitchen and bath areas area bit tired, but not enough to be worrisome; wood burning fireplace and they supply the wood. Bring a flashlight -- or don't forget to grab the one supplied in the cabin -- you are in the woods for the short walk from the parking area to the cabin.

We did not eat at the restaurant but enjoyed a drink on the hotel's lovely veranda -- complete with rocking chairs, of course. Our only disapointment was the only place to have a drink on the property this time of year is the hotel bar which doesn't open until around 5:30 pm.

The hotel staff was uniformly welcoming and helpful.

We ate two nights in the village of Southeast harbor and had a good experience at both places; particularly good food and service at the Fiddler's Green and good food followed by fun live music at Sipps.

Acadia National Park is fabulously beautiful. See as much of it as you can.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

This was my first stay at the Claremont. A friend and I stayed for a one week retreat from it all. Overall, we were very pleased with our time there. The grounds and setting of the hotel with water views couldn't have been lovelier. It is definitely a place to "unplug" - no television in our room (one in the living area), and no cell phone signal anywhere in town. We only had cell service in and around Bar Harbor which was perfectly fine. We did, however, have internet if we wanted to access that - which we didn't. We absolutely LOVED our room and the fresh flowers in the room and on the walls - really a nice touch. We were a bit disappointed with the breakfast which really could've have been considered an upgraded continental. Overall, it was a nice place. Staff were helpful and always accommodating. My only suggestions would be to touch up the wall paint and replace some of the rugs or shampoo them. These minor changes would help to complete the beauty of the hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

The Claremont has been beautifully restored and evokes the feeling of what it would have been like to stay in a 19th century hotel. They have made some modern improvements such as the large dining room with an excellent view of the harbor. The bar/restaurant down at the dock is a great place for lunch. The most amazing thing is the 3 championship quality croqet courts. Whether you play or not it is fun to watch the games from the wrap around porch with the sea breeze and sailboats coming and going. Highly reccomend the experience.

Room Tip: Ask for a harbor side room.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

We've been coming back to the Claremont for at least 20 years now, and I can't think of another hotel where we recognize so many faces, summer after summer. We simply love this place. It feels like a family compound, with it's good points and also stuff that just isn't perfect. If you are the kind of person who likes discovering a truly special place, that feels authentic in a way that hotels just don't feel anymore, and you want to wake up in the morning to fresh wild flowers on your bureau, an array of books from the 19th and early 20th centuries on your bookshelf, and a view that is as spectacular as any view in Maine -- you will be utterly delighted. But -- if you care about fast and reliable internet connection, a workout room, operating phones and fax, or even finding an ant or two in your bathroom -- forget it, you'll never be satisfied here.

One of the highlights of the Claremont is the view from the dining room and the food has improved immensely in recent years; it's now one of the best restaurants on the island. Don't miss lunch or a drink down at the boathouse, which is as close to the water as you can get, but a quiet oasis.

My best advice when you book -- be specific in asking questions about the accommodations, they vary greatly on the property. I care and ask about recently renovated bathrooms and mattresses. Many of the cottages dotting the property do not have views, but some have spectacular settings. We really like Phillips House, next to the main hotel, because the rooms are a bit bigger, and the walls seem thicker. I love the quiet living room and fireplace there too. A new addition, Rouse Cottage, has a sensational ocean front location and was renovated last year.

One small suggestion to the management -- I always recognize the people at the front desk, and even if they don't remember me, it would not be hard to note on our arrival information that we've been to the hotel before, and should be greeted with a "welcome back" (in our case, gosh, nearly yearly for 20 years- it feels almost odd to have the front desk greet us as if it was our first stay!)

Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Address: PO Box 137, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-0137
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Southwest Harbor
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Southwest Harbor
Number of rooms: 30
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