Went here with my fiance in late October for four nights, and we felt like we lucked out by choosing to stay in the Acacia House. If we return to Acadia, I will not even attempt to find an alternative B&B, and I'd recommend it to almost anyone.
The best aspects, in no particular order:
(1) The location - The location is perfect for easy parking and access. Very close to Bar Harbor attractions and restaurants, but it's still in the perfect spot to make access a breeze. Plenty of parking next to the inn and on High St.
(2) The food! I ordered the specials almost every day, and there were eggs benedict and a tart with bacon that were absolutely fantastic. In addition, in the evening (we were gone throughout the day, so we never got to sample the mid-day snacks) they kept the tea kettle full of water, and had a different baked desserts available each night (If you feel a little too full at dinner, enjoy the walk back to the inn and grab one!)
(3) The hosts. Ralph was incredibly helpful when we fist arrived, and recommended some great hikes for the awkward 1/3 of a day we had left upon arrival. The restaurants he suggested were equally good, especially McKays and the Side St. Cafe's lobster roll. We interacted somewhat less with Anna, but she was very friendly, helpful when we were asking late at night about dinner options.
(4) The house. We only stayed in one room (#6, on the third floor), but we poked our heads into a couple of others that were vacant, and they looked great. It is very cozy and comfortable, and it was a joy to return to our room each night. I also think that the breakfast/snack area is wonderful and very easy to access. Finally, it's very easy to access your room once you enter the house.
Neutral comments (none of these were a problem for us, but I want to mention them)
(1) The room has a nice note to ask guests to obey "quiet hours" after 9. If a guest doesn't comply with this request I could see that being an issue, but everyone was very considerate while we were there and only really heard people as they entered and left their room
(2) The house is charmingly aged, so the wood floors will creak a bit. While I have no idea how this affected other patrons, I felt AWFUL trying to surreptitiously leave the house for sunrise on two mornings. Could be just my neuroses, but it's something to be aware of (and if I go again, I will definitely try to stay on the top floor!)
(3) Wi-Fi was spotty on the third floor, but 3G reception was really good so that wasn't really an issue for us
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Affordable and friendly century-old Victorian in a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood, just steps away from all that Bar Harbor has to offer. Rooms feature organic linens, private baths, hardwood floors, some with balconies. Full breakfast served every morning on our sun-lit porch, complimentary afternoon refreshments, handmade pastries and espresso. Off-street parking, cable, wifi, maps and books, knowledgeable innkeepers will help you get the most from your Acadia vacation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Acacia House Hotel Bar Harbor
- Acacia House Inn Bar Harbor, Maine