My family has been visiting Acadia every year for the past 30 years, and we always stay at the Bar Harbor Motel. Since the beginning, the place was owned and operated by a lovely couple who always made us feel welcome and like we were part of the family. Recently, the motel changed hands and last May, we experienced the motel under its new ownership. Gone were the personal touches - the lobby had been turned into a cheap-motel-feeling breakfast bar (with your basic variety of cereals, etc). The grounds looked like they could use some landscaping as well.
We also had an incident with the housekeeping staff that I've never experienced before, at this motel or elsewhere. I washed my face after a day of hiking and dried it using one of the handtowels. Some of my tinted sunscreen/foundation ended up on the towel, but that's typical anytime you're washing off makeup and the towels/facecloths are white. I didn't think anything of it until the next day when the maid left several makeup remover pads in our bathroom sink when she cleaned the room. I couldn't tell if she was trying to be helpful (I had brought makeup remover with me already), or passive aggressive - but the whole thing rubbed me the wrong way.
The biggest pros are the location - it's very close to town and the Acadia National Park entrance. The price is cheaper than most hotels in the area, but be prepared to sacrifice some amenities. There are hiking trails on property, and overall the place is pretty quiet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 84 Ground level rooms spaced amid 14 acres of lawn and trees. Featuring 2-Bedroom Family units for up to 6 people or rooms with 1 King or 2 Queen beds. All rooms feature full bath, A/C, mini refrigerators, irons, hairdryers, free in room high speed internet and all non-Smoking. Free continental breakfast. Free enclosed bicycle locker. Direct Trail access to Acadia National Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bar Harbor Hotel Bar Harbor
- Bar Harbor Motel Maine