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The Bayview
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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5 reviews
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“The highlight of our trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed at the Bayview for 3 nights, and would have loved to stay more. This was a wonderful hotel in a great location - we had a terrific view of Frenchman's Bay. The breakfasts were delicious, staff was very friendly, and we couldnt get enough of the afternoon cookies! Our room was very spacious, and the beds were extremely comfortable.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 6 August 2011
Our mission statement! Good food, good service, good sleep and happy customers! Thank you!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

The staff was great. The breakfast was refreshing on the balcony overlooking the bay each morning. Had a beautiful view. Staff very helpful. Able to arrange whale watching directly from their front desk and did not have to go to the harbor and purchase the tickets. The afternoon cookies each afternoon were refreshing. It was peaceful and quiet even though the front office stated that they were almost to capacity. The shuttle to Bar Harbor was great and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 6 August 2011
Thank you for your very kind words. We all like the peacefulness and quiet of The Bayview, especially with the large number of summer visitors to Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor. We have noticed that the shuttle has been on a steady run and we're glad we can provide that service. It just makes vacation a bit more relaxing if you don't have to deal with traffic. Please come again!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2011

We stayed in the Bayview Hotel as part of our road trip around New England in June 2011. My wife, 10 month year old daughter and I stayed there for 2 nights.
The Bayview, in my opinion, is an excellent example of a extremely good hotel, run extremely well, making the most of its location and providing friendliness and comfort to its guests.
The rooms are extremely comfortable, and our room was a double with two king size beds, with a travel cot awaiting our arrival. Our daughter still had plenty of space to play after our long journey from Portland, ME.
The staff were extremely friendly, wishing to help us in any way they could and were very adept at taking on the role of informal travel adviser for the local area, providing us with tips on exploring the lovely town of Bar Harbor and the wonderful Acadia National Park. They also provided us with excellent local restaurant recommendations (Cafe this Way and Poor Boys Gourmet), which were both very good indeed. We enjoyed a nice stroll into town from the hotel, as the hotel is located on the approach road to the main part of town, but is nice and quiet, and away from the traffic as a result.
Delicious cookies are provided on the front desk at around 3pm each day, and the hotel has a lovely laidback vibe to it.
The hotel really came into its own though with the breakfasts (provided in the room rate we paid), as these were excellent, and the selection of home-made pastries and goodies had to be seen to be believed. We also enjoyed the best blueberry pancakes we had anywhere in the US on our trip, and the Eggs Benedict on the second morning were good as any I've ever had. The breakfasts were great, set you up wonderfully for the day, and involved guests in the restaurant sharing their plans for the day and what they had enjoyed in the area thus far.
We ended each day on our room's deck overlooking the bay (as suggested by the hotel name); there is nothing quite as tranquil and relaxing as spending the evening unwinding and looking over the bay, as the sun goes down, while drinking a local beer brewed merely a few miles down the road.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Thank you for your wonderful review. Everyone of us that works here is so pleased when we read such glowing accolades! You said you were only in for two nights but you really took the time to comment on all aspects of The Bayview and I appreciate that. I have passed your comments on to everyone and know that a pat on the back from a guest for a job well done is great! Please come again!
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Mechanicsburg, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2011

We recently spent four days at the Bayview and it was an outstanding experience. The staff is absolutely wonderful; warm, friendly, always helpful. True hospitality. Great ambience and a perfectly beautiful and serene location. This was our first trip to the Bayview - we will definitely be back!

Room Tip: All rooms in the main hotel have decks overlooking Frenchman's Bay.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 25 July 2011
Wow and thank you! It has been a busy and fun season all around. I never tire of reading all these wonderful reviews. I think we as a business have got a staff that is like family and we just want to bring everyone into the fold! And honestly, how can you beat the view! Please come back again!
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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2011

Everything you are reading about this hotel is "right on". Our room was lovely..balcony fabulous...breakfast was delicious with so many choices...front desk was sooooo knowledgable and eager to help.
Bar Harbor with Arcadia National Park is a great place to visit. The town o dc Bar Harbor has great restaurants and shops. What a great convenience to have a shuttle to take you into town and not have to bother with parking and traffic. Thanks you Al!
We visited New England to escape the Texas heat and this was our fourth hotel in our travels and my husband and I agree it was the best. Bayview is all about "customer service"! Will head straight to Bayview next time we visit New England

  • Stayed July 2011
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 23 July 2011
Thank you for the great review! We have had a lot of guests from Texas this year and you have all told us how you escaped the heat here. I have decided I am just not cut out for the heat because I think it is too hot here right now and I can't imagine how hot it must be there! The good news is our heatwave is due to break and what we've seen isn't even close to what you have seen! So, please come again and I promise I won't whine about how hot it is here......well, I won't whine too much! I'll just whimper now and then and try to be more appreciative!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2011

We stayed for six nights and all the positive reviews are true. The Bayview is a delight. Our room was very spacious and bright. You could tell they put thought into each aspect of the room to make it elegant and calming. For example, the carpet was extra soft and padded and was the softest shade of blue/green that made you feel like you were walking towards the water. I said it was like having an infinity carpet instead of an infinity pool! The sheets were soft and the four poster bed was very comfortable. The French doors that looked out onto the deck were practically floor to ceiling to maximize the view of the cove.

The free shuttle to busy downtown Bar Harbor was great. They had a driver that would take you there and you just called when you wanted to come back. We used this service when we went kayaking and it was solo convienant.

We also used the front desk to make reservations at a local restaurant called The Chart Room. Great place for a scenic habit view while dining on the water. The scallops were amazing and we got the best seats in the house since the Bayview called for us.

Usually, well in fact, almost always my husband and I will skip any type of breakfast in order to sleep in late. however, their breakfast was so good, we got up each day in time to eat! All the baked goods were from scratch and I particularly loved the homemade cinnamon rolls and the blueberry cake. Another nice touch was that even the staff in the breakfast room was so professional. They were always filling up things before they were empty. They would clear tables quietly, no banging of dishes etc. They obviously had good training from the owners because I never saw a messy table when we came in to breakfast and that is hard to do!

Even the cleaning staff was fabulous. When they figured out by the second day that we liked to take a midday break, they made sure they cleaned our room earlier in the day. On the first day we were there, they were cleaning our room when we returned and we decided to just sit out on the deck until they finished and then we could change into our swimsuits. Well the nice housekeeper insisted on wiping down our deck chairs before we sat down because it had rained the night before and Ashe didn't want us to get wet. How nice is that?

So to sum up, with the Bayview it is the whole package. The understated but friendly and caring service by a professional staff that truly wants their guest to have a wonderful stay makes this Inn tops in my book.

We will be booking a stay for next year as soon as we can decide on the dates!



  • Stayed July 2011
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 23 July 2011
Wow and thank you! I will make sure that everyone here reads this review and knows that you took the time to write about everyone and everything. I try to pass these reviews on to the staff so that they know they are noticed and appreciated by the guests and their coworkers. This season we have had so many kind people stay with us and it just makes our jobs that much easier. It is true what they say about "what goes around comes around" and we are glad you are all coming here!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2011

Our townehouse was spotless. The staff is friendly, accomodating, and knowledgeable of the area. Breakfast was wonderful and the freshly baked items everyday were a treat! Thank you Trish and Al....we hope to come back!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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1 Thank CMF_11
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 23 July 2011
You are very welcome! I think the housekeeping staff here does an excellent job and I know they really care. It is nice for them to hear the praises from our guests and know their hard work is appreciated. As for Al and me, well we just like to have a good time with our guests and people like you make it easy! Please come again!
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Property: The Bayview
Address: 111 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1105
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Bayview 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Personalized friendly service, peaceful and quiet setting, spectacular views, close to downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Spacious oceanfront hotel rooms with balconies, some family friendly, or larger two and three bedroom townhomes and house. Expanded continental breakfast, pool, shuttle service, fresh baked cookies, lounge and limited wireless internet. ... more   less 
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