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“Absolutely wonderful”
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The Bayview
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
michigan
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Absolutely wonderful”
Reviewed 12 September 2011

We cannot say enough about how glorious our stay was at The Bayview. The staff was gloriously helpful with everything they provided to us...making reservations...dinner suggestions....our room was very clean and very roomy with a great view of the bay. We felt we were very personally taken care of and LOVED the feel of being at a very upscale bed and breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 13 September 2011
Thank you! You got the feeling that we wanted you to get!! We do care about each and every guest, it is personal to us and we do want EVERYONE to have a wonderful time. Vacations are never long enough so they need to be great when we have them! Please come back again!
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New York City, New York
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90 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2011

We stumbled onto the Bayview during a last minute trip to Bar Harbor. We have never been to that area of Maine before so we didn't know anything about it. From the moment we stepped into the Bayview, we were treated with exceptional service. The woman at the front desk gave us a very detailed low-down on all that Bar Harbor had to offer. Our room was charming with two queen size beds and a patio overlooking the water. The only complaint on the room was the bedding - the pillows weren't so great and the linens need to be updated. The included breakfast was delicious, with many homemade delcious baked items. They also serve homemade cookies daily that were a nice treat to come back to after a long day in Acadia. Unfortunately, we had to leave early due to Hurricane Irene, but the staff couldn't have been nicer. They packed cookies up for the long trip home, and also didn't charge us for the missed nights.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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3 Thank TravelingOtis
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 12 September 2011
Thank you for your wonderful review. We feel lucky that we had just a minimal impact with Irene compared to so many other places. The good news is you found us and got to spend some time here. In reference to our linens and pillows, we update every season. Our sheets are called Microtex Ultra Soft and they have been very popular. I do know that a few guests prefer a stiffer, crisper sheet but overall these have been a hit. We really try to get products that bring the most satisfaction and we can't always get what everyone likes. We'll just keep trying and hope for the best!! Please come again someday!
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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

What a great first trip to Maine and Acadia because of the Bayview! From the time we first contacted the Bayview, the staff made us feel welcome. I won’t go into all the changes to our reservation we made last minute, but every time, it was never a problem and they were always so accommodating for everything. Actually everyone was always so kind, friendly, helpful and accommodating. Every staff member we encountered from groundskeepers to housekeeping to the front desk made us feel genuinely welcome.

The moment we rolled into the lobby at 9pm we felt like we had just gotten home. When we left in a rush to get home before the hurricane hit our state, they sent us on our way with genuine warm wishes for a safe trip, along with hot coffee and those magnificently baked goods we were lucky enough to have every morning. Oh, and those afternoon cookies, we would pedal faster on the carriage trails just to get back in time to enjoy them!

Of course I echo all the other reviews: the food was beyond wonderful, the location is great, the view breathtaking, rooms were very clean and comfortable and the great staff, they are the best! My husband and kids can’t wait to go back and insist we stay there again!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 12 September 2011
We just love all these great reviews! We knew many people were anxious to get home before the storm and we understand that. For those that stayed here, we actually had some fun once we we knew we were safe. The power went out for about four hours, the flashlights were passed out to those that needed them and some of our guests had a cook-out in the picnic area. They said it felt like an Agatha Christie novel! Everyone was upbeat and knew the electricity problem was beyond our control. Once the lights came back on they flickered once or twice and then all was well. We all realize that we were very lucky here compared to so many other places in the northeast. Power outages, high winds and homemade cookies actually made quite a pleasant combination for the evening with Irene!
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

The only downside is the price. If you can afford it, stay here!

  • Stayed September 2011
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 7 September 2011
Thank you for your great review! We hope you come again someday.
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NEW YORK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2011

Road trip from NYC to Bar Harbor. Traveled with family kids ages 12 and 11. We picked based on highly rated trip advisor rankings. Hotel didn't disappoint. Very friendly front desk, very well run, not fancy but extremely .luxurious. Breakfast was fresh and enjoyable. The fresh baked goods were delicious. Every afternoon, there were different types of cookies (soft and home made) like cranberry-chocolate chip, peanut butter and molasses. Pool was heated to a perfect 85 degrees. Only slight drawback was were were 1 floor under lobby and there was not elevator, but this really wasn't an issue. Balcony looked out on bay and was super peaceful.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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1 Thank RANDINY
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 4 September 2011
Thank you for your great review. I was thinking about what you said re: the cookies, the breakfast. and an elevator. I have thought many times in reference to me that it is a very good thing we don't have an elevator. I spend a fair amount of time around all the delicious food and at least I get some exercise going back and forth to my office! The housekeeping staff here does do a wonderful job and they take great pride in their work. I think it is wonderful that so many people are actually commenting on that fact. Again, we all need to know that we are appreciated and we really appreciate your kind words! Please come back again!
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

We were so impressed with the staff at the Bayview. From the moment we checked in, we were made to feel special. We are a family of 5 and rented a very spacious and well-maintained 2 bedroom condo. The location was wonderful, with views of the bay and within an easy distance of both Acadia National Park and downtown Bar Harbor. My kids enjoyed the heated pool and the most delicious cookies provided in the lobby in the afternoons. Even the complimentary breakfast, with an amazing assortment of home-baked goods, was great - when I commented on the delicious scones, the waitress went into the kitchen and got me a copy of the recipe! Their complimentary shuttle service was wonderful - our driver even waited for us to stop by the supermarket for some provisions before dropping us at the bike shop! We felt like this staff went above and beyond to make our vacation special. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Rubesgirl
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 27 August 2011
We'll be right here to welcome you back again too! As I have said so many times, its the guests total appreciation of what we do that makes it just that much easier for all of us to provide the extra touches. We all get what we give and then some! We'll look forward to having you all here again and thank you for the great review!
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Elgin, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2011

We have been visiting Bar Harbor for more than 25 years and have stayed in all manner of lodging from rental homes to B&B's. Last year we were planning just a long weekend and decided on a hotel experience as long as it had ocean views. The Bayview had a top Tripadvisor rating, convenient location and all rooms faced Frenchman Bay. It turned out to be a great choice.

Beautiful landscaping, large spotless rooms with private ocean side deck, microwave and mini-refrigerator, friendly accommodating staff, wonderful made-from-scratch complete breakfasts, home-made cookies, on-premise lounge, transportation to town (which isn't all that far), wi-fi, fluffy robes... a great adult getaway.

We tried it again this year and happily had the same positive experience. The Bayview is now our go-to place in Bar Harbor, our special summer place.

Room Tip: No problem with room choice as all face the ocean and are similar. They thoughtfully group families...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 27 August 2011
Thank you! We do love the familiar faces returning each year and hope that you make it a habit too! I have some guests that have returned almost every year since I've been here and that is a long time. I've seen the brides become parents and then the children go off to college and return with their families. Lots of fun reunions every season we are open! I look forward to welcoming you back again and hope we continue to live up to our reputation!
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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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