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“The Bayview-The Charm of Bar Harbor” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Bayview
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas area
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The Bayview-The Charm of Bar Harbor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

Our last review was in 2010...we've visited there since, in 2011 and now again in 2013. It is great to be able to state that the words of our 2010 review still apply. For the most part, the key members of the staff remain, and the breakfast continues to be a hallmark along with the most comfortable beds and spacious rooms I've found in Bar Harbor. A quiet waterfront location....only moments away from the excitement of the village of Bar Harbor itself, you have the best of both worlds with easy drop off and pick up service provided. Or, for the those who enjoy walking, the village is only a short distance away. All these attributes, plus the sound management team & staff makes it our "home away from home" when we travel to Maine.

Room Tip: There are 3 floors.....the top two provide the best ocean views but the bottom floor provides the be...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Ron P
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 20 June 2013
Thank you and yes, it does feel like home! You put that great picture of the two of you having that "last day in town" drink so I know who you are! Welcoming you back is like a family reunion with the "good relatives" ! Your high praise of all of us here makes us proud of what we do and more importantly allows us to enjoy what we do! We hope these visits to become a tradition and we will always welcome you back with smiles on our faces! Thank you again!
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Knoxville, TN
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

The Bayview is a great place to stay - a beautiful setting, and large, comfortable and clean rooms. The breakfast is wonderful, and everything about the inn is warm and inviting. The staff is uniformly helpful and gracious, going out of their way to assist you. Just a fine place with great people!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank shadyfish
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 12 June 2013
Outstanding Guests! Visitors coming to Bar Harbor have so many terrific options to choose from and we have been so fortunate in welcoming the nicest people. We know we aren't for everyone, some people prefer bigger, shinier and more anonymity but we are thrilled with the guests that have chosen us! We are proud of The Bayview and feel very fortunate to meet, greet and play host to visitors that appreciate the beauty of the property and the customer service we provide. Please come again!
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Dahinda, Illinois
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

This hotel is everything the reviews have stated! Beautiful ocean views, large , immaculate,lovely rooms and the friendliest staff of anywhere I have ever stayed! There is a shuttle to take you wherever you want to go and will pick you up wherever you are at! Great breakfast included. But I cannot say enough about the staff! Absolutely everyone was smiling and helpful and open! We will have great memories of our stay in Bar Harbor!

Room Tip: Upstairs , top level, main hotel.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jo M
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 12 June 2013
Thank you so much! I was thinking the other day how great the guests have been! So friendly and happy! The weather hasn't been the most cooperative but everyone and everything else has been. I think as a Manager I am extremely lucky to have the staff that I do. In a seasonal operation it is not an easy task to maintain a positive and upbeat staff but this crew does it every day! We are only as good as the ones we surround ourselves with and all of us appreciate the kind words and positive praise. Please come back again!
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Ijamsville, Md.
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

We took a very impromptu trip up the coast of Maine a week ago, in conjunction with an event already planned in Ct. My husband treated me to a night at the Bayview and it was wonderful. Very helpful and friendly front desk, beautiful appointments in our spacious room. Great breakfast in a beautiful dining room with softly playing classical music, with water views out the french doors. My kind of dining! Extremely relaxing view of Frenchman's Bay from our little balcony. We watched a little boat off in the distance, as well as 2 playful squirrels up in the tree by our balcony. We just weren't there long enough. I could have lingered there for a couple of more days. I HIGHLY recommend this hotel and would love to return, perhaps in the fall to take in the foliage. It would be breathtaking......

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jody H
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 7 June 2013
Thank you for your recommendation! One night is never enough for any getaway, you just start to relax and you are on the move again. I am glad that the weather cooperated for you and you were able to enjoy the balcony. Some of the squirrels you saw are probably the ones that think they own this place! We have also been watching some new fawns and have seen a woodchuck on the stone wall next door. Never a dull moment around here! And, yes, the fall foliage is breathtaking here too! We have a Mountain Ash on the front lawn that is so pretty in the fall. It blends nicely with the Burning Bush and the Rugosa Rose hips all around the property. I think you would really enjoy seeing them and we would really enjoy having you back again!
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Atlanta
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

We knew this hotel was highly rated by Tripadvisor, but it exceeded our expectations!
The view of Frenchman's Bay from our spacious room was spectacular. We had a front row view from our deck of the lobstermen collecting their lobsters in the Bay. The breakfasts were delicious and varied each morning. (We were there 5 days) The staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. They made us feel like family. The peaceful environment was still conveniently located close to Bar Harbor and the entrance to Acadia National Park. LOVE this hotel!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ChattahoocheeMom
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 6 June 2013
Yay! It was relaxing and a vacation for you! Thank you for giving us so much of the credit! That is exactly how we want you to feel. Like you really took the time to enjoy your time away. So many people come with an agenda and a full itinerary to fill every day and night and go home more exhausted than when they arrived. It is nice that you found a way to enjoy it all! Please do consider yourself a member of "the family" and we will gladly welcome you back any time!
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Enfield, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013 via mobile

This place is a gem and worth every penny. They welcome you on check in with freshly baked cookies which are made daily and free for anyone. The staff are down to earth and friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The continental breakfast each morning is delicious and even better if you can get a table on the verandah overlooking the ocean. Ditto in the bar in the evening - their free bar snacks are delicious and another nice touch.

The hotel is about a 1.5 mile walk from the town centre which we did most days but they also offer a free shuttle there and back whenever you want it.

Rooms are fab - it's so lovely having a view of the ocean and your own private deck.

We can't rate this place highly enough - the pool was lovely too and we are really grateful to one of their employees, Steve, who couldn't have been more helpful with local hiking tips and routes.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 7CR7
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 6 June 2013
Thank you so much for the great review. We are all very pleased that you got to know us and saw that we are just down to earth, local, friendly people! It isn't difficult to be nice and it obviously works both ways with our staff and our guests. We take pride in our jobs and we love where we live and want everyone to experience that. I passed on your thanks to Steve too. He is an avid hiker and has done about every trail and mountain on the island. He even convinces us to try different hikes by listening to his descriptions! I know it was a long trip for you but please come back again if you can. Guests like you put smiles on our faces!
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Sparta, New Jersey
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013

We just got back from 3 days in Bar Harbor at the Bayview. It was spectacular! The Inn is immaculate, the rooms enormous, the food fantastic, and the service second to none I've ever seen. All of the rooms have private decks that face theocean with fantastic views of the sunset. The pictures on the website do not do this place justice.

Beside the room itself being terrific there is a beautiful dining room for breakfast. This is not your ordinary hotel breakfast area, this is a well furnished, well maintained actual dining room with Victorian charm that opens onto a deck not more than 50 feet from Frenchman Bay. The gentle sea breeze just adds to the whole ambiance of a relaxing little piece of heaven.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great,all face the ocean.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Qup
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 6 June 2013
Thank you! Being a 10 is a huge compliment! I think we talked at check-in about our pictures on the website after you saw your room. I agreed with you completely but also explained it is so nice having guests come and say "Wow"! I have stayed at places where the pictures are nothing like the product and have gone "Whoa, I am outta here!" So, your reaction was terrific and we are all glad you stayed. It was a pleasure having you here. I hope you return again someday!
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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 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
#1 Family 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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