We have been coming to the Harborside for four years now, and have made it an annual family trek. The views from the hotel are breathtaking, the service is always top notch, the room service is among the best I've had, and the rooms are beautiful and comfortable, most with comfortable balconies and views of the water. I have loved my spa time there, and we look forward to the great breakfasts every year. I also love the laundry facilities for dealing with the problem of post-park or post-water clothing. Both pools, and the kiddie pool, are amazing--the view from the Bar Harbor Club is positively majestic. Every time we've stayed here, someone has gone out of their way for us in some way. This is a wonderful, high end, family-friendly and couples-friendly resort, from the ice cold water at arrival to the 3 awesome pools, to the easy access to local activities. We have stayed at 4 and 5 star properties all over the globe, but the laid-back, local, friendly atmosphere, charming staff and stunning location of this resort keep us coming back here every year. We do have one small complaint this year (we are still here). In all the years we have been coming here, we have met tons of lovely honeymooning couples, great families, Europeans on world tours, seniors on holiday. We've made friends and acquaintances on every trip. And none of guests we have met have been rude. Until this year, when we encountered two individuals who seemed to have a serious problem with the fact that this property is frequented by families, among other types of vacationers. One woman, clearly drunk, kept loudly making comments that the property should only allow children over 12. (I didn't see a single child worse behaved than she.) And another man, with his teenage son, inexplicably felt the need to loudly note (in front of our family with two small children) that he has been "spoiled by Sandals properties that don't permit children." In the four years we have come here, pre- and post-children, we've never encountered travelers like this. This is not a couples' B&B, or an "all-inclusive" Sandals package resort. And Acadia National Park is a family friendly location. If you come here, please realize that it is a resort (NOT a package deal or boutique couples inn), frequented by friendly couples and (mostly very well-behaved) families alike. You will have a blissful time, in a lovely natural location, with fun for all ages. (And, if you are a couple who wants a private hot tub, splurge for the rooms that have them on the balcony! We've done it, pre-kids, and LOVED it!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in downtown Bar Harbor at the ocean's edge; near Acadia National Park; breathtaking view of Frenchman's Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harborside Hotel & Marina Bar Harbor, Maine
- Harborside Hotel And Marina