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“A Little Piece of Heaven”

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Harborside Hotel & Marina
Ranked #17 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Blue Hill, Maine
2 reviews
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“A Little Piece of Heaven”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

As if being in beautiful Acadia National Park isn't enough. Here you will find a treasure amidst a treasure island. After spending time in the rugged, unspoiled, dramatic landscape of Acadia National Park you can retire to one of the most luxurious hotels on the east coast, the Harborside Hotel, perched on the shore of bay. The mystique of outdoor gas lamps, immaculate gardens & grounds, spectacular views are among the exterior amenities. Watch schooners pass from the large, (hot) hot tub or dip in the pool which is always warm. My family and I live a mere 40 miles away but we love to escape to the Harborside for a mini get away with our children. From the moment you arrive you are greeted at the door and meet welcome staff at every turn. The wood burning fireplace is often blazing and the restaurant is a favorite of our whether we are staying in the hotel or just visiting Bar Harbor. It has a real old world charm that sweeps you away the moment you enter. Some of our most fond memories as a couple and as a family have been created at the Harborside.Love, love, love it!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear Tina A,

It was with great pleasure that I read your “A little Piece of Heaven” review of the Harborside. Thank you for returning to the Harborside and for taking the time to write a review of our property. I am glad you were able to enjoy much of what our resort offers with your visits and guest service is consistently meeting your expectations. Most importantly, we are proud to be a part of fond memories, nothing means more to us!!

I will be sure to share your review with our associates. We look forward to seeing you again in 2014!!



With Warm Hospitality,

Chris Torrey
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We have stayed at this hotel every year since it opened and love the grounds, Bar Harbor Club restoration, pool house, and location in general. What is disappointing every year is the desk staff. Training in the common customer service touches is the issue, e.g., they never thank us for coming again or welcome us on our return (whereas we are thanked at every restaurant in the areas because they remember us). Some staff are very warm and others are cold as the Atlantic waters surrounding the hotel. I am a raving fan of this property. . bad a harsh critic of the unfriendly welcome we receive each year. We will stay again, and again I will attempt to talk to management about the issues I have when they arise.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Cheri K,

Thank you for taking the time to relay your feedback regarding your visit. I apologize that your experience did not meet your expectations while you were here with us. I appreciate your kind words of our property. I hope I am provided the opportunity to speak with you regarding your overall experience and future stays here at the Harborside. We would love a chance to show you the Maine Hospitality we pride ourselves on.

With Hospitality,

Chris Torrey
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

This is the BEST place to stay if you're coming to visit Bar Harbor..... Right on the water, right next to where the boats leave to take you whale watching, and just across the street from the shops - all in walking distance! Spacious lobby for visiting with family & friends - and excellent food and service at the hotel. We are already planning a trip back!

Room Tip: All rooms seemed equally well appointed and all seemed to be comfortable and quiet. We had LOTS of...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, 20 March 2014
Dear Anitavoltz,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at the Harborside. I was glad to read of your appreciation for the local scenery, your luxurious room, and La Bella Vita Restaurant. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future, excited that you are planning it already!

With Warm Hospitality,

Chris Torrey
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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

We had a harbor view room (but not one with one of the private hot tubs, unfortunately!). The room was very spacious. Great location - walk to shops, restaurants. Very good service, and delicious breakfast.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Dear MaggieNeedlefish,


Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Harborside . As you discovered, there is plenty to do at the resort and in the surrounding area. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us!

With Warm Hospitality,

Chris Torrey
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We stayed here early July, 2013 for three nights. The location here can't be beat within short walk to all of downtown Bar Harbor. The pools were fantastic. We went to both the one within the main resort and the pther pool by the club which was larger and quieter. We ate at the restaurant LaBella Vita which was excellent. If you go to the main pool, order the speacialty cocktails.

Were we're a family of four and we all loved it. Make sure if you book here, you make some time to spend by the pools.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Dear Uni4U,


Thank you for choosing to visit the Harborside for three nights and for writing such a positive review about your experience, as well as La Bella Vita and the Bar Harbor Club. It sounds as if you had a wonderful visit and our staff and I could not be more pleased. We look forward to seeing you visit with us again.

With Warm Hospitality,

Chris Torrey
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Wonderful location right by the marina; cozy lobby with wonderful fireplace that was great to warm up to one chilly night in August. Nice pool with wait staff making sure you were always refreshed. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, 2 January 2014
Dear Jbtegt,

Thank you for the kind words you wrote in your review of the Harborside. We are looking forward to welcoming you back and hope we again exceed your expectations.

With Warm Hospitality,

Chris Torrey
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Orinda, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

Walking to everything, cozy fireplace in lobby, access to island hike, conference center, shopping, national park and restaurants. Wish room had tub..ate lobster everyday and visited neighboring fishing villages..darling town..scary flying in on cape air 8 seater ..yikes!

Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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chris torrey t, General Manager at Harborside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
Dear Drmader,

I am so pleased you were able to enjoy a relaxing stay with us here at the Harborside. Thank you for your complements of your accommodations and appreciation of our diligent efforts to provide comfort and luxury across every inch of our resort. We do have some room types with jacuzzis, which are wonderful after a nice lobster dinner. Thank you for your feedback and we look forward to having you stay with us again in the future!

With hospitality,

Chris Torrey
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Additional Information about Harborside Hotel & Marina

Property: Harborside Hotel & Marina
Address: 55 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1825
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Bar Harbor
#21 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
#21 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Harborside Hotel & Marina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 189
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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