My husband and I recently spend three nights here while in Bar Harbor, and really enjoyed our stay. Innkeepers Eric and Michelle are super sweet, and Michelle's phenomenal breakfasts are reason enough to stay here!
LOCATION: Located just on the edge of the touristy "village" of Bar Harbor, this B&B is located within walking distance to everything in town. It's located on the main road heading into town, so you can definitely hear some road noise in your room, especially if you happen to be located in the front (street side) of the inn. Even in the shoulder season of mid-September, don't plan on sleeping past 7 am, as the sound of the traffic going by will wake you. I'm a pretty sound sleeper, but wasn't able to sleep in due to the noise.
ROOM: We opted for the Blueberry Patch, which was an ample sized room along the front porch. It has it's own entrance off the porch, and a small, private deck in the back to enjoy. The room was extremely clean, and many amenities were provided, including very luxurious fluffy towels. The Blueberry Patch room was constructed as an addition to the main house, and has three exterior sides, so there is plenty of light. The construction, however, is a little spotty, as we could never figure out which switches controlled what (some didn't appear to control anything), some of the outlets didn't work, and there weren't enough outlets to plug in all of our gadgetry. Also strange that there was no TV in the room, as there certainly was plenty of room for one. But these items were relatively minor, in our opinion. All in all, the room was very good. And, kudos for the free gifts that were provided -- chocolate covered blueberries and an oil and vinegar set from a local shop.
BREAKFAST: Breakfast is where the experience excels! Every morning, we were treated to delicious and delectable meals thanks to Michelle, who clearly enjoys to cook for her guests! The bright and airy breakfast room is set up with a buffet spread of some baked goodies, coffee and tea to get you going. Once you sit down at a table, a fruit course is brought out. And, I'm not talking your usual, run-of-the mill fruit cup here, no sir-ee! Grilled peach with sorbet - yum! Grapefruit with campari sauce - yes, please! And, then you're presented with a breakfast plate that looks like it came out of the kitchen of a fine restaurant. Blueberry french toast (portion enough to feed 2 hungry people, at least) - OMG! Even scrambled eggs were yummy and creamy -- served in a cute little pastry cup, and some of the best I'v e ever had. If Michelle ever gets tired of cooking for guests, there's definitely a job for her in our kitchen at home! In fact, upon our return from vacation, upon seeing what I served him for breakfast, my husband commented, "Where's Michelle?" Thank goodness I have a good sense of humor.
VALUE: Since we stayed in one of the more economical rooms at the Inn, we found the cost reasonable for pretty expensive and touristy Bar Harbor. And, given the breakfasts that were so filling you could probably skip lunch, it's a pretty decent value.
Would definitely give this place another shot if we ever make it up to Bar Harbor again. I'll be the first in line if Michelle ever decides to open her own restaurant!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in the historic district within walking distance of Main St. Bar Harbor and minutes away from Acadia National Park. The Holbrook House B&B, built in 1876, has 9 guest room, 2 newly renovated luxury suites and 2 two bed suites. Each guest room and suite is unique and different. You are sure to find one that you will fall in love with. All guest rooms have a private bath and a/c; some feature a fireplace or private porch. Each morning enjoy Michelle's home cooked breakfast and afternoon tea with homemade treats. We look forward to your stay with us as you explore beautiful Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Open May to October. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Holbrook House Hotel Bar Harbor
- Holbrook House Bar Harbor, Maine