We are two women friends travelling together. We spent three nights at the Thornhedge Inn in the room called Greenway Court, the only room with two beds. The pros: We had a large room and plenty of hot water and good water pressure in the bath. The Inn is in a great location just a couple of blocks from the downtown area--shops and restaurants, and the harbor. There is sufficient off street parking. The Innkeeper is third generation in his family for this Inn and is very knowledgeable about the history of the house built in 1900. He is also quite knowledgeable about the area, activities and Acadia National Park. Our room and bath were clean, although the sheets appeared to be quite well worn. Wine, cheese and fruit is served in the Parlor from 5-6pm.
The decor can be a bit overwhelming at first. There are many patterns and prints and things going on all over. However, once you take time to look at items individually, there are some very nice and interesting pieces. That being said, we felt that our room, the one all the way in the back, with the two beds, was the one where the leftovers landed. (The majority of B&B guests are couples so there are never many rooms available with two beds.) There were about six patterns going on, most of which did not coordinate with one another. Several tables had odd pieces of fabric as table coverings that clearly were not Victorian or any appropriate period, and really detracted from the rooms.
In Greenway Court, are beds described on the website as "3/4 beds". We weren't sure what that means and the description was not clear. Just FYI--they are wider than a twin, slightly less than a full. AND at 5'8" tall, my feet extended beyond the end of the mattress, so 3/4 means length too.
The cons: I can't speak for any of the other rooms, but our room, located in the annex behind the main part of the house, smelled very musty and odd. We kept the windows open all night in 50 degree weather to the air the place out. There should NEVER be a smell of any kind in a hotel room! The fan in the windowless bathroom did not work and with all the steam created by the hot shower the entire room was dripping with condensation. There was no hair dryer nor clock in the room. The wi-fi only works in the front of the main house so there was none in our room. We've stayed in many B&Bs around the country and have never stayed in one that did not serve a full, hot gourmet breakfast. Here they offer only a self-serve continental breakfast-muffins, croissants, cereals, bagels, toast, yogurt, fruit, OJ, coffee and tea. We cleared our own dishes from the table to the pantry. It was fine for what it was, however, we expect more for the price. There were also numerous areas around the property that were cluttered and unkempt. The vacuum and a rollaway bed were stored right by our door. The gardens and yard were in need of weeding and tidying up. There were dirty ashtrays on the front porch and the side tables needed to be wiped down.
If we were to return to Bar Harbor, we'd look for a new place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thornhedge Inn is an authentic Bar Harbor classic summer cottage. This centrally located bed and breakfast is in the Historic Corridor District in the heart of Bar Harbor. Walk to restaurants and shopping or take a short drive into Acadia National Park, and all the extreme or relaxing activities our island has to offer. Wholesome breakfasts, afternoon wine and cheese. Every room has a private bath and some have a fireplace or private balcony. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Thornhedge Hotel Bar Harbor
- Thornhedge Inn Bar Harbor, Maine