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The Central House
Ranked #27 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 June 2013

The Central House is exactly what it states: central to everything you could want to do in Bar Harbor. I visited the area for a weekend and this was the perfect place to stay. The building was built in the 1800's, wide planked wood floors, period decor, impecably kept up, very reasonable pricing, an adorable front porch to sit an have (complimentary) morning coffee or tea. Each room has a private bath, central a/c and cable TV. You are within walking distance to all shops, ferries, etc., without the "touristy" feeling. If the tide is low, it is a short walk down the street and over the sandbar to Bar Island. The entrance to the national park is a very short drive away. Hospitablity was warm, free parking for guests onsite. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

Like others have said, the Central House sits in a great location close to everything in downtown Bar Harbor. We didn't have to use our car the entire 3 days that we were there as everything is within walking distance. The CH is also a great value considering its location. The House is rather old and does show some wear but our room was very clean and everthing was in working order. About my only complaint (which is a minor one) is that the complimentary coffee wasn't ready until 8 am i believe. A couple of mornings we were up earlier and had to run to a couple of the nearby bakeries for our morning fix. This did give us the opportunity to discover some of the great blueberry pastries available at the bakeries. The CH has a nice sized front porch with seating that we used in the morning while drinking our coffee and again at night sharing a bottle of wine. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would definately stay there again if I was travaling on a budget.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

We were looking for an affordable place to stay last minute. Not easy in August in Bar Harbor... We stumbled upon the Central House, which is in a great location. We were surprised to see that they had availability, the prices were good value and the rooms very nice. Friendly owners and easy parking, too.

Free coffee/tea in the morning and good breakfast and lunch boxes across the street. The only minus was the bed which could have been a bit more comfortable. But overall a very nice experience.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

The Central House was good for our 1 night stay. As the office was open 'till 7 pm, we advised them we were going to arrive later than that. They were very organized: they left on the desk at the entrance an evelope with the keys and the instructions to get into the room, for coffe and tea in the morning, etc. When we left we did the same: we left the keys on the desk. We never met the owners. Very organized.
Our room was on the 3rd floor. The room was old, but nice and clean. We didn't had the need, but I didn't see any heating in the room. No hairdrier available. There is free wifi, but probably it didn't reach the 3rd floor. The bed was very comfortable.
Anyways, it was good for 1 night stay!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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thecentralhouse_955, Manager at The Central House, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2012

Thanks for the review. We have: 1. central heat and also space heaters in every room for the comfort of our guests, 2. WiFi repeaters on every floor for full coverage, 3. hairdryers in every room either under the sink or in a cupboard, 3. good organization for late check-ins! Visit us next year at The Central House for affordable accommodations in the middle of Bar Harbor.

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Reviewed 22 August 2012

We happened upon this place by accident (needed a last minute room) and I thought it was a great value. Its a big old victorian house right on Cottage Street, and somehow it has this young quirky vibe although it is full of a mishmash of antiques and victorian wallpaper. They serve coffee and tea etc on a sunny porch, no breakfast, but there must be a dozen breakfast, coffee, or bakery places within a 2 block radius. The bathroom was basic, but everything was impecably clean - room was huge - great friendly, comfortabl atmosphere. Even though money isn't really a deciding factor with me, I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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thecentralhouse_955, Manager at The Central House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2012

Thank you so much! We try really hard to keep The Central House clean and inviting. We offer a lot of personality in a historic guesthouse right in the middle of Bar Harbor for some of the most affordable rates around. See photos of the house and rooms on our website and book online early to get the room & rate you prefer.

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Reviewed 2 August 2012

The Central House was perfect for our stay. We had been looking for something that was reasonably priced (hard to find in Bar Harbor), good location, and comfortable. The hosts were very helpful and nice. The coffee in the morning was great and there was plenty of room for us to relax after long hikes. Everything was clean and comfortable. They have many different sized rooms all priced accordingly. You wouldn't want to spend the day in the smallest room but then who goes to Bar Harbor to spend time inside. We stayed in the smallest room on the 3rd floor (steep stairs) and it was adequate considering the price. I would definitely recommend this place.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Just left a 2 night stay. Usually, we realize that an old B&B will have its issues. But The Central House needs an overhaul. The room was musty and dusty. The air conditioner was so loud we had to turn the T.V up to almost full volume and also had to remove the FILTHY filter from it. The noise was so loud that we couldn't sleep either. The shower was mildew ridden and the water pressure, well, there was NO water pressure. It was like showering under a drizzle. We even complained to the owners, to no avail. Coffee was offered, but on the second day, the door was locked. There was water offered in the "lobby", but it smelled like fish.Probably was not changed in a while. Out of habit, we never use the comforter or blanket for any hotel/B&B, so we rolled them to the end of the bed. The floor in the bathroom was gross, so we cleaned it with a washrag. We then received a nasty email from the owner/housekeeper stating we left the room, linens in a filthy state. Other than towels on the bathroom floor, the room was FAR from that. We are experienced travelers and have NEVER been emailed such a rude letter or have left any room "filthy". Nor has ANY owner complained about the state of a room after we left. Needless to say, "any future reservations will be rejected". We replied to the email to defend ourselves and the owners sent ANOTHER nasty letter with RIDICULOUS excuses and accusations, such as leaving "what looks to be fecal matter on the towels"!!!! REALLY?!!! WOW, these are owners of a professional business?!I had to reply and tell them to stop sending me emails. They obviously have some issues. I have never dealt with anything like this from a business owner, so I felt compelled to write this review. Believe me, we will happily not go back. Not just because of the letters, but the place is old, rundown, and shabby. Not worth the money. The only good thing about it is the location. That's it's saving grace.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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thecentralhouse_955, Manager at The Central House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2012

This guest was fortunate that we did not assess damage fees for the state they left our room in. Some of our furniture is antique and most people use the provided coasters to prevent water damage to the beautiful finishes but not these folks. We had to dispose of some of the towels and linens which they had thoughtfully already placed in the trash can.

The comment that the shower has low pressure is possibly correct. I tested it several times after this comment and it always worked fine but when 14 showers are all going at once in the morning there might be some loss in pressure. I had the plumbers look at it and the valve is fine. They said that unfortunately the water pressure is out of our hands as the town of Bar Harbor regulates the flow to every business and residence and there is nothing to be done on our end.

The water mentioned was just tap water and ice in a glass dispenser that we changed every day and it is NOT pond water - it's LAKE water from our Bar Harbor reservoir Eagle Lake. Since the comment we realized that people mistook it for spring water and we stopped offering it because every room has its own water and we provide cups.

To reference the resourcefulness of the commenter, our coffee area is on the sun porch and has three doors to it. The two inside doors are never locked and the only locks on them are on the INSIDE. The exterior door to the coffee area/sun porch is locked at night and all guests have keys to it.

The old bathroom floors ARE old and it looks like they are all getting new surfaces after we close for the season and can tear them up. In the meantime, we apologize for the scuffed up vinyl.

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Address: 60 Cottage St, PO Box 955, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1831
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range: £98 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Central House 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built as a residence in 1887, historic Central House opened its doors to the public in 1925, making it the longest operating inn in Bar Harbor. Originally named Briarfield (for the blackberries, so emblematic of Maine summers, that still grow in our border) Central House has a history of hospitality that extends to its earliest years. Please visit our website for a brief history! Located at the center of downtown Bar Harbor, Central House enjoys easy access to restaurants, shops, waterfront, Bar Island, the Bar Harbor Shore Path, the Village Green and Island Explorer buses. Walk or bike to Acadia. Please come and enjoy our welcoming front porch, where visitors to Bar Harbor have come to relax during one hundred and thirty Maine summers. ... more   less 
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