We stayed at the Bar Harbor Inn to celebrate my mothers 80th birthday. I am over 50 and my parents paid for the trip, for me and my family, and all my siblings and their children. It cost me nothing, so I had no expectations. First,
THE GOOD ; Bar Harbor is a wonderful summer destination to beat the heat. Its clean and fun and caters to the summer tourist. The Bar Harbor Inn has the best location in Bar Harbor, controlling a vast area. The main building and lobby just ooze charm and imagination of life at the turn of the last century. The staff is well trained in customer service and always greet you with a smile and greeting. The landscaping is simply magnificent. They give so much effort to keeping the huge beds of flowers everywhere in top shape, its just breathtaking. The pool was older and broken on arrival, but after 24 hours it was back in service and enjoyable.
THE BAD. - I stayed with my nephew in room 615, and it stank. I could not put my finger on it. At first I thought it had once been a smoking room. Then I thought it had mold and mildew in the AC split, so I actually went to the local grocery and bought a gallon of Hydrogen Peroxide and a dish brush, and cleaned the return air filter and fins on the AC evaporator. No difference. The room just stank, it smelled like a high school boys locker room, and it was really noticeable. I really thought it was pathetic that no one seemed to catch this problem in such a nice hotel. My brothers room was the same, not quite as pronounced as mine, but that same smell was there. I never complained until check out. I just did not want to be a sour puss, or a wet blanket on everyone else's vacation, I wish I had now. I would never stay in this hotel again, unless it was published that they had a major remodel. The rest of the room decor was very dated. The bathrooms have had an update in the past ten years, but he rest of the room looks like it was stuck in the 1970's. Sure wish they have as much attention to the cleanliness of the rooms as they do the landscaping.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bar Harbor's best oceanfront location, with great in-town convenience. Rated "Superior First Class" by Official Hotel Guide. Eight acres of lush lawns/gardens, three beautiful and distinct buildings, embraced by serene half-mile shorepath. Elegant rooms/suites; king/queen beds; premium bedding; waterfront balconies. Superior hotel amenities -- complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, luxury robes, wireless internet, homemade cookies. Both fine and casual dining - with delicious cuisine, attentive service, breathtaking ocean views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bar Harbor Hotel Bar Harbor
- Bar Harbor Inn Maine