I've been staying at the Bar Harbor Inn almost yearly for at least 20 years. I stay there for a week, and then look forward to returning for 51 weeks. Acadia National Park, as I write this, was just voted America's favorite place to visit by Good Morning America. It is beautiful!!! The location of the Bar Harbor Inn is so good, it would rival anything in the park. It is situated on the corner of the Bar Harbor coastline, affording a 270 degree of the ocean, the coastline, Schoodic Peninsula, Porcupine Islands nearby, lobster boats, cruise ships, kayakers, etc. Spectacular.
The Oceanfront Inn portion is about 100 feet from the ocean. You go to sleep listening to the waves, and awaken to the sun rising over the ocean while lobster boats putter by. How could anything be better? Nothing competes. A buffet breakfast (included in room rate) is served in the same building 7 to 10 am: abundant fruit, fresh baked on the premises muffins, breads, etc., cereals, bagels (Maine bagels, not NY bagels), newspapers (the Bangor newspaper, reinforcing that you're in Maine. I love it. If you want the NY Times, you can get it at the hotel store. You don't need it, if you're on vacation. Get over it!).
The rooms are luxurious for Maine, and I couldn't tell you how to make them better. Maybe not the Four Seasons, but at least Three Seasons. You're in northern Maine!
You are 100 yards from downtown Bar Harbor with multiple shops. Best coffee/espresso: Matsumoto Joe on Firefly Lane!
The staff is excellent, helpful, friendly, and very nice.
There is an outdoor medium small heated (you're in Maine) pool, hot tub, decent exercise facility you don't need unless hiking Acadia got rained out , and, I'm told, a spa. Not for me.
The dining room is excellent, but antiquated. Competes with any other 1990 restaurant, but would fold in a week in any major city. If you want fine dining, go to Portland. Only 3 hours. Alternatively, go to Havana a quarter mile away. Obama went there. I love it. Having a wonderful restaurant where the season is 3 months long is tough. You didn't go to Acadia/Bar Harbor for fine dining, did you? Go to Cafe This Way. Great food. Eclectic.
Having stayed many places in Bar a Harbor many summers, the Bar Harbor Inn is the best. Nothing else is close.
- 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