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Holiday Inn Bar Harbor Regency
Ranked #29 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Sydney
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Wow the view”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

The outlook is sensational but you pay extra to see it from your room. The grounds are also lovely and spacious with plenty of free parking at least when I was there in fall. The hotel itself is a bit run down but the rooms are adequate in size and everything in my room worked although the internet was very slow and hot water can run out at peak times. I stayed the Columbus Day weekend and this marks the end of the season so the main dining facility was closed and the free town shuttle which picks up at the hotel stops running at end of the weekend but the up side to this time of the year is the town is relatively easy to access and even downtown parking was easy. As others have mentioned you can walk to town in about 20 minutes and another 10 to the far side of town. For a Holiday Inn this is pretty good and does have a resort atmosphere and given you pay Holiday Inn prices it is not bad. There are few little things that annoy like the slow internet, elevators and nearby construction noise (but not too bad). One tip if you do pay extra for the water view avoid the rooms above what must be the kitchen where the large fans on the roof make a fair bit of noise. Other than that the atmosphere is great.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Our first stay at the Holiday Inn Bar Harbor Regency. A comfortable and clean hotel with a lovely waterfront location. Possible to enjoy the hotel car-free if you do your research in advance on the very good local public transportation (also Bar Harbor is within walking distance from the hotel). Very disappointing fitness facilities compared to their description of a “Health Club” and “Modern Fitness Room” – the absence of any actual management photos of the fitness facilities on the website is telling. Clearly more can and should be done to improve the eco-performance of the hotel particularly since one of Bar Harbor’s principal attractions is the adjacent National Park and the local environment.

Public Transport:
- No information in the room or website (though there Front Desk did have information) about accessing the very good local public transportation network for all of Mt Desert Island . There is a stop at the hotel

Zero Waste:
+ Was not provided a paper copy of bill (as room had been pre-paid) but not sure if all guests can receive their bill via email
- No recycling bin in the room and no bins for compostable items
- In-room coffee was the most wasteful I have ever seen with individual disposable plastic trays for each packet of coffee and lots of disposable packaging (clearly something Holiday Inn has bought in bulk as I have seen the same system in other Holiday Inn hotels)
- Disposable plastic toiletries containers rather than the bulk dispensers you find in many eco-conscious Nordic hotels
- Disposable cups in room covered in unnecessary excess plastic wrapping

Energy:
+ Information in room about reusing towels, but it wasn’t clear if housekeeping paid attention as there were always new towels every day
- Shower, toilet and faucet do not appear to be low flow
- Windows do not appear to be well insulated given the hotel's location in Maine
- No room-key operated electricity controls like in most European hotels
- No sensors to turn-off or dim lights in common hallways when not needed
- No apparent on-site generation through solar or thermal hot water

Recycled and Local Products:
+ What looked like recycled paper products in the room

Environmental Information:
- No information in room or hotel specific information on website regarding environmental, initiatives, performance / CO2 emissions and targets
- Not listed in Tripadvisor's Green Leaders (though Holiday Inn website indicates that the hotel participates in the GreenEngage program of Holiday Inn's parent IHG, but there is nothing listed on the Bar Harbor Regency website which also lists the Bar Harbor Regency’s sister hotels)

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- No option to offset CO2 emissions from stay

Room Tip: The rooms that face Eden Street can suffer from road noise (especially trucks shifting gears) as it...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Stayed at the Holiday Inn Bar Harbor for two nights in mid-September. Large hotel with numerous rooms overlooking the water...also numerous rooms overlooking the parking lot, so decide which you prefer for your morning wake-up.

As it was slightly beyond peak-season, the availability of dining options and hours were more limited than during peak season. This was not a great distraction since it is a very short drive or perhaps 20 minute walk to downtown Bar Harbor. The hotel was clean, but in some areas aging.

The local shuttle that is operated by the city and runs downtown stops out front and is convenient if you prefer to leave your car and not fight parking downtown. Probably a good thing to do.

The value was fair...you are paying for the location, which is magnificent...but as a "Resort" it seems just ok.

Had no problems with using internet in our room during the stay. The lobby coffee shop was a nice touch, although it was only open until mid-morning, again, possibly due to the off-peak time of year.

Overall we would consider staying there again, although packages, prices, etc. would come in to play as we consider other options in the area.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Bar Harbor Regency, responded to this review, 31 October 2013
Dear TCU61,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review following your recent stay. It is our goal to consistently provide superior service and accommodations at our hotel and your comments are very important to us. We rely on you, our guest, to let us know how we are doing and how we can better meet your needs.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and we hope that you would consider us again on your next travel.

Sincerely,

Connie D
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Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2013

First, we made the mistake of reserving the room through Expedia (the telephone number on the web site seemed to be the one for the motel itself, but it’s misleading). Instead of a 5 minute phone call our reservations required a 15+ minute ordeal of pleading with a non-English speaker, in who knows what country, to repeat what she was saying over and over and still not understanding much of what she said. We were actually surprised when we arrived at the motel and found that we actually did have reservations since the Expedia representative kept babbling incoherently until we just had to hang up. We’ll never reserve anything through Expedia again.

We stayed at the Bar Harbor Regency during the first week of October 2013 during the shutdown of the national parks, so Acadia was officially closed. Surprisingly, Bar Harbor itself was still quite busy, the shops and restaurants were all open, and folks were obviously enjoying Mount Desert Island in spite of the hostage taking in DC.

Check in at the Regency was fast. The room was clean and fairly up to date though it did not have a radio/alarm. The king size bed was comfortable enough but had those awful half size pillows that are too soft; a terrible way for motels to save money. We would have reserved a bayside room with a view if we could have communicated that desire to the Expedia representative, but it just wasn’t worth the extra frustration. The non-view room on the third floor was quiet during our stay.

The free wifi Internet had a good signal, but sometimes had a ridiculously slow connection. On one night it was OK but on the next I just gave up trying to use the Internet because of the unresponsiveness of the connection.

On our third night we heard a loud noise, later noticed the recessed ceiling light near the door was dangling from the ceiling by its wires. I hate to think about how this happened.

The Regency’s location is far enough away from downtown Bar Harbor to make walking into town inconvenient, and driving left out of the motel parking lot onto Route 3 toward town can take forever; this might be a reason some visitors would want to book a room in one of the motels and inns closer to downtown Bar Harbor. Also, even though we had no trouble finding parking in town, we know from past experience it can be difficult at times to find a space, so being able to stroll into town would be a plus—especially in such a delightful town to walk in.

La Bella Vita is the in house restaurant, featuring views (though not spectacular) of Frenchman’s Bay. On our first night we had dinner at 8 PM and there was a huge group halfway through their dinner, but since most of their serving had already been accomplished our service was satisfactory—a matter of lucky timing. The fare was delicious but expensive—soup & salad = near cost of an entrée (getting toward $25-30), wine costs $9 per less-than-half-filled glass (for a wine that costs $12 a bottle retail). We ate at La Bella Vita again two nights later and sure enough there was another large crowd for dinner, even noisier than the one on the first night. Service was again satisfactory. On balance, this is food of a much higher quality than you’ll get from most motel restaurants, but you definitely pay for the quality and, of course, the convenience. Remember that when everything is open, Bar Harbor is blessed with plenty of restaurants with great food at not unreasonable prices; better deals can be found in town. Breakfast at La Bella Vita was a big disappointment. It’s an expensive buffet that offered, the only morning we ate there, inedible dried out French toast & stale Danish, dry overcooked eggs, and soggy undercooked bacon. Bar Harbor has many great breakfast places that are really inexpensive. La Bella Vita should be ashamed of the awful, overpriced breakfast they offer.

The Bar Harbor Regency is a bit on the pricey side, but, depending on when you go, Bar Harbor is a pricey destination. I’d stay there again but I think I’d try for a lower rate.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Intervale, New Hampshire
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2013

Overall the Holiday Inn Bar Harbor Regency was a nice hotel, but there are several problems. One the internet simply does not work throughout the hotel. There is not enough bandwidth to accommodate the guests. This is extremely frustrating in this day and age. The staff seemed oblivious to this problem when it was brought to their attention.

Also the staff is storing paper pamphlets at the bottom of one the stairwells. I can tell you from over 25-years of public safety this is against all major fire codes. In addition, if a fire occurred it would needleless fill the stairwell with superheated smoke, more than likely killing every person trying to escape. In addition many of the fire doors did not close correctly and in one care a first floor hallway door hit a stairwell door making it impossible for both parties to exit the building at the same time.

This is an accident waiting to happen.. I will not stay there again due to this life safety danger.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Bar Harbor Regency, responded to this review, 31 October 2013
Dear P E,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your stay. It is unfortunate the WiFi prevented you from fully enjoying your time at the hotel. We are confident the necessary adjustments will be made, in order to achieve complete guest satisfaction.

Thank you again for your comments, we look forward to serving you in the future.

Sincerely,

Ben J
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Vacaville, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2013

We choose this hotel based on a reasonable price and proximity to Arcadia National Park. We expected an average Holiday Inn which are usually clean and basically ok when in this price range. We were very pleasantly surprised to find upon arrival a very nice resort type experience. We would definitely consider staying her again. Our only 2 negatives would be that the dark blue carpet and dark heavy drapes in the rooms make them very dark and a bit cave like. However we did have a solid core door that led to a little balcony (with two chairs and I small table) that helped but it would have been nice to have the ability to open the windows a bit too for more fresh air. And its probably time to replace the mattress at least in room 305 where we stayed as the bed was pretty hard and flat.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

We came to Bar Harbor to explore Acadia National Park (which was closed due to the morons in DC, but I digress). We picked this hotel because it was the closest one to the park entrance and because it would have wi fi access for my job (I have to check in daily). The Holiday Inn is part of the Regency property so this is not your typical Holiday Inn location. Note - you will check in at the Regency and drive over to the Holiday Inn building which is NOT staffed.

First the good: the location is hard to beat and the room was fine, the bed was even nearly great. The soundproofing was great and the room was quiet.

Now the bad: the resort does not really have internet access as they claim. The wireless shows 5 bars of strength, but as it turns out, they don't have enough bandwith to go around. I was able to get a signal around 2 pm most days but only for a few minutes. Then nothing. You could not load a page, you could not send an email. I called to complain. The front desk referred me to an off site provider with an 800 number. That's great but they left me on hold for 15 minutes and then told me it was a problem with the property. Not OK. We were travelling with friends and they could not get on line either and other people complained as well.

For $150 a night, I expect more of a response than "sorry". On a more ominous note, they deactivated our room cards a day early so we walked over to the main lobby and without asking us for ID, they gave us new cards. We appreciated she was trying to be helpful, but I would bet the management would have a cow if they knew she issued keys without asking for ID.

If you do not care about internet access, this hotel is fine. For those who have to have it, go elsewhere.

Room Tip: Avoid the rooms ending in 02 - they are next to the elevator and you will hear it.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Bar Harbor Regency, responded to this review, 27 October 2013
Dear bigfluffydogs,

Thank you for your recent stay with us and reviewing our property. I am pleased that our location was of convenience and you found our rooms to be quiet and comfortable. I regret the unavailability of Wifi connection impacted your visit. We take all reviews negative or positive very seriously and your feedback will help us improve our efforts.

Once again, thank you for staying with us and we all hope to have an opportunity to serve you again on your next future visit and make your stay as best as it can be.

Sincerely,

Pam G
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Property: Holiday Inn Bar Harbor Regency
Address: 123 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1137
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #29 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Bar Harbor Regency 3*
Number of rooms: 219
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