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Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel
Ranked #10 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
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Farmington, New Hampshire
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“My favorite place to visit!”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

My husband and I stay at the Blue Nose Inn every Mother's Day weekend for a family gathering. We look forward to it every year. Not only do we get the opportunity to see our family and listen to live piano music in the beautiful lounge, but we also get to to reminisce about our wedding day. We got married at the Blue Nose on October 13th 2007, and it was the most magical and joyous of days. I will never forget it, and being able to come back every year is a special treat for us. Now we bring our 4 year old and he also looks forward to it. His favorite part of the weekend is swimming in the huge pool, and climbing Cadillac Mountain. We also love Mother's Day brunch at The Looking Glass. The view is just as amazing as the food. You have to try the crab benedict! I definitely recommend this hotel for a family vacation or a romantic weekend getaway. My husband and I are going to try and visit this summer and we can't wait!

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautifu,l but the rooms on the top floor have spectacular views.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 13 November 2014
Thank you. This is a very special review because the Bluenose Inn is obviously of great importance to your family. Thank you for choosing us for your wedding and all that has followed. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Jim Ash
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Chapin, South Carolina
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

This August will be our eleventh year we have been going to this hotel and never tire of just relaxing and seeing beautiful Maine. There is always something different to do and this hotel is a great central location for driving out for a day (taking a picnic lunch prepared by the Looking Glass restaurant on sight) or just relaxing by the pool. We have experienced both buildings, we prefer the front overlooking Frenchman's Bay. Have never been disappointed with the service and friendliness of all the staff. EXCELLENT service. The general manager/owner (Jim Ash) always has a smile on his face and is a joy to talk too. Traveling a great deal to many places, I'll have to say this hotel is the #1 in our book, hence forth, an annual get away. The packages offered regardless of the time of year, is great. Never disappoints. Looking forward to August once again and the first night you will find us in the Great Room listening to the piano.

Room Tip: Mizzentop (front bldg.) The rooms are large, comfortable with a large bath, and the fireplace is alw...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 9 August 2014
We can't wait to have you back and thank you very much for this wonderful review of our property and service!!
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Hampden
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

My husband and I took his parents to Bar Harbor for our annual Mother's Day weekend getaway. This is a trip we look forward to each year. We absolutely love spending the evening in the Great Room enjoying drinks and listening to their fabulous piano player, who can play absolutely anything at all! Our room was large and very comfortable, and we enjoyed sitting by the gas fireplace and looking out at the great view. We slept so well that we even approached the Manager/co-owner to see if he would sell us the bed! The staff is warm and friendly, and greeted us like long lost friends. If you enjoy an elegant, up-scale hotel that gives you warm and friendly service you will definitely enjoy the Bluenose

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Well first of all, you ARE long lost friends! We are very grateful to have so many long term ,returning guests. We even have some who are bringing in their young children to continue the tradition with their families. It is very special to know you look forward to being here with your husband's parents every year.

We love Bill Trowell, our pianist. Bill has many devoted fans from all over the country who join us annually and it is like one big family.

Sorry we couldn't sell you that bed but we look forward to having you back to use it again soon! Have a wonderful summer and thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with others who are looking for a great place to vacation.
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Essex
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We spent three nights here a few days ago and could not fault the place.
The first thing that hits you on arrival, is the warm welcome at reception. All staff during our stay went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. Even the co-owner always took time to stop and ask how we were doing and seemed genuinely interested in his guests.
Our room was beautifully furnished and lacked nothing to make our stay comfortable but what made it exceptional, was the stunning view from the window. We have stayed in some beautiful hotels around the world but none has had a better view than this one.
To enjoy that same view each breakfast time too, from the Looking Glass Restaurant,was so special. In fact, we chose to dine each night in the hotel restaurant too because we didn't want to lose any opportunity to drink in that amazing view.
Food for both breakfast and dinner,was delicious. Little touches like a basket of warm bread,with rosemary-infused olive oil and blueberry butter, with our evening meals, just added to our enjoyment of dining there.
Sadly, the weather was not kind to us during our stay but that did give us the chance to swim in the lovely indoor pool and pretend we were lobsters in the hot tub!
What else can I say? Only that I defy anyone not to enjoy their stay at this hotel and not to totally fall in love with that stunning view.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank 2xscorpios
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
How wonderful to hear what a great time you had with us on your trip. It is so good to know that despite the weather you had a relaxing and successful vacation with us. We agree that there is no comparison to the view from our hotel and the Looking Glass Restaurant. We don't take it for granted and enjoy it right along with our guests.

I sincerely hope that you will return and let us take care of you again. Your wonderful review is greatly appreciated.
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DuBois, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We have been coming here for years, and we are never disappointed. Classy and comfortable, The Bluenose Inn will pamper you during your stay in Bar Harbor. For those looking for a taste of style and character, choose this hotel.

Room Tip: Top floor for good view!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is to hear a review like yours. We are thrilled that you are regulars with us and equally thrilled that you have had such a positive experience with us every time. We certainly look forward to taking care of you again in the near future and hope that you have a wonderful summer.
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Auburn, Maine
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

This was my first time in Bar Harbor, and I absolutely loved this hotel. The room was spacious and clean. I love that it is 100% smoke free. The bed/pillows were so comfortable. I loved the indoor swimming pool. It is beautiful, and large with a decent sized fitness room, sauna, and hot tub. There are also men/women's room in the area as well. We enjoyed a wonderful Saturday evening listening to a great pianist. The staff was extremely pleasant. They provide coffee, tea, and water daily with cookies in the afternoon. They do have a restaurant on site "The Looking Glass" that serves breakfast and dinner. It is only a few minute drive to in town Bar Harbor. I would definitely stay there again! The only negative I have about the hotel is that to enter your hotel room you have an outside balcony that everyone walks by constantly and it is very loud when you walk on it.

Room Tip: If you want to have a great view of Frenchman's Bay from your balcony chairs make sure to get a...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nicole C
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2014
Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us on Tripadvisor. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in Bar Harbor and especially that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Bluenose Inn. The ability to please our customers and provide them with comfort while here is our number one priority.

The next time you stay with us you may want to try a room in the Mizzentop building where the balcony's are private. Don't ever hesitate to call us directly to make a reservation so that our staff can give you all of the details about the specific room you will be in. Many times there are several options available and we want to suit as many individual needs as possible.

We hope to see you again and thank you for chosing us.
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Freedom, Maine
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

We stayed in the Mittentop building on the 2nd floor. Room was really nice..big bed, gas fireplace and a huge bathroom. The oceanview wasn't quite as nice as I expected due to the parking lot in the foreground..so I think I would ask for the 3rd or 4th floor next time...but it was still very nice. Room was exceptionally clean and we loved having a keurig in our room. We would definetly stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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hospitality04609, General Manager at Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to tell others about your time with us and the special touches that make the Bluenose Inn so unique in Bar Harbor. It is true that many of our guests rave about the views from the upper levels and I hope that you had the opportunity to experience both the view and fabulous food at the Looking Glass restaurant on our campus while you were here too.

We certainly hope that you will visit us again and look forward to meeting you in person.
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Property: Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel
Address: 90 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1123
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Bar Harbor
#6 Business Hotel in Bar Harbor
#10 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
#15 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bluenose Inn - A Bar Harbor Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 97
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bluenose Inn is a AAA rated hotel, an elegant immaculate treasure featuring breathtaking views of Frenchman Bay. Set atop a magnificent granite-terraced hillside, the hotel is one of the most beautiful spots on the Atlantic. 97 Classically appointed rooms located in our two buildings. Dining in The Looking Glass with panoramic views, cocktails in the magnificent Great Room, heated indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub,steam room, spa & complete fitness center and wi-fi throughout the property. ... more   less 
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