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Historical Traveler Reviews Black Friar Inn Bar Harbor
I had to write to agree with some of the other guests that have stayed at the inn. Sharon is extremely unfriendly and Perry just seems to go along with it. We couldn't have a cup of coffee before they served breakfast and they didn't like you to have wine in your room in case of spills. Sharon did not want to give us any ice when asked for because she didn't want all her ice to be used up.
Let me start this review on a positive note. This is a gorgeous B&B. The decor is wonderful, everything is spotless, and the rates are fair for such splendid accommodations. If you've visited their website, the photos on there don't do this place justice, it's even nicer in person. The innkeepers, on the other hand, are a different story.
Great bed and breakfast
This was our 4th time staying at the black friar inn, the rooms are very clean,full delicious breakfast included and very knowlegable hosts to help you around MDI
Beautiful and Comfortable!
My daughter and I stayed here late July. Room 3 - very pretty and plenty of space! The house itself has been meticulously restored into an inn. Even the smallest details added to the home by Perry and Sharon gave it a splendid character. The inn was homey and comfortable, extremely convenient to all the shops and restaurants in Bar Harbor. No need to drive until you head to Acadia! Breakfast was luscious! When we go to Bar Harbor again, we will definitely stay here once more!
This is a beautiful B&B, great location, great room with a spiral staircase to a fireplace sitting room, nice food, etc. This was our first stay at a B&B and the first time I took my husband to Maine (birthplace of my parents). I prepared him for Maine downeast hospitality. Instead we were greeted by one of the hosts (Sharon) who scolded us right away for knocking on the inside door instead of the outside (or something like that). At the breakfast table, I had to sit at the head of the table and my husband had to sit in the far right corner. Before our food was served, a couple left so I moved to sit next to my husband. Perry was positively perturbed and acted put out which made no sense to me since we hadn't even been served yet. We were sitting in the living room later that day and a man came down to the kitchen and asked Sharon for a plunger. She was very irritated and told him that she would not give him a plunger - "Perry will take care of it. You have to be more careful!". How embarassing. A few minutes later, Perry marched into the living room and scolded us very sternly for having a drip of candle wax in our bathroom. I'm sorry but that isn't that big of a deal. You take a hair dryer and direct it to the wax for 10 seconds and you can peel it off with your finger. It doesn't damage the floor at all. Maybe we shouldn't have had a candle at all but he was very rude about it. While the property itself was wonderful, I would look for a more friendly B&B with authentic downeast hospitality. Maybe this was an off weekend for them and they are typically more friendly (Sharon had a broken foot or something).
Home away from Home in Bar Harbor
Perry and Sharon at the Black Friar were fabulous! Perry is a terrific resource for exploring Acadia National Park; he gave us great recommendations for hiking and biking all around the park. The inn is absolutely lovely. We stayed in the turret room with a cozy little sitting room up a spiral staircase. The bed was heavenly, the linens were clean and fresh and everything was very well kept. Each room has it's own character, lovingly decorated by the talented Sharon. And, of course, the breakfasts were scrumptious! Every day offered a hearty, unique and delicous meal to start off our day.
Very Friendly and Relaxing
The hosts were very friendly and helpful. Perry's knowledge of the island is an asset to anyone planning on doing any hiking or other outdoor activities. My room was very comfortable and spotless. The location is excellent, only a few minute walk to all of the downtown attractions.
I have stayed at the Black Friar Inn for two vacations and both times were filled with friendly service, excellent advice on the area as well as comfortable accomodations! My vacations were three years apart, so they have kept their quality of service high for a long period of time. Perry & Sharon cooked wonderful breakfasts consisting of main courses such as pancakes, waffles, quiches, coffeecakes and always included a fruit appetizer. One of the many conveniences they offer is a binder with restaurant menus which was very helpful when choosing where to eat each night. We also took advantage of the many books they have on Acadia National Park. They loaned us books on hiking, biking & the carriage roads as well as the audio tour CD for the park. Perry has hiked & walked every trail & carriage road in the park and is the best resource we found in choosing which hike to take! When we stayed there in the early spring it was so nice coming back "home" each day and get a hot cup of coffee or tea (they have a large variety of Repulic of Tea). The same went for the summer time visit when we would grab a coke & snack after a day in the park. I've stayed in two of their rooms, but have seen all of them and they are all cozy and very comfortable. There are a lot of bed & breakfasts on the Maine coast and i've stayed in quite a few of them. This one is definitely on the top of my list. I'm looking forward to a third stay in the future!
Compared to other places we've stayed at, the Black Friar does not possess the "typical" B&B laid-back/cozy atmosphere and often elegant design. The propietors, while quite helpful, are not overly friendly in their personalities-- you get a long list of "don'ts" upon arrival.