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Historical Traveler Reviews Graycote Inn Bar Harbor
Nifty nifty place
We have stayed at the Greycote several times in the past few months while visiting Bar Harbor on business. Roger and Pat are the perfect hosts, the accommodations are excellent, and the food is divine. We couldn't be happier with the service and the friendly style of the place. Go for it.
Winter Weekend in Maine
The Graycote Inn is a place to return to time after time. The bed in the St. Sauveur room was the most comfortable one we'd ever slept on away from home! Beautiful furnishings and knowledgeable and attentive hosts make the inn warm and inviting. We especially appreciated the amenities--shelves in the bathroom for toiletries, chocolates on the mantle, logs by the fireplace, and a plush down comforter. And, of course, that early pot of coffee outside our door. Delicious breakfasts provided the perfect start to our days.
Peace, Quiet, and Comfort in Bar Harbor
My wife and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences at the Graycote. We consider it our home away from home when we're in Acadia. It is a classic B&B that is quiet and comfortable. The keepers (Pat and Roger) are very interesting people, good conversationalists, knowledgeable of Mt. Desert Island, and good cooks to boot. If you want peace and quiet, as well as a clean and comfortable stay - the Graycote is definitely the place.
Individual stay at an extraordinary B&B
Our 10-day-2005 autumn trip through the New England States offered us a variety of indiviudal B&Bs. The Graycote Inn stands out of the crowd by its close to the heart of Bar Harbor location, its individual and tasteful decoration of the different rooms, the hospitality of the innkeepers, their ability and willingness to interesting and sophisticated discussions and to welcome international visitors. You do not make a mistake to stop by.
Our Favorite Inn!
The Graycote Inn is our idea of heaven! Located on a quiet side street within walking distance to the town center and the water, the inn has everything my spouse and I need to relax, unwind and reconnect with each other. From the moment we arrived one late August afternoon and were warmly greeted by the innkeepers, until our departure 4 days later, we felt pampered and cared for. We are not high maintenance guests but we are quite fussy about our accommodations and expect warm hospitality, quality linens, impeccable housekeeping, tasteful decor and helpful hosts. The Graycote Inn delivers all of this PLUS a fabulous, home cooked breakfast! Both Pat and Roger, the innkeepers, went out of their way to tell us about things to do and see on Mt. Desert Island and they even made reservations for us to visit the much sought after Rockefeller Gardens. They were always professional, as you would expect innkeepers to be, respecting our privacy yet somehow anticipating our needs. But they also found time in their very busy schedules to share a quiet conversation with us on the porch with a glass of wine before dinner. We found their attention to detail and genuine desire to please a refreshing change from other bed and breakfasts that we experienced in Bar Harbor.
Last year, 2005, we stayed in the Some's Sound suite which boasts a wonderful sun porch sitting room, fireplace and king size bed. We especially appreciated the early morning coffee that was delivered each morning just out side our door and the afternoon social hour with homemade cookies and beverages that is thoughtfully prepared each day by Pat. And the breakfast....Oh my what a breakfast! Each course is freshly prepared and served individually....no same old, same old buffet choices here! We were offered seconds on each hot entree and my husband requested thirds on the French Toast! I am a bit puzzled by some of the negative comments others have written, as we thoroughly enjoyed Roger's wry sense of humor. Perhaps they misunderstood his dry wit...or perhaps they unintentionally overstepped their bounds as guests. In any event, having stayed at several different inns in Bar Harbor over the years, we can honestly say that The Graycote Inn is our first choice. We have already made our reservations for our vacation at the Graycote Inn this August and can highly recommend that you do the same!
Attention to Detail
We wanted a quiet refined B&B and we found it in Graycote Inn. The owners,Roger and Pat attended to every detail. If we needed something,they were there. They also antipicated when you wanted privacy. We had the Starr room on the third floor which has a skylight over the bed to view the sky. It was absolutely beautiful. The morning was spent in the sunroom having an exceptional breakfast. The grounds are lovely and peaceful. You are away from the main street traffic yet only minutes to some great dining downtown. We give it 5 Star(r)s.
A nice getaway
Before we stayed here, but after our resevation was made, we read a few of the other reviews listed here. To say the least, we were apprehensive of the owner (Roger). Since we had a heads up, we were able to avoid some of the conrontations others had with him. We found that the inn was very beautiful and that the owners, although not the most engaging and social individuals, to be very attentive and helpful. The location of the inn is nice, on a quiet side street close to downtown. Our room was fabulous and the breakfasts were out of this world. Roger was able to reccomend several good places to eat and hike. He knows the island very well. They even have menus from every restaraunt in town. Overall, a pleasant experience.
Graycote needs a white coat
The male innkeeper at this bed and breakfast seemed to be attempting to ruin my vacation. He is a very introverted, bookwormish creature and was very stern and scolding to myself and to the others in my party. I won't go into unnecessary detail except to say that I am a frequent traveler and I was dismayed at the level of "service" that he offered. I felt scolded, frowned at, treated like a child, and "told what to do." I don't think I have ever experienced that before at any place I have ever stayed in my entire life. We all minimized our intereactions with the innkeepers and actually left earlier than we intended. I'm sure other innkeepers are friendlier and more accommodating. This guy seemed ready for the men in white coats - he was very, very strange and almost hostile. This was not a "bargain" inn, so spend your money somewhere else.
Lesson in Etiquette
Initially, my fiance and I found the inn to be pleasant, the decor tasteful and the service adequate. I would have given it an above average rating. However, the male innkeeper left a lot to be desired in terms of treating guests like guests.
During the last breakfast of our stay, my fiance and I were treated like misbehaved children (both in our mid-twenties), and in fact lectured in front of a room full of guests on how to "socialize". This was after we separated two small tables on the patio to make more room for ourselves and the other couple (they were thankful and we were NOT the first ones to do this). The host Roger, then proceeded to indignantly lecture us until I was red in the face and my partner was speechless.
Indeed people had begun talking and staring. Roger informed us that the "point of a bed and breakfast was to socialize" and that "if you didn't want to socialize, you should have stayed at a hotel"! He was inexplicably angry at that point, and when he finally left, the whole room had begun to talk about how rude he had been and how uncomfortable the set-up was for the guests.
...I thought the point of a bed and breakfast was to be comfortable and treated hospitably!?
In any case, this was NOT the first time he had been rude to us though, and I should have been less forgiving when he practically ignored my fiance (who is of Indonesian descent) and I at our first breakfast. But unfortunately, he was the food server too.
I've never been treated so rudely at someplace I was paying (good money) to stay at. Mind you, my fiance and I are very quiet, respectful people, and the ironic part of the whole story, was that we moved the table to be more accomodating to our house mates!
Do yourself a favor and save your money and dignity. Heed our warning and go to one of the dozens of more friendly destinations in Bar Harbor.
Charming place, great hosts
My fiancée and I got engaged here. We highly recommend it! The hosts were extremely attentive and helpful, giving us excellent advice about where to go - and avoid - in Bar Harbor. The rooms were quite comfortable - we stayed in the least expensive room which was beautiful. Breakfast was *amazing* - the hosts are wonderful cooks. Afternoon tea was a very nice touch as well. Easily walkable to the downtown Bar Harbor area. Great place!
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