Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Conference Center
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Today was mainly a driving day (8 hours from Boston) up to Bar Harbor, Maine. Since we were just in Maine for Aaron & Jen's wedding this past February (and did the scenic route), we opted for boring old 95. The drive was long and painful, but we treated ourselves to Lobster rolls for lunch as soon as we exited the highway in Augusta.
We were up bright and early today to get started with our exploration of Acadia National Park. Our plan for the day originally was to climb Cadillac Mountain, the highest mountain in the park, however bad weather postponed our plans. Instead we began with the northeastern section of the park loop road to get a general overview of the park. Luckily …
Our last day in Acadia National Park, we decided to explore the southwestern part of the island, a part many tourists never even see. Originally we were going to tackle hiking Cadillac, the highest mountain in the park, but in driving the road to the top yesterday we saw how congested the trail and area were. Using my new favorite app by trails.com …
And with the sun dazzling us as we drove to our next little town/overnight stop at Jonesport and the Harbour House B&B wshere we do indeed have a stunning view of the Harbour. But Jonesport is right out of restaurants so we stopped at the Pizza take-away to order our pizza on our way to the grocery store to pick up wine, and chocolate brownies, and salad, collecting our pizza on the way back. High ...
... National Park in low season is the best time to visit the area. Most of the roadways within the park are one way. It is probably not the most enjoyable experience driving on these roads with heavy traffic and lots of tourists. This is one advantage to travelling in off season – we have most places to ourselves.
We couldn’t leave Maine without sampling one seafood item that this area is known for. Jeff and I both had lobster. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Conference Center Bar Harbor
Very Happy! Everything we needed
My husband and I booked a room here through AAA and were very happy with accomodations. Close to everything we needed-Acadia, downtown and CAT ferry. Room was very clean and comfortable with beautiful balcony views. Would definately stay again. The breakfast buffet was a wonderful bargain with very accomodating hours for early risers too.
Can you say misleading photographs???
My family of four stayed for one night in August 2004. The website and all printed advertisements of this hotel show an aerial photo of the hotel grounds SURROUNDED by trees, as if located in a peaceful and unspoiled spot. Completely untrue!!! The entire left-hand side of the property (as you stand facing the ocean) borders the parking lot / auto loading area of the CAT ferry, with just an ugly chain-link fence separating them. Our room was one door down from this eyesore, facing the chain-link fence / parking lot and an ugly pool storage shed. We didn't pay extra for the ocean view, but were expecting something a bit more pleasant based on the hotel's literature. The room itself was musty, old, peeling, and generally unpleasant. Stepping outside was more so. We were extremely disappointed, esp. as the only reason we stayed in Bar Harbor overnight after our ferry trip was to relax for a night in pleasant surroundings before the long drive home. Breakfast was fine if you like store-bought white bread and stale rolls. We were so angry about the clearly doctored photographs in this hotel's advertisements that we complained to the hotel ($50 off of a $150 room rate) and the Better Business Bureau.
I was VERY disappointed when I saw our hotel accommodations. BEWARE! Their website is VERY deceiving!! "Atlantic Oaks by-the-Sea" is portrayed as an elegant facility with "distinctive guest room buildings". They show you pictures of two of their nicer properties ("The Oaks" & "The Willows"). Nowhere on the site do they mention or post photos of their other less desirable properties which consist of a two floor, dark brown clapperboard cabin. Our room smelt musty, the bathroom was straight out of the 1970's & our sink made this constant gurgling sound throughout the night. From their website I expected something really nice, but what we got was a small, dumpy room which smelled of mildew. I definitely would not have booked this place had I known what this facility REALLY looked like. When booking, be sure to ask which of their properties you are staying in. If it's anything but "The Willows" or "The Oaks", be forewarned & expect something VERY different then what is depicted on their website.
We stayed at the Atlantic Oakes in late July of 2004. Our room was in the main building (containing the lobby) on the second floor. The room contained 2 DBs.
The view was great. My kids (4, 7, and 8 at the time) really enjoyed watching the Cat leave each morning. The room was comfortable. The location was nice (outside of Bar Harbor so traffic wasn't so bad) and the busses to/from Bar Harbor worked really well. The hotel is very convienent to the entrance of Acadia.
As others have pointed out, the website is a bit deceiving. It is a bit pricey for what you get, however this seems the norm for this area. I didn't notice the noice from other rooms (or get complaints about noice from my kids), however we spent little time in the room outside of first thing in the morning or late at night.
We didn't eat at the hotel so I cannot comment on that.
Had to check out!
Our room was large, clean, and well-appointed. However, two things: the web site gives a false impression of luxury and, worse, the walls were paper thin: we heard conversations conducted in a normal voice through the walls as well as mattress squeekings at 2 am... To my chagrin, the front desk called twice ( at 7pm and 9 pm) to complain about the noise our two children were making "like a herd of elephants"- which was far from the truth. They were behaving as normal 3 and 6 year olds. I guess the paper thin walls work both ways. We checked out after one night. My wife and I felt like criminals!
I'm surprised by the rave reviews here almost as much as I was surprised when I saw the place. From their website, I expected something really special, but what we got instead was a small, dumpy room that smelled of mildew. That would've been ok, especially considering the nice view, except that this place charges a lot more than comparable hotels along that strip. We left after one night and stayed in a very nice B&B for a lot less money.
Not bad, but certainly nothing special, and definitely pricey.
Stayed here summer 2004. Wonderfully clean, modern rooms with views to die for. All you can eat breakfast was great for our teens. It was great fun skipping rocks on their beach and watching the Cat leave for Canada. Lots of nice landscaping and courteous staff. Will stay again.
Definitely go around the park loop road.
Loved the "Oakes"
This is a great hotel - family owned and operated - very friendly! The facilities/property are spectacular. Great for families!!!
Great resort with reasonable price
We stayed in the Atlantic Oakes on July 13, 2004 for 1 night with the AAA rate of $143.10 for a 2DB oceanview room. It was really reasonable as most motels/hotels in Bar Harbor needed at least a 2-night stay. The rooms we got were on the middle floor of a 3-story building and had balconies that offered a nice view of the Frenchman's Bay.
The buffet breakfast was OK ($8.50 each) and the hotel was near the entrance of Acadia National Park, which was very convenient if you want to enjoy the beautiful sunset/sunrise at Cadillac Mountain.
One of our 2 rooms had a clean kitchen with all utensils that you'll need to cook a decent meal. However, we chose to eat a great lobster dinner in downtown Bar Harbor. Go for an earlybird dinner & you'll save at least 10% and it's easier to get a table.
The most wonderful thing in downtown Bar Harbor was the shopping. Souvenirs were 20-50% cheaper than other Atlantic tourist cities in New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia. Go and have fun!
The Atlantic Oakes is a great family Inn. We stayed there in June, 2004 and were so happy with the accommodations. Wonderful views of Frenchman's Bay and clean rooms with friendly staff. Great value for the price! Right next to the CAT ferry to Nova Scotia. We will definitely stay there again.