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Historical Traveler Reviews The Bayview Bar Harbor
Top Quality--Made our vacation memorable
My family stayed at this beautiful inn during the summer. We knew we were in for a treat when we were warmly welcomed at the door. To our surprise, we were greeted by our name before even registering. An inn employee saw our license plate, knew what state we were arriving from and welcomed us. The inn is set off the main road and is immaculately maintained. We were escorted to our room and were pleasantly surprised by its size, cleanliness, and the little touches it had. The view was beautiful--very close to the water. Morning breakfast is so enjoyable sitting out on the open deck or you can choose to eat inside. Have a craving for scrambled eggs, just ask and you may be pleasantly surprised to see your craving satisfied. Each morning the CAT ferry leaves for Nova Scotia. We loved seeing the ferry departing and arriving each day. If you have time for an excursion to Nova Scotia for the day, this is an excellent location.You can easily walk or drive if you prefer, to the terminal. Our children loved the often warm homemade cookies and the friendliness of the staff. You will find service here top quality with friendly, courteous staff who genuinely want you to have a wonderful vacation. You will not forget your stay here. One evening, after a long day at Acadia, my husband went down to the bar for a glass of wine for each of us. When he returned, he also had a plate of cheeses complimentary from the bar tender. These little extras really do make a difference. I would also reccommend using the shuttle. On our first day,Alan, the driver gave us a little tour of Bar Harbor since we had not been here before. He also gave us his card and said when we were ready to return to the Inn to show the card to any restaurant and they would call the inn for us. Each time they did and each time the driver arrived within fifteen to twenty minutes. You may also want to walk back to the Inn to see more of the homes and harbor--very safe.
As for Bar Harbor, I would recommend Rupunnunis and Quarterdeck for dinner. If you plan on taking a whalewatch excursion which we did, keep in mind it's very cold out in the open ocean. Inland the temperature was in the 80's however out on the open water the temperature drops to the 40's. We were forewarned and took extra sweatshirts, jackets, and gloves. Yes, i did say gloves and we used them. Although, we saw no whales the day we were out it was still a memorable day. One thing we weren't told, although it may be beautiful inland, it can be extremely foggy out to sea which it was for us. If you're deciding that day, take notice of how clear the skies our out in the distant harbor. In Acadia, don't miss the Jordan Pond Restaurant and popovers in the afternoon. You can enjoy these out on the lawn overlooking the pond and afterwards take in a hike around the pond or hop on your bike for a carriage ride. Don't ignore the Southwest Harbor area, near Seawell and Bernard, our children loved tidepooling here and enjoyed sitting out on the rocks. These harbors are quaint and have lobster shacks where lobsters are picked, cooked and eaten immediately.
If you're driving, don't miss Camden and Rockport. Rockland also plays host to the annual lobster festival usually the beginning of August. Check their website as one day of that week they offer free admission. Also, I would recommend stopping in Kennebunkport. There are many quaint beaches--want to go home with a sand dollar, head to Goose Rocks Beach early for a special remembrance of the area or for kayaking. Also home to the Bush family, our children thought it was neat to see the Bush compound. We would reccomend Allison's restaurant in downtown Kennebunkport for dinner. Downstairs can be noisy so ask for a table upstairs if you prefer a more quiet dinner.
Enjoy your stay in Maine --it's a beautiful state with much to see and do!!!!!!
Fondest memories ever!
We chose the Bayview based on the TripAdvisor ratings. It was superb! From the wonderful shaded driveway to the beautifully appointed breakfast room to the large, waterfront room we had, to the incredibly friendly and helpful staff, the experience was wonderful. They always have fresh homemade cookies and brownies in the late afternnon at the front desk. One day when we going to Sand beach in Acadia, the desk clerk reached behind the desk and gave our 4 year old a plastic shovel and bucket - he loved it! (They keep a supply for familes heading out to the beach). We loved the breakfast bufffet each morning with the bay view on the terrace. The food was different every day, well prepared with great patries (Try the chocolate chip pumpkin muffins). Every guest we met at the hotel was friendly, the atmoshere and common dining area seem to encourage people to share their experiences. Our room was immaculate, furniture was beautiful, and even the soaps were memorable (the nice housekeeping staff gave us extra as we were leaving). The only downside is that the hotel is close to the CAT ferry that goes to Nova Scotia each day - so be warned that a loud ship blast will go sound every morning around 9AM. Not a problem for us with a 4 year old. There is a small pool and deck area that we used every day - great bay views again. The hotel is only 2 minutes from Bar Harbor but far enough so there is no noise. The Bayview does have a shuttle that will take you there although we were always able to find parking in Bar Harbor with a little effort. In 17 years of taking vacations from Florida to Paris to Hawaii, this hotel is one of our favorites, don't stay anywhere else.
The best! Will definitely stay at Bayview again!
We stayed at the Bayview for three nights while visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia. It was a great place to stay for a variety of reasons. The hotel has a great location. It is close enough to bike or walk to downtown Bar Harbor, and equally close to the entrance to Acadia National Park. The service at the hotel is outstanding (I could tell from the moment I called to book the reservation that it would be) the staff were all friendly and courteous. The room was very spacious and clean and had a fantastic view. All of the rooms have balconies overlooking Frenchman's Bay -- not a distant view, the water is very close. The hotel serves a nice breakfast with a different "main dish" each day. Every day there are cereals, fruit salad, breads, pastries, and juices, and coffee/tea out as an alternative or to supplement the breakfast. In the afternoons the hotel puts out fresh-baked cookies at the front desk. The hotel has a pool (not very large), but guests can use the pools and hot tub at the neigboring hotel. We did not use them, so I can't comment. We appreciated that the hotel has a computer set up (in the bar) that guests can use to access the internet free of charge. We will definitely stay at the Bayview again when we return to Bar Harbor, we will recommend it to others.
Wonderful view from balcony
The bedroom was ENORMOUS and the balcony view lovely.
We loved our stay here. The hotel is set well back from the road and all rooms face the water so it is very peaceful. The breakfast sets you up for the day (we especially liked the porridge. My Scottish husband said that it had been made the correct way!)
The free shuttle service into the town is very useful.
After camping for three days, this Hotel was like an oasis of comfort. The housekeeping is perfect, the beds are clean and comfortable, and the whole place smells great! Besides the cookies in the afternoon, they have a great buffet breakfast---which has, poptarts! --among more elegant fare.
The view from the balcony (with three Adirondack style chairs) in our room was great.
I loved this place!
We stayed at the Bayview over the 4th of July weekend. We had spectaular weather and really enjoyed the view from our private deck off our room. The room was spacious and very clean and well kept. Service at the hotel was outstanding. The staff were so friendly and seemed to genuinely care about their guests. The breakfast served each morning was so good. The baked goods were fabulous and the hot entree was delicious. And the plate of cookies that came out each afternoon was to die for. The view I think is the best any hotel in Bar Harbor has to offer. The Bayview is truely a hidden treasure in Bar Harbor. I will definitely go back again.
The Bayview a nice place to stay
My husband and I went up for a weekend getaway and stayed at the bayview. I found the place clean and staff most helpful. Good idea with the shuttle to take you to downtown (don't have to worry about fighting for a parking space).. Breakfast was good also cookies were a nice touch. Would recommend this hotel to friends and would stay here again.
First Rate, Comfortable Hotel
We stayed in one of the townhouses and found it spacious, quiet and comfortable. It had all of the amenities expected, even laundry facilities right in the suite (having come from a 5-day schooner trip right before, this was much appreciated!). The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful and the breakfasts and afternoon cookies were yummy. Our only complaint was that the TVs were too small but, as we did not spend much time in our room, it was not a big issue. We would stay at the Bayview again if we return to Bar Harbor.
The Bayview was First Class!
We found the Bayview to be absolutely first class. The view of Frenchman's Cove from the balcony is simply beautiful, especially if you are up early enough to catch a fabulous sunrise. The rooms are spacious and nicely appointed. The staff is extremely pleasant and very helpful. The hotel provides a wonderful hearty breakfast, if that is what you wish, or has the more traditional continental fare for those who prefer something lighter. This rather secluded hotel is convenient to Bar Harbor, but distant enough to not be plagued by hordes of tourists, parking dilemmas and noice. We would come back again in a heart beat.
we have been going to the bayview at least once yearly for the past five years. it is outstanding in all aspects-very large rooms, directly on the water, great continental plus breakfasts. the best is the staff-friendly, courteous, not at all stuffy. new jersey's condemnation aside, management and staff here are quite competent and professional-i'm in the business. jersey can go home or stay elsewhere, we're not leaving the bayview.
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