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Along the way – We left our motorhome in Oak Bay, Nova Scotia, crossed the border at Calais, Maine and drove along Hwy 1 towards Bar Harbor. Most of the highway is a nice wide, two-lane but a few segments are so rough that we’re …
We were dropped in the town for a free afternoon. John went on a boat trip and I chose to just mosey around doing nothing much. Doing nothing much turned out to be perishing. I had my rain jacket on and the wind went straight through. I went into a shop and bought a sherpa! Translates to a zip up sweatshirt hoodie with thick fleece lining. Out on the street a man ...
... their hanging baskets for summer but as today is their last day of summer and tomorrow is the 1st of autumn most doorways and front steps are decorated with pumpkins. Shops are full of scary Halloween stuff and even clothes shops are decorated in oranges and browns.
The housing is amazing. 99% are large and wooden with the majority painted white. They are so tidy.
Our lunch stop ...
... fortunate to have enough reception to write this blog, but I am not going to even try to upload the pics. I'll add them tomorrow when I am in a civilized motel.
Speaking of civilized, I have thought today about a friend who wrote me recently about my travels, commenting that they "Enjoyed and could afford the finer things in life when traveling" ~ and that was a reference to the fact that they only travel 5 star and wouldn't begin to think ...
... Just had to say. Since I “just had to say on Randi”, it’s only fair that I have to tell on me. When we were getting ready to leave, I loaded the rig, I was very organized and even made a list of where I put things. But from the start we couldn’t find where I put the lids for the two sauce pans that I took, until now (which is two months into the journey), Randi found them in the stove! It sure is nice to have a lid on the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Harborside Hotel & Marina Bar Harbor
We enjoyed our stay at Harborside tremendously.
I was a little leery after reading some previous reviews. However, we were able to check in 4 hours early and we were upgraded. I'm sure there were plenty of rooms available to cause this but we appreciated it. It is true that the hotel isn't quite finished yet but there wasn't anything to prevent us from enjoying our stay. Staff was pleasant and helpful. We had everything we could possibly need and I personally enjoyed the products from Bath & Body. The views are absolutely gorgeous and the weather helped make it a pleasant stay. It's a nice, clean, convenient place to stay.
I recently stayed 5 nights in this hotel and have a pretty good feel for both the positive and negative aspects. Overall I think this will be a pretty good hotel in the future - but still has a long way to go. The hotel has some definite strong points - comfortable beds, marble showers, decks, nice heated pool and decent continental breakfast. Also, if you are not staying in a B&B, this is one of the best centrally located hotels for Bar Harbor. The entire town is within easy walking distance. It is also close to park entrances and the ferry port.
I recently returned from 3 nights at this hotel and must say the hotel was very nice and the staff very open and friendly. This is a privately owned hotel as are most in the Bar Harbor area. In this aspect some inconsistencies do stand out. If you're expecting a big city hotel, this isn't it, nor is most anyplace in Bar Harbor.
Waste of Money!!!!!
First, this hotel is really a motel right now. Between the power going off and the construction workers scattered throughout the building, I don't understand why this place is even open. We were NEVER informed about the constuction going on. There was NO information provided in the rooms and often woken up early by large machines. I don't care what the final project looks like, I will never stay there again! I will not recommend this place to any family or friends. There are so many other places in town and just outside town that are well worth the money. What a dissappointment!!
We were guests at the hotel the second week in June of '04. Great location for walking to the shops and restaurants. The pool is done, but they're still working on landscaping, and some construction on the ground level, harborside. If you had a lower level room you'd hear the noise of the trucks, saws, etc. If you booked on line I would highly recommend you confirm your reservation before you arrive. I did, and was told they couldn't find my reservation, after some time I was transferred to the person who handles the Internet reservations and she had no problem finding it, however, when we went to check in, the front desk still couldn't find the reservation... They were very accommodating at the desk and all worked out well. For the most part we had an enjoyable time, and would stay there again. We had a harborside room with kitchen on the 2nd floor with a beautiful view and deck (although a VERY, VERY long walk to the lobby!) I would recommend a harborside room on the 1st or 2nd floor rooms, not ground level.
Stayed here twice. Once while it was still "Golden Anchor" (pretty dumpy at that time). Although it was still under construction during our last visit, I thought the rooms were nicely appointed. Very central location. We drive in, park, and walk wherever we want to go in Bar Harbor.
Don't use their whale watching company either!
We were there around the same time as the user who posted on 6/1/04. We saw lots of construction chaos also. This hotel also handles the Acadian Whale Watching reservations and despite numerous assurances that whale watching tours started on 6/1...ours was cancelled with no notice. Just a little dry erase board message near the hotel where we were supposed to meet to start the whale watch tour. Gee thanks. Oh, and thanks for the referral to Bar Harbor Whale Watching the same day....ONLY ya didn't mention that their only tour went out an hour earlier!!!!! If we had enough notice, we could have made it.
With so many places to stay in Bar Harbor, it was difficult for me to make a decision. I booked my room at the Harborside online and noticed that there was alot of confusion with my correspondence with the hotel and also that they posted dramatically different rates on their website whether you were looking at the flash or html version. From reading previous reviews I was aware that they had just undergone a major remodel only I assumed that the problems in August of last year would have been taken care of by the end of May. Frankly the place was not ready to house guests. When we arrived there was no electricity in the room we were staying. It took 3 different rooms to get us to one that didn't smell like drywall and had electricity. What little time we spent in the room we spent watching construction on the pool. I think this place is going to be very nice with one of the best locations in town but call first and confirm that they are done with construction or be willing to suffer. No information available in the hotel room, I don't even think there was a phone book. One of the rooms we tried out didn't even have all of the furniture. It was definitely an adventure and I feel really sorry for those folks coming the days after we left for an enjoyable memorial day weekend with all of the hotel's lack of preparation.
We stayed in the Harborside Marina Hotel, formerly known as the Golden Anchor. They didn't tell us that they were under major construction when we made reservations - the pool that was a deciding factor in staying here was surrounded by construction equipment and loose soil.
Wow. What a disappointment. First we couldn't find the hotel because it still has the old sign - Golden Anchor Inn (Now Harborside Hotel and Marina on Expedia) and because it looks NOTHING LIKE the picture on expedia or the hotel's website. Though the rooms were very nice, half of the hotel is being redone. And the pool? Well, it is nothing but a cement pond without water right now. As for the marina and the restaurant, the restaurant was terrible and pricey and the marina is one dock for a whale excursion boat. The only redeeming quality was the location which is right downtown Bar Harbor. But for the price you can do much better. In a couple of years this place may be okay but for now, fuggedaboutit.