Fondest memories ever! A review of The Bayview
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.