Bar Harbor Accommodations

by Pamela Wright
A lobster boat in Bar Harbor

A lobster boat in Bar Harbor

lobster boat in bar harbor image by Jorge Moro from

Travelers heading to Bar Harbor, the gateway city to Acadia National Park, will find an impressive array of lodging options, from wallet-pleasing, budget motels to large-scale, luxury resorts. If you want a room with water views, consider a hotel overlooking Frenchman's Bay. If you prefer unique and historic accommodations, you'll find them in Bar Harbor, too, as some of the city's Gilded Age mansions have been turned into hotels.

Oceanfront Accommodations

Several hotels in Bar Harbor offer ocean and harbor views. You can watch the tide go in and out from your room at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Conference Center. The resort sprawls across 12 acres, hugging Frenchman Bay. Rooms have simple decor and furnishings; some have kitchenettes and separate living areas. All 153 rooms have private balconies or patios overlooking the bay. The property has indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, private beach, and a shuttle to downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The Bar Harbor Inn & Spa sits on Frenchman Bay, fronted by a half-mile shoreline walking path. The 153-room property features three buildings. Rooms in the Main Inn are traditionally decorated with four-poster beds and period antiques; some have fireplaces. More contemporary rooms with simple furnishings are located in the Oceanfront Lodge and Newport buildings. These rooms have private balconies or patios overlooking the bay. The property sits on eight acres, with a fitness center, spa and gardens.

Historic Accommodations

Guests can enjoy traditional afternoon tea service in the kitchen of the historic Primrose Inn. The 1878 Victorian mansion is one of the last surviving Bar Harbor grand homes built in the 1800s. The green-painted shingled inn is decorated with period antiques and reproductions. Rooms, some with floral wallpapers and canopy beds, have private baths and modern amenities, like flat-screen TVs, DVD players and air conditioning. Some rooms also have gas fireplaces and private porches. A full breakfast and free parking is included. Built in 1886, the Castlemaine Inn was once the summer home of a Baron and Baroness Hengelmuele. Today, it's a AAA three-diamond property, decorated with glossy white trim work, floral wallpapers, gas fireplaces and Victorian antiques. Rooms have private baths with whirlpool tubs, DVD players and free Wi-Fi; some have private balconies. The hotel is within easy walking distance to the town center.

Budget Accommodations

Budget-minded travelers will find several options in Bar Harbor, including the Bar Harbor Motel, located about one mile from the center of town. The motel offers free parking and the Island Explorer shuttle bus stops in front of it, making stops in town and at major attractions and sites around Bar Harbor. Standard rooms, with white walls and simple furnishings, have king or two queen beds. Slightly larger units can accommodate up to six people. The motel has an outdoor pool and deck where guests can gather. The Acadia Hotel, built in 1884, is located in the heart of Bar Harbor, next to the Village Green and within walking distance to restaurants and shops. The hotel has modest rooms, with floral or striped wallpaper, some with white wicker furniture or iron beds; all have private baths.

Large Resorts

If you're looking for a full-service resort, consider the Harborside Hotel & Marina. The resort has two restaurants and two lounges and guests have access to the Bar Harbor Club next door with an oceanfront pool and tennis courts. Rooms are decorated with golds and tans, punctuated with yellow and navy blue fabrics. All have modern, marble bathrooms with tile floors. Some rooms have balconies and fireplaces. The resort also has a full-service spa and marina, where guests can board guided whale-watching excursions. The oceanfront Bar Harbor Regency has an outdoor pool overlooking Frenchman Bay, health club, tennis courts, putting green and two restaurants. Classical decor, including dark woods and gold, green and red fabrics, is found throughout the public areas, as well as the rooms. The 276 rooms have water or garden views.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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