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“Can't beat this lovely inn!”
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The Bayview
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Jackson, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Can't beat this lovely inn!”
Reviewed 4 June 2012

My husband and I just returned from Maine, staying in three different coastal locations. The Bayview was by far our favorite stay, with the most delicious gourmet breakfast included each day, as well as free shuttle rides to and from Bar Harbor. Everyone who works there is professional and provides a warm welcome to the guests. The room we had on the third floor had a balcony overlooking the harbor, and was huge, immaculately clean, quiet, and comfortable. It was really tough to go from here, to a perfectly nice Hampton Inn the next day, and eat their "hot breakfast" --ha!! :-)

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 8 June 2012
Thank you so much for the great review! I will pass on the kind words to everyone that works here. It is true that good food and courteous service are the very definition of hospitality and that is what we aim to provide! It is also true that you get what you give and we are getting wonderful guests and it just makes it work all the way around! Please come again...breakfast starts at 7am and the coffee is always on!
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Arlington VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2012

Wanting to add some value to the effusive praise of other reviewers I'll insert a few observations from my five night stay just prior to Memorial Day:
-Stay here, it's great!
-Location is very close to park visitor center - front desk has decent hiking map for sale.
-If you're doing a long hike, order a boxed lunch - I had a great turkey sandwich!
-Take the shuttle to town for dinner and avoid the traffic jam (during high season). Or walk about a mile.
-TVs are small (22"?) to see well from beds or chairs.
-Bedding was top-notch and I heard very little noise from adjoining rooms.
-I will be getting a AAA membership for that discount!
-Wireless was balky at times but no real complaints.

Thank you Bayview!

Room Tip: I had a room on the top floor (only one flight up). There is no elevator so keep that in mind.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank BigTreeLover
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 3 June 2012
Thank you right back! Thank you also for the detailed and honest review! It was great and lets other people know just what you found and what we are all about! I do have to clarify the TV issue and explain why we just have the 26inch flat screens! I am not an avid TV viewer, I would rather look at the woods or the water any day but like everything that is my personal preference. So, I did not want to get rid of the beautiful armoires that we have in order to accommodate the flat screen upgrades. I worked really hard to find a TV size that would fit in them safely, hence the 26 inch. One guest asked me why I didn't go bigger and get wall mounts and I explained that we are a wooden structure, much like a private home and wall mounted TV's with individual volume controls could turn into a disaster! Thank you so much for the quick review and we look forward to your return someday!
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Carrabassett Valley, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2012

Excellent experience from the reservations to checkout. Stayed in a 3 bedroom townhouse with 2 other couples. It was super clean, comfortable, convenient. Great location - we enjoyed the walk to town and took advantage of the complimentary shuttle late at night. The breakfast was delicious - more than we ever expected! The beds were awesome and a nice selection of pillows. To top it off, the price was reasonable too!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 3 June 2012
Thank you! You know, I am waiting for the other shoe to drop because we have been having just the best time with all of our guests this year! Thank you for the praise all around. I know the housekeepers work very hard to maintain the level of cleanliness and it is nice to know it is noticed. I will be sure and pass the word on to them as well as our breakfast staff. Now we are looking ahead to a week of rainy weather when all bets are off and we will just continue to smile and hope it helps ease the pain of the rain! Please come back again!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2012

My hubby and I really enjoyed the serenity to be had at the Bayview. The help was attentive and the breakfast that comes with your stay was very tasty.. The room is very clean as is the rest of the Inn.. We were only able to stay one night, and we really didn't want to leave.. So glad we picked this hotel to stay at for our short time on the island..

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 30 May 2012
Thank you for the very nice review. One night is really never enough time to stay with us (we like to get to know our guests) or to visit Bar Harbor, the park, the town and the island. They all have so much to offer. I hope you will come back again and stay longer. We'll do our best to keep it quiet, serene and tasty too!
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Los Angeles, CA
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79 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2012

Perfect: Warm, helpful service, best bed and pillows ever, every room with balcony overlooking ocean, free chauffeur service to anywhere in Bar Harbor and nearby, lots of light, great bath, reliable wifi--a sensational deal, with even 10% off for AARP and AAA.

Room Tip: All rooms same with same view.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 30 May 2012
Wow right back at you and thank you very much! ! You complimented the beds and the wi-fi and those are two of the most difficult things to please everyone with (and perhaps the weather, but that is NOT under our control!) We enjoyed having you here and appreciate the fact that you took the time to write about us. That must mean we will be lucky enough to have you back again some day! We'll be waiting!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2012

Having stayed at a number of Mt. Desert lodgings over tha last 28 years, we decided to try Trip Advisor's #1 rated Bayview - and we were definitely NOT disappointed. The rooms are large, simply but well decorated and SPOTLESS, with very nice views of Frenchman's Bay (as nice as any hotel or B & B in Bar Harbor). Our room on the top floor was QUIET (note - while right next to the ferry terminal, the ferry no longer operates), though the AC unit was a bit noisy on 'fan'. The breakfast was one of the best we have had at any hotel, and certainly the best inclusive breakfast offered in Bar Harbor. Staff were friendly in every instance, even offering to help with our minimal luggage up one floor. We have thought hard to come up with a negative - perhaps it's distance from the center of town, about 1 mile, might deter some, thugh the walk is lovely, and the Bayview offers a free 'on demand' shuttle. We have rarely enjoyed a hotel stay more thoroughly.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank heund
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 26 May 2012
Pheeewww! Thank you so much! Every spring when we reopen we take deep breaths, throw our shoulders back, put a smile on our faces and wonder what we forgot! (Maybe it's just me that does that, but it is a yearly habit!) We have had a lot of changes this year but they must be working! The first review of the new season and it was great! May the words of your review set our tone for the year and we hope you do come back again!
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Dalton,
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2012

It's the people!!!!---and has to be the cleanest. We stayed 10 days last fall and we fell in love with
the staff. They were ALL wonderful and we hated to leave not knowing if we would ever see them again.
Rooms couldn't be cleaner and even saw them on their knees doing the steps most days.
They are ALL ready to help in any way to make your stay enjoyable.
We enjoyed the breakfast and getting a lunch made for us to take for picnics in Acadia.
Again, its the people who made our stay so wonderful. The view is great also.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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2 Thank terrell42
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Trish04609, Manager at The Bayview, responded to this review, 3 May 2012
You are so right! It is the people! The people that work here and the people that stay here. I read an article the other day about social media and how society is developing an extreme sense of entitlement. Well, we think you are "entitled" to have a clean, comfortable room with a great view and we think we are "entitled" to welcome customers that are happy to be here! I will pass the word on the "clean" to all the housekeeping staff, food compliments to the chef and thank you for all the kind words. No one can ever hear the words "good job" enough! Please do come again, We're all still here and will gladly welcome you back!
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Property: The Bayview
Address: 111 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1105
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bar Harbor
#1 Family Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Bayview 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Personalized friendly service, peaceful and quiet setting, spectacular views, close to downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Spacious oceanfront hotel rooms with balconies, some family friendly, or larger two and three bedroom townhomes and house. Expanded continental breakfast, pool, shuttle service, fresh baked cookies, lounge and limited wireless internet. ... more   less 
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