Bar Harbor Grand Hotel Review

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269 Main St., Bar Harbor ME 04609
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Editor’s Review of Bar Harbor Grand Hotel

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the Bar Harbor Grand Hotel dates back 150 years. Modeled after a Victorian grand hotel that used to be the place to summer in Bar Harbor, it exudes old-school elegance in its design and décor. However, the Bar Harbor Grand isn't one of the oldest hotels in town, but one of the newest, built in just 2003. In a short-time, it has also become one of the most popular places to stay in town, as much for its décor and service as for its enviable location on a hill just above Bar Harbor's town green, close by to all of the town's restaurants, and a short drive from Acadia National Park.

The hotel is modeled after the Rodick House, a behemoth of 400 rooms built in 1866 that was once the largest
... more hotel in Maine and played host to Rockefellers, Carnegies, and Vanderbilts in the early days of the Gilded age before they began building their own "summer cottages" (mansions) on Acadia's rocky shores. At a more modest 70 rooms, it's not quite the size of its predecessor, but the Bar Harbor Grand Hotel still retains enough character to evoke that era. It's also not quite a luxury resort, but a very comfortable hotel, with spacious rooms far above average in size (and a few that are downright enormous), a large breakfast buffet, and outdoor pool and hot tub. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Victorian elegance harkening back to the Gilded Age
  • Great downtown location
  • Hot tub and pool
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Deluxe Rooms
A full 64 out of the 70 guestrooms in the hotel are Deluxe Rooms; 39 have two queen beds, and 25 have one king bed. The rooms are very spacious, each with a sofa and ample room for a rollaway bed for a fifth person. Rooms are decorated in a grand style with rich gold and burgundy accents, and modern fixtures with a nod to the Victorian age (four-poster beds, heavy curtains, table lamps with curved shades). Beds are supremely comfortable with Englander pillow-top mattresses, and the air-conditioning is surprisingly quiet and unobtrusive. All rooms include a refrigerator, flat-screen TV with complimentary HBO and DVD player, coffee maker and free Wi-Fi.

Suites and Family Rooms
The hotel also has four, Two-Bedroom Suites with three queen beds each, which can accommodate up to six people. For true luxury, the hotel offers two more Family Rooms that are each easily the size of two hotel guestrooms put together. They each feature two queen beds, as well as a queen-sized sofa bed, perfect for large families of up to six people wanting to share a single room. All of these rooms are decorated similarly to the deluxe rooms, and share the same amenities: refrigerator, flat-screen TV with complimentary HBO and DVD player, coffee maker and free Wi-Fi.

Rollaway beds and Pack N' Plays are available for free upon request.


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