by Carrie Calzaretta
If you are visiting northern Maine’s Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor with your family, the Harborside Hotel & Marina is a great place to stay. Each of the hotel’s 187 rooms has a balcony, and most overlook beautiful Frenchman’s Bay. One-, two- and three-bedroom suites are available, some of which have full kitchens, dining rooms and Jacuzzis. The on-site La Bella Vita restaurant served breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers plenty of options for kids. Kids will love the blueberry pancakes and brick over pizzas. There is no kids program, but there is an outdoor pool and variety of activities available right at your doorstep. For a fee of $25 per day for adults and $10 for children families can get day passes at the adjacent Bar Harbor Club, which has an Oceanside pool and hot tub, clay tennis courts, a game room and pool bar.
Our Editor Loves
- One-, two- and three-bedroom suites with full kitchens available
- Great location for Acadia National Park
- Outdoor pool and variety of recreational activities available
We stayed at the Harborside for two nights. We had a two bedroom suite - ocean front - which was really a king suite with an adjoining two queen room. It was perfect for our family, providing two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room, a full kitchen, and a balcony with a hot tub. We could watch the tide go out and come in, see the sun set, relax and watch TV.... and each person had plenty of space. The bathrooms are large, and the king suite had large closets and plenty of clothing storage. There is a pool, exercise room, and laundry room. The washers and dryers are free. The only drawback is that the ocean front suites are very far down long hallways from the front and the lobby (about 1/3 mi; no kidding.) They are even far from the elevators, so getting there is a hike to get there with your luggage. Parking is easy and free. There is a restaurant where we ate one dinner and one breakfast; see separate review. It was beautiful, and we would stay again. Not inexpensive.
We are visiting as a family of 14 in 6 rooms. The hotel is clean and beautiful. Everything looks new. The staff are friendly. The location is great for access to dining, shopping and a quick drive to Acadia. The pool on the ocean is relaxing and a terrific place to have lunch with a large family. Laundry machines are free to guests and were a big help. Ages 5 to 76 with my group give this hotel 5 stars!