The original building on the site of the Bluenose Inn was constructed in 1884 as the summer residence of Mrs. William Morris Hunt, an artist's widow. The grounds feature an outdoor heated swimming pool, garden paths and panoramic views of Frenchman Bay.
Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina
The Harborside Hotel, Marina and Spa is an oceanfront resort in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. With its nautical style and sophisticated design, the hotel seamlessly fits in with its location in coastal Maine. The hotel also has a number of facilities which make it a good option in comparison to the areas more boutique options.
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There are a selection of guest rooms and suites at the hotel, ranging from standard king rooms to premium rooms with ocean views or Bar Island views. Most rooms have balconies, but some are shared rather than private. All room types are surprisingly spacious, with marble bathrooms and in-room coffee makers as well as large-screen televisions and desk space.
This hotel is a good option for families as some rooms have pull-out sofa beds, perfect for young children.
Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina has an excellent location right on the harborfront, overlooking the waters of Frenchman Bay and the Mount Desert Narrows. The shops, restaurants and other amenities of downtown Bar Harbor are just a short walk away, placing you right in the heart of the action.
Food and drink
The hotel has an Italian restaurant on the ground floor as well as a wine bar that serves tapas-style small plates. There is a pool bar, ideal for light lunches, and next door's restaurant, Stewman's Lobster Pound, perfect for typical American dishes and fresh lobster plucked straight from the waters across the hotel.
Facilities and activities
The hotel is perfectly situated for strolling the streets of Bar Harbor and also for taking boat tours right from the harborfront.
There is an outdoor swimming pool for guests to use as well as all the facilities at the Bar Harbor Club and Pool House which includes another pool and a spa.
Not forgetting why you're in Bar Harbor in the first place, Acadia National Park is just a 25-minute drive away and hundreds of easy, moderate and difficult hiking trails await your exploration.
The hotel has an excellent location with ocean-views and is just steps away from shops and restaurants, but it can be busy at times due to the size of the hotel.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The Bayview is a haven of peace and tranquillity with unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean and Frenchman's Bay, just minutes away from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.