The Best Hotels in Bar Harbor, Maine

The West Street Hotel occupies a prime spot on the waterfront
The West Street Hotel occupies a prime spot on the waterfront | Courtesy of West Street Hotel / Expedia
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25 June 2021

Making the most of the area’s dramatic landscape, many of the best hotels in Bar Harbor include sweeping views across Acadia National Park.

Bar Harbor is ready to introduce you to a completely different side of island time. Carved out of the coast of Mount Desert Island in Maine, the largest town on the island is the gateway to Acadia National Park. From the water to the hills, you’ll have no trouble immersing yourself in Bar Harbor’s natural wonders and local culture. Whether you think lobster rolls and hot tubs or hiking trails and fishing trips are the peak of relaxation, these Bar Harbor hotels are ready to help you kick it however you see fit, and they’re all bookable on Culture Trip.

Primrose Inn

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4.9/5 (448 Reviews)
Primrose Inn
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From $178 Per night per room

Do you mind a 3,166ft (965m) walk to Bar Harbor Lobster Co. for some of the best seafood in town or a 1mi (1.6km) stroll to the gateway of Acadia National Park? Primrose Inn will get you fueled up for any length of adventure with a full breakfast and afternoon refreshments on your return. You’ll be just fine with a queen or king guestroom, though if you want the full Maine country cottage experience, upgrade to a suite for a little more room to rest your feet.

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The Inn on Mount Desert

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4.8/5 (533 Reviews)
The Inn on Mount Desert
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From $211 Per night per room

Athletic guests will love the Inn on Mount Desert, a hotel which challenges you to a friendly game of bocce in the garden. If you’d rather hit a ball a little farther across the green, Kebo Valley Club golf course is right around the corner, bumped up between the entrance to Cadillac Mountain and the Cadillac North Ridge Trailhead. No matter your score, booking a room with a private terrace or balcony will make you feel like a champion.

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West Street Hotel

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West Street Hotel
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Can you even say you’ve vacationed on the coast of Maine if you haven’t been whale watching or toured a lighthouse? West Street Hotel’s location right on the waterfront helps you make the most of as many activities both on and in the water as possible. Best of all, your stay includes a credit for the cruise of your choice with a local boating company; all you have to do is decide if your day is best spent fishing for lobsters or snapping selfies with puffins.

Harborside Hotel Marina And Spa

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Harborside Hotel Marina And Spa
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Manis, pedis massages and more: you’ll find them all at the Harborside Hotel Marina and Spa. How can you unwind after a day spent being pampered? In the hot tub of your boathouse suite’s rooftop patio, of course. Be sure to stop by the Splash Pool Bar first for one or two Kentucky Mai Tais to ensure the bubbly jacuzzi is absolutely perfect.

Balance Rock Inn

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Balance Rock Inn
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Balance Rock Inn turns up the heat on a luxury stay. From the fireplaces in the breakfast and piano rooms to the fire pit on the sundeck and heated swimming pool, you’ll be warmly embraced in this sprawling century-old mansion. No detail has escaped scrupulous attention and you’ll certainly feel such high-quality in the towels, robes, linens and bath amenities in your suite. The expertly curated daily menu at the Veranda Bar, adjacent to the lobby, is just as luxurious.

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  • Bayview Hotel

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    You’ll never have to settle for a room without ocean views at Bayview Hotel. This romantically rustic boutique hotel by the sea is close enough for you to walk into town for a cup of coffee yet far enough to savor a late-night drink in the Rusticator Lounge without the buzz of the city overpowering the lull of the crashing waves. Your furry friend is welcome to stay with you and will be treated to a welcome basket that has treats, bandanas and other perks sure to come in handy when hiking in Acadia National Park.

    The Shore Path Cottage

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    Bar Harbor Restaurant at Village Green Park
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    Spend days, even weeks, leisurely walking the Shore Path from one of these homely long-term rental cottages. All rooms have private bathrooms which is ideal if you’ve got the whole family in tow. Pack a picnic and take your kids to Grant Park to watch the boats sail by, then end a day outdoors with a few scoops of sea salt caramel from Mt Desert Island Ice Cream at the Village Green town square.

    Chiltern Inn

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    Chiltern Inn
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    At Chiltern Inn, you’ll be tempted to stay within the quiet estate for your entire vacation. An art gallery, home theater and library loft are as stimulating as the 10m lap pool, perennial-filled garden and oversized eight-person hot tub are serene. You’ll have difficulty choosing between the four guestrooms, each featuring a patio, two-person Jacuzzi, fireplace, skylight or sun-soaked window seat. Naturally, the only course of action is to invite friends so you’re free to savor it all.

    Bass Cottage Inn

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    The Bass Cottage Inn is ready to treat you to Bar Harbor’s Golden Age charm and hospitality. Made-to-order breakfasts such as seafood quiche and crème brûlée French toast are served with fresh coffee whenever you’re ready to leave your homely suite. Small touches including hand-painted antiques give a nod to the cottage’s Victorian past, while still keeping a balance of contemporary features you’ll love; a gas fireplace and luxurious pillow-top bed in your suite.

    Acadia Hotel – Downtown

    Independent Hotel
    4.7/5 (449 Reviews)
    Acadia Hotel-Downtown
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    Bar Harbor may seem small in the shadow of Acadia National Park, but Acadia Hotel wants to introduce you to more than 300 shops, bars and restaurants within two blocks of the hotel. Take advantage of the complimentary bicycle hire and peddle down to the Wild Gardens of Acadia for a scenic workout, then come back and relax in the hot tub – soaking in even more of Maine’s magnificent scenery.

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