West Street Hotel
What We Love
- Maine’s only rooftop hotel pool, with views of the outer islands and Acadia National Park
- Outstanding location in the heart of Bar Harbor, just steps away from most attractions
- Balconies in nearly every room
What To Know
- The spa, tennis courts, additional pool and Jacuzzis are across the street at the waterfront Bar Harbor Club; a $25 resort fee applies and includes entrance to the Bar Harbor Club and will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Room service is provided by Paddy’s Pub, an Irish-American restaurant connected to the hotel
- The hotel frequently hosts live entertainment, so check the event schedule
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This stylish 85-room hotel in the center of Bar Harbor faces Frenchman’s Cove, with beautiful views of the harbor and the ocean. The spacious rooms and suites start at 387 square feet and are fitted with Tommy Bahama mahogany furnishings, nautical-themed decor and leather chairs. Amenities include iPod docking stations, Keurig coffee systems and private balconies. The rooftop infinity pool is an adults-only sanctuary, and beverage service is provided to those lounging on the sun beds. Hotel guests also have access to the Bar Harbor Club for added entertainment and relaxation, including the full-service spa, which makes a welcome reprieve after hiking in Acadia National Park. At Paddy’s Pub there’s traditional Irish fare alongside New England favorites, such as rustic Irish stew with coastal shellfish, Guinness barbecue pork and fresh lobster bisque.
In the Area
The entrance to Maine’s stunningly gorgeous Acadia National Park is less than two miles from the hotel. When Bar Harbor gets crowded with cruise ship passengers, visitors can spend the day exploring Southwest Harbor, a quieter town a few miles away, or take to the sea on one of many available boating adventures. From June through October, whales visit the Gulf of Maine, and several whale-watching operators offer tours. Kayaking and standup paddleboarding are other popular water activities, or you can set sail on an authentic windjammer schooner for a day cruise or sunset sail. For classic Maine seafood, Stewman’s Lobster Pound serves lobsters, steamers, mussels and clam chowder, and for dessert you can’t go wrong with the fresh blueberry pie.
How to Get There
I cannot disagree more with the traveler who had a recent poor experience. Upon arrival we were given an upgraded room, it was facing the harbor, lovely, clean, the decor is soooo pretty. GREAT location walkable to the park, shops, across the island. Easy drive to Acadia, the managers lab, Finn was there to greet us (we are dog lovers so that might make a difference) but we loved that. Valet parking was free. The Paddy's restaurant in the hotel was wonderful too. The only thing is this time of year the season is starting to shut down so things were closing; but that's just the way it is there. The pantry was wonderful on each floor - fully stocked every time we were there. coffee/tea/ lemonaide/fruit/cookies, packs of ice, clean. Go there!
My husband and I stayed at this hotel Oct 14th to celebrate our anniversary. We were married in Bar Harbor a few years ago and the town has a special place in our hearts, especially mine as I’ve gone their since I was a little girl.
The hotel is very nice - it reminds me of the Cliff House in southern Maine. The fitness center is clean and well equipped, the lobby is very cozy with a big fireplace, parking is easy.
My one “complaint” - street noise. That is the price you pay if you want a view of the ocean as those rooms are directly over the sidewalk. Also, keep in mind that there is a little shop across the street that oddly enough plays music all night long- literally.
We are a little disappointed that Bar Harbor has become such a cruise ship hot spot. We usually visit once the tourists have filtered out. If you wish to escape the crowds, go walk or run around Eagle Lake- no fee to get into the park and the path is gorgeous. It’s about six miles around.
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The overall value of this place is very poor. You do not get what you pay for. The rooms are a basic holiday inn motel/hotel but very overpriced. They say they have a 'pantry' on each floor for guests but these are not stocked well & frequently were empty during our stay except for coffee, tea, and bottled water which is not what was advertised. Wifi is slow. Walls are pretty thin; we could hear everyday when the neighbor got up at 5am. There was a parking lot for guests but it was always full after 7pm so we always had to park in a grassy area off site. Finally the worst part is at the time of booking I asked for a pet free room because of someone in our party with severe animal allergies. It was not until after we arrived that I found out they do not have any pet free rooms. This should have been disclosed at the time of booking. Unfortunately one of our family members spent the entire trip with itchy eyes, runny nose and congestion every time they went into the room. Basically the park is beautiful but these hotel rooms were small, not very clean, and overpriced. West street hotel bar harbor was a total disappointment and would never stay here again.