3.0 on January 04, 2016
This was a lovely B & B and the staff were warm, friendly and helpful. I find the rating system a bit difficult. I thought the B & B was exceptionally nice, but I expected that it would be, thus the rating that it 'met my expectations'. The rooms were nice, the staff provided a good service, the food was tasty, the location convenient. Overall a wonderful stay.
5 on November 09, 2015
We arrived before check in time but the room was ready and we were checked in. The owner gave us a tour of the house to show us where everything was. A CD of the Acadia Natl Park Loop Rd was available (we used it and it was great). Also provided was a list of the local restaurants and a map of downtown Bar Harbor. The room was clean and tidy and very comfortable. Afternoon tea was great with at least two items prepared in the house kitchen - delicious! For early risers, as we are, there was coffee and snacks ready at 5 AM and breakfast was served at 8 AM. Breakfast was a choice of two main items and the usual toast, bagel, coffee or tea. Downtown Bar Harbor was a short walk from the house. Overall it was a wonderful stay and we would stay there again.
4.4 on November 07, 2015
This was our first stay at a bed and breakfast and it was wonderful!!!! The inn keepers were so friendly and pleasant!! Our room (room 5) was very nice and cozy and it was a great size. The inn itself was just beautiful and very cozy. Breakfast each day was delicious too! The inn was within walking distance to town so it made it very convenient to walk to a restaurant each night and to the shops. We will absolutely visit Bar Harbor again and when we do will definitely stay at the Primrose again!!!
5 on November 01, 2015
Our visit to Primrose Inn October 12-14, 2015, was absolutely delightful. The attention to detail is obvious throughout. Brochures and local information table (including a very nice self-guided Acadia Park tour CD/packet). Nice snack room with beverages and snacks 24/7. Fresh cookies and cake in the afternoon. The Inn's own personalized flower vases and coffee mugs. And a very nice breakfast service, with freshly-made hot selections made in the Inn's kitchen and served to your table or a selection of continental items you serve yourself. Well-organized breakfast room can handle a continuous crowd very pleasantly. Kudos to the friendly, efficient staff and Innkeeper for presenting a top-notch Inn. We highly recommend the Primrose Inn!
4.2 on October 30, 2015
One of the best B&Bs we have stayed at. Great breakfast and afternoon tea, friendly and helpful staff, spacious rooms, within walking distance to downtown. We had a wonderful stay!
5 on October 26, 2015
We stayed during the last week of the season. The staff could not have been more friendly, attentive and skilled. Breakfasts were superb with two excellently prepared choices each day. Rooms were spacious and very clean.The 24/7 water, soda and coffee as well as a solid DVD library were a nice touch, too. We were sad to leave! We will definitely stay there next time we go to Bar Harbor.
3.6 on October 22, 2015
We would stay at the Primrose again should we ever return to Bar Harbor. I do think that the owner and chef could work on upgrading their breakfasts. For the cost of a stay, I think that the breakfasts should be taken to the next level. While the presentation was lovely, the food was just average, and the servings small. Location was great, rooms were lovely, innkeepers friendly and helpful. We had a problem in our room, which was taken care of immediately and thoroughly. We did enjoy our stay, and would recommend the Primrose Inn to fellow travelers.
5 on October 20, 2015
We stayed here for three nights at the end of September 2015 as part of a tour around New England. The room was exceptional , perfectly equipped with everything you could need. Our hosts made us very welcome from the start .It was an ideal base for exploring the town of Bar Harbor the centre of which was a 5 minute walk away and Acadia National Park which was within easy driving distance. Delicious breakfasts and afternoon tea offered each day.
5 on October 20, 2015
My wife and I have stayed here twice, and it is hands-down the best B&B we have ever stayed at, Bar Harbor or anywhere else. Melissa and her staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and you can tell they love what they do. The inn is clean and well maintained, and the all the food served is great. Can't say enough good things, so just stay here if you're in Bar Harbor! We're already looking forward to our next visit!
4.4 on October 11, 2015
Very nice bed and breakfast. We had room 10 which is on 1st floor just down from the kitchen. Room was comfortable but bathroom is on the small side and needs a few more shelves to place your items. Sitting room before going into bedroom is nice. But would be nice to have a chair in bed area too since that is where the TV is located and you really can't see from the bed. If TV was hung up over dresser would give room more space and you could see from the bed. Breakfast was very good. If you forgot anything, they will help you out. Free coffee, tea, water and soda available all day. Assigned parking space which is very nice. For room 10 right out back door. You can hear some noise from room above you, so if that might bother you, you might want a second floor room. Easy 10 minutes walk down to shops and great restaurants. Most have happy hour and early bird from 4-6pm. Inn provides CD for park and has lots of information and tours for the area. Only complaint we had was you can not control the temperature in your room. We were very cold from our walk back and heat would have been nice, but the air conditioning was on.
4.6 on October 10, 2015
This was our first time in Bar Harbor and our first stay at a B&B and we loved the Primrose. The staff was great and made us feel welcome from the very beginning. The Primrose had all of the advantages of being in our own home but also reminded us everyday that we were on vacation. Melissa thought of everything and her guests are her #1 priority. Highly recommended.
5 on October 07, 2015
Our go to B&B in Bar Harbor, Maine. The owner operator is great. Staff is mature and so friendly and attentive. The definition of what a B&B is supposed to be.
5 on October 06, 2015
Wonderful attention by everyone at this fantastic B & B. The owner and her staff really make you feel like members of the household, not outsiders. The breakfasts were perfect, the teas wonderful. We found the Primrose Inn to be delightful.
5 on October 06, 2015
My wife and I made our second visit to the Bar Harbor area in late September to celebrate her birthday with a week's vacation. We could not have made a better choice by staying at the Primrose. We so enjoyed the hospitality, the relaxing atmosphere, the breakfast and afternoon tea times, and the advice for all things local. Our every expectation was more than satisfied.
4.8 on September 27, 2015
We had a wonderful time at the Primrose! It is beautiful and within walking distance to downtown and the harbor. The room was very comfortable and the food was delicious!
4.6 on September 27, 2015
This is my first stay at Primrose. My wife stayed there a few times. We stayed in rooms #1 and #2 on this trip. The inn fills up well in advance, so book early. The rooms are beautiful, clean and very comfortable. Room #2 has an old fashioned sink in the bathroom (one faucet for hot water and the other for cold), otherwise the rooms are outstanding. The breakfast and afternoon teas are delicious and the best meals we've had at B&B's in Bar Harbor. Well worth it. Primrose is pricey, but it really is on par with other B&B's in the area. You get more for your money there. It is a clean, comfortable, unique and beautiful B&B. Well worth checking out if you're coming to Bar Harbor. We will definitely be staying there the next time we're in Bar Harbor.
5 on September 26, 2015
Wonderful stay. The service, provided by the owner and her team (she describes as "family") was excellent. The breakfasts were perfect. One in our party had special dietary needs - these needs were addressed. The room was clean, cheerful, and well appointed. We selected the room we wanted in order to have a small, shaded, private porch. We used it often. The location was perfect, a short walk to town and the ever important Island Explorer. All in our party highly recommend the Primrose Inn.
4.8 on September 25, 2015
Exceeded all my expections. All the privacy and amenities you will get in an upscale hotel with the additions of exceptionsl personal service.
4.0 on September 25, 2015
Location was excellent. Clean and attractive rooms. Friendly staff.
5 on September 21, 2015
The rooms are clean and comfortable. The entire staff are warm and welcoming. This is our second time staying at the inn and we have already booked for next year.
5 on September 16, 2015
5 star from the beginning! We stayed for 5 nights and loved every minute of our Bar Harbor/Acadia experience. The Primrose is impeccably maintained and decorated inside and out. Everything to help plan your time in the area is available. Better than a visitors center. Attention to every detail a 5+. Bed/linens most comfortable ever. Every breakfast and afternoon tea selections superb and not to be missed! Minutes walking to everything - tons of dining choices, super market, great shopping on the streets of Bar Harbor and literally on the doorstep of spectacular Acadia Nat'l Park. My wife and I both agree that what made our vacation so memorable was the actual people that make the Primrose B & B so wonderful! Upon our arrival we were greeted by Maureen and given a 5 star introduction! Melissa, her mom, along with Sandy were all some of the sweetest, most gracious, kind and accommodating people you will ever meet!!! Plan your stay a long way in advance though! Lord willing we'll be able to return sooner rather than later!
4.8 on September 03, 2015
The inn is well located : you can park there and walk very easily to downtown. We were greeted by a very nice lady who showed us through the house. It was aftenoon tea time so we had a piece of cake and some home-made cookies : a pure delight ! Our room (n°15) had an alcove with a day-bed which was perfect for our 19-year old daughter and a bedroom with a king bed. It was nicely decorated and felt really warm and comfortable. Breakfast was really good with a choice of hot meal and plenty of cold stuff.
4.6 on September 01, 2015
Stayed here for one week in August in the Holland room which has it's own entrance and two bedrooms. The room was pleasantly furnished and clean. It had a Jacuzzi tub which we used after a long day of hiking, biking, and kayaking. The breakfast options were very tasty and satisfying. One was always egg based and the other sweet. Lastly, the hosts were very friendly and informative about what is going on in the island. I highly recommend staying here.
5 on September 01, 2015
We were in Bar Harbor for a week and had a very enjoyable visit.
3.2 on August 31, 2015
Dining room was too small for the number of guests. Only one staff member was serving and cleaning up tables for breakfast. The breakfasts were fine but not exceptional.
4.6 on August 27, 2015
We have stayed twice. The atmosphere and aesthetic of Primrose is wonderful, and makes for a very relaxing stay. The rooms are clean and we have slept soundly in the comfy beds. The up to date award winning movies is always a treat. Breakfast is above average, not spectacular, but always good, and they make special gluten and egg free breakfasts that my wife loves. One of the few times she gets pancakes and the like. Staff is very nice, and moved our bags between two rooms for us while we were out for the day. The stay feels a bit on the pricey side, but you really can't do better for a bed and breakfast on MDI in terms of quality or location.
4.2 on August 27, 2015
This is a historic cottage and the historic touches are retained throughout the inn from the cottage to the period furniture. On the other hand there is a gas fireplace, fast wi-fi and a excellent collection of DVD movies - all modern conveniences. The rocking chairs on the porch were lovely. Many rotating inn-keepers/staff but all were courteous, helpful, well-informed. The dining room can feel a tad small but the food is excellent.
5 on August 26, 2015
The Primrose was incredible. Rooms were first class. The cleanliness of the entire property was off-the-charts impressive. The food... delicious. And they thought of everything that you may need to have a nice stay. Assigned parking closest to your entry way, ice machine, complimentary wine, bottled water, movies, tour guides. You name it. Melissa was gracious. This place was my best experience ever.
4.8 on August 24, 2015
My wife & I stayed 4 nights at the Primrose Inn in mid-August. The inn is located a few blocks from the main shopping street in Bar Harbor on a quieter street. Our stay was memorable, from the beautifully decorated room, wonderful late afternoon treats provided and scrumptious breakfasts. The staff has thought of everything to ensure a great stay. Highly recommended!
5 on August 24, 2015
My husband and I spent almost a week at the Primrose Inn and it was our home away from home. We loved being able to walk into town for wonderful dinners, to take the boat tours and see the sights. Everyone at the Inn is so friendly, and the breakfasts were the perfect start to fun day after fun day.
5 on August 17, 2015
5 on August 17, 2015
My husband and I had the great fortune of staying at the Primrose Inn for 3 nights. My only complaint is that is too few days to enjoy this lovely B&B. Our friends recommended it to us and it exceeded our expectations. The rooms were very comfortable. Coffee available at 6:30 am was a real plus for us. Breakfast was a real treat! I am a vegetarian and they always had an option for me. Teatime in the afternoon was something to look forward to every day. We met some very nice people as the atmosphere is so relaxed and friendly. The staff I'd outstanding! I would stay here again for sure. Honestly I really did not want to leave. Lisa and Paul
5 on August 08, 2015
Perhaps we had the best room and the most convenient room. It was a short, easy walk to shops and harbor and the village green and park. We didn't have to drive anywhere and found the inn very relaxing and quiet. Melissa and staff were cordial and made us feel welcome. Afternoon tea was a real treat and breakfast was great with enough cereal and breads to stand alone without a choice of entrees, but the entrees were not to be missed. We will return and recommend this to everyone. We found this very good value and the best place we stayed on our road trip.
5 on August 05, 2015
Beautiful gardens, perfectly appointed rooms with fabulous sheets, delicious breakfasts, thoughtful all-day munchies and beverages, and a short walk to restaurants and shops - all topped by the warm, friendly, knowledgeable innkeepers. This was one of our best-ever B&B experiences. We would recommend the Primrose Inn without reservations to anyone planning a visit to Bar Harbor.
5 on July 21, 2015
One of the finest B&B's we have ever stayed with! Good job Melissa and Maureen.
4.2 on July 17, 2015
No need to spend time online searching for a great place to stay in Bar Harbor. Primrose Inn is conveniently located, bed and linens are exceptionally comfortable, and Innkeeper Melissa is a delight. Breakfasts and afternoon baked goodies can't be beat. All of our requests were cheerfully accommodated.
4.8 on July 05, 2015
We had a few wonderful days at Bar Harbor. Thank you Melissa and all others for all the great tips and for your support in every question. If we ever have the opportunity to come back to Bar Harbor, the Primrose Inn will be our very fist selection.
5 on June 27, 2015
Most helpful and friendly staff--Everyone at Primrose Inn is warm and genuine, Room and public spaces are beautifully maintained. 100% rating in every way.
4.6 on June 18, 2015
The people were very helpful in suggesting things to do and places to go. Even offering GPS's to find your way around. Great place to stay, wish I could have stayed longer!
4.6 on June 17, 2015
Fantastic B&B in Bar Harbor. Great Location and wonderful service.
5 on June 10, 2015
We stayed at the Primrose Inn for a divine 2 nights. We hated to leave. From the beautifully decorated room, to the very comfortable bed, to the Jacuzzi tub, and the gas fireplace, no detail was left out. We felt so relaxed and breakfast was delicious. The innkeepers were so friendly and thought of everything. They even have GPS's available and full menu guides. We can't wait to come back. 10/10!
5 on June 09, 2015
Our room was comfortable, clean and quiet. The breakfasts and tea sweets were fabulous.
5 on June 08, 2015
We stayed at the Primrose Inn for two nights on our travel up the coast of Maine. It was the best experience of our holiday. The attention to detail was perfect in every way and we are looking forward to our next visit.
5 on June 08, 2015
My husband and I have gone to the primrose twice now and bother times have been amazing. We have a lovely time in Acadia and always love the accommodations at the primrose. The snacks and breakfast and overall service are superb.
5 on June 05, 2015
Our visit to Bar Harbor was made very special because of our stay at the Primrose Inn. The inn is very welcoming and the staff made us feel like friends. The location is truly a very short walk into town where there is lots to see and do. If we visit Bar Harbor again we will return to the Primrose Inn. From the breakfast to the bed linen everything was very nice but the owner and her staff really made us feel welcome to the inn and the area..
4.6 on October 26, 2014
We had a delightful experience at the Primrose Inn. Mary was a gem and the food was delicious! We will definitely come back!
5 on October 25, 2014
Stayed at Primrose for a girls getaway weekend during foliage. The Holland room is cozy and comfortable - it works well for 3 people. It's hard to find accommodations for 3 girlfriends, but these rooms fit the bill perfectly - even the day bed in the 2nd room was comfortable! Breakfast each day was perfect - not a ton of food, but just enough to start the day off on the right foot. Primrose's location was perfect and although not on the ocean, you could easily walk around Bar Harbor from the Primrose. I highly recommend this B&B to everyone!
5 on October 21, 2014
This is the second time staying here and won't be the last. One of the most welcoming and warm places to stay in Bar Harbor. Will certainly be on our list of places to go back to.
4.4 on October 19, 2014
Had a wonderful time in Bar Harbor, staying at Primrose Inn. Far enough away from the hubbub to be quiet, but within walking distance of Main Street. Loved the Holland room - huge, comfortable bed, great shower, parking right outside our room - no stairs. Loved our stay there.
4.6 on October 17, 2014
The innkeeper at the Primrose Inn was very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was delicious. Good location as you can walk to the harbor, shops, and Catholic church. Innkeeper recommended the restaurant, Havana, for dinner and it was one of the best meals we have ever had.
5 on October 01, 2014
Large, clean, comfortable rooms, friendly and helpful staff and excellent breakfast menus. Plenty of parking room and beautiful landscaping.
5 on September 22, 2014
Everything from the service, the rooms, the olive oil gift, the breakfasts, the afternoon tea, the dvds... this B&B is worth every penny!!! We had such a memorable weekend, I would definitely return!!!
5 on September 20, 2014
We were greeted by lovely Mary and given our tour! The list of amenities went on and on as she gave us the tour. They don't leave you wanting for anything! All needs are taken care of. Complimentary bottles of water, sodas, teas, coffee, snacks, a cooler for your wine, wine glasses and home made goodies! They provide a GPS for the geographically challenged like me, audio DVD tour of the Acadia National Forest as you drive through, cozy rooms which are clean, fresh and lovely. Much to choose from in the living room for reading and games. Breakfast is prepared by a local chef in the beautiful kitchen and Melissa the owner was our hostess and extremely personable with us. We will definitely stay at the Primrose Inn again!
4.4 on September 20, 2014
I loved my stay at the Primrose Inn. I would stay there again easily. I am an incredibly picky eater and didn't love the food, but my experience with dining was completely satisfactory. My partner loved the food.
4.0 on September 19, 2014
The absolute cleanest room I have ever been in. Lovely furnishings too. Melissa lovely host. Lots of little extras like tea, coffee, water, GPS, snacks, etc. The afternoon tea very nice touch. A great location and an excellent value.
5 on September 15, 2014
This was our first stay in a B&B and it was everything we had hoped it would be. Friendly staff, beautiful grounds, comfortable and private rooms, and delicious breakfast food that sent us off for days of sight seeing and hiking. Melissa and her staff do everything right! We have already recommmended the Primrose Inn to family members. They won't be disappointed.
5 on September 11, 2014
The inn keepers were so nice and provided great recommendations of where to eat in Bar Harbor. The room was perfect and breakfast was great! Would recommend it to anyone!
4.8 on September 09, 2014
The Primrose Inn is absolutely perfect! It's well located in Bar Harbor, close to everything but still quiet at night. The rooms are well appointed and very clean and comfortable. The silky sheets on the beds are an added bonus. Everything you might need is at hand, tea & coffee all day, cold beverages and water, ice, snacks, DVDs, books to read . . . they've thought of everything. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the breakfasts are wonderful. They give you a couple of choices and everything is delicious. (Home baked items are usually included too) I highly recommend this lovely Bed and Breakfast in Bar Harbor. You do better for the price.
5 on August 29, 2014
My husband and I highly recommend the Primrose Inn! We stayed in room #9 for 2 nights in August. As an added bonus to this delightful experience, we had a private porch swing and fireplace. Melissa and Maureen were welcoming and helpful. Great stay!
4.6 on August 26, 2014
My only comment is that I wish I could have stayed for longer! Great breakfast, wonderful rooms, very friendly staff. Especially loved the DVDs that we could borrow and watch. Next time I'm in Bar Harbor, I'll be back!
5 on August 25, 2014
thoroughly enjoyed our stay. lovely room, great food. Melissa made us feel welcome and special.
5 on August 25, 2014
Excellent B&B, would definitely stay again.
4.8 on August 22, 2014
Great experience. The staff were wonderful and it is hard to imagine a better location than MDI in August.
4.6 on August 07, 2014
Room and meals were very nice. Staff were very helpful, especially with a tip on a rustic lobster pound, "Thurston for Lobster".
4.2 on August 06, 2014
I was very impressed by my stay at the Primrose Inn. Mary was very welcoming and gave us a tour of the building when we arrived. The rooms were very comfortable and prettily designed. The food at both breakfast and afternoon tea were excellent! I like that we had our own parking space designated for our room. The inn is within walking distance to downtown Bar Harbor. I would stay here again!
4.8 on July 06, 2014
Our stay at the Primrose Inn was absolutely wonderful. From the ultra clean rooms and very comfy beds to the delicious food it was superb. Add the friendly and pleasant personality of Mary the host and we were very pleased with our two day stay at the Primrose Inn. Keep up the good work. We will be recommending your inn to our friends and family.
4.2 on July 03, 2014
We traveled to Bar Harbor as part of a week long summer vacation in Maine. We are from Texas - I'm in my late 20's and my husband is in his early-30's. We booked the Primrose after seeing that it was ranked well on Trip Advisor. We arrived at the Primrose and were immediately impressed by the curb appeal. There is one parking space for each room, which is a nice amenity in a town that can be quite crowded! The location is great. It's off the beaten path, so quiet, but close enough to the "downtown" area to walk. To me, this was the best location we could have chosen. The innkeepers here have really thought of everything a tourist could want in a place to stay in Bar Harbor. The ones we used the most were the large library of guides on activities in the area, and the small kitchen area that was always stocked with refreshments and snacks. We borrowed the audio guided tour of Acadia National Park the first day, and it was a great way to get an overview of the area. We also borrowed one of the hiking books for some suggested trails, which we did on the 2nd day. The accommodation was fabulous. This place is immaculately clean. I don't know how they keep up with such a large house so well! Our room was #6 located on the 2nd floor, and it was very quiet for having rooms on either side - they must have done some good sound-proofing when they turned it into a B&B. It was cozy, and the perfect size in my opinion. You really don't need a huge hotel room in this area, as you'll spend most of your time wandering around the area, and being outside! The bed was one of the most comfortable I've stayed in. The food was good, and there were enough options every morning to please all tastes. The service was great - Maureen & Melissa are very nice and helpful with any questions you might have about the area. We will definitely consider this place when we return to Bar Harbor, and will recommend it to family and friends!
4.6 on July 01, 2014
Our room was nice, we had a good night's sleep and breakfast was fantastic!
4.6 on June 30, 2014
This is a charming B & B, close to town and the harbor. The staff was gracious and accommodating. They have thought of everything, even down to the papers being available on Kindles, afternoon tea, guided CD tours of Acadia National Park, a makeup washcloth (genius), and satin sheets! Breakfast was great. I highly recommend The Primrose Inn to anyone looking for a charming, convenient spot to stay in Bar Harbor. Melissa even helped us plan the last leg of our trip by suggesting a visit to Boothbay, which we loved! Thanks for a lovely visit.
3.6 on June 26, 2014
We loved our 'honeymoon' stay at Primrose Inn. It was my husband's first trip to the island and we both so appreciated the comfort, centrality and help of our stay. We only partook of breakfast, which was average - except the fantastic blueberry waffles! Highly recommend it!
4.8 on June 25, 2014
My wife and I recently stayed at the Primrose Inn for four nights to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The staff was very friendly and helpful and went out of there way to give us information about the local area. The breakfast and afternoon snacks were outstanding each day. The location is within easy walking distance to all the main shops and restaurants in Bar Harbor. We will definitely be coming back again.
4.6 on June 21, 2014
We spent three nights at the Primrose and greatly enjoyed our stayed. The room was large and well-furnished including a gas fireplace. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We couldn't have asked for a more delightful place to spend our 50th wedding anniversary.
4.4 on June 14, 2014
A quite place where you can relax and meet friendly people.
5 on May 29, 2014
This was the most beautiful room I've stayed in and the service was outstanding thanks to Melissa and staff
5 on May 20, 2014
My husband and I stayed 3 nights in Room 1 of the Primrose Inn. Loved our room, very spacious with a huge bathroom and a separate hall leading to our balcony (I love balconies!), all enclosed. Dining was grand, somehow we always made it to afternoon tea, a real treat. Breakfast didn't disappoint, loved how we had the choice of either sweet or savory menus. Our hostesses were attentive and engaging. I gave 5 stars for value because we got so much for our money, even our own reserved parking space. And yes was an easy walk to downtown dining, ect. On our 2 week trip to New England we stay at many wonderful inns, the Primrose was our favorite!
4.4 on September 16, 2013
Highly recommended. Great location and an easy walk to downtown, Bar Island etc.
5 on July 16, 2013
The staff, food and inn were all outstanding. Loved the linens, robe and jetted tub too! After a busy day hiking and shopping...Primrose was the perfect place to relax.
4.4 on June 21, 2013
Attention to every detail is thought out. Very friendly & helpful staff. Rooms are not sound proof and could hear other tv from one room and their muffled voices. A wonderful inn to stay and would go back.
4.8 on November 04, 2012
The Primrose Inn is beautiful and in excellent condition. The staff are very friendly, accommodating, and helpful. Our room #10 was spacious and very comfortable. The breakfasts and afternoon teas were absolutely delicious! The location of the Inn is great-a few blocks away from the shops and restaurants in downtown Bar Harbor (we and the evening staff woman at the Inn recommend Rosalie's Pizza) and a short drive to the entrance of Acadia National Park and the road to Cadillac Mountain. The Inn has CDs available to borrow that are a narrated guide through the park, which we found very informative and helpful. The Inn has a good-sized collection of DVDs to borrow in your room, as well as a public computer with a USB port, an SD card slot, and free Internet access. Near the shelf of DVDs is a back counter with complimentary snacks and a mini fridge with soda pop and bottled water. The only drawback we experienced was that the walls and ceilings were thin, so we could hear muffled voices in the evening and snoring at night. Turning on the ceiling fan helped cover the noise.
4.4 on October 22, 2012
We stayed October 3-4, 2012, at the Primrose Inn. The rooms were lovely and well stocked and included extras like six different bubble bath scents for the jetted tub, makeup remover pads, nightlight, push-button fireplace and a flashlight for, well, whatever you might need a flashlight for. Unfortunately, the weather was unseasonably warm and we didn't get to use the fluffy down comforter, the handmade quilt or the fireplace. Breakfast was everything we hoped it would be and the fresh-baked goodies at Tea Time were yummy. The Primrose Inn is just a short, pleasant, scenic walk to downtown with all the shops and restaurants. There is a wine chiller for guests to use and an extensive library of DVDs. The Primrose provided us with a CD which narrated our tour of Acadia National Park, which was quite informative. If you are traveling to Bar Harbor, I don't know that you could be any better than the Primrose Inn.
4.2 on September 24, 2012
The household staff was uniformly pleasant and helpful. An easy walk to downtown Bar Harbor. conveniently situated on the main road. All good. Frank & Judy
3.0 on September 18, 2012
The inn was exactly what I expected. There is really not anything additional you would need during your stay. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating.
4.6 on August 06, 2012
This was our second stay at the Primrose Inn. Since our last stay the inn has changed hands and we were a little concerned about changes. However everything we loved about our first stay was still available from the excellent breakfast, clean and comfortable rooms, to the wealth of info about the park that can be checked out and used for hiking, etc. The new owner wasn't as visable and not as many verbal recommendations were given. Overall we love this inn, one of our favorite anywhere, and would stay again on a return trip to Acadia.
5 on July 27, 2012
Magnificent stay. Fell in love with the crew. So clean and confortable. We were litterly spoiled. The breakfast was to die for, not one, but two choices (sweet or savory). It was hard to choose. We will definitely be back. Thanks Melissa, Maureen and the rest of the crew. Oh, and yes, our hats off to the chef. Joe , Vicki and Candy
4.8 on May 25, 2012
The owners and staff were SUPER nice, the Inn was very clean and in tip-top shape and the food was sooo delicious. We HIGHLY recommend a stay at the Primrose Inn!
4.6 on August 27, 2011
Our host & hostess were great they made you feel welcome. We had a really nice time. The food was delicious & presended nicely teas were great, good selections.
5 on August 19, 2011
We enjoyed our stay at the Primrose Inn. The inn keeper was very helpful with restaurant and attraction suggestions. We never heard any of the other guests while in our room. We loved the short walk into town.
4.8 on June 25, 2011
We spent 10 nights at Primrose Inn in June 2011. We can both say, without a doubt, this is the best overall B&B experience we've ever had. Jeff and Catherine are friendly, helpful, fun and so hospitable, not to mention Catherine's exceptional culinary skills (you won't lose weight here!). They have thought of everything to make their guests as comfortable as possible. We didn't want to leave!!
5 on June 15, 2011
My wife and I stayed a the Primrose Inn for 4 nights in May, 2011. We loved it! The owners are so friendly and helpful and they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. The breakfasts were wonderful, and were the mid-afternoon snacks. We were amazed at how well organized the inn was, from the ordered selection of local restaurants to the grouping of DVDs by award winners to the numbered parking spots! The location is very nice, the food is great, but it is the owners that make this inn so special. Highly recommended.
5 on June 03, 2011
My wife and I just enjoyed a three day stay at the Primrose. We have traveled extensively and have stayed at many B&B's but the Primrose has no equal. Not only was our room immaculate, charming, and located in the heart of Bar Harbor, but the hosts, Jeff and Catherine have created the next level in short-term vacations. When we arrived, Jeff gave us a tour of the facility and began showing us details that set the Primrose apart from the rest. In the parlor there were two KINDLES with the daily WALL STREET JOURNAL AND THE BOSTON GLOBE! Next we were given a CD/map with an auto-tour of ACADIA National Park on it. We spent an entire day using the auto-tour and throughly enjoyed the experience! The inn has WIFI, free beverages and snacks and cheese-cake in the fridge for late night foraging! Every morning a monitor in the hallway had the weather forecast posted and you could log onto the internet to check your emails. Breakfast was unbelievable. Gourmet. Pure and simple. There were even loaner GPS devices that you could take for the day with way-points set for restaurants, site seeing, and points of interest. Not to mention a fresh copy of the BANGOR SENTINEL propped up against the door by 6:00 a.m.! In short Jeff and Catherine have gone the extra mile in producing an environment that was safe, restorative, and classy. Do yourself a favor- stay here. Thank you Jeff and Catherine for special 27th anniversary experience.
5 on October 24, 2010
My husband and I stayed at the Primrose Inn this past weekend to enjoy the foliage in the area of Bar Harbor. Every detail was meticulously thought out at the beautiful inn. We felt like we were home and Jeff was so pleasant to deal with. The room was spotless and comfortable and we enjoyed the selection of movies and books to choose from. The breakfast was very nicely done, and it was a pleasure to have so many amenities available. I highly recommend this to anyone. Hope to be back next year.
5 on October 05, 2010
What a great choice we made to stay at Primrose Inn! We just completed a three night visit and everything about it was perfect. The inn is quaint, comfortable, and conveniently located. Jeff and Cathy are welcoming hosts who have thought of every detail to make your trip special. The breakfasts, which are lovingly prepared and served are delicious. The rooms are nicely decorated and inviting, as is the entire inn. Our only regret is that we couldn't have stayed longer.
5 on October 01, 2010
The Primrose Inn was so perfect in every way. It was so beautiful, quaint, cozy, & also pristine in decor & cleanliness! Jeff & Catherine were such gracious hosts & made us feel so at home. The breakfasts & tea times were amazing. I actually couldn't wait to get up in the morning in anticipation for the breakfasts. The Inn is also a short walk to many activities, including one of the most quaint shopping areas on the waterfront, & to catch great lighthouse, etc., cruises. The beach nearby is gorgeous on its own but has paths to climb up on cliffs to see a "high up" endless view of the Atlantic ocean! Breathtaking! You will do yourself a great disservice to miss out on a stay at The Primrose Inn!
5 on September 24, 2010
Everything about the Primrose Inn was perfect! The Shaw's have thought through every detail for an excellent stay. We are trying to figure out how we can get back next year.
5 on September 23, 2010
Catherine and Jeff provide a positively wonderful B&B expereince. Their attention to detail is unprecedented. From the check in and welcoming tour to the creative dining everything was perfect. Will recommend the Primrose Inn to any of our friends going to Har Harbor
5 on September 01, 2010
Where to start? There were so many GREAT things about the Primrose Inn. Jeff and Catherine thought of everything to make our stay the best experience of any B&B we have stayed at to date. A gourmet breakfast with choices; afternoon tea and dessert; 24-hour coffee and tea with travel cups in case you want to view the sunrise from Cadillac mountain; Full menus from all of the restaurants in Bar Harbor; Two GPS devices to get you to some of the popular out-of-the-way places to eat and visit. Did I mention the room was great? And I know I am leaving some amenities out. I can't give the Primrose Inn a higher recommendation. It was everything we expected and much more. Thanks Jeff and Catherine for a great stay at your wonderful B&B.
4.6 on August 28, 2010
Lovely. Everything can be summed up in that word. Our host and hostess, Jeff and Katherine were delightful...friendly, helpful and very welcoming. The B & B itself was well maintained, very clean, and very pretty. But the best part of our experience was the attention to every little detail possible that would enhance our stay. We loved our private porch (with swing, and rockers, and lovely garden--not to mention the friendly cat!)And--we loved the afternoon tea--it was something we looked forward to every day after a busy day in Acadia or Bar Harbor! We certainly hope to return to the Primrose in the future!
5 on June 20, 2010
I am a former hotel management company VP. I would have been proud to have Primrose in my group. Everything was outstanding down to the paint. I am glad to have had the opportunity to stay there.
4.0 on June 14, 2010
We really enjoyed our two-night stay here in October 2009...perfect accommodations - clean, comfortable, quaint, and it was obvious the innkeepers went to extra effort to make things perfect. A memorable experience...right down to the blueberry pancakes for breakfast!
5 on October 29, 2009
We recently stay here at this B&B. What a wonderful choice we made. Could of not asked for a better accomodations and breakfasts were fabulous. We will definitely stay here again. Close to the downtown and very quiet.
5 on October 04, 2009
My husband and I were vacationing in the New England area and chose the Primrose Inn and we are certainly glad we did! Jeff & Catherine were such nice people. They made you feel so welcome the entire time. We did enjoy the short walk to the shops in Bar Harbor. The afternoon tea with the delicious homemade cookies was a nice touch as was the newspaper delivered to our room each morning. We could not think of anything we needed that was not already provided at this B & B. Thank you Shaw's for an unforgettable experience.
4.8 on September 29, 2009
I recently stayed at the Primrose Inn in late August 2009. It was better than any other bed and breakfast I've ever stayed at. Extremely clean and the innkeepers are very nice and hospitable. Moreover, breakfast is absolutely phenomenal! The hot dishes and bakery items served are worth writing about! Plus, there is tea time in the afternoons with fresh baked goodies. My dad loved the blueberry pie, and I just loved the cookies. It was hard not to spoil dinner! I would absolutely recommend this bed and breakfast to everyone!
5 on August 20, 2009
My husband and I stayed at the Primrose Inn for a weekend, and could not have asked for better accommodations. Jeff and Catherine were courteous, friendly and helpful from the time that we arrived to check in until we left. We stayed in the Holland Room, which was beautiful and impeccably clean. The breakfasts were great, as was the daily afternoon tea. We are already trying to plan our next stay here!
5 on January 15, 2009
The current innkeepers have done an amazing job restoring the Primrose while preserving its charm and friendly atmosphere. Great food. Immaculate rooms. Lovely landscaping. Handy Internet station for checking the weather. Our favorite new feature is the beverage center where you can start your day with an early cup of very good coffee, pick up a complimentary bottle of water, or chill your own bottle of wine. Morning delivery of the Bangor News is also a nice touch. My husband and I honeymooned at the Primrose in 1988 and return every 5 years. The Shaws made our 20th anniversary very special with a bouquet of roses to welcome us. They are lovely people.
4.6 on October 31, 2008
We really enjoyed the hospitality and the food at the Primrose. It was relaxed, clean and convenient to downtown Bar Harbor. I highly recommend it!
4.0 on August 28, 2008
Wonderful accomodations with gourmet breakfast and afternoon treats. Jeff and Katherine could not be more gracious hosts. The inn is located within easy walking distance of restaurants and buses into Acadia. We didn't get in our car for 3 days. Can't wait to stay with them again.
4.8 on August 21, 2008
My wife and I stayed at the Primrose Inn for our 40th wedding anniversary. It was our first stay at a Bed and Breakfast. The room was very comfortable, the hospitality of our hosts, Jeff and Catherine, was outstanding, and the breakfast was delicious! My wife appreciated the short walk to all the shops in Bar Harbor, and we both enjoyed the wide variety of activities nearby. We will definitely be returning.
5 on August 16, 2008
We stayed at the Primrose for our honeymoon in August, 2008 and stayed in the Holland room. It was so beautiful and romantic! The room was warm and cozy and very clean. Catherine and Jeffrey are so kind and provide top notch hospitality. Great restaurant recommendations as well. For breakfast, you have a choice of hot entrees and everything we had was delicious. Hot coffee, tea, and juice always available. Worth the money! If we come back to Bar Harbor, we definitely would stay here again.
4.2 on August 15, 2008
Primrose Inn was a wonderfully relaxing place to stay for our honeymoon. It was the perfect location--easy access to the harbor, to hiking, biking, whale-watching, and canoeing. We loved our time at Primrose. Jeff and Catherine were a very gracious host/hostess and cared about their guests! We recommend it highly!
5 on July 18, 2008
Stayed 6 nights at the Primrose in June '08. Everything was perfect. From the breakfast to afternoon treats. The short ride to the park, to the short walk to town. The rooms are well decorated and spotless.
5 on July 01, 2008
We come from England and stayed in the Primrose in in June 2008. We did not want to leave. The breakfasts and afternoon teas were homemade feasts. Everything in the room was in keeping, including the phone and little gold clock. The attention to detail with everything was remarkable. Thank you
5 on June 25, 2008
Our stay at the Primrose was wonderful. The hospitality was superior. Jeff and Catherine did not miss a beat making our stay totally comfortable. The food was outstanding too.
5 on June 21, 2008
The Primrose Inn sets a new standard for all that a bed and breakfast can be! Our stay there far exceeded the expectations we came with. Other guests we stayed with felt the same way! Jeff and Catherine are gracious and hospitable innkeepers with a talent for making delicious and filling breakfasts. It is evident that they have a passion for what they do. The inn is within walking district of the harbor, shops and restaurants, and is a short ride from Acadia National Park. We eagerly look forward to returning again in the future.
5 on June 19, 2008
My husband and I cannot compliment Jeff and Catherine for the service they provide. We stayed in Primrose Inn in May of 2008. We were really impressed with how comfortable the rooms were, the bed was SO GOOD, especially after long day of hiking, the rooms are very clean, the linen is of very good quality.The breakfast is great and afternoon tea with the home made deserts exceeded all our expectations. And the prices are very reasonable. Highly recommend!
5 on June 17, 2008
what a wonderful inn! conveniently located, beautiful decor, fabulous breakfasts,great beds and linens,and most helpful.the inn had many perks not found in most b&b's i'll absolutely staey at the primrose again!
4.6 on June 16, 2008
Stayed at the beginning of June. Lovely inn, very near to quaint downtown and oceanside path. Tea and breakfast were wonderful. Wanted an early supper, so pie was held for us. Also have travel info, computer/internet, wine, soda, and dvds available to guests. Very friendly, but not "hovering". Wonderful church workers discounts.
4.6 on May 27, 2008
The rooms were beautiful, the service friendly, and the food was truly AMAZING!! My only caution would be that the owners are evangelical Christians; there are Bibles in every guest room on the bookshelves (along with a copy of _The Purpose Driven Life_), and in the living room are books by Dr. Laura and Tim LaHaye (_Left Behind_, about the "rapture"). Some folks may find this great, others might be uncomfortable. Just an FYI!
We are very pleased that our guests enjoyed their stay here at the Primrose Inn recently. We are also thankful for the items that were mentioned in the review about our background and some of the many books that are provided to our guests around the inn. One other item that was not mentioned in the review is the verse on the small bronze plaque by our front door from Hebrews 13:2: "Be not forgetful of Hospitality, for by this some have entertained angels unawares." This verse, in simple terms, states our mission to all guests that come to Bar Harbor and stay in our home, the Primrose Inn.
5 on October 04, 2007
We stayed at the Primrose for 3 days and a wonderful experience. Jeff and Catherine are great hosts and made us feel completely at home. The Primrose is just outside the main traffic hub of Bar Harbor but an easy walk to everything. We were concerned about it being too far but that was not a problem. Jeff & Catherine provided excellent suggestions about restaurants, activities and were always willing to help. We can't say enough good things about our experience -- we will definately be back.
5 on October 02, 2007
My husband and I recently stayed at the Primrose Inn for our honeymoon and had an amazing time. The rooms were immaculate, and there were even a dozen roses there to congratulate us on our marriage. Breakfast and tea was always delicious and Catherine and Jeff really go out of their way to make your stay comfortable. Cleaning staff was also very nice and attentive. A small fridge is always packed with cold drinks and hot coffee is usually available too. They provided lots of brochures/pamphlets with area attractions as well as recommending restaurants neaby. Town is only a 5 minute walk away. The inn is beautiful and immacuately kept. We have nothing but kind words to say about both the Shaws and the Primrose Inn, we've been telling all our friends to visit!
5 on August 14, 2007
We stayed at the Primrose Inn for three nights recently on our mini honeymoon. There are many great things to say about the Primrose Inn. First, the location is perfect. Bar Harbor is a small, but hopping town during the peak season, and the Primrose Inn is in a great location for easy access to all things Bar Harbor / Acadia NP. There is a reserved parking spot for your car which is nice. The innkeepers are fantastic hosts, and obviously take incredible pride in the service they provide. This is evident in many ways. From the fully stocked complimentary fridge with soft drinks and waters, to the binder with all local restaurant's menus and recommendations, to the flashlight in each room making it easy to see while on an evening stroll, to the plethora of guide books and activity books that are available for each guest's use, to the breakfast service each morning, and the high quality linens and towels in the rooms. All was outstanding at the Primrose Inn! We'll certainly stay there the next time we visit. We truly felt right at home even though we were far away from home. Thanks again Jeffrey and Catherine for facilitating our memorable and special stay in Bar Harbor!