Primrose Inn-Historic Bar Harbor Bed and Breakfast

73 Mount Desert St , Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1327 USA (Show map)

About

This romantic Bar Harbor Bed and Breakfast is perfectly located just a short stroll from all of the wonderful restaurants, shops, galleries, museums and activities that make Bar Harbor a world-class destination and just a mile from magnificent Acadia National Park. Built in 1878, the historic Primrose Inn is decorated in a light Victorian style that encourages guests to relax and enjoy their time away. Guests will enjoy the comfortable elegance of spacious rooms, each with a private bathroom, high ceilings, and carefully appointed with selected antiques and period reproductions. Many rooms feature cozy gas fireplaces, spa tubs, adjoining sitting rooms as well as private porches. The Primrose Inn has been enhanced with today’s most requested guest amenities such as luxurious linens, flat-panel televisions with built-in DVD players in each guest room, individually controlled air conditioning, wireless internet access throughout the inn, guest refreshments at no additional charge. Guests of the Primrose Inn will enjoy a hearty full breakfast each morning with a choice of hot entrees served fireside in our dining room or on our outdoor wrap-around front porch. Our “Afternoon Tea,” featuring an assortment of freshly baked treats from the Primrose Inn’s kitchen, is very popular with our guests and many plan their day around returning to the inn to relax and enjoy it before dinner. So journey to this wonderful island just off the coast of Maine.

Reviews

Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Already planning our return!

4.8 on July 26, 2016

My wife and I were hesitant about staying in a B&B but we are now big fans! From the moment we checked in, all our needs were met including some we didn't even know we had. Our room was very spacious, with a separate bathroom and a private balcony overlooking the gardens, which we enjoyed a glass of wine on. The instant-on gas fireplace was very nice after a cold rainy day hiking in Acadia. The host shared much valuable information such as hiking trails, scenic drives, and restaurant suggestions. Instead of an assigned time, breakfast was served over a 90 minute span, allowing for flexibility. It was also served at individual tables for those of us not looking for small talk with strangers in the morning. The food was delicious, offering a choice of either a sweet or savory entree. Plenty of unexpected extras were included, such as a refrigerator stocked with cold complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, a wine chiller, glass wine glasses, cork screws, coffee, hot tea and many others. We are planning on returning for a longer visit and more hiking in Acadia and will definitely be staying at the Primrose. again.


Pleasent stay near Acadia Park.

4.4 on July 23, 2016

Beautiful Inn in an old well maintain building, conveniently located within walking distance from harbor and short drive to park, nice breakfast, afternoon cookies and free unlimited bottled water and soda. Pleasant staff with good knowledge of the area and wealth of information to share. We loved it!


Terrific sisters' getaway!

5 on July 18, 2016

My three sisters and I stayed in two lovely rooms at the Primrose Inn in July 2016. We are all agreed--it was a wonderful stay! The rooms were spacious--one had a separate seating area and the other had its own outdoor porch with rocking chairs and a porch swing. The breakfasts were delicious: stuffed french toast, quiche, blueberry oat brule just to name a couple of favorites. Cold water bottles, soda, and tea were available 24 hours. Early coffee was especially nice as one of my sisters and I are early risers. Innkeeper Melissa Collier DeVos and evening front desk staffer Maureen could not have been more accommodating. The location was perfect--a couple of blocks from downtown Bar Harbor. Quiet yet near all the action! All four of us highly recommend the Primrose Inn.


lovely!

4.6 on July 16, 2016

great location hospitable lovely inn would go back


Comfortable beds, excellent location!

4.4 on July 11, 2016

The rooms were lovely and the bed was very comfortable. The location was perfect for walking downtown to explore Bar Harbor. The breakfast and afternoon snacks were great; however, since we wanted to hike the park before the crowds we weren't able to enjoy breakfast every morning. The breakfast we enjoyed on our last day was delicious. If we had waited to eat breakfast at the Primrose, we would not have arrived at the park until after 9 and the hiking parking lots would have been full. We would recommend the Primrose.


Wondeful experience

5 on July 08, 2016

We had a wonderful experience during our stay. The staff was wonderful. We would recommend the Primrose Inn to anyone looking to visit Bar Harbor.


Amazing stay!

4.8 on July 06, 2016

Four days and three nights in Bar Harbor. Primrose Inn made the visit to the great island even better. EXCELLENT service and food, convenient walk to water and Main Street. We stayed in #15 and the room was spacious and spotless. Definitely recommend to anyone looking to stay in Bar Harbor.


great location, clean accomodations

4.6 on July 02, 2016

We enjoyed our 5 day stay here at the Primrose but only had a chance to enjoy breakfast because we wanted to get to the trails to hike before the crowds. We didn't want to wait until 8 to eat breakfast because by 10:00 most of the parking lots for the most popular trails were full. I wish we could have requested an earlier breakfast time especially because of the 4:45 sunrise. We didn't want to waste a minute of hiking on such beautiful days. We did enjoy a delicious breakfast on our last day. The afternoon snacks were enjoyed by all.


Heaven on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 on June 23, 2016

Can't say enough good things about this place! Everything was excellent from a great room, to great food ,to great ambiance!


Lovely!

5 on June 20, 2016

Loved our stay at the Primrose. Friendly staff and excellent food.


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Rooms & Rates

Room 1

This second floor room features high ceilings, a romantic 4 posted queen size bed with luxurious pillow-top bedding, a cozy gas fireplace, plenty of natural light from its seven windows and a private balcony overlooking the front of the property. The private bathroom has the added feature of a whirlpool spa bathtub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 2

This second floor room features high ceilings, a romantic queen-size four-poster bed with luxurious pillow-top bedding and a cozy gas fireplace. The private bathroom has the added features of a whirlpool spa bathtub and a period marble sink.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 3

This second floor room features high ceilings, a queen-size bed and a private bathroom with the added feature of a Kohler "BubbleMassage" air-jetted spa bathtub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 4

This second floor room features beautiful Maine "cottage-style" furniture, high ceilings, a romantic king-size bed with luxurious pillow-top bedding, a cozy gas fireplace, a private bathroom and a private balcony overlooking the gardens in the front of the property.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Room 5

One of our "Mini-Suites," this second floor room features a queen-size bed, a private bathroom and an adjoining "sitting room" that gives guests extra room to "stretch out." The sitting room includes a comfortable twin daybed that guests can use to relax and enjoy a good book and can also accommodate a third guest in the room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Room 15

This spacious second floor two-room suite features cottage-style furniture with a queen-size bed. The adjoining sitting room includes a comfortable twin daybed, two wing back chairs and an additional flat-panel TV with a built-in DVD player. This room can accomodate 3 people. Including infants and children.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Room 6

This second floor room is one of our coziest rooms and features a queen-size bed and a private bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 7

One of our "Mini-Suites," this second floor room features a queen-size "Wesley Allen" cast iron bed, a private bathroom and an adjoining "sitting room" that gives guests extra room to "stretch out." The sitting room includes two wing chairs that guests can use to relax and enjoy a good book.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 8

This first floor room is one of our most popular rooms and features a queen-size bed and a private bathroom with a roomy walk-in shower. The room has the added feature of a private porch overlooking the front gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 9

This first floor room features high ceilings, a King Size Bed, a cozy gas fireplace and a private porch. The private bathroom has the added feature of a Kohler "BubbleMassage" air-jetted spa bathtub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Room 10

One of our "Mini-Suites," this first floor room features a queen-size "Wesley Allen" cast iron bed, a private bathroom and an adjoining "sitting room" that gives guests extra room to "stretch out." The sitting room includes two wing chairs that guests can use to relax and enjoy a good book.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 11

One of our "Mini-Suites," this first floor room features a queen-size bed, a private bathroom and an adjoining "sitting room" that gives guests extra room to "stretch out." The sitting room includes a desk and a wing chair that guests can use to relax and enjoy a good book.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Leffingwell Room

This first floor room features beautiful Maine "cottage-style" furniture, a romantic king-size bed with luxurious pillow-top bedding, a cozy gas fireplace and a private porch. The private bathroom has the added feature of a Kohler "BubbleMassage" air-jetted spa bathtub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Holland Room

This first floor two-room suite features a romantic king-size "Wesley Allen" cast iron canopy bed with luxurious pillow-top bedding and a cozy gas fireplace in the bedroom and a beautiful porch right outside its private entrance. The adjoining sitting room includes a comfortable twin daybed, two wing chairs and an additional flat-panel television with a built-in DVD player. The private bathroom has the added feature of a Kohler "BubbleMassage" air-jetted spa bathtub. This room can accomodate 3 people including infants and children

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Room 16

This spacious second floor two-room suite features beautiful Maine “cottage-style” furniture, a queen-size bed with luxurious pillow-top bedding and a cozy gas fireplace in the bedroom. The adjoining sitting room includes two wing chairs and an additional flat-panel television with a built-in DVD player. The private bathroom has the added feature of a Kohler "BubbleMassage" air-jetted spa bathtub for relaxing after a day in Acadia National Park.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location

Location Type

Bar Harbor Historic Downtown area, Frenchman Bay nearby, Acadia National Park nearby, Downtown, Island, Mountains, Small town

Airport

Bangor, ME (BGR) 50 miles

Directions to property:

By Car – “Fastest” Route (via Bangor) • From I-95 North take Exit 182A onto I-395 E towards Bangor • Follow I-395 E to Exit 6A onto US-1A E towards Ellsworth/Bar Harbor • Follow US-1A E into Ellsworth where 1A becomes ME-3 • Follow ME-3 (through Trenton) onto Mt. Desert Island • Once onto Mt. Desert Island make a sharp left at the Exxon station and stay on ME-3 • Follow ME-3 into Bar Harbor (past “The Cat” Ferry and College of the Atlantic on the left)for about 10 miles • At the 1st stop sign turn left onto Mt. Desert Street • The Primrose Inn is one block after the turn on the left • Enter the parking lot via Mt. Desert Street just past the Primrose Inn sign

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Brewery, GOLF at Kebo Valley, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Fridge, Library, Movie library, Parking, Walk to mass transit , Private Off-Street Parking, Guest Refrigerator, Ice Machine

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Hiking trails, Whale Watching, Schooner Sailing, Bi-Plane Sightseeing, Paint-Your-Own Pottery, Rock Climbing, Nature Boat Tours, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No Completely non-smoking in Inn and on porches and balconies
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Only Holland Room, Room 5 & Room 15 can accomodate 3 guests
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights stay required during Summer and Fall seasons
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: An Advanced Deposit equal to 50% of the room charge (plus a 9% Maine Lodging tax) for the length of stay is required to confirm a reservation.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations made 14 days or more before arrival: The Advance Deposit will be refunded in full. 

Cancellations made less than 14 days before arrival: Due to our short season and limited number of rooms, cancellations made with less than 14 days notice will be responsible for the room if we cannot re-rent. If able to be re-rented a refund in full will be issued.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Melissa Collier DeVos

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

The Innkeeper Melissa Collier DeVos bought the Inn on April 23, 2012. Melissa has been in the lodging business for 26 years. She and her family owned and operated the Bar Harbor Motel on Eden Street. In January of 2012 they sold the motel and Melissa purchased the Primrose Inn.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:00 - 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, and on the wrap-around front porch

Special meal options

, We do our best to accommodate all dietary restrictions.


Signature Dish

Sandy's Chocolate Mousse
This is the best Mousse this side of Cadillac Mountain :o)