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

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.


Amazing Stay!

5 on June 17, 2016

The breakfast and pastries are outstanding. The great movie selection is a nice touch.


Wonderful experience

5 on June 17, 2016

We stayed here for 4 days this June. Everything was as advertised, and we were treated very well. The place is spotless. The room was very comfortable. Location was great for town access. We don't eat breakfast but the other guests seemed o really enjoy the meals. But it is the little things that put them over the top. Guide books to borrow for hiking. A cd guided tour of Acadia. A ciller for your wine. Complementary snacks. Homemade baked goods for afternoon tea, with some left out and wrapped for whenever (usually coming in late). The housekeepers leaving us a card and small gift for staying there... All very nice and added to our experience!


Perfect weekend getaway!

5 on June 17, 2016

This was our first time in Bar Harbor and we always look to stay in a place where we can walk to everything. The Primrose Inn was perfect! It is located right in the town and everything was great. We stayed in room 4 which has a king size bed and a beautiful bathroom. The room was decorated well with attention to detail. Breakfast was excellent and you can really see how Melisa takes great care of her house. Very clean and well organized. Will definitely stay here again.


Great Experience 3rd Year in a Row

5 on June 16, 2016

We keep coming back to Primrose Inn. The rooms are traditionally decorated with antique furniture and the mattresses are top-of-the-line comfortable. Gourmet breakfasts and 4 pm teas are served by warm, friendly hostesses. Each room has a DVD player and TV, supported by a library of classic and academy award-winning movie DVDs. Within walking distance to down-town Bar Harbor.


Perfect

5 on June 06, 2016

We have made this our annual anniversary b&b to stay out. It's cute and perfect and the rooms as well as the extra services are always superb.


Two Nights In Heaven

5 on June 05, 2016

The Primrose Inn is a magnificent Bed and Breakfast with richly accommodating amenities both in the rooms and the public areas. In-room fireplaces are toasty on rainy, cool May days. Our King bed was a delight; not too soft and not too hard and the linens fresh and clean. The coffee/tea stand is always full and offers a wide variety of options as does the kitchen-like amenities area that provides complimentary water, soft drinks and snacks. The wine cooler comes in handy, too.The staff are always smiling and gracious and helpful. This was our second year to stay with Melissa and staff and we could not have been more pleased. We have found our home away from home in Bar Harbor. We look forward to many happy returns.


We love it every time we go!

4.8 on June 03, 2016

I picked this Inn because of the afternoon tea - a perfect end to a day looking at gardens on the island! After we stayed the first time, my husband and I decided we liked it so much we wanted to come back and stay again. We've been back 2 more times and love it!


Lovely and Peaceful

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.


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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)