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.

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Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Practically Perfect Location

4.4 on September 27, 2016

Bar Harbor is generally not an inexpensive place but the Primrose provided a good value because of the very convenient location and breakfast and parking included in the rate. It was an easy walk to the village green, where we could get a free bus to Acadia National Park, as well as walk to the main business district and harbor area. Quaint, comfortable, and quiet rooms.


Just keeps getting better.

5 on September 24, 2016

3rd time at the Primrose, starting to feel like home. It's always a pleasant surprise when the owner remembers you from a past visit. Breakfasts are always delicious and filling, giving us plenty of energy for a days worth of hiking on the mountain. Stayed in 3 rooms so far. This trip we stayed in Room 8, which is the least expensive room they offer and also the smallest. The room was a little cramped, with our extra hiking gear, but the addition of the private porch, to sit and relax, more than made up for the smaller room. Last time we stayed in Room 5, which had 2 rooms with a day bed in the second room to spread out our suitcases. The bathroom was a little small but overall was a great value for the extra size of the room. My favorite, but most expensive, so far is the Leffingwell Suite. Plenty of room to spread out, a perfect king size bed, very large bathroom and to top it off a private porch in the back. When the kids are grown and out of the house this will be the room I get on every trip. On a final note, the location is perfect. About a half mile from town. Close enough to walk but far enough away for a more relaxing experience and a lot less noise.


Really enjoyed our stay,

4.2 on September 21, 2016

The room was very nice, although bathroom a little tight getting in and out. The staff was all very friendly and breakfast great!


Best B&B hospitality

5 on September 15, 2016

Everyone was so friendly and helpful during our stay. The environment created by the staff made all guest feel comfortable and relaxed. I really appreciated the dietary accommodations made for me, and the breakfast and afternoon tea were delicious.


Met needs we didn't even know we'd have!

5 on September 14, 2016

We were on our honeymoon and managed to grab the last available room here. It was on the first floor and less expensive than the others, so we were prepared to "settle", but excited to be going to Bar Harbor and Acadia anyway. We were pleasantly and greatly surprised by the size of our room! We had a separate seating area, plenty of room in the sleeping area, and a full bath. Every afternoon the tea and pastries were delicious. The freshly made breakfast was amazing each morning. It was hard to decide on one, so we each got something different so we could share. Every need was anticipated and met. They had water bottles, drinks and snacks available to help yourself to anytime. The coffee and tea were also always available. There was an extensive library of materials to borrow about the area. Binders of local menus were at our disposal as well as useful recommendations. There were even umbrellas available to borrow! Overall a great experience and I wish we could have stayed longer!


A great stay in Bar Harbor

4.6 on September 07, 2016

Great service, owner on site and taking a very personal interest in your stay. Rooms well appointed, comfortable and clean! Easy to walk to all great restaurants. We would definitely return to the Primrose Inn.


A Wonderful Stay

5 on September 06, 2016

We stayed at the Primrose for four nights and were overjoyed with our decision. Last summer we stayed at a different Bed and Breakfast in Bar Harbor for three nights, for nearly the same cost as four nights at the Primrose, and we thought the Primrose was better overall. The Primrose offers a helpful and happy staff, a nice and spacious room, delicious food, and a quick walk to the local restaurant shops, without a gigantic price tag. Thanks Primrose!


Wonderful!

5 on September 04, 2016

Wonderful!


Great Stay, Maureen and Melissa are great hosts.

5 on August 31, 2016

We had a great time at Primrose Inn, our rooms were beautiful and beds super comfy. Perfect place to rest after a long day of hiking in Acadia. Breakfast was better than most B&B's I have had in the past. Walking distance to all the restaurants in Bar Harbor. Would recommend to anyone. ~ The Patels


Lovely Bar Harbor Inn

5 on August 30, 2016

My husband and I spent 5 days at the Primrose Inn. Our room was beautiful, the service was outstanding, and the location was great! This inn is highly recommended. We would definitely return.


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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)