Last Updated on May 20, 2024 by Katrina

Photo credit: Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

Maine isn’t called “Vacationland” for nothing. There are many reasons the largest New England state is beloved to summer travelers. Myriad lakes, Atlantic beach towns, lobster bakes and the gem known as Acadia National Park. Come to hike, kayak, or bike. This 47,000-acre national park on Maine’ s Mount Desert Island may be compact, but it’s dripping with scenery. While the park only offers campgrounds, there are plenty of places to stay nearby, especially in the town of Bar Harbor. Here are the best hotels near Acadia National Park. 

Acadia Inn (98 Eden St, Bar Harbor; 800-638-3636) Bar Harbor

Enjoy a seasonal shuttle to Acadia National Park and downtown Bar Harbor from this 91-room, AAA three-diamond hotel with a pool. “The perfect spot if you’re just looking for a place to crash after spending all day out and you don’t need to pay extra for a ‘resort hotel,’ ” writes a Google reviewer. “The included breakfast was continental, with a few hot options rotating daily. Technically walkable, at a mile each way, from downtown Bar Harbor.” One Tripadvisor user calls it “a good value for money.” Another likes that there is “plenty of parking on site as well as activities such as s’mores night.” >> Book this hotel for less

West Street Hotel (50 West St.; 207-288-0825) Bar Harbor

Condé Nast Traveler describes this 85-room hotel as “elegant east coast Americana” thanks to its “lavish guest rooms with striking views of meandering sailboats and the craggy Atlantic coast. Rich nautical blues and dark wood furnishings make for a refined look.” It’s located three miles from the national park, and one Tripadvisor user likes the “easy walk to the shuttle for Acadia.” Another mentions “there is hot coffee each morning steps away from your room. The roof top adults-only pool is so welcoming after a day in Acadia. The lobby has a lovely fireplace and comfy sofas too.” >> Book this hotel for less

Hampton by Hilton Bar Harbor (12 Norman Rd.; 207-288-3210) Bar Harbor

A Tripadvisor user writes that this branch of the Hampton Inn, four miles from the park, feels like a step above a big chain: “It is on top of a hill and our room had a view of the water. The room felt more like an inn than a chain.” Other users rave about easy access to the park. “Great place for your visit to Acadia,” writes one Google reviewer. “The Island Explorer bus comes right to the door so you can jump on and off and not deal with parking at the popular stops. Best breakfast variety of any hotel I have stayed at.” >> Book this hotel for less

Bar Harbor Grand Hotel (269 Main St.; 207-288-5226) Bar Harbor

“This hotel is only a few miles driving distance from Acadia National Park, and you can actually hike to several Acadia trails directly from your hotel room,” writes a Google reviewer about this 70-room hotel in Bar Harbor. “Walking distance from many shops and restaurants in downtown.” Fodor’s likes its old-fashion grandeur, since the 2011 hotel was modeled after Bar Harbor’s 1906 Rodick House: “Elegant simplicity underpins the spacious guest rooms, including two-bedroom, three-queen units that are great for families. The courtesy hot breakfast buffet is enough to tide you over until an early dinner.” >> Book this hotel for less

Salt Cottages (20 ME-3; 207-288-9918) Bar Harbor

Afar likes that the 40 accommodations here—including 30 actual cottages—are “a two-minute drive from the park entrance. Playing on the coastal Maine theme, Salt Cottages leans heavily into nautical decor—white picket fences, striped oars, and antique ocean paintings.” A Google user writes that “the proximity to the park and Bar Harbor’s downtown area were better than we ever expected. Upon arrival we were offered champagne or a blueberry flavored soda, such a nice touch! We did utilize the snack bar for coffee and pastries in the mornings, and took a break from hiking one day to enjoy the pool.”

Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina (55 West St.; 207-288-5033) Bar Harbor

Enjoy historic ambience at this waterfront Tudor-style hotel which, according to Fodor’s, has “the aesthetic of Bar Harbor’s Gilded Age mansions” and has “resort amenities including a fitness center, full-service spa, clay tennis courts, and two heated pools.” A Google reviewer writes that “it’s a super-close drive to Acadia. The lobby is very cute with a wood burning fireplace. During low tide, you can walk across to Bar Island, which is a fun thing to do at sunset for a quick hike.” >> Book this hotel for less