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“A real hole in downtown Bangor” 1 of 5 bubbles
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The Charles Inn
Ranked #20 of 26 Hotels in Bangor
Charlottetown, Canada
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A real hole in downtown Bangor”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

The hotel smells old ... it is old and has not been updated. The window air conditioning units are insufficient to keep our room cool and sound from the bar next door was enough to keep us a wake until the wee hours of the morning ... and then there was the police and fire sirens at 3:00 am ... just after we had fallen asleep. A $100 per night is far too expensive for these rooms ... you would do much better to sleep in your car.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, MN
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96 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

My husband and I traveled around New England for 11 days. We were in Bangor for the Tommyknockers tour, and decided to stay for a night. We had read the TripAdvisor reviews for the Charles Inn and were not expecting to be blown away, but were hoping that the hotel would be "aged" in a good way. We had very low expectations, and the lobby seemed nice enough. I did not find the woman who checked us in overly friendly, or even helpful. When we got to our room, disappointment set in. The TV was very old, and only got 5 channels. The bathroom was dingy and the fan (connected to the light) was incredibly loud. The room was in dire need of a new paint job, and just felt dingy & dirty. The bed was horrible. We kept rolling to the middle of the bed, and we were only given one threadbare cased thin pillow each. I had to sleep with a blanket under the pillow to ensure I wouldn't wake up a with a sore neck. It is apparent that even though the owners display expensive art in their lobby, guest comfort is not a concern. Then again, if a painting for $3500 was sold, I guess they could paint a room and get some new pillows. I felt gross, stiff and groggy the next morning. the continental breakfast wasn't great either. The bagels were dry and they didn't have any water (sounds like a strange complaint- but it's a challenge to stay hydrated when you're on the road for an extended period of time). The Irish pub across the street was fun. We had a good time talking to the bartender and some of the regulars, but all in all, we should have done the tour and headed to our next destination skipping a night in Bangor all together.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

We had a wonderful time at this hotel- it's old, clean and in the center of town! The owner was wonderful! We usually stay in a chain hotel when we're in the area, but this was fantastic! We loved the resident Pug!

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank haldane42
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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

It's poorly lit and poorly furnished, but clean and functional enough. Everything about the place is slightly odd, but not terrible. Friendly enough staff. At one point my bed broke, but they came and fixed it within an hour. Breakfast was pathetic. So, mediocre but fine.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lfogg
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Fort Myers, Florida
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190 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

Not as it appears online. This is not a quaint, boutique hotel. This is an old, tired inn. The management are genuine but the town seems to be in a funk (depressed). This inn is in desperate need of a remodel, so goes downtown. Dining & pub options in the area are surprisingly good. I'd like to visit Bangor again in better economic times but I'd seek out better lodging options even though this one has the best location.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dan C
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Additional Information about The Charles Inn

Property: The Charles Inn
Address: 20 Broad St, Bangor, ME 04401-6302 (Formerly The Phenix Inn)
Region: United States > Maine > Bangor
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 26 Hotels in Bangor
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,714 - ₹ 8,904
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Charles Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come grow with us! Under new management! Enjoy a unique lodging experience in the heart of downtown Bangor. Walk to area restaurants, pubs, museums, and shopping. Large attractive rooms with cable TV, clock radios, irons, hairdryers, and free deluxe continental breakfast. View the historic city from our fourth floor conference room. Just 15 minutes to airport and major shopping malls. Less than an one hour drive to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Improving daily to serve our guests and the local community even better. ... more   less 
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