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Black Friar Inn and Pub
Ranked #22 of 30 Bar Harbor B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cumberland, Rhode Island
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4 reviews
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“A Great find in a convenient location”
Reviewed 9 September 2011

My husband and I stayed in Room #5 of the Black Friar Inn while visiting Acadia National Park last month. We were so happy with our room, parking, breakfast, and of course, Tom, our Innkeeper.

Parking was ample and free. We could see our car from our room. There was no need to move the car to see downtown Bar Harbor. Everything, including the grocery store, the beach to Bar Island, bicycle rentals, boat excursions and fine dining were all nearby. We loved the nice little English pub on the premises as well. And breakfast each morning (included with the cost of the room) was outstandingly crafted by Tom. I recommend the Tomelette along with multi-grain toast. The fruit was also exceptionally fresh and delicious.

On our Sunday arrival, the pub and dining room were closed, so we ventured out to the beach, to some of the local pubs and the tasting room of Bar Harbor Brewing Co. Everything was within easy walking distance.

Our room was clean and comfortable with the ability to open windows and allow the night air in. The linens were luxuriously soft (something I've never noticed at other hotels). We had room to sit and read, and we liked having a wi-fi connection in our room. We were able to view Room #4 on our arrival with its lovely spiral staircase to a sitting area. Room #4 is on the list for our next stay.

The first floor area had a lovely sitting room with fireplace, and Tom brought us down to the grotto where we could comfortably watch our Red Sox without the noise and crowds at the local bars. We also enjoyed a nice pan-seared tuna steak with wasabi appetizer at the pub along with a local craft brew.

Overall, we found the Black Friar Inn neat and clean with great food in a fine location and quite reasonably priced for the area. Tom has done a great job with the Inn, and we look forward to staying at the Black Friar again, perhaps in the off-season when we can enjoy cooler weather and a reduction in park traffic.

I highly recommend a visit to the Black Friar Inn.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

Stayed here over the 4th of july weekend and loved it. Tom makes an excellent breakfast, try the french toast! We had the smallest room there and found it small but clean and comfortable. Would definitely stay here again for the location food and service.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Monroe, Louisiana
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

We found it at the Black Friar Inn. We wanted to be out of the way, a degree of privacy, absence of clutter and noise (as in TVs in every room), quiet and peaceful during the appropriate hours, a cozy bar for gathering with fellow travelors, friendly staff and darn good food at moderate prices. The Black Friar isn't fancy.....nor presumptuous....nor 5 Star......just a great place to base out of while enjoying the treasures of Bar Harbor and Mt. Desert. The Inn represents a good value for the pricing. We recommend it!
Cheryl and Herb

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

We cannot say enough about our trip to Bar Harbor, and it was made even better by our stay at The Black Friar Inn. We loved the accomidations (room 1). We loved the location (easy walk to any place in town yet out of the way enough to not be in the crowds). We loved Friar Tom and staff (very helpful with suggestions and directions). Our room was lovely, clean, pleasant, and very quiet. Breakfast was AMAZING! Also enjoyed appetizers and drinks at the bar in the evenings. We will do dinner upon our return. Yes! We will be back. :-)

Room Tip: We stayed in room 1. We enjoyed the size of this room. The porch was sweet.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

Love this place. Stayed in room 4 which has a spiral stair case to an upper room, perfect for some quiet time to read e-mails or meditate. Nice bathroom, everything was very clean. Breakfast is amazing, absolutely delicious gourmet food. The bar is a fun place to hang out at night. Got some helpful info from the owner, Tom, on what to see and do during our stay. Very sweet guy. When we come back, we're staying here. Love the location, a short walk to shops & restaurants.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Black Friar Inn and Pub

Property: Black Friar Inn and Pub
Address: 10 Summer St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1424
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Bar Harbor
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,816 - ₹ 9,047
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Black Friar Inn and Pub is a hidden gem; once you find it we guarantee you will be back! Our three story building is mostly constructed from materials salvaged from the mansions that burned in the great fire of 1947. All of the finishing work in the Blackfriar was once part of the time when the steamboats greeted our shores and Bar Harbor was called Eden. Although there doesn't seem to be any new ghost here, you will occasionally feel residual energy coming from all around you. Especially if it's nighttime. And you're here. By yourself. Don't be frightened off, when you walk in our friendly and super accommodating staff is there to greet you, get you settled in and feeling at home. Chef Don does a superb job in our cozy kitchen whether you feel like a burger or a fine bottle of wine with a perfectly cooked steak. Jenny, Michelle, Taylor and Brittany are very capable barmaids with dynamite personalities and lots of specialty drinks to try. Fryer Tom is the heart of the Friar, the owner and innkeeper, he is laid back and has a wonderful hands-on approach to ownership. We are happy family here at the Blackfriar so come by, take a tour, grab a beer and let us make you feel like part of it! ... more   less 
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