The rooms are wonderful and there is an exquisite 3-course breakfasts every morning. Pamela and Bryan are wonderful people who take excellent care of everyone. The home was built in 1904 and though freshly decorated and updated (tastefully) with air conditioning in each room, it still retains the feel and charm of the early 20th century. Beautifully decorated, but still cozy and relaxed. My wife and I spent 5 nights here in August of 2017 and we can't wait to visit again!
We stayed in the Abbott room which is on the second floor and has a deck facing the harbor. The room is also on the Main Street side of the house so there was some road noise, but not much. The room is well insulated with new windows, and there's even a noise machine in case it's too quiet for you. Amazing details are cared for like robes, slippers, cold water bottles for your trips into the park, and numerous guides to the trails of the park for hiking and biking, as well as local restaurant menus, etc. Their website provides as much information as you wish to consume and the pictures are excellent representations of the inn. (If anything, the photos may not do justice to how fresh and bright everything is.)
Southwest Harbor is on the quiet side of Mt. Desert Island but still allows for easy access to Acadia National Forest and Bar Harbor. One thing to keep in mind: we kept hearing and reading from multiple sources that every place on the island can be accessed from any point in 20 minutes. I'm sure that's generally true, but it took a little longer to get to some places for us because it was the busy season (July and August). And allow more time if you're route includes Park Loop Rd.: It has few entry/exit points and generally has a 25-35 mph speed limit. .
Downtown Southwest Harbor is quaint, but it has a wonderful assortment of restaurants that will keep you well fed and plenty of shops - from hand-made crafts from Maine up to a wonderful jewelry shop. And all of this is within easy walking distance of the Inn. Enjoy your visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kingsleigh Inn sits high on a hill, overlooking the harbor in the heart of Southwest Harbor catering to couples seeking the comfort and charm of an historic home, myriad amenities of a boutique hotel and welcoming hosts to ensure a memorable stay on Mount Desert Island. Our rates include a 3 course breakfast with choice of a different sweet or savory entree each day, in-room Port wine with homemade chocolates, afternoon cookies, early evening wine and hors d'oeuvres and all day coffee, tea and fresh ground espresso. We have private off-street parking, free WIFI, guest refrigerator with complimentary soda and bottled water, free guest phone (US and Canada), hiking sticks, books, trail guides and much more. ... more less