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7 Pet Friendly Hotels in Bar Harbor, ME (2024)

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Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are very pet friendly, and offer many dog friendly hikes, activities and restaurants to enjoy. We’ve gathered the top 7 pet friendly hotels in Bar Harbor, ME to help you plan your epic adventure with your furry and human family members. 

I spent a couple of years travelling around with my friend and her three pups, as well as adventuring with our own, so I understand how important it is to find pet friendly places to stay.

Acadia is one of the more dog friendly National Parks in the US. With many miles of dog friendly hiking and carriage trails to see.

Stay at our top pick Atlantic Eyrie Lodge, just minutes from Acadia, for its pet & family friendly rooms, pet welcome bag, pool & free hot yummy breakfast.

Bar Harbor is the perfect base to explore from when in Maine. We’ve put together a list of the most popular, well reviewed pet friendly Bar Harbor hotels, plus tips for dog-friendly hikes in Acadia, & restaurants in Bar Harbor.

Ready to explore with your furry friends? Let’s go!

#1 PICK

Pet friendly Atlantic Eyrie Lodge room, bed, tile floor.

ATLANTIC EYRIE

✔️ Ground floor suites, 6 acres & pool

✔️ 2 pets & one time pet fee

✔️ Pet welcome treat bag

FUN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS BAR HARBOR, MAINE

Our picks for pet friendly hotels in Bar Harbor Maine not only allow pets, and have pet friendly amenities, they are great for all family members.

Close to all the action in downtown Bar Harbor, awesome breakfast spots and Acadia National Park. As well as being a comfortable place to rest after a busy day.

Short on time? Check out our Quick Guide below. Pet friendly hotels near Acadia National Park and conveniently located near downtown.

QUICK GUIDE: Best Pet Friendly Places to Stay in Bar Harbor

Dog Friendly Bar Harbor & Acadia Tips

In addition to many dog friendly Bar Harbor hotels and rentals, it’s a dog friendly town. Many restaurants allow dogs on their patios / decks when open. 

Take your pup to dine on the patio with you at places such as Stewman’s Lobster Pound, Side Street Cafe, Atlantic Brewing & Mainely Meat BBQ, and McKay’s Public House.

For outdoor activities, Acadia has many dog friendly hikes including the:

  • Easy Wonderland Trail, Jordan Pond Loop, and Jesup Trail; or the more
  • Moderate trails of Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail, Great Head Trail, Gorham Mountain Trail, and Lower Hadlock Pond Trail
Woman walking her dog on Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.
Walking dog in Acadia National Park, Maine
Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

If you aren’t interested in driving (parking can be difficult in peak season), you are in luck.  Well-behaved leashed or crated pets are welcome on the Island Explorer buses at your feet.

Planning on renting a car in Maine? There is so much more to Acadia National Park than just the Park Loop Road. Many quieter and beautiful areas are easier to reach by car.

Ready to discover why visitors love these Bar Harbor pet friendly hotels? Let’s go!

BEST DOG FRIENDLY HOTELS IN BAR HARBOR, MAINE

1. Atlantic Eyrie Lodge – Best Bar Harbor Pet Friendly Hotel

RATING 9.2 / 10:

Pet friendly Atlantic Eyrie Lodge room, bed, tile floor.
Pups and their families love the pet friendly rooms, views & wooded areas at Atlantic Eyrie Lodge | Photo by Atlantic Eyrie Lodge

Atlantic Eyrie Lodge is the perfect place for a unique and relaxing retreat, set up on a hill with gorgeous views of Frenchman Bay and Porcupine Islands. With 6 wooded acres to roam.

It’s just minutes from downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park and its beaches by car.

Contemporary spacious pet friendly rooms (most with balconies) include King, Queen and Suites. 

The lodge allows two pets up to 65 lbs for an additional one-time pet fee of $45, and they have some grassy areas for pet relief.

The view from the balcony was spectacular, and the pool was refreshing. The hotel is very dog friendly. We had a dog and it worked out very well with our first floor room for easy access to the pet area to the side of the hotel. Your pet can come downstairs via the outside and join you for breakfast on the patio.
– Barry ⭐️ Atlantic Eyrie Lodge reviews

For the other family members, enjoy a dip in their heated outdoor salt water pool with ocean views, and  complimentary hot breakfast. It’s on our list of the top hotels in Bar Harbor with a pool too!

TIPS:

  • The Island Explorer Shuttle stops in front of the hotel. 
  • Dogs and cats are permitted
Dog riding in car looking out the window.

2. Harborside Hotel & Spa

RATING 8.8 / 10:

Dog lying on mat in Harborside Hotel Room, ocean view.
Pet families love the resort feel & warm welcome at the Harborside Hotel & Spa | Photo: Harborside Hotel

Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina is the place to pamper yourself, and your pup.

Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina is a dog-friendly hotel that welcomes well-mannered dogs 30 lbs or less.

On arrival you’ll find a free Pup gift bag outfitted with waste bags and dental sticks.

Plus a plush Opal Paws dog mat and food /  water bowls will be provided for you to use onsite. You can also take them home for an extra fee.

Team members can go over the best dog friendly businesses and activities in the area. 

Wonderful property. Everything went better than expected. As a pet owner, it can be difficult to find upscale accommodations for our family which includes a large older dog. They were very pet friendly and welcomed our dog. Well worth the additional pet fee for the location & quality of accommodations.
– Stephen ⭐️ Best Western Acadia Park Inn reviews

For the non-furry family members enjoy their oceanfront swimming pool & hot tub, and fabulous dining experiences right on Frenchman Bay. It’s also within walking distance of Bar Harbor’s restaurants, tours, and activities. 

Rooms and suites come with semi-private or private balconies to take your pup on for some fresh salty air.

TIPS:

  • Dogs only allowed
  • Maximum 2 dogs under 30lbs per room
  • Extra fee of  $100 USD per night, per dog
  • Dogs must be leashed outside your room
  • Confirm your pet friendly room by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation
  • Daily Resort Fee: $35 to access facilities (pool / hot tub, fitness centre, WIFI, concierge service & more

3. Bayview Hotel – Pet Friendly Oceanfront Bar Harbor Boutique Hotel

RATING 8.7 / 10:

Pet Lovers & their pups enjoy the warm welcome and extra dog treats at Bayview | Photo by Bayview Hotel

Stay at this Bayview Hotel for a wonderful oceanfront boutique hotel experience in Maine.

The Bayview are animal lovers that offer 2 ocean level rooms specially renovated for pets, with no carpet. Stairs from the private oceanside decks to go right outside to the lawn. No need to walk through the hotel.

Great dog-friendly stay near Acadia National Park. We really loved the staff, they were all so friendly and helpful. And the view from our deck was gorgeous! They also love dog owners and our pug had a great visit.
– Andrew ⭐️ Bayview Hotel reviews

Dog friendly touches include comfy dog beds and bowls in the rooms, treats and a custom made doggie bandana.

Be sure to check out their list of the best places to visit with dogs in the area.

TIPS:

  • Maximum 2 dogs under 40lbs per room
  • Pets coss $50 USD per night per room
  • Request your pet friendly room by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

4. Best Western Acadia Park Inn

RATING 9.1 / 10:

Best Western Acadia Park Inn is a popular pet friendly spot | Photo: Acadia Park Inn via Expedia

The Best Western Acadia Park Inn is a family & pet friendly hotel only 2 miles from Acadia, and a quick 5-10 minute drive to downtown Bar Harbor.

It’s the perfect place to get away from the crowds with lots of parking and a country feel. Yet close to everything.

Friendly, helpful staff, and spacious, comfortable rooms, are a good value for the price. 

The Best Western allows 2 dogs up to 80lbs each with a  reasonable pet fee of $30  per day.

Just the best! This hotel is smartly designed for both people and dogs. Great layout in the room and lovely spacious grounds, which are complete with sports areas, a nice pool and easy access to rooms. This hotel has a great location.
– Stephen ⭐️ Best Western Acadia Park Inn reviews

All rooms are on the first floor, allowing for easy access with pets, and parking in front of your room. 

Amenities for the humans include a full free breakfast, parking and WIFI. 

Lounge by the seasonal outdoor pool open May to October.  Or take the kids to the playground, play a little bocce or roast s’mores around the fire pits in the evening.  

Best Western is one of the more flexible dog friendly Bar Harbor hotels to stay at.

TIPS:

  • Other pets such as cats may be allowed with prior approval

5. Holiday Inn Bar Harbor Regency Hotel

RATING 8.0 / 10:

Holiday Inn Bar Harbor is a resort-style IGH hotel, located right on the ocean with excellent waterfront views.

They allow two dogs up to 30 lbs each in each room for an additional fee of $75 pet fee per night. Ask for their list of dog friendly shopping and restaurants downtown. 

The property is beautiful, a lovely quiet alternative to busy downtown yet only a 3-5 minute drive to shops as well as the entrance of Acadia. Overall a good stay with the lovely grounds and good location.
– Allison ⭐️ Holiday Inn Bar Harbor reviews

Dogs are welcome most places on the property, and they also provide a good area for dog walking and a grassy relief spot on the property itself. 

Humans can enjoy their seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub, great on premise restaurants (two), and their waterfront lounge. It’s a short 1 mile walk or drive to downtown Bar Harbor. 

TIPS:

  • Cats not allowed
  • Pets may not be left in the room unattended.
Beach along Shore Path, Bar Harbor Maine
Photo by Leon Liu on Unsplash

7. Wonder View Inn & Suites

RATING 7.6 / 10:

High on a hilltop, this pet friendly Wonder View Inn & Suites is just minutes from downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. 

Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Bar Harbor & Frenchman Bay, and 14 acres of land for you and your pets to stroll and explore. 

With pet friendly rooms in all 4 of their buildings, you can bring up to two pets of any size. An additional fee of $25 per pet, per night will be charged. 

Dog treats, water bowls and waste bags are usually provided for your furry friends. 

The Wonder View served our needs so well with regards to traveling with our senior dog. Direct access to the outside with no stairs was ideal. The grounds were shaded & lovely during a hot week. The room was very clean & the staff was awesome.
– Beverly ⭐️ Wonderview Inn & Suites reviews

For the rest of your family, the Wonder View has clean, comfortable rooms, and good service with attentive staff. Rooms are outdated (think early 2000’s not the 80’s), but are a great value. 

Other amenities guests love:

  • Pets can dine with you on the deck of the Looking Glass Restaurant. 
  • Guest laundry room available 
  • Access to a big indoor pool and hot tub at their sister property Bluenose Inn next door.

NOTE:

  • Cats and dogs are allowed
  • Pets can’t be left unattended. The hotel can help you arrange a pet sitter if needed
  • Pets allowed on the deck, but not in the swimming pool or inside the dining room
  • Pets are not allowed at the Bluenose Inn. 
  • Most rooms are pet friendly. They ask you leave note in reservation you are bringing pets.

FAQs

Are dogs allowed on the beach in Bar Harbor Maine?

Dogs are allowed on the sandy gravel bar at the bottom of Bridge Street that many people take to Bar Island. It appears at low tide. You can walk your pup on the island trail through forests for gorgeous views of Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay.

Hadley Point Beach about 10 miles north of Bar Harbor is another great place to walk your dog or take them for a swim. This is a beautiful spot to make a campfire and enjoy the gorgeous views and sunsets. Dogs can be on the beach at any time, with a leash.

In Acadia, dogs are allowed on Sand Beach September 9 thru June 14, during the “non-swimming” season. As well as on the freshwater beach at Echo Lake, just north of Southwest Harbor. But only in the cooler season from September 16 to May 14. It’s also one of the only lakes you can swim in Acadia.

Can you bring Dogs into Acadia?

Yes you can bring dogs into certain parts of Acadia National Park. There are 145 miles (161 km) of hiking trails and 45 miles (72kms) of Carriage Roads where pets are allowed. All three campgrounds allow pets; Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds. Isle de Haute only allows dogs going on day hikes. Duck Harbor Campground does not allow pets.

Can Dogs go to Cadillac Mountain?

Leashed dogs are allowed to go on Cadillac Mountain if you are wanting to watch the sunrise or see amazing views from the highest point on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. For hiking trails, the Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail is a fun 7.1 mile (11.4 km) round trip hike. If your dog is active and can hike more difficult trails, then this is a great choice.

Top Dog Friendly Hotels in Bar Harbor, Maine

Well there you have our recommendations for the top dog friendly hotels in Bar Harbor, Maine and fun for all ages. Being close to Acadia, and all the fun hikes, restaurants, pubs and beaches makes things much easier. Especially after a long busy day with your pup.

Stay at our top pick Atlantic Eyrie Lodge, just minutes from Acadia & downtown Bar Harbor for its pet & family friendly rooms, pet welcome bag, pool & free hot yummy breakfast.

What are you looking most forward to on your Bar Harbor vacation? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear it.

ACADIA & BAR HARBOR RESOURCES

Here are our favourite resources we use to research and book our trips. They offer competitive deals, and good customer service. Plus itineraries and more travel ideas for the Acadia area:
4 Day Acadia Itinerary
Boston to Bar Harbor Road Trip: What not to miss
15+ Things to do on rainy days in Acadia
10+ Best places to stay in Bar Harbor, ME
Top 10 Hotels in Bar Harbor with a pool
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All the best things Maine is known for
Booking.com – Book your accomodations here. Excellent all round booking site for lowest lodging rates.
VRBO Book family friendly accommodations here, that have the comforts of home, but without the cleaning!
Viator – Find & book even more experiences, tours & fun lessons world wide.
Discover Cars – Make finding the cheapest or best car for your trip easy (worldwide)
Going (Formerly Scott’s Cheap Flights) – Find cheaper flights

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