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Harborside Hotel & Marina

Bar Harbor, ME View map Visit website
4.9 out of 5 rating
17 reviews
Up to 300 guests

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Up to 300 guests

Harborside Hotel & Marina is a hotel wedding venue situated in Bar Harbor, Maine. It is near Acadia National Park and features ocean vistas that create a picturesque backdrop for couples as they tie the knot. With the chance to exchange vows near the sea and elegant interiors as the setting for dining and dancing, hosting unforgettable events here is simple. Be it a night or an entire week-long celebration, weddings at the hotel are tailored to fit a couple's vision, supported by the experienced staff.

Facilities and Capacity

Events at Harborside Hotel & Marina are held inside the Bar Harbor Club, which is adjacent to the hotel. Inside, guests will find the Stotesbury Ballroom which can accommodate up to 300 loved ones. The club also has spaces for smaller gatherings, making it ideal for intimate and grand soirees alike. Outside, the patio area affords individuals views of Frenchman Bay as well as the national park’s islands. Details, such as chandeliers, wood-beamed ceilings, and timeless furnishings, can be found inside the club. In total, there are eight rooms to choose from. Constructed in the 1930s, this building used to be a retreat for some of America’s wealthiest families and carries a vintage character to this day. It features Tudor-style architecture and offers a sense of sophistication sure to enhance a couple’s wedding.

Services Offered

Harborside Hotel & Marina’s on-site wedding coordinator is available to assist couples as they organize their celebrations. Soon-to-be-weds may choose from multiple packages. Some of the offered services include Chiavari chairs, floral centerpieces, linens, and more. The hotel’s culinary team provides the catering, with passed hors d'oeuvres, local seafood in stations, multi-course dinners, and a custom cake. Additional services include s’mores stations, ice shellfish displays, among other eye-catching and delectable options.

Accommodation

Overnight stays at this hotel are full of luxury, which has 193 rooms and suites. The amenities include a spa, pool house, fitness center, and tennis courts. These are available to guests staying the night and provide the chance to unwind and enjoy the beautiful location.

History

J.P Morgan is the founder of the Bar Harbor Club and construction began in 1929 after the stock market crash. Upon its opening in 1930, it hosted the most spectacular ball that had ever been witnessed in the area. Among the guests that used to escape here on vacation were John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Joseph Pulitzer. The venue was also the location of dances, competitions, exhibitions, costume balls, and other social events. From the 1980s to 2009, the property was closed, until being fully refurbished and opened in its current state.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,100

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,100

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Clean Up
Set Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$25

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Beach
Historic Building
Hotel
Marina
Resort
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Centerpieces
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

What months are included in your peak season?

July
August
September

What months are included in your off-peak season?

May
June
October
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    Renee M. Married on 10/30/2021
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    Best service

    We had our wedding here and they made it the best day ever. Our wedding coordinator made our day so seamless. Would recommend over and over
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    Emily T. Married on 08/14/2021
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    It was the most magical day & venue!

    From start to finish the experience with the Bar Harbor Club at the Harborside Hotel was top notch. I am a corporate event planner and I’ve done events all over the country and the world, so I had high expectations. At every juncture, the incredible team at the BHC exceeded my expectations. We signed the contract sight unseen in the middle of the pandemic and Deb was so professional and respectful answering all our questions at what felt like any hour of the day. She even FaceTimed us so we could get a feel for the layout.

    Bar Harbor is a special place for me, close to where I grew up, but my husband’s family is from Ohio and Kentucky and most had never traveled to Maine before. Of all the venues I looked at in the state, the Bar Harbor Club was unmatched. You can’t beat the small-town destination coupled with the national park. The venue itself has the perfect layout and flow. The lawn overlooks the ocean but is private and removed from the hotel. The patio is beautiful and a seamless transition to cocktail hour, followed by the wow-factor ballroom with gorgeous wood beams. The food and beverage team are truly amazing – if food is important to you, the presentation and quality will not disappoint. The team even accommodated our specialty cocktails and did a Kentucky bourbon bar for us! For our wedding cake, I wanted something understated and simple until I saw photos of Chef Acosta’s work. I sent him a picture of something a little more elaborate and he ABSOLUTELY delivered (see photos).

    Barbara at the Bud Connection in Ellsworth is the preferred vendor for the club’s florals. She is excellent – she took my vision and made it come to life in the most gorgeous way. Not only is she talented, but she was an absolute dream to work with. She created a floral arch for us that served as our arbor and about 10 minutes before our ceremony was scheduled to begin a huge thunderstorm came through and blew the whole thing over. Genesis, the club’s event coordinator, contacted Barbara and she, Genesis, and here team were out there in what felt like five minutes reconstructing the whole thing in the rain. I know that they had multiple events at multiple venues going on that weekend, and yet made us feel like we were the only ones. Talk about going above and beyond.

    Above all, the pandemic has impacted the service industry immensely all over the country and we know Bar Harbor was running lean in terms of staffing and employees this year. We didn’t feel the impact of that at the Bar Harbor Club whatsoever, which speaks volumes to the professionalism, vigor, and expertise of the incredibly hard-working team.

    To Deb, Genesis, and the entire BHC team – we thank you for making our wedding weekend so magical, dreamy, and fun!
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    Stephanie Married on 07/06/2019
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    Holiday Weekend Destination Wedding was perfect!

    My husband and I are so happy we choose the Harborside Hotel as our wedding venue! We fell in love with Bar Harbor on our first visit and, when we got engaged, we knew we wanted to get married in town. We choose the Harborside Hotel because it provided a central location for our guests to conveniently experience Acadia and Bar Harbor with all the added amenities of a resort. Being from Philadelphia, we were also drawn to the history of the Bar Harbor Club and the 20th Century glamour the Stotesbury Ballroom offered. The views from the Bar Harbor Club provided a stunning background to our reception and a sunset over the harbor few of our guests will forget. We were also able to take most of our pictures on property which gave us the time to host an intimate cocktail hour with our wedding party on the roof deck of our Boathouse Suite, which is one of my favorite memories from the whole weekend! The venue gave us pictures that captured our wedding day and the beauty of Bar Harbor together, which we will treasure forever and now decorate our home. All the staff at the Harborside Hotel helped make the entire weekend come together better than we had hoped. Deb and Olivia specifically were exceptionally organized and helped us coordinate every detail at the venue, including coordinating our rehearsal dinner with Stewman’s and the boat cruise we hosted with he Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. This was particularly helpful given we were planning a destination wedding and were only able to visit the venue in person twice before the wedding. They have years of experience with weddings in Bar Harbor, provided wonderful vendor recommendations and guided us through the whole process. We would absolutely recommend the Harborside Hotel to anyone looking to plan an event in Bar Harbor!
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Ryan Blotnick Ryan Blotnick Wedding Musicians

It's the million dollar view that makes it! Deb Jordan is great to work with and this venue definitely has class.

DJ Bill Lyons DJ Bill Lyons Wedding DJs

Simply AMAZING! What more can I say? The view is one of the best around. Very Professional

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