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All reviews cookie cutter coffee shop next door four poster west market bars and restaurants stephen king within easy walking distance chain hotel an older building room was large king suite enjoyable stay bed was comfortable clean rooms visit bangor free breakfast paddy
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Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

IGNORE THE BAD REVIEWS FROM THE PAST!!

My wife is a travel nurse and had the pleasure of staying here from two months! This is a better, more refined Charles Inn than from the previous ownership and management team. Coincidentally, the name of the building originally was the Phenix Block (spelled traditionally), built in 1873 following the great 1869 fire that originated in the area and destroyed 10 business blocks. The hotel, Bangor's first art gallery hotel, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The original foundation and brickwork from 1873 can be seen from under the building in the basement. Toward the front of the basement are remains of tunnel ways to bring in illegal booze built during Prohibition time. These tunnels spanned many blocks from the canal way of the Kenduskeag Stream near the Penobscot River.

The Bangor Historical Society and the Bangor Ghost Walk make a stop here for its haunted history. Legend has it that the hotel was one of the original buildings in Bangor burned during the Civil War. A union soldier was helping to carry items out of the hotel to save them. He was hit on the head by a brick and was killed. His spirit has never left this property since. They say room 405 is where he died and is said it is haunted. The room was the subject of a ghost hunters investigation a few years back. The investigators found a probable presence within the building. However, no guests have been confronted by the spirit directly and have not left out of fear.

In 1937, the famous gangster Al Brady (FBI Public Enemy) and his gang lost their lives in West Market Square located directly in front of the hotel. The gunfight between the gang and the FBI began outside Dakin's Sporting Goods Store a few buildings down from the hotel. Contrary to the marker placed down the street from the hotel, Brady was gunned down and killed across the square in front of the building where Paddy Murphey's pub resides.

The only suite in the Charles Inn, Room 201, was the office of the CEO of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad during the time of the building's existence as a mercantile prior to it being converted into a hotel. We had the pleasure of staying in it! A large safe converted into a library is in the corner of the suite! Anthony Melchiorri and his team from Hotel Impossible refurbished the room upon shutting down the bar below this suite. Tony Shalhoub of "Monk" recently stayed in this suite as well!

Located in the heart of downtown Bangor (The Queen City of the East and home of Stephen King), West Market Square directly in front of the hotel is home to the New Year's Eve ball drop. This hotel, featuring Victorian decor, is a crown jewel of the area and the owners are VERY hospitable, professional, and polite. Verbal history lessons about the building and surrounding area can be available upon request. Enjoy your stay, and if there are ANY issues (large or small), to which you hopefully won't have any, notify management and they will promptly take care of you! Again, ignore the bad reviews from the past! This is a new Phoenix rising from the ashes of bad experiences and poor management! We loved our stay and will definitely be back again!

Date of stay: December 2015
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank Jared S
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Reviewed 21 December 2015

I stayed there two nights for a concert. The elevator smells like kitty litter. The hotel pug is nice. The person who worked there must work 20 hours a day. It's in the hear of downtown Bangor. Again nothing special but hey I knew what I was getting myself into.

Room tip: This is not the Marriot and don't expect anything more.
Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank 808randyb
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Reviewed 7 November 2015

What a great little spot the Charles Inn is!! The hosts were very gracious in sorting my room, booking taxis and holding my luggage for when i was out during the day - excellent service and one that as a solo female traveller was very much welcome and appreciated.
My room was very spacious, very comfortable and a really nice setting (oldy-worldly antique-y feel) and worth the costs. The included breakfast was simple and you could eat all you wanted - very yummy!
All in all a fantasic stay with the Charles and if im ever back in Bangor, which i hope i will be, i'll definitely be staying here again.
Best of luck to the new owner :-)

Room tip: I hear the rooms are themed now - go for the Stephen King one!!!
Date of stay: October 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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7  Thank HayJayEm
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

The place had a quirky charm, and apparently our room was featured on a hotel rehab TV show, but we felt it still needed finishing. The bed sagged so we kept rolling into the center, and the pillows were so overstuffed and firm that they were virtually unusable. The windows did not open and the heating/air system only pumped out hot air & we felt like we were trapped in a sauna! The proprieter was friendly & helpful, and had only been the owner for a month, so things may improve, but we will probably not stay here again unless we see more favorable reviews in the future.
We did love the central downtown location with many restaurants to choose from and lovely streets to wander. It was a short cab ride to the coach line/airport too.

Date of stay: October 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Rambler707
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

If you're looking for a cookie-cutter, chain hotel this is not your place. But if you're looking for a hotel with tons of character than you'll like the Charles Inn. Walking in there's an old phone booth in the entryway and another in the adjacent (soon to be) coffee shop. There's a lobby grand piano and comfy seats to relax. This is an old building and the furnishings complement this. Four-poster beds, brass faucets, real wood furniture in the rooms, etc. I really liked the place. The new owners have really exciting plans for additional remodeling and updates. The hotel is in a fantastic location right downtown surrounded by restaurants and shops. I will definitely go back. I can't wait to see the transformations the new owners have dreamed up!

Date of stay: October 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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5  Thank Cindy H
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