At the Mount Desert Street Motel it is our goal to ensure that each and every guest has a wonderful experience in Bar Harbor. We aim to understand our guests' needs and interests for their time in Bar Harbor so that we may deliver an experience that is truly personalized.  Ultimately, we intend to use our knowledge of the area to help guide our guests during a most memorable vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the world. 

Comfortable Rooms

Our new rooms are designed with comfort in mind and include all you need to feel right at home: refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, irons & ironing boards, flat screen TVs, and complimentary WiFi.

Convenient Location

Park your car and walk anywhere in downtown Bar Harbor in a matter of minutes.  Catch the Island Explorer shuttle just a few blocks from your doorstep.


Our new building will open in July 2018!

Room layouts will vary throughout the building, but all rooms will include either two queen beds or one king bed.  The two Double Queen rooms on the left are on the second floor and both feature their own private balconies overlooking the grounds.  The King room on the right is situated on the third floor facing Mount Desert Street.

We look forward to welcoming you to the newest accommodations in downtown Bar Harbor!

Our new 31-room facility will include spacious rooms with one king bed or two queen beds.  With guest rooms on four floors, the building will have an elevator as well as fully handicapped-accessible rooms.  Rooms with private porches or balconies will be available.  A complimentary continental breakfast will be offered each morning.


All 31 of our brand new rooms will be equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, irons & ironing boards, flat screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, in addition to modern furnishings and tasteful decor.  We offer free on-site parking and plenty of outdoor space, which will include gorgeous gardens and a bocce court!  Sixty-five percent of our property is devoted to green space so you will have ample space to relax outdoors!


Paul Sr. (right)

PROJECT STATUS: January 12th, 2017

Paul Jr.'s son, Stephen, worked at the Villager throughout his childhood and continued to work there until he and his mother, Cathy, purchased the Mount Desert Street Motel in 2015.  In addition to his work at the motel, Stephen works as a Registered Investment Advisor at his father's firm.  Stephen earned a degree in Finance at Husson University, graduating co-valedictorian of his class having earned a 4.0 GPA.

Paul Jr., Stephen & Cathy Coston.

The Costons are natives of Mount Desert Island and have enjoyed constant participation in Bar Harbor's lodging industry since the late 1960s.  The family's initial foray into the business came in 1968 when Paul A. Coston, Sr. began construction of the Villager Motel on Main Street, which opened in 1969. Paul Sr. grew up in Seal Harbor and became "the Ted Williams of Maine's clubbers" during a long and distinguished career with The New York Life Insurance Company.  He always lived on Mount Desert Island, and the Villager remained in the family for 40 years.

Our Family


...located in the heart of beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine.

Welcome to the  Mount Desert Street Motel!

Cathy grew up in the nearby city of Bangor and worked summers at the Villager after having met Paul. Cathy has a great passion for working with people and has decades of experience in hospitality and motel management.

The Costons are passionate about the local community and serve on a number of boards and committees.  Paul is a Director of the Bar Harbor Village Improvement Association and Stephen is a member of Bar Harbor's Town Council.

Paul Sr.'s son, Paul Jr., grew up working at the Villager with his father.  He studied accounting at the University of Maine in Machias and later earned his Masters in Taxation from Bentley University.  In the late 1980s Paul Jr. co-founded Coston & McIsaac, an accounting and investment firm here in Bar Harbor.

Paul Jr. & Stephen at the Villager in the 1990s