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4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Balance Rock Inn
Ranked #15 of 40 hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Scituate, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This location is unbeatable. Walk to everything and have a beautiful pool overlooking a lush lawn and then the ocean. The staff was very attentive. Lovely fire pit at the cocktail lounge in the evening. Dinner options at the hotel are limited to small plates and two entrees a night. We ate there one night. The service was slow, but... More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our visit and would definitely stay again. Location - unbeatable location. Fantastic view and a five minute walk into the town, either along the sea front or up the road leading to the Inn, yet still very quiet and peaceful. Having viewed the location of other accommodation in the area I am convinced that there is no... More

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Hampton, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a classy, older Inn with a great setting. Sitting on the patio, overlooking the pool and large sloping lawn down to the ocean, is so peaceful. It hard to imagine you're a block away from Main Street, shops, restaurants and tourists. The staff was attentive and courteous. They do need more help for the dinner & drink service.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed for a week and were very fortunate to have spectacular weather. There is so much to do if you enjoy the outdoor life, being so close to Acadia National Park. The inn is beautifully situated in the heart of bustling Bar Harbor set back from the Main Street with magnificent views of Frenchman Bay. Our room, 209 was... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I hadn't been there for a number of years and decided to spend a night having visited local gardens during the day. The location is terrific; close to town but well off the main road and the view from the back is superb. The Inn takes its name from the courious boulder precariously balanced on watersedge.The approach... More

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Fonthill, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our only complaint is that we could not stay longer! We had Room 304 which had a sauna in the bathroom and a fabulous ladder in the bedroom that led to a trapdoor in the roof. Once this was lifted we found ourselves on a private "Captain's Deck" on the top of the Inn with breathtaking views over the pool,... More

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The outside of the inn was beautiful, viewed from the property and the water. The lobby and veranda were beautiful and well maintained, however this atmosphere and level of maintenance didn't extend to the Carriage House room we were assigned. The room was old, dreary, and felt unclean. The comforter on the bed was dirty and had to be replaced.... More

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for 4 nights, our first trip to Bar Harbor. The location of Balance Rock is just perfect - it's right on the water but just a minute's walk to all of the restaurants and shops. The room we stayed in (we were in the carriage house) was comfortable and quiet. It is a little out dated and there... More

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Balance Rock for three days. The location and views were perfect. The room was nice, bathroom was a little cramped but adaquate. Just about everything in Bar Harbor was within walking distance, restaurants and shopping. Decided to take it easy one night and ate in the bar, the food was very good and the staff was... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
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14 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just had a one-night stay at the Balance Rock Inn after a day hiking around Acadia National Park. The location is great in Bar Harbor: just a couple of quiet blocks from the heart of the town and right on the water. The building is beautiful, but appears to have been pieced together over the years. They had a cozy... More

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Address: 21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Balance Rock Inn 4.5*
Also Known As:
Balance Rock Hotel Bar Harbor
Balance Rock Inn Bar Harbor, Maine

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Balance Rock Inn is one of the premier oceanfront lodging properties in Bar Harbor, ME. Set on a secluded tree-covered property with expansive views of Frenchman's Bay, this luxurious Inn's name celebrates the "balance rock," a precariously positioned boulder on the nearby ocean shore, a huge remnant from an ice age. Balance Rock's 27 rooms and suites are tastefully outfitted in harmonious colors, handsome wall coverings, handcrafted furnishings, and all the creature comforts. All rooms and suites have either a king or queen size select comfort bed, a private bath, flat screen television with DVD player, WIFI internet access, individually controlled AC and heat, and most with amazing ocean views! The Inn features a full bar and restaurant, sundeck with fire pit, and heated swimming pool...all overlooking the ocean. In addition there is a formal dining room for breakfast and dinner, a small fitness center, and ample parking. ... more   less 
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