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Balance Rock Inn

21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

location: perfect Ambiance: perfect Room: perfect Staff: better than perfect Smokey Manhattan: excellent Will most definitely be back! Apparently I need to write more. The inn is on the water just feet from the center of BarHarbor. Every staff member we met was very professional and personable. Wonderful nights sleep following a hot jacuzzi bath in our large bath, actually... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is probably one of the nicest inns we have ever stayed in. The location was perfect, with easy access to downtown Bar Harbor but insulated enough from the bustle & noise of town. The view of Frenchman's Bay spectacular, especially at sunrise. Our room could not have any finer appointments, as you could select the firmness on each side... More 

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Center Valley, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This hotel is located in Albert Meadows off the main street and right on the waterfront/shore path; a block away from the Village Green where the free shuttle buses stop to go to all the stops on Mount Desert Island. Walking distance to shops and restaurants. The hotel itself is old, and our room was not totally updated. If you... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our 4 days at Balance Rock! Customer service was great and we were very comfortable. Our trip was very relaxing. This was an unique place with a great view. We enjoyed the heated pool and fire on the patio.

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Thank you! We truly appreciate you taking the time to write us a review and sharing with other travelers about your time with us. More 

Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We researched. Wanted walking distance to town AND waterfront AND only one night required stay on a summer weekend in a fabulous bed and breakfast. We found it all at the Balance Rock Inn and got great service in a perfect bed and breakfast. We chose room 308 and it is perfect. Water view, sauna, two person jacuzzi, king bed,... More 

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for voting us the "Best"! We certainly strive for it. Thank you so much for the kind words and lovely review. We hope to have you back soon. More 

Fairfield, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we recently stayed at the Balance Rock Inn 5th of July for 4 nights with our dachshunds. We loved this property. The location was perfect. Walking distance to town yet secluded. We loved Harry the bartender. He took such good care of us during our stay. We also enjoyed the food here. We had dinner twice . We had both... More 

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

I'm so happy you had a wonderful stay and we were able to accommodate your fury friends. It was a pleasure having you. Thank you for your review and we look forward to your return! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited for a spontaneous anniversary getaway and loved our water view room. The inn is peaceful as its set back from the main road, but so convenient to walk to town. Loved the availability of small plates for dinner and drinks on the veranda, and blueberry bread pudding for breakfast! Would definitely go back.

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Thank you for the lovely review and lovely pics! We're so happy you chose the Balance Rock to celebrate your anniversary. We hope to have you return soon. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First time at the Balance Rock (& first time spending 4th of July in Bar Harbor). Its location is ideal: a quick walk into town, but just far enough away from the tourist epicenter to be peaceful. The staff is very welcoming & helpful yet unobtrusive. Breakfasts were outstanding (esp their scones & asiago cheese home fries). Also enjoyed some... More 

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share with other travelers your experiences with the Balance Rock. So happy to hear you enjoyed the wonderful selection of food and drink we had to offer. We are working on a more permanent solution for room refrigeration. However if requested we are happy to provide a mini fridge for an accommodation compliments... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Close to everything with great view. The food was also very good - especially if you are going to have afternoon/evening drinks on veranda before dinner. Try the blueberry martini. Staff was very friendly - but reception staff needs to acquire more knowledge about restaurants and activities in area.

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Thank you for the compliments and wonderful review! I apologize if you feel you were not adequately informed with any question you may of had. Our desk staff trains on a regular basis and always tries to make sure they have the proper information to assist guests with whatever they need. More 

Boone, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit 3 years ago was extraordinary. We were made to feel special and the breakfast was something all of the guests looked forward to and could not stop talking about. This visit we just felt like paying customers and breakfast was very mundane. Of course the view was still fantastic. We had eagerly anticipated this trip, but will... More 

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Thank you for returning to the Balance Rock and taking the time to write us a review. It's disheartening to hear you did not enjoy your return visit with us. The staff is always eager to make sure our guests are taken care of and attended to. If it would please you I would love to hear the specifics of... More 

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