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Balance Rock Inn

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21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The Balance Rock Inn is a stately property built in 1905 and ideally located directly on the water in Bar Harbor and 2 blocks from Main Street. We were vacationing with our 6-month old Great Dane puppy (already 90 pounds!) and although pet-friendly options were limited, this hotel was perfect for our needs. The breakfasts were delicious, changed daily, and... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Stayed here for 5 nights. Enjoyed every minute. This isn't your typical Inn/Hotel, it is a Old House built in the early 1900's. It is designed to be a classic stay on the Ocean. Some people complained about power outlets and counter space, but this is a old building and modernizing it like a current hotel would ruin its appeal.... More 

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Jacksonville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We just returned from our second trip at the Balance Rock Inn in Bar Harbor, what an amazing time! The Balance Rock in was beautiful, excellent accommodations. We stayed in room 205 and the room was very spacious with a king size bed, separate living room with fireplace, large bathroom with a whirlpool tub and sauna. The view from our... More 

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Solihull
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17 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We are touring the USA and we wanted a hotel with a sea view when we came to Bar Harbour. We found the Balance Rock Inn, what a find! The hotel is very well appointed, the staff in every department were friendly and efficient, thoughtful extras were provided, like snacks in the afternoon, there is a cosy fire pit on... More 

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Orange, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

You're paying for location and it's a good one. I wasn't happy with the non-refundable reservation rule, but we got there and stayed the one night. We might have stayed longer, but the bed was miserable--worst night of sleep on our whole trip. With such a high bed, a step stool would be nice. Forget the sleep number bed and... More 

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

We appreciate all input given by our guests, we think it’s very important we receive feedback to help make us that much better. At the Balance Rock Inn we think that the details are the most important part of a stay. Our staff strives towards making sure all our guests are having a wonderful experience, We only wish that guests... More 

Concord, New Hampshire
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Beautiful place, great staff very helpful, and a very nice location. We had a great view of the ocean, very large comfortable room. Relaxing outdoor deck looks over landscaped gardens and pool with gas fires for the cool evenings. We had a great time here. Only negative was that the bed was a bit lumpy, it was a sleep number... More 

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Woodstock. Ont. Canada
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15 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We stayed at Balance Rock Inn in May and from the moment we entered the Inn we were swept away by the breath taking views. Our room (305) was small but beautifully decorated and we enjoyed being able to sit on our private balcony and look out over the pool, manicured lawns and Frenchmen's Bay. After dinner drinks on the... More 

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Huntington, New York
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

This is is a hidden gem. Great location and great views. Nice place to lounge around and take in the views. In the evening after a fun filled day, you can ordfer up a cocktail and sit around the fire pit and chill out. I would stay in the main building rather than the cottages. The breakfast is very good... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

You will have to look hard to find a more beautiful view. The Balance Rock Inn was built in 1903, and is full of character and history. The views are unsurpassed and I was quite content just to hang out on the porch or outdoor area and watch the water. The staff are very helpful, and my room on the... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback, it's always appreciated! We agree our view is hard to beat! The Inn is certainly an old lady, she was built in 1903 and we do our best to keep up with the repairs and maintenance of our plaster walls. We encourage all guests to share with us anything we can approve upon. We hope... More 

Montreal, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

My wife and I were dissatisfied with the small hotel we had chosen in Bar Harbor - a once beautiful place we had been to, years ago. Scouting around we found the Balance Rock Inn and enquired about a room. The very friendly staff offered us the "last" room they had - high season being what it is on the... More 

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