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Balance Rock Inn

4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Ranked #16 of 40 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012
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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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JMNYC_13
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

My partner and I stayed here on vacation and thought the place was perfect. The rooms are a tad dated, however for the most part rooms, hallways and common areas were clean. The place has a phenomenal outdoor space, great deck, patio and pool space. We enjoyed our breakfast (which was delicious!) and coffee outside everyday. Views of the harbor... More

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Portland, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

At first glance, the inn appears to be lovely - the common areas need some renovation but you can't beat the view from the main entrance through the pool area to the ocean. Unfortunately, the rooms are decorated circa 1970, appear tired and worn out, and could use a major cleaning. Our room had a small porch that looked out... More

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

We are so sorry your experience was an unpleasant one with the Balance Rock Inn. Our staff does strive towards making sure all our guests are having a wonderful experience. We only wish that guests would voice their concern during the time they are with us, this ensures that all concerns are addressed and we have a chance to correct... More

Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

The Balance Rock Inn has a great location and a fabulous view. It is an easy and beautiful walk into downtown Bar Harbor and a quick drive to Acadia National Park. It is also very quiet. Unfortunately, the management does not take care of the details, making the Inn feel more like a budget motel than a high-end B&B. We... More

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

At the Balance Rock Inn we think that the details are the most important part of a stay. We are so sorry you did not have a wonderful experience like so many guests before you have. The details pointed out in this review should never be overlooked and do not stand in the norm with the Balance Rock's standards. We... More

Washiington, DC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

We were very pleased to have a very pleasant room on the first floor, with a private porch equipped with table and chairs, and direct access to the pool. The Inn is very, very low key. Even the music was not audible unless you listened, and it was very calming an soothing, just as the whole place seemed to be.... More

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Halifax, NS
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

We stayed at this inn in June 2012 (off season rates plus a last minute booking deal by making a phone call!) and really enjoyed ourselves. It was a hot few days in Maine and we lounged by the fancy pool, enjoyed the views of the water, read our books and just soaked in every moment. We thought the service... More

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I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay with us! It sounds like you had the chance to explore and enjoy many of the amenities The Balance Rock Inn has to offer. We are very proud of the friendliness of our staff members-they work hard and genuinely care about the experience our guests have. I appreciate you taking the time to... More

Roanoke
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

My husband and I recently had a wonderful get away at the Balance Rock Inn. What we really loved was that we could be alone together by the pool, in the gazebo, on the front lawn by the water or in the bar or we could socialize with other guests if we were in the mood. We especially loved sitting... More

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

My husband and I just left the Balance Rock Inn and we had an outstanding time. We first stayed in room 306 in the main house with magnificent views of the ocean. Because the inn was almost booked the next night we moved to the carriage house, room 112. The move was easy - the staff moved our thngs while... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

I thought this was a nice, upscale hotel by the water. Only part of that statement is true, its by the water. The hotel is crappy...I even upgraded to a suite with a jacuzzi tub. The overall cleanliness is horrible, rooms are plain and cheap looking. I definitely expected a luxurious room. If your expectations match mine, don't look here.

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Pennington
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6 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

The Balance Rock Inn, while just a few blocks away from the heart of Bar Harbor, is quiet, secluded and the perfect place to relax before and after hiking in the national park. The staff is attentive, and the breakfasts well prepared. A small bar located on the porch is a terrific place to meet other guests. We travel with... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

In Bar Harbor you can't find a better location or view than Balance Rock Inn. It's a block from all the shops, yet snugly tucked into a private spot on the bay. If you want to bypass the shops, just walk out past the pool and stroll to the iconic "balance rock" along an attractive shoreline gravel path with views... More

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Address: 21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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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*
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