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Balance Rock Inn
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609   |  
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Ranked #14 of 42 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Heathrow, Florida
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3 reviews
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“Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Great location, great views, great breakfast, great staff, great bar, great amenities and decor, great fire pit, great pool. What I thought was really great was the expansive lawn that goes down to the shore path and harbor. All in all Great! We'll be back next year.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We stayed in room 107 Fri & Sat nite of Labor Day wknd. Wish we could have stayed longer. Gorgeous room with luxury amenities. Fabulous views & loads of privacy. Buffet breakfast outclassed anything found in a chain hotel. A culinary delight. We ended each evening with a drink around the deck's gas fire pit. Friendly & professional staff were very helpful with restaurant suggestions, local maps & recommendations. 5 min drive to Acadia National Park, or a 5 min walk to the Acadia shuttle bus stop. Private location on the shore 1 block off main street. Perfect location. We will definitely stay at Balance Rock Inn again if we make it back to Bar Harbor & Acadia.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This was the best inn experience we've ever had. We stayed in room 205 and it was spacious and comfortable. I loved having a separate room where I could read and my husband loved having his TV room and sauna. The staff was great. During the day we loved relaxing by the pool overlooking the bay with its islands and boats. The afternoon snacks at the bar were a treat. After dinner we made some new friends while sipping martini's around the fire pit. My only regret was that we couldn't stay longer.

Room Tip: The oceran view rooms are incredible
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We've stayed at inns all over the world and this was one of our best experiences ever. I would never stay at any place else in Bar Harbor. The staff, especially Hope, is very friendly and helpful with suggestions and directions. The only cons would be that the desk in the room was very small, but you can go to the patio or living room. We loved the pool and bar. Will be back.

Room Tip: Get an occean view if possible.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

My husband and I have stayed at the Balance Rock Inn twice now, and there is no other place I would stay in Bar Harbor. The view from the back porch is amazing! The pool is relaxing and beautiful - and even changes colors at night! The breakfast is more upscale than most, but being able to eat it outside with a view of the harbor is unbeatable. It's just a short walk into the middle of everything downtown. They even have a person who comes to play live piano in the evening. You can enjoy the music while sitting on the screened-in porch, complete with a bar and bartender. It's the perfect location - you can get away from it all, or walk along the path to the middle of everything. Truly wonderful! Oh, and the beds are Sleep Numbers and super comfy.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salem, New Hampshire
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We've stayed at The Balance Rock Inn four times since Memorial Day 2010, each time extending our stay. We love it there and will continue to return each August! I don't agree with some reviews here stating that the rooms are outdated and to go as far to complain about wallpaper peeling...really! This is a true New England Inn, it's charming...the location is the best and worth every dollar. The staff are WONDERFUL! Someone was kind enough to make me a cup of hot tea when we were there the week of August 13th and I was not feeling well one day. We love how eager the staff are to assist you or offer their services in passing. I love the overall "home away from home" feeling we have at The Balance Rock Inn, much better than some of the fancy overpriced hotels. Nice breakfast every morning and cocktails, cheese and crackers in the evening. The ambience at night around the deck and pool with the tiki torches burning and spotlights on the tree's is lovely to see. Gardens are meticiously cared for. We love the view, we love the quaintness, we love how QUIET it is, During the day we either hike or bike Acadia and you are less than a 2 minute walk to downtown Bar Harbor to the shops and the restaurants. We enjoy the views and the sounds this wonderful Inn and it's location offers. If you truly want to experience a quaint 100 year plus New England Inn, a friendly great staff and the best location in Bar Harbor, than you want to stay at The Balance Rock Inn.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We recently stayed at Balance Rock with our two boys 12 & 10 yrs. Having booked our trip only a few weeks prior, everything hotel was booked that was in walking distance to Bar Harbor. The only room they had available at the Balance Rock was room 410, a room with two queen beds (the only family room). Our entire stay was awesome for many reasons and we look forward to staying here again. 1}The Inn shows pictures of all their rooms on-line so I knew exactly what we were getting. My surprise was that our room was bigger then it appeared in the photo, and although it stated no ocean view, our deck that sat 4 people had views of pool,lawn, ocean. Bathroom spacious as well as closet space. 2} the Inn had a sprawling lawn, great for my two boys to kick a soccer ball around and play and was adjacent to a park that was accessible by the property gate. The property layout is such that while the boys were kicking a ball around there were no worries of them disturbing guests sitting outside by the pool or on the veranda. A helicopter even landed their for the weekend. Still with plenty of room for playing. 2} The Inn was small enough that the boys could go all around the property independently. 3} The buffet breakfast was plentiful and offered enough variety of hot/cold choices (another plus with kids), our breakfast was included with out room. 4} Location is spectacular over looking the ocean and steps to the center of Bar Harbor but one block in from hearing any noise. You could walk along the ocean walk to get to everything or step out the front door and walk one block and be on Main St. About a ten minute drive to entrance of Arcadia. 5} Staff is incredibly nice and accommodating. 6} Dogs are allowed in some rooms, we did not have our dog, but the dogs were barely noticed and I never heard them. 7} The Inn has a quiet romantic feel, we were the only one with kids, and few people had pets, but there is a peacefulness about the place that you experience as soon as you enter, you feel comfortable in every room of the Inn as if you were at a close relatives house that you visit often.

The entire family had a great experience and look forward to going back to the Balance Rock.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Balance Rock Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Balance Rock Hotel Bar Harbor
Balance Rock Inn Bar Harbor, Maine

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