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“Great Rooms, Great View” 5 of 5 stars
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4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, ME 04609   |  
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Ranked #15 of 40 hotels in Bar Harbor
Jacksonville, Florida
2 reviews
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“Great Rooms, Great View”
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. Food was great, staff were great. I highly recommend this Inn. Everything in Bar Harbor is within walking distance, there is even a great ice cream place at the end of the street.

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  • Stayed June 2013, 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 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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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 room was incredible, (I attached a picture). We spent many evenings on the back deck by the fire pit overlooking Frenchman's Bay, just relaxing, it was wonderful!

Best part is the inn was within walking distance of all the stores and the Village Green, the area was peaceful and quiet. It is within driving distance of the Acadia National Park. The hotel staff were very courteous and helpful and always willing to be of assistance. The Inn was extremely clean, I would highly recommend the Balance Rock Inn to anyone looking for a beautiful place to stay in Bar Harbor, we will be returning

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Solihull
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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 the deck outside the bar. We intended to stay one night, but extended our stay for an extra night as it was so good. The breakfast was excellent. All in all, the best hotel we have stayed in during our four weeks in America.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 the lumpy bedding. Breakfast was marginal but good service. Room 106 has no counter space in the bathroom, so we had to pile all our stuff on the dresser. As another reviewer mentioned, some throw rugs would have been nice. I didn't like stepping into our room with wet feet. How about covering the porch chairs so we could uncover them after the rain stopped and enjoyed the scenery on dry chairs? Andrew, the bartender was extremely helpful with information. Another recommendation--more electrical outlets or provide a power strip.

Room Tip: The view was good, but be sure to find out the size of the room. Room 106 is a tight fit.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Aaron M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
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 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 any issue.

We hope that the recent rainy weather does not dissuade you from returning to Bar Harbor or the Balance Rock Inn.
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Concord, New Hampshire
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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 mattress.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodstock. Ont. Canada
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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 deck around the fire pit and breakfast on the verandah were a special treat. Staff were both attentive and helpful.
We are already planning our return next year.

Room Tip: Third floor rooms are smaller but quieter with great views.
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Huntington, New York
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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 as well. We were never rushed.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Balance Rock Inn

Address: 21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > 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*
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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