This location is unbeatable. Walk to everything and have a beautiful pool overlooking a lush lawn and then the ocean.
The staff was very attentive. Lovely fire pit at the cocktail lounge in the evening.
Dinner options at the hotel are limited to small plates and two entrees a night. We ate there one night. The service was slow, but the atmosphere so lovely that we did not care.
We stayed in the Carriage House. Our room was one of the cheapest on the property. No view and a drab deck facing a fence on the property. This was more than made up for by the public spaces. I would stay in the Carriage House again for about 60% of the price of the rooms in the main building.
One oddity of the hotel is that they allow dogs. Each evening there was at least one couple with a dog on the patio for cocktails. Never a problem.
This is my fourth trip to Bar Harbor and by far my favorite hotel.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Balance Rock Hotel Bar Harbor
- Balance Rock Inn Bar Harbor, Maine