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“Beautiful Inn in Bar Harbor!” 5 of 5 stars
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Balance Rock Inn
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, ME 04609   |  
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Ranked #15 of 41 Hotels in Bar Harbor
Brooklyn, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful Inn in Bar Harbor!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We only stayed one night at the Balance Rock but would have loved to have stayed longer. We had no reservations and the only room they had left was one of the large suites and they were nice enough to give us a very good deal on it. Our suite had its own private deck that led out to the pool and the view was fantastic! We enjoyed cocktails on the patio and had a fabulous dinner nearby. The pool and the grounds are lovely and it seemed like a perfect place to stay in Bar Harbor.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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South Carrollton, Ky
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56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 88 cities Reviews in 88 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a lovely place to relax. Right on the water. Bar area is like a wonderful screened/glassed porch with wicker furniture. So inviting. Pretty flowers by the pool & wonderful seating on the patio, including a welcomed fire pit. Best crab cakes ever! Tasty & interesting blueberry martini. Splurge & stay here. So very glad we were served by bartender Harry. He's great.

  • Stayed September 2014
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My wife and I found the resort to be top notch. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, the décor unique and pristine and the location unbeatable. Can't imagine I'd stay anywhere else next time

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Chicago
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Wife and I stayed here in late August right before Labor Day for five nights. Really enjoyed it. The location simply cannot be beat since you are about a three minute slow walk to the Bar Harbor downtown, the property backs up to the Bar Harbor Shore Path and it looks out into the beautiful water.

Couple of things we would like to know before we went...sometimes cruise ships anchor in the harbor and those will be in your view. Apparently the cruise industry is quite heavy for the Fall colors but we only had one day when a ship was anchored out there. That is not a knock on Balance Rock Inn at all since those ships will be visible no matter where you stay if you can see the water.

We stayed in the Carriage House in Room 114. Nice room. Plenty of space. They had a Select Comfort bed which sounds like a jet engine when you adjust it but I'm pretty sure that is what they sound like. Both my wife and had a little trouble adjusting to the bed but that it probably just us and perhaps other will find the beds perfectly comfortable.

The last thing is the pool does get a little "dirty" with leaves. I didn't have any problem with that and they do skim the leaves during the day but my wife would not go in unless it had been skimmed and that seemed to be the preference of the other women by the pool.

Bottom Line: When we go back to Bar Harbor, this will be our first choice.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My wife and I stayed for early in the season and we had the best time. The room was just what we were looking for and had a great view of the ocean. It is tucked away, yet still just a short walk into the center of Bar Harbor. Great to see what the owners and staff are doing with the hotel. They couldn't have been more accommodating and pleasant making our long weekend truly spectacular. (Just a note that it is definitely a quiet spot for adults and wouldn't recommend bringing the kids along)

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scituate, Massachusetts
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit and would definitely stay again.

Location - unbeatable location. Fantastic view and a five minute walk into the town, either along the sea front or up the road leading to the Inn, yet still very quiet and peaceful. Having viewed the location of other accommodation in the area I am convinced that there is no better location in Bar Harbor.

Staff - very friendly and helpful. Edwin and the gentleman who sat at reception and also acted as concierge, whose name I did not get, stood out.

Rooms - I think we stayed in 408. Situated at the top of the building it had a balcony and great views. Whilst there is a lift that takes you to the third floor, a final flight of stairs to the fourth floor means that this room would not be suitable for a disabled person. Very roomy. Very good (and free) wi-fi internet access. Whilst the accommodation was more than satisfactory, some remedial work is necessary - some broken blinds need fixing, the couch that doubles as a fold away bed is not really any longer fit for purpose as one can feel the springs when lying on it, which the children remedied by strategically placing cushions when it came time to sleep. Bathroom is a bit dated. All in all, I think it fair to state that the time has come for refurbishment of the room.

Food - we ate out for dinner, but found breakfast to be very good, with a choice of sitting indoors or outdoors, which was nice

Grounds - very well kept, nice swimming pool and patio area.

Ambience - old worldly and tranquil.

So, in conclusion, a beautiful view and helpful staff, which were not detracted from by some remedial work required in our room. We look forward to returning one day.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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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