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Balance Rock Inn

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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.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Heated pool
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Public Wifi
Wheelchair access
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Room features
Accessible rooms
Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
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100Great for walkers
Grade: 100 out of 100
62Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
39Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
100Room tips
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Spent two days summer of 2017 and summer of 2018 Close to the Acadia National Park and walking distance from the center of Bar Harbor with its quaint shops and many restaurants. Yet, it is on the water with a fantastic view -- a lovely verandah to have breakfast or a drink or
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This is a lovely hotel that I would highly recommend to anyone traveling to Bar Harbor. Down a block from the main road, it is close enough to walk right into the center of town, but tucked away enough to offer some privacy. Offers lovely views of the ocean, their large lawn,
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Response from ClaireEM83, Manager at Balance Rock Inn
Responded Aug 26, 2018
Dear AM219, We can't wait to have you back! Thank you for taking the time to share with other about the Balance Rock Inn. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Claire Miles
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What an amazing place ...right on the water. The staff was so helpful and friendly. Our room was lovely ...it overlooked the pool and ocean. It had a wonderful fireplace and sauna in the room! The breakfast buffet was delicious. In the evening the hotel lights a firepit and
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The hotel was obviously once very gracious but unfortunately, the service does not match the beautiful setting. I was not impressed by the lack of consideration during my check in experience, as the receptionist seemed sullen and more interested in reading her book. The room
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Nope, this is not about the inn. Sorry. This place was recommended by our innkeeper in town as a great place to sit outside by a fire-pit while enjoying a drink and watching the ships come into the harbor. We had already had dinner so this was our final place to stop on our
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Swimming Pool and Frenchman's Bay
Yes, we do have a small plates menu at our Veranda Bar. At this time we don't have one to post because we are currently closed for the winter.
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We do allow pet but in certain rooms only, you can call and ask about availability. we do have a pet fee, its $40 per night per pet. No restrictions on size or type of dog.
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1-2 minute walk to town, and an easy drive to Acadia.
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can we smoke outside?
Thank you for contacting us with your question. Guests are permitted to smoke on the grounds at the Inn on the their private decks.
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"Make sure to ask for a room in the main hotel."
"Beta sea view if possible"
"Suiet ocean view w fireplace! Was out of this world "
"Main building #108 on the first floor. Easy to get to and beautiful views of the grounds and ocean. Very sunny and welcoming."
"Each room is so different, just make sure to clarify you are receiving what works best for your needs."
$191 - $398 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesMaineDownEast and Acadia MaineMount Desert IslandBar Harbor
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