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The Villages, Florida
Reviewed October 9, 2016

The location is perfect with an easy walk to town. The view is spectacular and the hotel has your typical old Maine ambience. It is difficult to review because we had two completely differently experiences. The first night we stayed in the Kings suite at 585 per night. The room was large and nicely furnished with period furniture. There was...

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Dear perrjojo, Thank you for taking the time to give feedback about your recent stay with us at the Balance Rock. We're sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your Carriage House accommodation as much as your Ocean View Suite. All of our accommodations are uniquely fitted and decorated so each has it's own character and personal touch. Our...

Spokane, Washington
Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

Our room was beautiful, had its own patio with a gate that opened onto he lawn overlooking the ocean. Dog, blanket. Towel and lobster shaped cookie waiting for our borer collie. Comfortable bed and best of all the location was such that we could walk wherever we wanted in Bar Harbor. Two downsides: no coffeemaker in room and the breakfast...

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Dear lisainnorthidaho, Thank you for taking the time to share with other travelers about your stay with us at the Balance Rock Inn. All of our Carriage House rooms and Suites have Keurig coffee makers, in addition we are always happy to provide in room coffee service upon request. We're apologize if you were not informed of this service. While...

Encino, California
Reviewed October 4, 2016

My only regret is that we stayed at the Balance Rock Inn for only one night, yet it was absolutely delightful. Our accommodations were beautiful, spacious and comfortable; the staff was attentive yet warm and friendly; and our breakfast was elegantly served and simply delicious. PLUS we had the added bonus of having our dogs warmly welcomed as well. What...

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Dear EJG_CA, We're so happy you were able to join us with your furry friends. We hope upon return you'll be able to stay longer as well! Thank you for the review and we look forward to your return. Sincerely, Claire Miles General Manager

st louis mo
Reviewed October 4, 2016

Elegant, luxurious, serene, fantastic views, wonderful service, great breakfast; can't say enough about this place! We had room 204, center of the building overlooking the grounds and the water beyond. Withing walking distance of town attractions and along the shore walk. Would highly recommend a stay here!

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Dear stltraveling, Wow! Thank you for the incredible review and feedback. The Inn staff works very hard to help ensure all our guests are having an incredible experience. We're so happy we were able to create one for you. Sincerely, Claire Miles General Manager

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 1, 2016

This is a delightful property located in a near perfect location. Amazing views out into the bay and centrally located. The staff were all extremely helpful and friendly. Our room was amazing - we had a fireplace and logs were provided daily. The only downside was the breakfast. In this quality of hotel I would expect better than just a...

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Dear wgoater, We're so sorry you did not enjoy our complimentary breakfast. We always try and accommodate any special requests or needs that our guests may have. We thank you for your feedback and review. We hope upon return we can make it up to you. Sincerely, Claire Miles General Manager

Toledo, Ohio
Reviewed September 25, 2016

This Inn was beautiful & cozy! The views of the harbor were beautiful! The staff was friendly and helpful. Great location as well! It was just a short walk to all the shops & restaurants downtown. Would definitely recommend staying at BRI!

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Dear kandseth, We're so glad that you enjoyed the amazing views that Balance Rock has to offer. Our staff works very hard to be helpful and accommodating to all of our guests to ensure they get the most of their stay. Thank you so much for the review and taking the time to share with other travelers about your time...

Aurora, Illinois
Reviewed September 23, 2016

I had high aspirations and searched long and hard for the most special inn in Bar Harbor for my husband's birthday. I found this one: Balance Rock Inn. It was clean and comfortable. The food was specially prepared every morning and they had a bar with snacks in the evening in the main house. There was also a carriage house...

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Dear Angela S, Thank you so much for the glowing review! We're to happy to know that we could help make your husband's birthday a memorable one. We'd love to have you back and help pick the perfect room in the Main House for your return. Sincerely, Claire Miles General Manager

Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Reviewed September 21, 2016

Gorgeous hotel with great view from the terrace and public rooms, with taste and elegance! Nice and friendly staff! And foot is outstanding, you definitely have to try the appetizers with a nice glass of wine, especially the oysters, nicely prepared, I never had such good oysters before. Our room was towards the backside of the hotel, the room was...

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Dear Patrick M, We're so happy you were able to enjoy the amenities of the Balance Rock, especially our food and wine selection. Thank you for taking the time to share with other travelers about your stay! Sincerely, Claire Miles General Manager

Yarmouth, Maine
Reviewed September 20, 2016

Honestly I can't imagine an inn doing a better job. Down to the smallest detail this place has mastered the customer experience. From the view to the staff to the rooms to the breakfast - top notch. Be sure to hang out by the fireplace at night. We will definitely be back!

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Claire M, General Manager at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Dear Sherry H, Thank you so much for the glowing review! We think that the small details are what make a guest's stay special and spectacular. We're happy you felt so well attended to! Sincerely, Claire Miles General Manager

Fredericton, Canada
Reviewed September 19, 2016

We loved this place! It had great views of the water. It's close to everything. It was very much a boutique inn (which I love) with all the different and unique guest rooms. Some of the decor is older, but it was very cozy. We stayed in two different rooms, because we booked last minute and could only get two...

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Dear Rebecca D, Thank you for taking the time to share with other travelers about your stay with us. We are disappointed to read that you feel you were not taken care of by myself and the owner. When the building was evacuated we accounted for all guests at the Inn to ensure their safety. In addition we upgraded and...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
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 

Additional Information about Balance Rock Inn

Address: 21 Albert Mdws, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1701
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Price Range: $212 - $429 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Balance Rock Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Also Known As:
Balance Rock Hotel Bar Harbor
Balance Rock Inn Bar Harbor, Maine
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Bar Harbor
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“Rooms at the back of the Inn have the best views.”
 of 5 bubbles 949GaryC, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“Ask for a water view, although all rooms are desirable.”
 of 5 bubbles jrgfla, Nov 1, 2016 | Read review
“Don't trust the online pictures!!!”
 of 5 bubbles masciri, Oct 16, 2016 | Read review
“Don't stay in the Carriage House”
 of 5 bubbles perrjojo, Oct 9, 2016 | Read review
“The Cottage rooms would certainly be preferable if climbing stairs is inconvenient. Additionally, if you're travelling with your furry friends, the Cottage offers easy access for those necessary strolls.”
 of 5 bubbles EJG_CA, Oct 4, 2016 | Read review
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