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.
- 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