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#24 of 45 hotels in Bar Harbor
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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 bed and breakfast Inn's name celebrates the "balance rock," a precariously positioned boulder on the nearby ocean shore, a huge remnant from an ice age. The Inn offers a tremendous sense of privacy and serenity, yet steps away lies downtown Bar Harbor with its village green and many fine shops and restaurants. Built as a family "cottage" in 1903, when wealthy tycoons selected the most desirable locations along the rocky, island-studded Maine coast for their summer season mansions, Balance Rock Inn today presents romantic ambiance and luxury amenities to make your vacation relaxing and unforgettable. Gaze from the veranda past the glistening swimming pool, beautiful flower gardens and sweeping lawns framed with stately trees, to where the property connects with the historic Shore Path walk along the water
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Concierge
Newspaper
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Radio
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Harbour View
Languages Spoken
English
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ddube30 wrote a review Mar 2024
Auburn, Maine3 contributions
Place actually blew me away!! The only bad thing I can say is it ended to quick!! Very classy but yet so comfotable!! Brought my wife for her 50ith birthday and it she was very impressed. Location was incredible and food was fantastic. We meet the owner that actually works the kitchen and he was nice enought to introduce himself and have a conversation.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Love4Life2 wrote a review Sep 2022
Fort Wayne, Indiana36 contributions8 helpful votes
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My husband and I traveled to Coastal Maine for the first time and I am so glad we stayed 3 nights at the Balance Rock Inn on this trip. The room was beautifully decorated with amazing beds and sheets, and a wonderful bath tub. It was quiet and the air conditioner kept our room nicely cooled during the warm temps. The grounds were great as we took advantage of the fire pit, the sitting area, the pool area, and the grounds right on the water. So close to town, but yet so secluded and private. The staff was efficient and friendly. The breakfast was very good each morning. I can't wait to return to this Inn on our next trip to Acadia.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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izaskunmonsalve wrote a review Oct 2023
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Room was really nice but hot water in vasinet didn’t work, as the noise was awful. Service was great. Maybe the lady in the breakfast was t the best one, but the rest was wonderful. Thank you. I would rapeat for sure
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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664kbrown wrote a review Oct 2023
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Absolutely charming. Fantastic views. Quiet but only a few minutes walk to downtown. Fantastic service. Food was excellent and live entertainment at the piano added a special flair to the evening. Being on the shore path provides ample vistas for a spectacular sunrise.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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couplefrommaine2023 wrote a review Oct 2023
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Perfect location right on the ocean with walking path, heated pool, firepits, heat lamps, lawn, eats/drinks, all right there. Nice room with comfortable bed and very quiet. Very short walk to shops and restaurants.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carol wrote a review Oct 2023
Dimock, Pennsylvania1 contribution
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We have stayed at The Balance Rock Inn many times as a couple. We like the quiet tucked away rooms on the upper floors the best. The staff is helpful and friendly. The Inn is clean and cozy. One disappointment is the breakfast. When we first began coming, the breakfast was a huge buffet set up in a room that has now been turned into a kitchen. It was lovely, but much more than necessary. They did some remodeling and opened a restaurant that offers fine dining in the evening. No objection to any of this, but 2 years ago we were offered a menu to select from that included a nice variety. Now the “free” selections are severely limited and if you want fresh fruit, granola, or some type of meat to go with your breakfast, you are charged for it. After paying roughly $700 a night for a regular room for 4 nights, it seems petty to nickel and dime your guests over a $10 breakfast. Only disappointment, otherwise, a lovely experience.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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RBH4 wrote a review Oct 2023
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Wonderful room (306). Great breakfast. The dinner was also very good. A wonderful experience overall! The staff were very nice, and the restaurant service excellent. Rooms were clean, and the lounge area is a wonderful spot to read and relax.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Cindy M wrote a review Oct 2023
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If you go to Bar Harbor, the Balance Rock Inn is the BEST place to stay. This Inn made our time in Bar Harbor special. It is removed from the main strip but is just steps away from enjoying everything that the main strip has to offer. The view of the water and the beauty of this Inn are unmatched. We loved our stay and if we are ever back in Bar Harbor will reserve a room at the Balance Rock Inn.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jimQ1924YS wrote a review Oct 2023
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Exceptional experience with accommodations and staff. The location is the best in Bar Harbor as far as we are concerned. Upon leaving, we booked another week in the spring. We never felt crowded and could walk to town when we were not exploring nearby places by car.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Shrek1954 wrote a review Oct 2023
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Starting with the second we arrived, we were treated like Royalty!! We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and what a place to visit!! Dinner was above and beyond - starting with a personalized menu noting our anniversary - and ending with a pine smoked macaroon in a smoke box - compliments of the Chef -- and was to die for!! All the employees were highly professional. However, Kimberley at Reception went above and beyond! We were checking out the morning Hurricane Lee arrived on land. Kimberley started work earlier than her shift start time - 5am - to make sure the guests leaving early - including us - got on their way safely. This was our first visit - but certainly not our last!!
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Balance Rock Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Balance Rock Inn?
Nearby attractions include ImprovAcadia (0.4 km), Shore Path (0.2 km), and Agamont Park (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Balance Rock Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Balance Rock Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Balance Rock Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Balance Rock Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Balance Rock Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Thrive Juice Bar & Kitchen, The Stadium, and Cafe This Way.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Balance Rock Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Balance Rock Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Balance Rock Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. Saviour's Church (0.5 km), Sieur de Monts Spring (3.0 km), and Bar Harbor Historical Society (1.0 km).
Does Balance Rock Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Balance Rock Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.