Balance Rock Inn

21 Albert Mdws | Bar Harbor, ME 04609  [SEE MAP]Bar Harbor, ME  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Charming boutique hotel overlooking the water
Limited on-site dining options
The Balance Rock Inn is quintessential Maine. The hotel sits just steps away from the serene waters of Frenchman's Bay in Bar Harbour, offering panoramic bay views from multiple points in the property. And the idyllic cottage look isn't just for kicks: The Balance Rock Inn previously served as a family summer cottage back in the early 1900s. And when you take a look at your room, you may feel as though you've traveled back in time. Accommodations are classic in decor and bright in color palette, with most rooms featuring white floral patterned wallpaper and intricately carved wood furniture. Guests often describe rooms as cozy and well-appointed, thanks to flat-screen TVs, bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, complimentary in-room bottled water, free Wi-Fi access and furnished decks, among other features. Outside your digs, you'll find an outdoor heated pool, a small fitness center and The Veranda Bar, a favorite among recent visitors, who recommended ordering a drink at the bar and then grabbing a seat next to the outdoor fire pit on the patio (especially at sunset). Guests were impressed with the bar's beverages and food, and many complimented the free breakfast, too. And while there are few dining spots on-site other eateries are just a short walk away.
Bar Harbor, ME
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 23 rooms
Primary View
Bay, Ocean
Traditional, Opulent, Historic
Best For
Couples, Solo travelers


  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards



This turn-of-the-20th-century oceanfront mansion borders a shore path. Many guest rooms feature decks, fireplaces and jetted bathtubs.



Tucked down a quiet side alley just off Bar Harbor's main drag, the Balance Rock (built in 1903 for a Scottish railroad magnate) reaches for and achieves a gracefully upscale Long Island beach house feel. The entrance alone is nearly worth the steep rack

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 553 have reviewed the Balance Rock Inn, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 553 reviews 4.5 (based on 553 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Balance Rock Inn's guest rooms and suites reflect the historic mansion they reside in. Spread across three areas – the Main House, the Ocean Suites and the Carriage House – the accommodations are individually furnished with traditional details like white crown molding and two- or four-poster beds. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs with DVD players, complimentary Wi-Fi access and bathrobes and slippers, while upgraded rooms and suites may boast whirlpool tubs and balconies or decks. Guests can also request minifridges, microwaves and coffee makers.
  • Fireplaces, dry saunas and kitchens available in select accommodations
  • Inn closes annually from mid-October to early May

Standard room size170 to 240 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available