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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, 27 rooms
Primary View
Bay, Ocean
Traditional, Opulent, Historic



  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews



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

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019



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

Frommer's Exceptional

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 605 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 605 reviews 4.5 (based on 605 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

Location & Parking

Located in the small town of Bar Harbor, Maine, Balance Rock Inn overlooks Frenchman's Bay and is situated near Acadia National Park. The property is also within steps of the Shore Path, which spans much of the town's waterfront and passes by many of its historic mansions. Plus, downtown Bar Harbor's restaurants, shops, art galleries and museums sit just one block away.
  • Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport is 12 miles northwest; Bangor International Airport is about 50 miles northwest
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


Although dining options are limited at the inn, visitors have access to room service and a bar that serves small plates and entrees. Meals at the Veranda Bar and inside the accommodations cost extra, but room rates do cover a daily breakfast buffet and afternoon refreshments and cookies.
  • Room service only available during bar hours
  • Breakfast buffet from 8 to 10 a.m.

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The inn's small outdoor pool is heated and features unobstructed views of Frenchman's Bay. On the pool deck, travelers will find a few lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas.
    • Lap pool
    • Wading pool
    • Lazy river
    • Family pool
    • Infinity pool
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Adults-only pool
    • Lifeguard on duty
    • Poolside service
    • Waterslide
    • Deck chairs or cabanas
    • Pool bar


    No designated kids amenities are available here, but families have access to an outdoor swimming pool. Plus, all guests receive complimentary homemade cookies every afternoon.
      • Kids Club
      • Free Kids Club
      • Fee for Kids Club
      • Cribs
      • High Chairs


      A small fitness center with cardio machines and free weights is located on-site.
        • Weight equipment
        • Cardio equipment
        • Yoga mats
        • Free fitness classes
        • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


        Balance Rock Inn offers a few pet-friendly accommodations. Pets are welcome to stay in these rooms for $40 per pet, per night. Only a limited number of pets are allowed at the property at any time, so giving advance notice is strongly encouraged.
          • Pets allowed (with fee)
          • Dog walking
          • Pet-sitting

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