Balance Rock Inn

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

Charming boutique hotel overlooking the water
Limited on-site dining

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). While the bar was a hit, some said the complimentary breakfast could use some improvement, though the short walk to town (a block away) to other eateries, was a plus for recent lodgers.

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Location
Bar Harbor, ME
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 23 rooms
Primary View
Ocean, Bay
Style
Traditional, Historic, Opulent
Best For
Couples, Solo travelers

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Scorecard
  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

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

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

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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

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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 23 guest rooms and suites reflect the historic mansion they reside in. Spread across two buildings – the Main House 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, William Roam toiletries 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

Dining

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

Fitness

    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

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