Balance Rock Inn

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

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Guest Reviews

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5


Oct 25th, 2020

great place - right on the ocean - can sit and gaze all day! helpful staff, good breakfast, drinks by the fire at night, clean, cozy room with fireplace . walk along the ocean to the downtown. cant wait to go back1 TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 2


Oct 14th, 2020

The wife and I were celebrating our 10th anniversary. We called and were told that the Penthouse suite was an ideal choice and although it was being renovated currently, it would be an excellent choice. Going off of an outdated description and no photos, we booked anyway....the cost was just over $1,000 a night with taxes. We arrived and found the Balance Rock to be a well appointed and comfortable property. The front desk person told us that we were staying in the nicest room on the island. High Praise!! We were shown around and to our was..........ok. The biggest initial complaint? It wasn't finished. Paint on the floor, hastily thrown together furnishings and electric window blinds that didn't function were noticed immediately. NO TUB! A penthouse suite with a nice shower but no bathtub? We gave the doorman a $20 after explaining to him that it was my wife's birthday and the next day our tenth anniversary.....we never saw him again. Ghost. The first night, we woke up to find the room a crisp 60 degrees as the heat stopped working. Not a great start to our anniversary. No one checked to see if we needed anything, toiletries, towels, etc.....We called to find out that we were supposed to put our trash and dirty linens in a basket and leave in the hallway. When we told them we had no basket, they said, "throw them on the floor!" OK............... Capable restaurant staff and professional. Front end folks were far from welcoming. It felt like everything was an inconvenience. Very disappointing. While we understand that the year has been a challenge to hotels in particular, this was far below what we expected. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5

Loved our Experience ❤️ Quaint but Luxurious

Oct 9th, 2020

We loved the Balance Rock Inn. Such a quaint luxury inn. Richard and Justin were very welcoming and friendly. Richard offered great recommendations and made sure all of our needs were met and he was a pleasure. As well as Sarah at the restaurant. This inn is the perfect mix of new school comforts with old world charm. Felt like home. Everyone calls you by name which is nice. The restaurant was fabulous. Romantic dinner at sunset with great ambiance and food. Breakfast was wonderful also. The mini crustless quiche were my favorite. I loved how they gave the options at breakfast. We had a great room with a balcony and were very pleased with it and the furnishings. Especially the sleep number bed! Our suite had a very nice view. The inn is conveniently located on the shore path and close to town, but you don’t feel like you’re in the middle of all of the touristy things! Would definitely recommend and visit again. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 3

Lovely hotel, terrible "suite"

Oct 5th, 2020

We stayed a couple of nights in September and we were so disappointed with our room. We enjoyed the warm welcome and the fantastic decor of the property. It made the discovery of our "suite" way worst. Furniture were old and did not match with the luxury and style of the common areas; the multiple doors with access to the hotel corridors was unsettling. We felt a hotel guest may accidently pop in because the door locks did not even feel reliable. The bed head was against the wall adjacent to the elevator and finally, the entire suite smelt of mold! What a disappointment ! Unacceptable at this price. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5

Lovely visit

Sep 30th, 2020

We recently enjoyed a 5 night stay at Balance Rock. It was the perfect place for us. The location was great, close to the park, right on the ocean path and we were able to easily walk to town for dinner. just a simple stroll down a quiet lane brings you right to main st. The staff were all very professional and wore masks. I was pleasantly surprised with an included hot breakfast. We were able to dine both inside and out. The views were phenomenal. The pool was open and heated but i didn’t bring my suit. But I did sit poolside a few time and had the place to myself. The room was very clean and we had once again a great view from our private balcony. I was able to purchase our park pass right from the front desk making our initial park visit a bit easier. Pets are permitted in certain rooms. We didn’t bring our pup but wish we had. The area is very pet friendly and it was nice to see the pups enjoying their vacations also!! My husband and I highly recommend Balance Rock. Thank you for a great visit. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

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