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Balance Rock Inn On The Ocean

21 Albert Meadow , Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1701 USA (Show map)
19 Reviews
$125 - $635
per night

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Historic Oceanfront 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. Set on a secluded tree-covered property with expansive views of Frenchman's Bay, this 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 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. Delight your senses in the comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, each unique with features such as ocean views, fireplaces, whirlpool baths, saunas and private porches. Indulge in the incomparable breakfast, elegant afternoon tea, music of the grand piano, cocktails at the Veranda Bar, and the lazy comfort of a lounge chair by the pool.


Rooms & Rates

Ocean View Suite 203

This spacious suite has a wonderful sitting area with a wood burning fireplace and glass enclosed deck with a wonderful view of Frenchman's Bay.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Ocean View Room 204

This second floor ocean view room is one of our most popular among guests! This room has hardwood floors and a king size select comfort rod iron bed, and a lovely sofa sitting area below bay windows with an amazing view of the ocean. The bathroom is small with just a basic shower tub combination, but the majestic panoramic view of Frenchman's Bay more than makes up for it.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Ocean View Room 305

Quaint and full of character with its slanted ceilings and two skylights the bedroom offers a comfy sitting area for two with a skylight overhead with a great view of the ocean and a queen size select comfort bed. The smaller room is more than made up for by the amazing view you receive off your private balcony.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Ocean View Suite 105

This suite is very romantic with its king sized four poster canopy bed and sofa sitting area fireplace. The private deck offers a wonderful water view with access to our rolling lawns and historic Shore Path.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Carriage House 114

Located in the Carriage House (50 yards from the main Inn) this ground level room is spacious and luxurious. The four poster wood carved queen sized select comfort canopy bed lays across from the wood burning fireplace and two comfy chairs. The wood carved and marble furnishings are of the highest quality and offer ultimate elegance. The bathroom has hardwood floors, two separate vanity sinks, a two person whirlpool tub, and separate marble shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

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  • Guest room4.2
  • Services4.3
  • Value3.9
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Dining3.8

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Vacation 8/11-8/13/13

3.4 on September 20, 2013

Balance Rock Inn was wonderful - room, service, breakfast was all fantatic, but the one surprise for us was the acceptance of pets in the dining area (veranda). We were former dog owners and still enjoy their company but not at the dining table. We recognize that the Bar Harbor area is EXTREMELY pet friendly, but were surprised that your staff would allow them in areas where others were eating. Just didn't feel like it was sanitary or needed.

Best Vacation EVER!!

4.8 on July 09, 2013

Stayed in the Carriage House Rm.111 and the room was wonderful! Private patio and king size adjustable bed. Bathroom had tons of room and large tub. The Main House sits right on the ocean front and the Shore Path is literally a few steps away. Perfect access to downtown Bar Harbor. Just 1.2 block away from shopping/restaurants. The staff were so wonderful! Reggie remembered our 5yr old little girls name and brought her hot cocoa every morning for breakfast. Speaking of breakfast! WONDERFUL! This Inns has it all! Views, great service, great clean and spacios rooms and the best views in Bar Harbor. Definitely booking for this coming Fall and next Summer!

our 30th wedding anniversary June 13-15 2013

5 on June 30, 2013

My husband and I traveled from N.C. to stay here for our anniversary.This was our first time in Maine. We loved Bar Harbor and the Balance Rock Inn!!! Everyone was so nice and the Inn was absolutely wonderful!!! From the room to the breakfast served every morning. I couldn't have picked a better place!! I can't wait to come back with some of my family.

Firstimer / honeymooners

5 on December 09, 2012

Me and most of my family have worked at an Inn, in the White Mts. How ever this was a great way to spend some of our honeymoon. We truly enjoyed it, wish we would have stayed at the Inn longer. The caretakers and staff made our stay a five star. A special thanks to the very helpful, peaceful staff. From: Mr. and Mrs. Daniels

Sadly disappointing

1.2 on August 18, 2012

Location, decorating....absolutely PERFECT! STUNNING! Cleaniness of room, bathroom, bed sheets...failed MISERABLY! Oops, given wrong room, but once in correct room, fresh towels arranged beautifully, but that appeared to be the extent of to take your shower at your next destination. Oh, and flushing the toilet..... keep trying......Cookies upon arrival...not happining! Sadly disappointing.

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Location Type

Downtown, Island, Mountains, Oceanside, Small town


Bangor, ME (BGR) 12 miles

Directions to property:

Airports: Bar Harbor is serviced by the local airport, Hancock County - Bar Harbor Airport (BHB), located just 12 miles from the Inn, and by national airlines flying into Bangor International Airport, 50 miles away. There are also direct flights from Boston's Logan Airport.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Videos, Wi-Fi , Complimentary Buffet Breakfast, Afternoon Refreshments with Baked Cookies, Cocktail Hour with Assorted Bar Snacks, Firepit, Heated Swimming Pool, Fitness Center

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Table Tennis, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Well behaved children 10 years of age and older.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited Limited pet friendly accommodations.

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: Stays of two nights or less, a total deposit is required. Stays of three nights or more a 50% deposit is required.
  • Cancellations: Due to the short season and the limited number of rooms, Balance Rock Inn requires a minimum 14-day notice of cancellation prior to your reservation date. If cancelled prior to this time there is a $50 processing fee; if cancelled after this time, the guest forfeits the cost of their reservation.



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Complimentary Buffet

  • Time Served: 8-10am
  • Serving Location: Sun Deck, Veranda Bar, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

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21 Albert Meadow , Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1701 USA (Show map)

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