Balance Rock Inn On The Ocean

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

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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, music of the grand piano, cocktails at the Veranda Bar, and the lazy comfort of a lounge chair by the pool.




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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.3
  • Value3.9
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining3.8

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.

The inn is nice but not for kids

2.8 on October 20, 2011

I recently vacationed here with my family and 15 month old toddler. I was surprised to find on the first day at breakfast that the inn does not have a highchair which made eating with my daughter very challenging. Our suite was very large but the bathroom needs updating, many of the tiles were cracked giving it a run down appearence (the toilet paper could be softer too). Most of the staff was pleasant, but again at breakfast they were not very accomodating to help us find a table for 5 adults. The bed was very comfortable though which certainly helped.

The Perfect Place

4.4 on October 19, 2011

This was my boyfriend and my first trip to the east coast and we loved it here so much that we decided to make this a yearly trip. The staff of the Balance Rock were absolutly wonderful. We had a perfect stay and met some wonderful people. The Balance Rock is the only place we will ever stay on our next trip to Bar Harbor. Dave and Edward were great.

A wonderful stay...

4.4 on September 14, 2011

The setting is beautiful, the service is great, and the whole experience was wonderful. We met so many friendly and interesting people, and enjoyed spending time with them at breakfast and during the cocktail hour. The location, which is so close to everything in Bar Habor, but feels secluded and private, made all the difference. This was our first trip to Bar Harbor, and I think we chose the best place in town!

Needs a face lift but charming

3.0 on September 18, 2010

There were a lot of shortcuts taken, things not done. Mis-matched carpeting, sloppy paint jobs. The yard was not tended to. Breakfast sub par. An heirloom picture rested on the ground unhung our entire visit in a hallway. No closet for cleaning supplies which were piled into a corner in hallway. Our room (the penthouse) has no lights that work in upstairs and a hornet problem on the balcony. Staff was superb, like a 5 star hotel. The view is great. Give it a facelift and open up the restaurant for dinner. Would be so much better.

July, 2010 stay at the Balance Rock in!

3.2 on July 26, 2010

We recently flew up from Charleston, SC to Bar Harbor for a mid-July stay, and this place is breathtaking! The service from William, the bartender, was unmatched! Sipping on an afternoon cocktail while overlooking the ocean and before heading out to dinner was one of our favorite things to do. The views from our room were simply gorgeous, and we were able to catch the sunrise over the water from our bay window. Breakfast was completely different experience. It was subpar at best, and the "FRESH MADE BLUEBERRY MUFFINS MADE DAILY" (a DIRECT quote from the website) were MOLDY - and I didn't realize this until I had already bitten into one. How can a "daily made" muffin have mold?? Inns accross New England take a LOT of pride in breakfast and Balance Rock seemed to not care. I got an apology from the barley English speaking hostess, but that's it. The cook made NO appearance to explain, and the hostess simply said sorry and walked away. VERY few members of the staff could help us with questions we had (standard visitor questions - like, "can you recommend a good restaurant", or "how do you get to the Lobster Pound"), as the communication barrier was VERY unexpected. Only William and one other staff member (a local who worked at a local bike shop in the past) could speak fluent English - the rest spoke a variety of OTHER languages, and mainly just nodded at me when I tried to chat with them. If they staff it correctly and ONLY if they do a COMPLETE overhaul on the breakfast, will it be worth a return. A 5 star place with very poor food, and a TOUGH communication barrier (remember, it's IN NEW ENGLAND! That should NOT be the case), which only led to frustration on trying to get basic recommendations for the area.

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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

Nightly Rate: $255 - $465

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

Nightly Rate: $225 - $425

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

Nightly Rate: $335 - $535

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $325

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Location Type

Downtown, Island, Mountains, Oceanview, Small town


Bangor, ME (BGR) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Driving: From Boston take I-95 north to Augusta, Maine, then Route 3 east to Ellsworth and on to Mount Desert Island. For an alternate route, continue on I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Island. Follow Route 3 into Bar Harbor. Take a left at the first stop sign, continuing on Route 3 (Mount Desert Street), and proceed straight to the stop sign at Main Street. Turn left on Main Street and take an immediate right onto Albert Meadow. Balance Rock Inn is on the right at the end of Albert Meadow.

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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Ceiling fans, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Pool, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi, Workout facility , 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, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Sauna, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wired internet

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, 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: Outside only Smoking is permitted outdoors.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well behaved children 10 years of age and older.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Limited pet friendly accommodations.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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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Aaron & Claire Miles

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Resident Pets

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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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