My husband and I hadn't been there for a number of years and decided to spend a night having visited local gardens during the day. The location is terrific; close to town but well off the main road and the view from the back is superb. The Inn takes its name from the courious boulder precariously balanced on watersedge.The approach and grounds are as lovely as I had remembered, the common areas are well maintained and the overall atmosphere, is rather low key.
Our room (201) was something of a disappointment. Two large windows looked onto an indoor (and shared) porch, complete with soggy indoor/outdoor carpet; another large window and full view door revealed an hallway which lead to an outdoor stairway. Given that the Inn is over 100 years it should come as no surprise that the bathroom and closet are barely adequate. The bed is
comfortable but overall the space is dreary.
We chose to dine on the veranda and had a pleasant experience. Our meals were well prepared
(steak and crabcakes) and the waiter appropriately attentive. The other guests seemed cordial and contented. The setting is the high point of the experience.
Breakfast is 8-10. If you like food hot, better get there at 8, otherwise plan on a mediocre meal.
Before checkout we took a lovely walk along the bay, checked on the balance rock and strolled through town.
I recommend the Inn with reservations, particularly regarding the atmosphere of your room. Given the expense, you deserve the best of what Balance Rock has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Balance Rock Inn is one of the premier oceanfront lodging properties in Bar Harbor, ME. Set on a secluded tree-covered property with expansive views of Frenchman's Bay, this luxurious Inn's name celebrates the "balance rock," a precariously positioned boulder on the nearby ocean shore, a huge remnant from an ice age. Balance Rock's 27 rooms and suites are tastefully outfitted in harmonious colors, handsome wall coverings, handcrafted furnishings, and all the creature comforts. All rooms and suites have either a king or queen size select comfort bed, a private bath, flat screen television with DVD player, WIFI internet access, individually controlled AC and heat, and most with amazing ocean views! The Inn features a full bar and restaurant, sundeck with fire pit, and heated swimming pool...all overlooking the ocean. In addition there is a formal dining room for breakfast and dinner, a small fitness center, and ample parking. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Balance Rock Hotel Bar Harbor
- Balance Rock Inn Bar Harbor, Maine