Balance Rock Inn - On the Ocean

A breathtaking waterfront location offering privacy and serenity with luxury amenities


A breathtaking waterfront location offering privacy and serenity with luxury amenities

Ariel view of Balance Rock Inn
exterior night
Hotel Lounge area
Balance Rock Guestroom

The Basics


Rich in history and opulence... Balance Rock Inn is Maine's premier boutique hotel. Commanding a breathtaking waterfront location this Bar Harbor Inn offers privacy and serenity with incomparable lodging and service. Just steps away from art galleries, shopping, and culinary delights in the heart of Bar Harbor's Village District. The historic summer home has been lovingly restored preserving the splendor of the Gilded Age - offering old-world charm with today's modern amenities.

At a Glance

  • Free WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Swimming Pool
  • Smoke-Free
  • Concierge Services
  • Fireplaces
  • Turn Down Avail.
  • Waterfront

In the Know

  • Explore the shop-lined streets with art and pottery by local artisans, boutiques, and jewelry stores within steps of the inn

  • Rent a bike and cycle through Acadia National Park
  • Book a whitewater rafting trip, moose and wildlife watching tours or safaris
  • Visit Fogtown brewery for a craft brewed beer

Stay for the Story

Balance Rock Inn is one of Bar Harbor's only remaining original summer homes from the turn of the 20th century. The Inn is secluded off the beaten bath from downtown Bar Harbor directly on the ocean.

Sip & Savor

Here are a few things to sip & savor when you visit…

The Veranda is Balance Rock Inn’s award winning AAA Four Diamond restaurant
Enjoy freshly caught lobster and steamers at Rose Eden Lobster
Enjoy American fine dining with Latin flair at Havana

See & Do

Here are a few things to see & do when you visit…

Visit nearby Acadia National Park for the ultimate in outdoor adventure
Take in the views of Cadillac Mountain, East Coast's highest mountain at 1,530 feet and Acadia's best known sight
Meander the expansive grounds at Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park

Guest Reviews

My boyfriend and I only stayed here for one night but we will definitely be back. The service was amazing right away. Thank you Clinton for showing us around the hotel and making us feel at home. There was complementary chocolate in the room when we arrived as well as complementary breakfast, coffee and pastries to go. The view is incredible! Despite being in the heart of busy Bar...See More

- Maria Mentesana

The place is an experience in its own right. Beautiful structure, perfectly located in Bar Harbor. Our room was fantastic with a big private balcony. The pool is warm, breakfast is great and everybody was nice and friendly. This is not the typical hotel, is a journey for the guests. Really special! Thank you

- Paolo Petrosso

Balance Rock Inn has raised the bar for what I expect from the hospitality industry. A warm welcome as soon as you enter the Inn. You are given a brief introduction to the Inn and you are shown to your room ( thank you Clinton!) Our first evening was in the Queen Superior 201 room, what a charming room! Our second evening was in ocean view 303. Nice room...See More

- Leah Shaw

The Balance Rock is our favorite place to stay in Bar Harbor!! Kimberly at the front desk was so wonderful. The service, food, and views cannot be beat! Thank you to all the staff at Balance Rock.

- Faith Goddard

Rooms & Suites

# of Rooms: 27

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Bathrobes, Hair Dryer, Rollaway Available, Telephones, Turndown Service, Alarm Clocks, Antique Furnishings

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For information on ADA accessibility for the facility or its rooms, please contact the property directly.


Smoking Policy: Outside - Only in designated areas

Family Friendly:

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Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast, Dinner

Special Diets Accommodated: Yes

Restaurant on Premises: Open to the Public

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Early Coffee Tea, Special Diets Accommodated

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Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless

Front Desk/Security: 24 Hours

Inn Amenities: Hot Breakfast, Concierge Services, Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBTQI+ Friendly, Restaurant On Site, Swimming Pool, Weddings & Events Available, Wine/Spirits Available

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Location Type: Coastal, Small Town/Village, Waterfront, Waterview