Tucked down a quiet side alley just off Bar Harbor’s main drag, the Balance Rock (built in 1903 for a Scottish railroad magnate) reaches for and achieves a gracefully upscale Long Island beach house feel. The entrance alone is nearly worth the steep rack rates: You enter a sitting room, which looks out onto the sort of azure outdoor swimming pool you’d expect to find in a Tuscan villa, and just beyond looms the Atlantic. Rooms are as elegant as any on the island, with a variety of layouts, some with sea views; some have whirlpools and saunas, while the penthouse suite adds a full kitchen. The comfortable king-size beds are adjustable using controls and have been fitted with feather beds and quality linens. A poolside bar, piano room, gracious staff, and fragrant flowers lining the driveway complete the romance of the experience.
Bar Harbor› Hotel
Balance Rock Inn
21 Albert Meadow
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Phone 800/753-0494 Prices July–early Sept $275–$625 double, $575–$725 suite; mid-May–June and mid-Sept–late Oct $195–$545 double, $365–$635 suite. Rates include full breakfast. Closed mid-Oct–early May. Some rooms accommodate pets ($40 per pet per night). Children 10 years and older welcome. Packages available. Amenities Restaurant; poolside bar; fitness room; fire pit; heated outdoor pool; fitness center; free Wi-Fi. Units 27 Web site Balance Rock Inn
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