Our party of six stayed in one of the two-bedroom apartments and the accomodations met our needs. In some ways, the condo was very convenient, and it other ways it was lacking.
+Very close to the main lodge. I don't recommend walking over in ski boots (so uncomfortable) but it's definitely like a 5min. walk in normal footwear. As a new skier, I appreciated this more than the ski-on aspects (which others nevertheless really enjoyed).
+There's a shuttle stop right by Brookside that takes you to the main lodge and other places.
+Automatically lighting fireplace with built in timer. So cool. Our boots got so toasty next to this.
+Fully-equipped kitchen; most appliances in good working order. We made meals for six each of the three nights we were there, and the stove, microwave, coffee maker, etc. never let us down. There were more than enough plates and cups and bowls and flatware for everyone. The kitchen had a dishwasher, which was also an important advantage. (More on that below).
+Responsive service. We had to call for assistance a couple of times, and we were always promptly visited by someone who could help.
+Even though we were about 3 stories up, the apartment had a back exit that felt like we were on a ground floor. Guess that happens when you're on a hill! Anyway it was a nice porch.
+The living room was spacious, and there was room at the dining table for all of us.
Now the minuses:
-Close to the main lodge, but as someone else already noted, skiing over is not for everyone. You have to cross some blue and black trails on the way, so I'd keep novice skiers away from that until they build up the control and confidence to do that.
-Shuttle would be convenient, except Sunday River (not the condo itself) may need to look into running it more reliably. Our friends were waiting for over an hour (at a different lodge) on one occassion. On a separate occasion, a shuttle driver told us he'd take us to Brookside... and then he went another way.
-Dishwasher in our specific unit was quite small (so we ran a load before leaving each morning and another at night) and a bit temperamental.
-One bedroom was what you'd expect for a master bedroom. Another had three twin beds (one was a bunk). My boyfriend and I slept in the twin beds room. It must work great for a family, but for 3 couples it was less convenient.
-Our friends who slept in the pull-out couch couldn't get past how uncomfortable it was. We should feel lucky we're still friends after that.
-The bathrooms are nice, but the towels are tiiiny. Pro-tip: ask for pool towels, they are much bigger and fluffier.
-We could hear the people in the apartment above us stomping around. They probably didn't mean to, but it felt like they stomped everywhere. I blame the floors and possibly the snow boots (though those are not allowed in).
-Gear needs to be put in lockers; it's not allowed back in your room. Remember that back entrance to our condo that I mentioned? It wasn't nearly as convenient if we weren't allowed to bring our equipment in. It would have been nice to let it dry out on the porch and then bring it in by the fireplace.
One last pro-tip: When you do check-in at the main lodge, if they mention that the "overflow parking" (for those of you who bring more than one car) is "across the street", it probably won't be the street you're thinking. Hard to explain via review, but suffice to say it's easier to just give them a call if you're not sure where to park.
- Also Known As:
- Brookside Condominiums Hotel Bethel
- Brookside Condominiums Bethel, Maine