The Exeter Inn is a very cool place for those of us who love history, and historic hotels. I read a review below where the reviewer suggested that the wood was "just old" because it had not been refinished and that the place smelled of something that they could not identify. This, even though they claimed to love historical places. For starters, the place is amazing - having much of its original design and historical features. It's really awesome that they have cleaned up, but not refinished the old wood. It's gorgeous and original. In regards to the smell. That's wood burning in the fireplace. Apparently these fans of history are used to gas conversions.
Anyway, we arrived in frigid temperatures with slight flurries. The lobby was warm - a fire in the fireplace of the sitting room near the front desk. We left soon after checking to do our thing around Exeter, a really neat and historical New England town. We came back after dinner and had a wonderful evening with our children in our room. We had rented the fireplace suite. There is something amazing about having a real fire in the fireplace of your room. This suite is configured as when constructed and was originally two rooms with a shared bath. Lot's of closet space and the bathroom, while freshly renovated, is a terrific mix of original fixtures and modern comfort.
The staff was mostly wonderful, although there were a few personalities that should have been better trained. I'm not sure I have ever not been asked how my stay was on checkout. Unlike the woman at check in, this woman was pretty indifferent. She was the exception though, as many employees seemed proud to work there and interested to share some of the history of the inn.
The restaurant and bar is well done. A modern twist in a historical space. Very pretty although the only meal we ate was the continental breakfast. I'm sure that this does not qualify as having eaten at Epoch. The menu looks terrific, and for what it's worth, we found the continental breakfast to be a terrific value.
If you truly love historic inns, this place is worth your time when visiting Exeter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 1932 Georgian Stately brick building originally designed to accommodate prestigous families visiting Phillips Exeter Acedemy. The Acedemy is known around the world for its prepareness to attend Harvard University and other major ivy league colleges. The Inn has 46 rooms featuring 3 suites. Located in walking distance to downtown Exeter town center, a short driving distance to Portsmouth, Hampton, Stratham and Epping. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Exeter Hotel Exeter
- Inn Exeter