My boyfriend and I stayed at the Ashworth 4/9 - 4/11/10 and really enjoyed our stay. I have been going to Hampton Beach for many years now. The Ashworth has an excellent reputation and I've always wanted to try it. I've been there for Sunday brunch in the past and their ballroom is absolutely gorgeous.
We stayed in room #256. It was a good sized room, with two queen sized beds, a chair, a flat screen TV, granite counter in the bathroom and a large showerhead. It was ocean view, with a small triangle shaped balcony. The rate was $311 for two nights, which included breakfast.
I've read the mixed reviews on the Ashworth and here is my opinion. It is, hands down, the nicest hotel that is directly across from the street. We walked up to a local coffee shop and they asked where we were staying. They commented that the best two hotels, that were the cleanest, were the Ashworth and The Blue Jay. We walked by the Blue Jay and it is a good block away from the beach, on a busy street, while the Ashworth is right across the street from the beach. They are on opposite ends of the beach (I prefer the Ashworth side as it is not as busy). The Blue Jay looks like more of a motel, while the Ashworth is a full service hotel. I think recommendations from the locals speak volumes, so it's great to see they are in synch with Trip Advisor members.
Room 256 is the closest ocean view room to the beach. Ocean front is literally right around the corner of your balcony. I wasn't expecting the view of the scaffolding on the Ashworth's other building next door and the loud air conditioning unit directly below the balcony prevented you from hearing the ocean, but you could see a nice view of the ocean while laying in bed. The balcony was tiny and shaped like a triangle. You could barely fit two standing adults and it would not fit a chair. The room was spacious and clean. The flat screen TV was a nice touch. The granite counters in the bathroom were brand new and there is a huge showerhead in the bathroom with great water pressure. All top notch. The mattress in the bed next to the window was not new and my boyfriend and I literally rolled right into each other in the center. There was a quilted mattress pad, so it was soft, but definitely sagged right in the middle.
The Ashworth stands out with excellent, friendly service. Check in was very friendly (even at 10:30 p.m. on a rainy night) and the valet service was a nice touch. Our car was parked directly across the street from the hotel, which allowed us to easily get things when we needed them. The valet helped us take our luggage out of the car. We brought the luggage rack up to our room. It's small things like this that you won't see in other Hampton Beach hotels that makes the Ashworth stand out. My one suggestion with Service would be to have more than one person answering the phone. When I called to make my reservation, I was placed on hold 5 times while the girl answered other calls, saying she was the only one there at the moment. It was not a good first impression and I finally said that I couldn't keep holding.
Where else will you get an indoor pool, in a full service hotel, right next to the beach? The Ashworth definitely stands out here as well. There is an indoor entrance to the pool (another reviewer incorrectly stated that the only way to access the pool was to go outside), unfortunately, the door at the end of the hall was jammed and would not open. The housekeeper worked with the front desk and maintenance to try to resolve the issue for us. While this is certainly excellent service, it was also a safety issue as the door would not open from either the inside or the outside. There are three doors that allow entry to the pool. Two would not open. We had to walk through the lobby, go outside, walk by the restaurant and go in through another entrance. Once inside the pool area, my boyfriend was able to pound on the door to unjam it. Perhaps the humidity in the pool area made it stick. The pool is quite large, with a deep end. There are chairs around the pool. It was in a greenhouse style building, which we could see from our balcony. We had to call for some towels, which were brought promptly by the housekeeper who tried to unlock the door.
We had a coupon for breakfast included in our package. The coffee shop is off of the hotel lobby and was jam packed both days. This is a popular place with the locals! Service was slow (only two women waiting on tables), but friendly. We were told when we checked in that we could order whatever we wanted on the menu. The first day, we were charged an extra $6 and were shown the fine print on the back of our coupon that said food allowance was $8 and the rest went toward tax and tip. The second day, a different waitress just took the coupon and said we were all set. The blueberry pancakes were excellent. We had a great seat right next to the window and could see the beach.
There was a DJ in the lobby bar both nights and we were surprised that it was packed. It was great to be able to have a drink and dance. The crowd was an interesting mix of evening gowns, capri pants and leather jackets. There are two rooms - the dancing in one and the bar and some tables in another. I think the Ashworth appeals to all types of people looking for a nice place to go.
We would definitely return to the Ashworth for both a romantic weekend or a week with the kids. You can't beat the location or the service. Yes, it's on the higher price side, but you certainly get what you pay for. The other hotels in Hampton Beach are not even close to the quality of the Ashworth.
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