In "renovating" the Hanover Inn to the tune of $43 million (a mere $30 million overrun), Dartmouth College and its advisors have managed to leach out any hint of New England. Not only did they manage to do it, they sought to do it. Now more a conference center than a hotel, it gives corporate types more of the same they love -- a sleek, expensive bubble, furnished and decorated by someone with the unerring touch of a bad dentist. It's nowhere and everywhere at the same time.
As for Pine, the restaurant which bills its menu as "celebrity chef inspired," the choices are pedestrian and the preparation bland. Better go to Lou's for breakfast, the Canoe Club for lunch, Market Table for dinner, Murphy's for a nightcap -- all within a two-minute walk.
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