Having recently attended a wedding with a friend in Hanover, we did not want to stay in town, mainly due to the high prices there but also because we wanted to stay somewhere a bit quieter. My friend found The Chieftian online and took a chance despite what he said were mixed reviews.
From the road you would not necessarily expect much. And for people who like deluxe rooms and amenities, this is not the place for you; the rooms are clean but rustic and look their age. For instance, bathrooms with what look like 1950s styled fixtures (which I like, but many do not).
Each room has a back door to a very large lawn. Outside there are numerous in-ground, park-style barbeques and very nice outdoor furniture for guests to use, a large screened in dining area that seats probably 15+ people.
The property edges up to a decline that ends at the river below. Just down the hill The Chieftain has a beach and canoes and kayaks for visitors to use which you can see from above. Above, there is a sturdy rustic fence with very charming metal and glass votive candle holders shaped like New England homes, I thought those were a very sweet touch.
There is also a pool which was clean but cold and I assume not heated.
The breakfast included in the super reasonable rate was remarkable. Fresh fruit, granola, breads, pastries, yogurt, juice and coffee.
If I am ever in the area again, I would definitely stay at The Chieftain again.
- Also Known As:
- Chieftain Motor Hotel
- Chieftain Motor Hotel Hanover
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a quaint New England stay in an old-fashioned picturesque motor inn. Situated on 10 acres along the Connecticut River, fishing, rowing and canoeing are fun pasttimes. Try out an old-fashioned rope swing, or choose to relax pool side. We are located just two miles from Dartmouth College where you can enjoy many cultural events and plenty of shopping. ... more less
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