We stayed at 'SLI' for four nights in May, and found it to be a cut above the average inn.
The rooms are decorated in faux New England vintage - we had the Loon room, but could see into several of the others which were empty at the time and they seemed very similar. Very clean, not huge but big enough for a few days. Ours had air conditioning and a ceiling fan - but none of the rooms bar one have a TV. We quite liked that - it makes you go out and explore.
We had a couple of very rainy days, which put paid to mucking about on the lakes - but we found our room was a cosy retreat, and we took advantage of the coffee and cakes on offer downstairs.
Also downstairs there is a restaurant and bar, which we ate at a couple times. The food is lovely, the menu comprising mostly of uncomplicated fish and meat dishes. The restaurant is also where breakfast is served, with a different set meal on offer each day. We didn't go hungry!
Some of the rooms overlook the bar, so I suppose if it's busy noise could be an issue - but it was fine during our stay.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful. A fair few were college kids and recent graduates seemingly helping out in multiple roles - waitresses, reception and so on. They kindly booked us onto the boat tour run by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (which is worth doing - we saw two proud bald eagle parents!).
Both Squam and Little Squam lakes are only a few minutes walk away (although neither can be seen from the inn). There's plenty of parking if you have a car (which in an area like this would be very sensible!), although it is shared with the restaurant and bar guests too.
If you're after full-on luxury, then the Manor on Golden Pond may be worth checking out - but for somewhere cosy and reasonably priced with good food, SLI suited us perfectly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to Squam Lake Inn in the breathtaking White Mountains region in Holderness, NH. Steps from the shores of Squam Lake, bask in the simple pleasures of nature’s beauty at our Holderness, NH hotel. Our Squam Lake lodging boasts lovely rooms with comfy beds and fireplaces. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and afternoon snacks prepared with fresh, local & seasonal ingredients or join us for lunch, dinner or Sunday Brunch on your Squam Lake vacation! ... more less
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