The two previous negative reviews are puzzling. Both the website and the confirmation email say Dana Place doesn't have maid service or meals (it isn't, and doesn't advertise as, a bed & breakfast, and the restaurant is being renovated). We've stayed here two years running in Feb. (after four annual stays at Joe Dodge) and always had fresh clean towels and bedding; they just don't switch them out daily. We've never stayed in the bunkhouse or townhomes, or used the indoor pool, but we've stayed in different cabins, both of which like new--very clean, homey camp decor, comfy beds, plenty of hot water in our private bath, a fireplace, a functional well-appointed kitchenette, and best of all (particularly because it was private!), an outdoor hot tub, perfect for a soak after long days of skiing and hiking. Very quiet, and five minutes down the road from the trail head to Pinkham Notch.
Again, we've stayed at Joe Dodge Lodge and enjoyed it (and we do miss being able to ski and snowshoe right out the door). That said, it's often noisy with late-nighters, early risers, and boisterous Scouts; the bathrooms are communal and there aren't enough showers (or hot water at peak times); and the water itself is funky smelling--and tasting. We now buy meal tickets to join friends for dinner there, but have breakfast at our cabin and carried lunches on the trail. And here's the kicker: since Joe Dodge charges adults per person vs per room, four of us share a private cabin with hot tub (sleeps six) for half the price. Even the cabin for two (also with a pvt bath, kitchen and hot tub) is under the Joe Dodge price for a queen for two.
We don't have young children anymore, so maybe they get an AMC discount, but we've been more comfortable, less expensively, at Dana Place than we were at Joe Dodge Lodge (although we love you, AMC!).
I usually don't write reviews, but these were so contrary to our experience at Dana Place (at least the cabins) that I felt compelled to. Thumbs up from the private hot tub under the stars from our family.
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