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“Excellent Hospitality” 3 of 5 stars
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1785 Inn
3582 White Mountain Highway, At the Scenic Vista, North Conway, NH 03860   |  
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Ranked #20 of 27 North Conway B&B and Inns
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“Excellent Hospitality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2005

The 1785 Inn is not set up for small children and all the rooms are not fully decorated and do not have air conditioning. When I booked the room I told the staff I had a wife and 13 month old child and would need a crib for the child. I was told they had a crib in the room....not what they had was a single bed....thankfully we took our pack and play. We asked to be moved and the staff relocated us to a brilliant room, still no crib but the room was recently redecorated. If staying in the 1785 Inn I suggest you make sure your room has air conditioning and if possible your own bathroom. If you book a room do not book rooms 1 or 2 as you will be sharing a bathroom with your neighbor and the bathroom is absolutely hideous. The bathroom tile is loose and there is mold throughout the bathroom and the paint is peeling off the wall. The breakfast in the morning is excellent and the entire staff is personal, courteous and friendly. The 1785 Inn is old and needs a facelift, especially in the bathrooms. The showers blew hot and cold water and there did not seem to be anything that could be done to regulate the water temperature. I would stay at the 1785 Inn again but I would ensure I had my own room, bathroom and air conditioning.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Brussels, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2005

We stayed at the 1785 Inn for two nights in March of 2005.
Cons: We booked a "large private room with a view." The room did have the view, but not much else. It was certainly not large. The bed was so hard, we dreaded going to sleep the second night. The carpeting was worn, the wallpaper and window paint was peeling off in certain places; there were a couple of spider webs.
Previous reviewers were right - the water pressure was bad, and the shower curtain had a weird smell. When I tried to adjust water temperature, the water heater made very loud noise. The hallways of the inn are very "tired" looking, with large cracks in certain walls.
There was no blowdrier in the bathroom (but we received it after asking the innkeepers). Also, because there was no phone in the room, and the inn is fairly large, anytime we needed something, we had to go all the way down to the restaurant and try to locate the innkeepers there.
Another thing we did not like was that they added a $4 automatic "gratuity" to the breakfast bill. Isn't gratuity a voluntary thing by its very nature? Apparently not at the 1785 Inn. The breakfast was fine.

Pros: The lock on our room (Room 17) was fine, and it was nice to have individual heat control. The inn offers a winter "stay and ski" special, providing all guests with free cross-country passes. We used these for one day. We liked the restaurant, which is very famous in the area. Our server (and somewhat of a maitre'd), Al, was extremely friendly. We got a table we requested. The food was good and the dessert was very good. It is not cheap, however.
The living room with a fireplace was good too. We watched a movie there after dining at the inn's restaurant.

Overall, I agree with other reviewers - eat here, but stay somewhere else. We would not stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2004

We recently stayed at this hotel, and for $200/night (with a 2 night minimum!) it was absolutely NOT worth the money.

The room was in ill repair, the door barely locked and the shower is pitiful! The water was either scalding hot or freezing cold and it barely came out of the shower head.

The room was noisy and had little charm. This area has many other hotels, so your money is better spent elsewhere.

We heard these complaints from another couple while chatting with them in the bar. So it wasn't just our room.

This hotel has clearly not been maintained over the years, and the owners really need to put some money into it if they expect to remain competitive in the North Conway area.

We would absolutely not stay there again if it was free.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2004

The food was excellent. Better than most Boston & NY restaurants that I've eaten at.

The staff was very friendly.

The inn itself is ok, a little run-down. The door locks were not very good, it was a little loud, there were some large cracks in the walls, old carpets, and the shower was terrible - a garden hose hooked up to the sink would have been better. We paid $120/night, which I thought was a lot for what we got.

On the plus side, the garden was very nice. My wife loved the flowers. Oh, and the bar is good.

One thing that really, really annoyed us: breakfast was "included", but they tacked an automatic $4 service charge for the breakfast onto our final bill. They also did this for the bar bill. Really, really tacky. (When we signed the check at breakfast, there was no place for a tip.) Yea, I know, it's not a lot of money, but I really don't like being nickle & dimed ... It's annoying and next time I'll choose to stay somewhere else.

So, eat here, but don't stay here. There are plenty of other B&Bs/Inns in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2003

Gorgeous Inn with a friendly staff, great location, and excellent food.

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Coto de Caza, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2003

Great Inn, great food, great bar. I'll be back. Stayed in room 5 ---the best in the inn with a panoramic view of the valley. The staff is great: helpful and courteous.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2003

This inn was absolutely NOT worth the money we paid to stay there. The room was small, the door locks barely worked and I have had better shower experiences in campgrounds. The entire bulding was in a state of disrepair and all in all did not have ANY of the charms of a typical New England Inn.... We were extremely disappointed and actually offended that they had the nerve to charge over $200 a night to stay in such a shabby environment.

The only good news is that the restaurant was actually quite good. If you are in North Conway, I would suggest eating there but staying some place else....

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Additional Information about 1785 Inn

Address: 3582 White Mountain Highway, At the Scenic Vista, North Conway, NH 03860
Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > North Conway
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in North Conway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1785 Inn & Restaurant are located in an historic building (built by Revolutionary War veteran) at a famous scenic overlook in the White Mountains (the 7th most photographed nature scene in the US). A travel guide newsletter recently called it "One of the top 15 views in the world from a hotel or inn." The 1785 Inn provides comfortable lodging in a clean/homey atmosphere with friendly service. A delicious full breakfast is provided to overnight guests and the inn also has an award-winning restaurant and friendly pub open every night for dinner. On six acres with plenty of space to enjoy the scenery & outdoors, or go swimming or skiing, depending on the season. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
1785 Hotel North Conway

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