Where to stay in the "north country" in NH? We keep going back to this hotel. I've stayed in luxury hotels for twice the price or more that are not maintained or managed as well as this one! We've stayed in B&B's, condos, and other "rustic" hotels in the area that have never reached the level of this Comfort Inn & Suites.
For this visit - as with previous visits - we booked a suite with a separate "king bedroom" with a pull-out couch in the other room for our two daughters. Very quiet, very clean, very enjoyable. (Room has small fridge, coffee, etc.) The hotel has an elevator but we found it quicker to use the stairs. (Only three stories.) The "inside pool" was remarkable clean and well-maintained and a welcome relief from the high 50's temperatures and rain we experienced during our stay. We were told that it was set at 85 degrees "just for you Southern folks." Not sure about that, but nice thought anyway.
Speaking of "nice thoughts," the entire staff was incredibly helpful in every possible way. It has been my experience, when visiting other destinations that rely heavily on tourism, that you get a "my God, if I have to listen to another damn tourist, I'll kill myself" mentality from members of the staff. Not here. Down to the last person, it was if they all had the enthusiasm of a first day employee embarking on an exciting career.
The "Pirate Cove" mini-golf that is attached to the property caused some concern upon check in. Would it be loud at night? Not at all. Actually, given that I "poo-poo" mini-golf - being a serious (but not very good) "real" golfer - it was a lot of fun! My kids enjoyed beating me time and time again! Who would of thought it would be so much fun?! We even played during a light rain. Lots of laughs.
It was "Bike Week" while we were there (in all of NH, actually) and I was thinking - when we checked in - "oh no, here we go. Loud motorcycles going by all night long." Other than the irritation of getting behind meandering motorcycles on the roads, the hotel is well insulated and the feared noise never was a factor.
The property is well-situated to visit sites north, south, and east. There is a Starbucks just down the "main drag" about a mile as there is a shopping center. North Conway is a "designer outlet" center so there are plenty of shopping opportunities. Even the movie theater wasn't so bad, considering we are used to "megaplexes." It was quaint and enjoyable. And there are more restaurants of all types very close to the hotel, many within walking distance.
While there, we traveled the Kangamangus Highway to visit the "Flume." Very memorable excursion, highly recommended. We went there via Bear Mountain Road through Bartlett (reached by going north from North Conway toward Jackson). Windy, very picturesque road (closed in the winter).
Those familiar to the area know that the area is "hiker/mountain climber/woods walker" heaven. (Of course, more famously known for the winter ski season and fall foliage but the summer has its allure and plenty to do too.) And if you don't have a problem with high alpine, twisty roads without guardrails, the Mt. Washington Road is extremely worthwhile (comes with a CD - play it, very informative).
Eating in the area: The two memorable restaurants in the area were the Red Parka Pub (north of North Conway in Glen) and Libby's in Gorham. If you go to the Red Parka, ask for a waiter named Bob. If you want to be entertained, he's your guy. If you don't want to be entertained, tell him to shut up. He won't be offended. He's been there for many years and he "get's it" so if you don't want to be entertained and just want a quiet meal, you probably won't have to tell him to shut up. A real personality. Great service, great food. About a 15 minute drive north of North Conway. A bit of a drive, but worth it is Libby's in Gorham. Affordable "high-end" fare. Very well executed. Get reservations - the secret is out about this restaurant and it's only open certain nights of the week.
Back to the hotel. We visit this area often and this is the only hotel we'll stay at. We've found others to be intriguing, but none to be as satisfying as the Comfort Inn. Probably one of the best values in accommodations I've ever experienced and the pride the owners/employees take in this property are evident.
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