We don't usually stay at large resort hotels, but we had a grand time in this grand old resort. This place hearkens way back to the (19th century) days when the rich would escape the heat of the city for the wholesome mountain air of northern New Hampshire. You can still do the same.
First off, the building is beautiful from the outside, and it's situated on a hill overlooking dozens of peaks in the Presidential Range. Even if you opt for a lower-priced room, you can get an eyeful sitting on the veranda. We did this both nights of our stay, sipping a bottle of wine and enjoying light appetizers. Indoors, the halls are lined with hundreds of oil paintings (a veritable museum of New England-y scenes). The furnishings in the lobby are elegant antiques. We had a partial view room that was tucked in a corner of the garden, and it was small but cozy. The bathroom was completely up to date, and the window AC unit worked perfectly (though we opted to open the windows for the cool night air).
What sets apart the resort are the activities and amenities, and there are a lot of them. You can check the site for the full list, but here are things my wife and I did: We visited the farm on the first day to say hi to the goats, llamas, alpaca, and mini donkeys. We shot pool in the clubhouse, and enjoyed the indoor pool (a much quieter place than the outdoor one, which is popular with kids). In the morning, we took an axe-throwing lesson, which was AMAZING. We also just wandered the grounds and took beautiful photos. There's a nightly campfire with a different theme each evening; we went on s'mores night. If you can break away from the resort, you have the whole White Mountains at your disposal, and we went hiking on our second day there.
The staff on the whole were very nice. They're down-to-earth, and don't have the obsequious attitude that accompanies other "grand resorts". The only exception was a surly waiter at breakfast, perhaps because we opted to share a $10 entree from the menu, rather than the popular $15/pp breakfast buffet. We're trying to eat light, a hard thing to do on vacation, but he seemed vaguely annoyed that he would have to serve us for a smaller bill.
We went here on a Groupon and stayed midweek, so it's hard to say a how good a value this would be normally. The posted room rates are quite high... but considering the high-end amenities that are here (particularly the golf), not to mention all the activities for children, it may well be worthwhile. Overall, this is a great place no matter what you're into: if you're looking for a romantic weekend, if you're there with family, or if you're attending an event (there was a wedding there on Saturday night). It's nice to see that the great resort tradition lives on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Founded in 1865 and set on 1,700 acres with sweeping views of the White Mountains, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa is New England's premier historic mountain resort. It was the only resort or hotel in the state to earn AAA Four Diamond awards in both Lodging and Dining for since 2008. With stellar dining choices from the gourmet selections in the wine cellar to casual meals in the Tavern or spectacular views at the seasonal Club House and Veranda, guests find a style and price to fit their mood. With a full-time Activities Department and complimentary children's programs, guests enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, indoor and outdoor pools, a health and wellness center, golf on the resort's historic course, and four Classic Clay tennis courts. In winter, it's time for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and dog sled adventures. Mountain View also provides the opportunity to choose from over 500 movie selections in the in-house movie theater. Mountain View Farm features friendly animals at the Big Red Barn. Evening activities include marshmallow toasting over an open campfire. Conde Nast Traveler named Mountain View one of North America's top five resort spas for 2008. There are great views high in the landmark Tower Spa, with an infinity-edge Sok tub and side-by-side massages a specialty. The Presidential Suite has spectacular vistas, a private wet bar, fireplace, flat-screen TVs, hand-painted furniture, and a lovely dining area with French doors. The elegant master bedroom has a king-size bed and cozy window nook while the master bath features a luxury whirlpool. Business meetings are served in 20,000 square feet of flexible conference space with built-in AV equipment and reliable internet and cell phone service. Mountain View specializes in storybook weddings in the domed Crystal Ballroom with its famed hand-painted ceiling or the century-old gazebo on Grand Fountain Terrace. Mountain View Grand is 100% wind-powered and has been recognized as an Environmental Champion by the NH Lodging & Restaurant Association. The resort is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain View Grand Resort And Spa
- Mountain View Grand Hotel Whitefield
- Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa White Mountains, NH - Whitefield