Located directly across from The Mount Washington Hotel in picturesque Bretton Woods, NH, The Lodge delivers warm, comfortable rooms with a no-frills approach. As an economy version of accommodations in the area, it's a perfectly simple place to lay your head after a hard day of skiing or snowboarding.
A recent trip with “just us guys” landed us at The Lodge after looking around at several options. Knowing our sole purpose was to go skiing and to just relax, we had no issues with our simplified room. The beds were comfortable, bathroom clean, heat in working order (actually it was really hot in the room when we checked in!), and staff friendly. That said...please don't go into your own experience at The Lodge thinking it's a full on Omni Resort, a Hilton, or Disney's Grand Floridian...it's none of the above. Let me rephrase what I said above... “economy version”.
Our room was equipped with two beds, nightstand, alarm clock, wet-bar area, ample closet space, and a credenza large enough for all our belongings. Beds were comfortable & pillows seemed newer. Walls/ceiling (for those 1st floor rooms) are a bit thin as mumbled conversations could be heard. No worries...it was late and we were all tired anyway. There is no refrigerator in the room, so if you want to bring groceries for a couple days, pack a cooler & some ice packs. Coffee...you'll have to trot to the Lodge's main lobby area as that's the only location for your morning jolt. Same with ice...down by the main lobby area along with some vending machines.
The pool and hot tub/sauna area is located in the middle of the Lodge's floor plan so as to make it convenient for all guests. Access to the pool area (as well as to all guest rooms) is from the outside, so plan accordingly in the winter. Once inside the pool area, there are locker rooms for your convenience, and towels just as you walk through the door. The hot tub is just that...hot. The pool, not so much. The pool temp is like that of very tepid tap water; not completely heated, but not freezing. Think, refreshing. Also of note in this area is coin-op laundry. $1 each for wash and dry – pretty decent rate.
The Lodge offers a free, on-call shuttle to Bretton Woods ski area as well as the Mount Washington Hotel across the street...take advantage of it if you plan on skiing then going out to the bars/restaurants for the evening. Also offered is “free” WiFi, of which being in the center of the hotel, we had no issues picking up the signal.
One thing I REALLY wish I would have known about was a standard $25 per day “resort fee”. Now, the fact there is a resort fee here is pushing it a little bit, but with the upkeep of a pool, hot tub, sauna, wifi, shuttle, I can understand. I don't even mind paying a resort fee to tell you the truth. What I wasn't impressed with was not actually KNOWING about said fee until checkout. Definitely inquire about this when making your reservation or when checking in so as to save yourself a little nugget of a bill upon leaving.
Bottom line, if you're headed to the area to do some serious skiing and chill with your friends & want a less expensive alternative, then the Lodge is probably a great bet for you. If you require resort style amenities, room service, wake up calls and a warm towel upon arrival...might want to book at The Mount Washington across the street.
And after all that... “us guys” are looking forward to returning next year for a weekend of skiing and good times!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest in Bretton Woods, NH, The Lodge offers easy access to countless outdoor adventures, great balcony views overlooking the Presidential Mountain Range and a soothing indoor heated pool. It's your base for outdoor adventures in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
In the shadow of Mt. Washington on Route 302, The Lodge is part of the legendary Mount Washington Resort -- affording guests all the resort amenities, from golf, tennis and swimming to skiing, skating and horseback riding. Or simply enjoy the spectacular views on walks, bike rides and hikes on and around the property. Take a short stroll to the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, where you can sit on the veranda of this historic grand hotel or tour rooms where history was made.
The Lodge is ideally situated to take advantage of five ski areas just minutes away. Bretton Woods, New Hampshire's largest ski area, offers a friendly atmosphere, superior snow and four high-speed quads, while Nordic fans can ski 100 km of some of NH's best cross-country trails at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center. Your whole family will find plenty to do, and there's even the Kids' Club with activities that range from cooking with the chef, to trips, to snowshoe nature walks. And when you're ready to go out, you can use the convenient Resort shuttle to get around.
Each room at this conveniently-located motel has a private balcony or patio overlooking the Presidential Mountain Range and the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. Our indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna offer a soothing retreat. The Lodge's Hearthside Lounge is welcoming and cozy, perfect for a meeting or reception. With activities, restaurants, lounges, live nightly entertainment and other special attractions, there are plenty of opportunities to relax -- but no chance you'll be bored.
The Lodge is located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, only 2 1/2 hours from Boston.... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lodge At Bretton Woods Hotel Bretton Woods
- Hotel Bretton Woods