We planned a weekend, as a family (wife and 5 year old son), visiting Storyland in NH and chose the New England Inn because of its proximity (about 5-10 minute drive), a heated indoor pool and AAA rates.
We stayed in one of the white cottages (Granite Lake) near the restaurant, while our friends stayed in the one next to ours. Parking was right next to the cottages which made luggage transfer very easy. The rooms were comfortably sized, with a sitting room (sofa, two twin beds, TV/VCR, and mini-fridge) and a bedroom (two queen beds). Only the bedroom had an air conditioner which worked adequately. Overall the room was clean, but (as mentioned in another review) had a damp (read this as musty) smell and the furniture could have used some updating. Our allergies flared during the stay. The walls were very thin and you could hear almost everything going on in the adjacent cottage. We spent very little time at the cottage so did not explore alternatives, although the lodge across the street seemed very nice.
There was lawn space surrounding the cottages, which allowed for an impromptu game of catch, Frisbee or soccer. It was particularly quiet there and the setting is somewhat rustic, nestled among the pine trees. There was also a wonderful garden there, with a variety of visiting butterflies.
They had a wonderful new indoor pool, with an adjacent fitness room, that was a bit chilly but refreshing.
A hot breakfast at the restaurant was included and was fine, although nothing to write home about. On one day, we received a choice of pancakes, eggs to order, or French toast and on another, we received a "take it or leave it" sampler of pancakes, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and scrambled eggs, which made breakfast difficult for a finicky 5-year-old. Service was nice and friendly. The facilities were clean.
Overall, a nice quiet area for the family representing a fair (although not outstanding) value, very close to Storyland. Good for a large family group. If you have allergies, the white cottages may not be the most comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The New England Inn offers a variety of accommodations; Inn rooms, cottages, family suites, and log cabins many with a gas log fireplace & a Jacuzzi. The adult only lodge offers deluxe rooms & suites all with gas log fireplaces; some with a Jacuzzi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- New England Hotel Intervale
- New England Intervale