The wentworth met our expectations and I read a ton of reviews before our stay!
My husband requested some R&R for his 50th birthday and THE WENTWORTH delivered! We had a suite and the amenities of our room (fireplace, steam shower and private hottub on the balcony with tv) plus a small sitting room off the bedroom really made a big impact on the relaxing part.
The dining plan was great as we enjoy treating ourselves to multiple course meals.
The food was very good, to excellent. It was interesting because our two nights Sunday & Monday were VERY different experiences in the dining room. Sunday was incredibly slow service, there appeared to be only one gentlemen handling the entire dining room and perhaps the bar as well(?) we waited a very long time for EVERYTHING. I understand waiting between courses and enjoy having some time to digest my food and visit with my husband between but 20-25 mins for a cocktail and to order is way too long. Also I had to ask the waiter to explain our meal plan to us as he didn't offer any information regarding this on his own.
The 1st course- mussels I didn't care for but the iceburg salad and the scallops were very good as well as the creme brule, not the best I've had but very good. I appreciated the multiple GF options and the chef's high level of understanding to this food allergy.
Monday night experience was entirely different, we were greeted by the dining room manager Josh who introduced himself and then the waitress (can't recall her name!) walked us through the meal plan, specials, explained the bill and what wasn't included (more on that in the cons list) etc. She was fabulous and brought us the pre- course tasting (though it was on the menu Sunday we didn't receive it) of fig and bleu cheese (awesome!) our food was incredible; perhaps one of our best ever! The crab salad was perfect, the feta watermelon salad was light and refreshing and the poached Maine lobster served over risotto (instead of pasta for the gluten allergy) was INCREDIBLE! (I have lived in coastal Maine all my life and know a good lobster and rarely order it in a restaraunt because of this.) Flourless chocolate torte was the perfect finish, not too sweet.
Breakfast both mornings was nice, they had small table with fresh fruits, pasteries (none gf) cereals and juices while you wait for your menu item. I had the omelette of the day each morning with, bacon, homefries, and gf toast (a real treat). Breakfast was a much faster pace and a really great way to start off each day.
The covered porch where smoking was allowed was a nice treat for those that enjoy an after dinner cigar or pipe. There was also a small covered porch at the enterance of our building with seats for the same purpose.
The town was really adorable, a side walk through the entire town makes it completely walkable, some cute little shops and Jackson Falls just a short walk up the street from the inn was in itself worth the trip to the white mountains.
The cons were: I understand the reviews that rate the service poorly. At check in I had to ask Michelle what room we were in and she didn't offer any details of our package or the grounds of the inn. At check out I waited 10 mins at the front desk, was sure there was someone in the back office as I could here someone on a keyboard but when I called out 3 seperate times, " Good morning!" "hello?" "Is there anyone here?" all went unanswered, so I went back to our room in the pouring rain and came back just before we drove out and was happy to see that the owner(?) was there with another customer.
Another con was that the price I was given on the internet and over the phone though it includeds breakfast, the room, and four course dinner does NOT include gratuities (which are expected on the menu price of each course.), meal tax or room tax. They added up to more than $65 each night additional to the price given at time of reservation, as well as alcohol- to be expected- but prices varied greatly $6.50/per drink the 1st night to $10 the 2nd for nearly the same cocktail.
The view from the dining room (who wants to sit and look at the parking lot?) and the room was disappointing, no view of the mountains.
Though the cons list is a little lengthy each one was minor and I list solely for the purpose for the owners to use as constructive critisim and not just to be negative.
We really enjoyed ourselves and I would recommend this to our family and friends that enjoy peace and quiet as well as good food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the majestic White Mountains of Jackson, New Hampshire, The Wentworth is a charming, 50-room inn within close proximity to cross country skiing, a stunning golf course and an abundance of year-round, outdoor activities. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, this picturesque inn in Jackson, NH, enjoys a unique position among New Hampshire hotels. Our idyllic setting provides a temporary escape from life’s everyday stresses and allows guests the freedom to reconnect, rediscover, and recharge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Wentworth Hotel Jackson