This trip was last minute planned and I am glad we used Trip Advisor to steer us once again to a great vacation spot! When I called to make the reservation, I could tell the service person was very busy from the background noise, but yet he took the time to confirm everything and tell us a little about the amenities. Then he told me check in was at 4pm but I should feel free to come up early and enjoy some time at the beach until our room was ready if we wanted. That was a very nice touch. Most hotels spend their time telling you about what you can and can't do by their rules and this was a refreshing cahnge....and we weren't even there yet!
We had room 28 by the lake and I can say without a doubt this section is where we will always stay upon return if tis available. We had 2 double beds. The room was the average 2 double beds but very clean, nicely appointed and had crown moulding. I know this might seem silly but crown moulding is usually a good indication that a place takes some pride in its establishment. Although there is some weird bump in the wall between the two beds I couldn't figure out....maybe somebody punched the wall from the other side. It amused the kids for 20-30 minutes making up stories about how "the bump" came to be there!
We checked in late around 10pm and our kids are 12 & 14 and of course wanted to hit the water at 10pm. We went down to the beach which is just about 50 feet away from that section of rooms and we were pleasantly surprised that the beach bar was still open and a beach/camp fire was going. The kids swam a bit and we had a couple drinks and settled in by the fire. A nice night, your kids are happy, a drink in your hand and the smell of wood fire....I knew it was going to be a great vacation!
We stayed a total of 5 nights....3 great sunny days and 2 lousy rainy. But there is a nicely kept indoor pool and hot tub and lots of shopping nearby for those rainy days.
The beach bar is a really great amenity. You can sit on the beach and have your drinks and food brought right to your beach chair. The food was really good too. We went out to supper 2 nights because we wanted to get out and see around the area. We spent over $100 each night and the food was just so-so. Both times the kids said we should have just ate at the beach bar instead, I agree....next time we will!
I packed a bunch of snacks and extras because I had never been to this place. There wss no need....there is a shopping strip across the street with a grocer store, pharmacy, etc. For you coffee lovers, there is a keurig in your room...They provide the standard Green Mountain Breakfast Blend, so if you really love your coffee bring along your favorite K-Cups and pick up some half n half to have in your mini fridge.
All areas are nicely maintained and the staff are always very friendly and attentive. The staff are always (day and night) on the beach, picking up, lining up the beach chairs and doing other general maintenance. They must drag the beach each night, because every mroning the sand was nice and smooth and ready for that day's beach goers.
The swim areas are very nice and gradually deepen to adult chest height right out to the roped off swim section. Nice sand and pebbles on the lake bottom and you can see clearly to the bottom in most sections.
With the rooms being so close it is so convenient to go to the bathroom in a non-public place, head in out of the hot noon-day sun f you want and a convenient shower and change of clothes.
The only thing I can think of negative was the fact that the beach bar is open to the public. That meant the parking spaces near our room were often taken by non-guests coming to the bar. I'm also not a big fan of sunbathing on the beach next to a deck full of people who are non-guests and not in the same beach attire as you. Its fine when you are 22, but a bit unnerving for us middle-aged women. As a mother it also made me a bit more attentive to watching my kids every second with outsiders/non-families around. There really isn't much the resort can do about that. I'm sure they need the outside patrons to be able to keep the beach bar in a positive cash flow and thus available to its guests .....it was a very nice extra to have around.
Some suggestions for the resort:
-bump up overnight staffing. Though they are completely pleasant under stress, they do seem overwhelmed with incoming calls, guest requests, etc....even when I went at 11-12pm at night when I thought it would be quieter to retrieve extra towels,, etc...there were still a steady stream of guests checking in, guests requesting items and the phone ringing in the back office for reservations.
-when the economy comes back and you can afford some ronnovations, think about adding or rennovating existing buildings to make family style units. Most parents travel to other destination locations that include at least 2 bedroms and kitchenettes. My husband and I missed the privacy of the kids having their own bedrooms. It was ok to do the standards 2 double bed when they were little, but now that they are growing up it would be nice to have some privacy for all of us.
-lakeside rooms need "peep"holes or whatever they are called. If we went out of the room to get extra towels, etc the kids had to pull back the curtain to see it was us returning, rather than being able to look through the little view hole securely.
-row of parking nearest the beach should be marked/designated guest parking only. It would even be nice if the onces closest to the lakeside motel section had designated room #'s on them....like one per room and the rest of the parking towards the back as open parking and for beach bar patrons.
These are just suggestions. Hotels can't be everything to everyone but The Margate tries very hard to please as many as they can. We very much enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come to The Margate and enjoy all the amenities expected of a first class lakefront resort and conference facility less than two hours north of Boston. Whether taking a dip in our indoor and outdoor pools, sunning on our 400 foot private sandy beach, relaxing in our whirlpool-sauna, or dining at our Gazebo Beach Bar for lunch or dinner, you are sure to find all the comforts of home.Beautifully decorated and maintained guest rooms, onsite event and dining facilities, and a skilled staff dedicated to making your stay a wonderful experience make The Margate on Lake Winnipesaukee the place to vacation in the Lakes Region.At The Margate Resort, we've gotcha covered. With 15 different room types from which to select you are sure to find accommodations that best suit your needs. All guest rooms are fully equipped with Keurig® K-Cup Coffee Makers, Green Mountain® coffee, free wireless internet, irons & ironing boards, and hairdryers. Lake and West rooms also include double-sized stainless steel mini-fridges!Choose a room in our Lake building for spectacular views of the lake and unparalleled sunsets. For convenience during inclement weather, the Lake building is connected to the amenities building by underground tunnel!For a motel style experience, choose our West building. West Beach guests enjoy quick access to our sandy beach, just steps away from your door. Many West Inland rooms have backdoors leading to our West Lawn area!Our Inn building units are generally larger than the other buildings, offer the lowest rates, and being located right next to our outdoor pool makes the Inn a great choice by most families during the summer season. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Margate Hotel Laconia
- Margate Hotel Laconia