We specifically chose Lakes of the Clouds hut as lodging while summiting Mt. Washington via the Amonoosuc Ravine Trail. Hut is located about 1.5 miles below the Mt. Washington Summit and provides spectacular views on a clear day. We were first timers last summer and were first apprehensive about the 17 people we were sharing a bunk room with, BUT it turned out to be one of the best experiences. We had a great group in our room, everyone was respectful of others, and we made some new friends in the process.
I read a comment in a prior review about only "ice cold water" to wash up and no showers. This is known before you get there via the AMC website descriptions, AND it is due to water and energy conservation restrictions. (Its no big deal because everyone is in the same situation). The staff of the hut actually does a nice presentation that you can learn alot from on the methods used to provide water and electricity, etc to the hut.
Dinner was excellent after a long day spent hiking to the hut. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, split pea soup, bread, and an excellent crumb cake for dessert. Lemonade, coffee, and iced tea too drink. A group from Montreal actually brought wine and brie with them in their packs (we wished we had thought of it!!!) Breakfast was great as well. College kids that staff the huts provide entertainment via skits and songs, and you are awakened in the morning at this hut (at least last summer) by a great arrangement (including a guitar, fiddle, mini banjo etc) of folk inspired music.
If you want a souvenir from this hut (like the fit-dry shirt I bought with the hut logo and elevation on it that is ONLY available from the hut) or want to purchase trail snacks make sure you being CASH. If you're hiking to the summit of Mt. Washington however, there is a souvenir store, a restaurant that takes credit cards, and flush toilets. You can also catch the COG train there (highly recommended experience!! and a good alternative if you're too tired to hit the Jewell Trail back to whence you came).
You will not regret choosing this hut...but know that it is a strenuous hike to get to it. The Amonoosuc Ravine Trail is the shortest (4.5 miles) most direct hike to Mt. Washington Summit but is by no means easy. You gain about 3000 ft of elevation, it's rocky, wet, and steep in many places, The payoff is big though and totally worth the effort. The hut also sits right next to Mt. Monroe so you can bag this summit as well.
Oh yeah...bring an SD card with a ton of room on it for all the GREAT and amazing pics you're going to want to take. Put this on your life list...you'll never forget the experience.