We had a better than average visit at this hotel for three days in late August. The hotel is quaint and enjoyable for this class of hotel. Hotel staff were pleasant. The hotel is old, albeit remodeled and nicely furnished. As is our experience more often than not, our first room was not the "cream of the crop" - we finally had a very nice room, but after we switched twice. You have to be demanding. In spite of a promise from the manager to hold a room if it opened up, he did not. Overall we would visit again, but the hotel is not anything to really rave about. Nonetheless it is the only place to stay that appears to be somewhat upscale.
The food was very good, especially on our late night arrival the first night; the main restaurant was very accommodating. We were there during summer to fall transition - kind of an awkward time, but the hotel claimed to be booked solid. Cool /Warm alternating temperatures with fireplaces that are kind of pushing the climatic envelope a little. We tried the spa with a couple good results. I usually take in a deep tissue massage whereever we go and my tense back and shoulders are always a challenge. However, although pleasant, the Wentworth massage therapist pushed me to pain, so you have to be careful with some. I was sore for days - never happened before, so that kind of left me dissatisfied when I paid $150 a person.
Contrary to its name, the resort is not actually on the coast. It is actually on a bay and consequently, most views are bayviews that are not exactly impressive. One view is of an old abandoned building on an island that resembles a hotel from a bygone era until you discover from locals it is an abandoned prison.
However, the surrounding area is absolutely beautiful. Portsmouth is an historic and quaint community with Strawbery Banke a must see and the homes are adorable - the weather this time is ideal for visiting the sights - I especially enjoyed the herb garden at Strawbery Banke, very peaceful. There are quite a few restaurants and if you go here, you must visit "The Golden Egg" for breakfast. Their omelettes will astound you, as they are whipped and flame broiled - very light. Warren's Lobster House across the bridge in Maine is simply an ordinary tourist trap - might as well be at the Jersey shore - food is very bland and atmosphere not very charming - would recommend trying something more off the beaten track for more authentic lobster.
Also, of course, take in a must-see 1/2 day tour of the whales. We used Granite State Whale Watch, Rye Beach, NH - we were very pleased with the experience. We enjoyed NH tremendously and a welcome relief to maniacal Philly and NJ drivers - I almost felt like getting out and thanking people for not honking at us!
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