This wasn't a bad hotel to stay in. It is quite out of the way, but not at all quiet. There are many many children. The rooms are not sound proofed well so when the kids were running down the hallway for breakfast at 6:30 I could hear everything. No sleeping in at this hotel. The ballroom is also in the middle of a floor filled with guest rooms. The wedding on Friday night was extremely loud. The front desk told us that the wedding would be over at 10 so we would have no problems sleeping. At 11:30 the wedding was still in full swing. I had to go to a wedding the next day so I had intended on going to bed early. I really couldn't. I ended up going to the tavern for a while because the wedding was far too loud to allow for sleeping. Another couple I knew had a room above the lobby and could hear all the commotion from the lobby all day including the piped in music starting bright and early. The hotel really needs to upgrade the sound proofing of the rooms.
The hotel itself is very pretty. Very turn of the century with fine architectural detail and fireplaces. My room was large, but I was at the hotel for a wedding and there were many with much smaller rooms. All the rooms seem to be different sizes.
The breakfast offered each morning was very good with many choices. There was a little bit of a wait due to three weddings at the hotel that weekend, but the wait was not bad at all. The dinner in the formal dining room was also good. It was much better than the dinner offered in the ballroom for the wedding actually which I found surprising.
The bed in the room was rather hard, but the room was cleanly and neat. It also had a walk in closet. I didn't like that housekeeping was knocking on my door at 8:30 am to clean the room though. That was far too early when I was staying for the entire weekend.
I gave the hotel an average score for cleanliness not because of the room, but because of the room the hotel put the bride and bridesmaids in to get ready. It was filthy. The floor looked like it hadn't been vacuumed in weeks. There was stale food ground into the carpet. It was really filthy.
The hotel also has a farm on its grounds. It was very fun to go see the horses, miniature goats, and llamas. I recommend it. The animals are very interesting to see up close.
I also had some treatments at the spa. I have been to many spas all over the country and I would not recommend this one at all. The woman who did my hair couldn't french braid my hair. It took multiple attempts until she finally asked if she could just do a normal braid. For the price I was very disappointed. Also, the massage room and hydrotherapy room in the tower are not private. People kept walking through to see the view from the tower while your treatment was going on. I don't know about you, but I for one don't want people walking through the spa room while I am naked under a sheet or lounging in the bath. Spa treatments should be private.
All in all, its not a bad hotel, but I would recommend it for people with children. It is not a relaxing retreat for a couple. Children are running around the hotel at all hours of the day which is fine, but if you are looking for a quiet retreat, this really isn't the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Founded in 1865 and set on 1,700 acres with sweeping views of the White Mountains, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa is New England's premier historic mountain resort. It was the only resort or hotel in the state to earn AAA Four Diamond awards in both Lodging and Dining for since 2008. With stellar dining choices from the gourmet selections in the wine cellar to casual meals in the Tavern or spectacular views at the seasonal Club House and Veranda, guests find a style and price to fit their mood. With a full-time Activities Department and complimentary children's programs, guests enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, indoor and outdoor pools, a health and wellness center, golf on the resort's historic course, and four Classic Clay tennis courts. In winter, it's time for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and dog sled adventures. Mountain View also provides the opportunity to choose from over 500 movie selections in the in-house movie theater. Mountain View Farm features friendly animals at the Big Red Barn. Evening activities include marshmallow toasting over an open campfire. Conde Nast Traveler named Mountain View one of North America's top five resort spas for 2008. There are great views high in the landmark Tower Spa, with an infinity-edge Sok tub and side-by-side massages a specialty. The Presidential Suite has spectacular vistas, a private wet bar, fireplace, flat-screen TVs, hand-painted furniture, and a lovely dining area with French doors. The elegant master bedroom has a king-size bed and cozy window nook while the master bath features a luxury whirlpool. Business meetings are served in 20,000 square feet of flexible conference space with built-in AV equipment and reliable internet and cell phone service. Mountain View specializes in storybook weddings in the domed Crystal Ballroom with its famed hand-painted ceiling or the century-old gazebo on Grand Fountain Terrace. Mountain View Grand is 100% wind-powered and has been recognized as an Environmental Champion by the NH Lodging & Restaurant Association. The resort is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain View Grand Resort And Spa
- Mountain View Grand Hotel Whitefield
- Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa White Mountains, NH - Whitefield