Even though Wolfeboro is the "oldest summer resort in America," it has very few decent places to stay. Except for B&B's, I've stayed at them all. There are no Ritz or Four Seasons type experiences to be had. With the natural beauty of the area and being on the picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee (sp?), the lack of upscale facilities is surprising. I guess it's because it's not a year-round destination.
The Wolfeboro Inn has recently been purchased by a "large corporation" and there are promises (by way of swatches in the lobby) of a renovated property. However, currently the property is somewhat worn. There are two "parts" of the hotel: the old original Inn and the add-on wing. I have stayed at this property several times and have always stayed in the add-on wing. (added in 1987)
Make sure to request a lake view suite or room. It's worth the extra you'll pay to have a stunning view of the lake. Some of these rooms have small but adequate outside balconies. The room has a "window type" air conditioner that was falling apart with a shoddy duct tape repair attempted, but it worked well. Apparently, the hotel is not centrally a/c'd, so the third floor lobby was quite warm. The first floor lobby was comfortable but the central areas on the second and third floors don't appear to be air conditioned. Didn't really mind: short trip from the elevator to the room.
No key cards here - old-fashioned keys. Room was clean with a "B&B" homey decor. The bathroom was clean although mediocre in appointments. For those flatlanders who don't know: the red lamp in the ceiling is a heat lamp to warm you up when you get out of the shower in the Winter. Not really needed in the Summer.
We didn't eat at the hotel. I have in the past and I found it expensive and mediocre. Not to worry: "downtown" Wolfeboro is right out the front door to your right, a two minute walk from the hotel. Garwood's is good for dinner, the Wolfeborough Diner for breakfast, the restaurant on the town wharf for ice cream, and the Yum Yum shop for coffee and croissants, rolls, etc.
The Inn has a private beach and a dock if you want to park a boat. (Only two spaces.) We rented a boat from Goodhue and Hawkins (right across the bay) and parked it at the dock when a summer "pop up" storm passed. (By the way, if you want to rent a boat in NH, you have to study and take a test to get a 14-day temporary license. The Marina gave me the study materials, I studied for about an hour, they charged me $20, and I had my license. I'm an experienced boater and got 23 out of 25. You have to get at least 20 right.)
Check in was okay, check out, fine. (The lady in front of me was planning an event with 135 people of which many were staying at the hotel. The other clerk was waiting on a woman who thought she had a reservation, but didn't. Needless to say, check-in took a while. However, this is the first time this has happened to me at the Inn.) I don't know about other travelers, but I often sense the "if I have to wait on another tourist, I'm gonna throw up" attitude in New England. I find this ironic in an area that depends on tourism. But I guess if I had to wait on finicky, demanding tourists all of the time, I'd get that way too. I've never experienced this attitude, however, at the Inn.
Wolfeboro eminates "old money." $8 million "cottages," etc. It is hardly a secret but it seems to be off the beaten track for travelers outside of New England. I will go back, stay at the Wolfeboro Inn and although not to be considered "impressive," it's definitely the best place to stay in Wolfeboro.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn was renovated in 2009 and has 44 guestrooms with an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings. Rooms are identified with the variety of views we offer from the lake, to gardens, limited partial views of downtown or surrounding neighborhood. Each room has 32" flat screen TVs, complimentary wireless internet access, Sealy plush mattress top bedding as well as upgraded amenities including cotton bathrobes, slippers, ironing boards/irons and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities. Some rooms have work desks, and some include baclonies or petite balconies. The property has striking and relaxing common areas with a large stone fire place in the lobby, and picturesque landscaped grounds that lead to a small private beach add to your enjoyment. Wolfe's Tavern, an authentic New England pub, is one of Wolfeboro's most popular restaurants to spend an informal afternoon or evening. Enjoy traditional New England cuisine with a contemporary flair, and choose from our famous beer list featuring over one hundred domestic and imported beers. The Tavern has three fireplaced rooms, two bars, and a seasonal outdoor patio. Open every day, year-round for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Wolfeboro, the jewel of Lake Winnipesaukee, offers year-round activities, including golf, tennis, swimming, mountain biking, boating, New Hampshire attractions, shopping, museums, and of course beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Winter brings cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, downhill skiing is only thirty minutes away, skating or ice fishing on the Bay. Sit by our fireplace enjoy a book or games take a leisurely stroll in the village. ... more less
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