We stayed at the Mountain View Grand for four nights in October with our 3 and 4-year-old boys. We had spent the three nights prior at a Marriott so I knew there would be some adjusting. The beds were smaller (fulls rather than queens), the amenities older (dated TV with nearly-broken remote, and the room considerably smaller.
We were on the second floor on the front side of the inn, which meant great views of the property and the mountains. Unfortunately, there were three dead flies on the window I was looking through and the window itself was pretty dirty.
Overall I would give the room a B-. Bathroom, which was spacious, gets a B-plus. Too bad the fan was deafening.
We enjoyed the property and our boys loved the farm and looked forward to visiting with the goats, llamas and horses each morning. On two mornings, they visited the chicken coop and retrieved the eggs (which are taken to the inn's kitchen). They went on a short $10 horse ride and purchased a few rusty horseshoes ($5 each). They also enjoyed the cider-making exhibition and had fun working the press.
We took advantage of the campfires and smores each night. The staff lays out everything for you and are all very nice. All appeared to be in their late teens to mid 20s. It was a little uncomfortable when one of the staffers, a reservist I believe, started talking to a guest about various automatic weapons and the record distance for a sniper kill shot. Then he told a joke about the military rescuing Obama and how the soldier's dad would kill him.
It made for an awkward vibe with the kids sitting around the campfire.
I went around the 9-hole course a couple times. The conditions were pretty good and there were a few nice holes. Course was a little short but with the views who cares? I think I paid $25 for unlimited play and a cart, which was a great bargain.
Because we spent so much time at the farm we almost missed out completely on the battle ax tossing. Thankfully I got to try this on our getaway day. You take the ax back with two hands straight over the head and let it fly. I went directly over the target on my first few throws and then hit the target on my next three and went 50% from there. It was a good time.
We can't speak to the food at the Inn because we did not eat in the restaurants. We did try the Italian Oasis Restaurant & Brewery in Littleton (about 15 minute drive) and Grandma's Kitchen, a little diner on Lancaster Road in Whitefield. Oasis was a good meal with a nice staff. The main drag in Littleton is quaint and offers pizza, movie, seafood and a few other options.
We could have arranged babysitting through the hotel - and tried to one night but we were too late - but we decided to call it a night with our kids.
Fitness center and pool (and whirlpool tub) are great. Very relaxing. Game room is so-so but who would even expect one in a country inn? I must say the air hockey table was top notch. Movie theater was also great. We told the front desk we wanted to watch Cars at 3 p.m. and they set it up and gave popcorn to the boys.
There is also complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate available at the bar each morning, which was a nice touch. It was great to fill up the travel mug and walk the grounds or head to the barn.
We spent one day driving through the mountains, starting down the Daniel Webster Highway, then to the Kancamagus out to Conway before looping back toward Whitfield. Lots of gulches and various vistas to take in. Unfortunately the Canon Mountain tram was closed when we stopped there.
All in all, it was a very good trip. I'm not sure whether it would have been better or worse without the kids. Seeing them light up every morning on the way to see the animals was probably the highlight of the trip. Wish we could have done the horse-drawn carriage ride as a family.
The staff was great and did their best, which we appreciated. Down at the farm, Mrs. Diego was a dynamo and kept our kids entertained every day.
If you expect Vegas-like housekeeping and a spotless room, you might be disappointed.
Our rate, through Travelzoo, was $109 per night and included a bottle of wine, cheese plate (which we did not locate for 36 hours) and a resort credit for $30.
If there were a 3.5 star option, that's what I would have chosen for this review. A cleaner room would have made it a 4.
- 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 Whitefield, White Mountains