We stayed at the Bethel Inn for three nights, arriving on 12/29/13 and departing New Year's Day 2014. Our accommodation was a two bedroom/two bathroom condo down the road from the main inn. The condo was very spacious and clean. It included a full kitchen, gas fireplace, and washer dryer unit. There was plenty of room for the five of us and all of our ski gear. As stated on their website, the WiFi was intermittent; we could access it about 75% of the time. But that was okay since the main reason for our visit was to ski at nearby Sunday River. Our stay included a full breakfast buffet, which was very good - eggs, sausage and bacon, pancakes, waffles, pastries, omelet station, etc. We also purchased discounted lift tickets through the Inn.
Overall, our stay was a good deal for the money we spent. We would have paid about as much for smaller accommodations if we had stayed on the mountain at Sunday River. So it was a trade-off - more space but not ski in/ski out. I should also mention that the staff was friendly and helpful at the Bethel Inn.
Our only major disappointment was the health club/pool. They advertise their pool to be comfortably heated even in sub-zero temperatures. My kids and husband lasted about 5 minutes before they had to get out because they were so cold. It was definitely not heated enough. And when we arrived to swim there were no towels available. I called the main inn to request towels be brought to the health club, but they did not come quick enough! I had to run over to the main inn to get them towels so that they could get out of the water. I did speak with someone about the pool temperature. She was very apologetic that it was too cold and told us she would speak with maintenance about turning up the heat. Unfortunately, we did not have the time during the remainder of our visit to find out if the temperature had actually been adjusted warmer.
In addition, the health club changing rooms are very small and not very well appointed - the women's room has only one shower and one hair dryer (that didn't work). I suppose this would be fine in the warmer months, but my eight year old was shivering after getting out of the pool, had to wait about 15 minutes to get in the shower, and then had to go back outside with wet hair because the hair dryer didn't work. Not ideal, but we're hardy New Englanders, so she dealt with it. I guess I just expected it to be a little nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come experience The Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel, Maine, honored with the 2014 Award of Excellence by TripAdvisor. Just 6 miles from Sunday River Ski Resort, The Inn was recently named "Best of New England" -Top Resorts for Outdoor Sports by New England Travel Magazine. Find guest rooms from traditional Inn rooms to luxury townhomes, many with fireplaces during the winter season. Choose from the comfortable fine dining setting of our Main Dining Room or our casual Millbrook Tavern and Grille with live weekend entertainment. Rela at our health club, featuring a 90° outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, saunas, fitness center and spa services. Plus, enjoy resort activities this summer at our 200 acre resort including our 18 hole, 6,700 yard championship golf course, lake house with canoes & kayaks, tennis, lawn games and more! Sunday River & Mt. Abram Resorts, the Androscoggin River and scenic State Parks are less than 10 minutes away. With an array of professional guide services, world-class fly fishing, canoe/kayak river treks, hiking, ATV mountain adventures, scenic chairlift rides, mountain biking and more just minutes from The Inn. The Bethel Inn Resort is the clear choice for those who love skiing, golf and outdoor recreation. ... more less
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- The Bethel Hotel Bethel
- Bethel Hotel
- The Bethel Inn Resort Maine