My husband and I booked a couple nights here in October, wishing to enjoy the fall foliage in a cozy family-friendly atmosphere. We read the reviews first, which were almost all stellar. Almost everyone who had stayed here raved about their experiences. My husband and I could sum it up by saying it was good -- not great -- and not what we would spend $200 a night on had we known what we were getting. We stayed in the Sawyer cottage with our 15-month-old daughter.
Some of the good things we had read online proved true. The innkeepers, Nick and Miriam, were more than gracious hosts, making us feel at home right away. We enjoyed cups of warm apple cider in the living room while talking with them about how we would spend the next 48 hours enjoying the beauty of the White Mountains. Each morning they fed us a hearty breakfast in the main house, and even our picky toddler ate a lot.
When we get the chance to get away, one of the most important things we look forward to is a relaxing and comfortable home away from home. After reading the reviews, we were sure this is what we were going to get when we arrived at our cottage.
The first thing we noticed upon entering was the musty smell. Smell is the first thing to greet you when you enter a new place. I was expecting a fresh, clean smell. The decor was dated and shabby. It wasn't the quaint, charming country cottage that I had imagined. I realize that most people do not check into these cabins expecting to spend a lot of time in them. But when you have a baby, you have to be there for when she naps during the day, and for a long time at night since she goes to bed early. I had hoped my husband and I would have a more enjoyable place to pass all these hours, but it was like a camp we’d go to as a kid, but with a price tag our parents would have never paid.
The shower stall was way too small for an average- sized adult to shower in comfortably. The mattress was lumpy and uncomfortable. Some would argue our standards are too high, but for $200 a night, I don’t think so. For that amount of money, I want to be able to say, “That was totally worth it! Let’s do this again!” It’s sad that we can’t.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inn that is more like a small European hotel with inn rooms, cottages, with fireplaces, kitchenettes, Jacuzzis. A great base for all White Mountain activity (alpine and x-c ski, hiking and mountain biking trail access, Story Land,Santa's Village, Polar Express Packages) & just relaxing. Yummy country breakfast included. Expert trail advice, Outdoor hot tub/Pool. Great for couples and families; Pets welcome in cottages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bartlett Hotel Bartlett
- Bartlett Inn White Mountains, NH