My fiancee and I stayed at the AMC Highland Lodge from February 27 to March 1. We were excited to stay in a hotel that is a green building but we ended up being very unsatisfied with the experience. We booked a "ski and stay" package ($126/night) that included two days of cross country trail passes for nearby Bretton Woods nordic center, as well as breakfast and dinner.
Food: Okay - some pretty good, some not so good, and there are no options for dinner - it's just what's on the menu, unless you want the vegetarian option, in which case there is one of those.
Room: We booked a private room with shared bath, and we had a bunk bed in the TINY room. We weren't too happy with the tiny bunk beds- they were pretty uncomfortable and small, plus the blankets had all kinds of hairs all over them. Very early in the morning both days, we were repeatedly awakened by people's heavy metal fire doors slamming shut. There was a tip envelope on the nightstand (for services during our stay?) but the staff never made our beds or did anything at all.
Common Areas: All lounge space, not much, was taken completely over by a large group staying together. There was no place for us to relax and sit after all day skiing. Apparently, it wasn't even close to being fully booked. We can't imagine what this would be like for guests staying during high season.
Ski and stay: There is a connection to the Bretton Woods trail system which starts out with a very steep hill and a very poorly groomed trail. Then you have to cross Highway 302. My fiancee who is a beginning skiier had a very unpleasant time with that first experience on the trail.
Activities: There is basically nothing to do after dinner except read books, and if there are any large groups there they can take over the living room area around the fireplace and you are stuck in your tiny room, which is really not designed for anything except sleeping in your tiny bed. We went down the road to the Mt. Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods because of the overtaking of common space at THC, and found lots to do in the evening (great bar, pool table, air hockey, pool and jacuzzi). But why not just stay in Bretton Woods instead?
The Highland Lodge is very overpriced for what it is. If it were $25 per night, we wouldn't have complained, but it was lots more and not worth it at all. I don't think the AMC is really prepared for operating a lodge like this - do yourself a favor and stay in Bretton Woods at one of the hotels/motels there instead.
The best part about staying at THC was the "What did you find today" books available on each floor in which guests can write. Folks left some really funny and absurd comments that kept us laughing throughout our stay.
We love AMC but will never stay at The Highland Center ever again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AMC's Highland Center at Crawford Notch, our newest four-season lodge and outdoor education center, offers a broad range of accommodations and walk-on programs, along with backdoor access to a variety of outdoor activities. The Highland Center is an ideal starting point for day hikes, paddling, snowshoe treks, and longer back country trips in the White Mountains. All-inclusive lodging packages are offered year-round and include meals, free walk-on nature programs, and free use of the L.L. Bean gear room. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Highland Center Lodge At Crawford Notch Hotel Bretton Woods
- Highland Center Lodge At Crawford Notch Bretton Woods, New Hampshire