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“Desperate need for facelift in some areas”
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Three Chimneys Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Northshore,Ma.
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Desperate need for facelift in some areas”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

Spend one night here as a quick get away. The lobby,halls, and main dining room need much updating . The oriental carpets need cleaning. One could not help notice the carpets were covered with remnants from the drive. The chairs in lobby need replacing; and the hardwood floor in the main dining room needs refinishing. It does not have any finish at all.
The room we stayed in was ok. Who uses wallpaper borders anymore?
The buffet breakfast offerings were nil. I would like people to tip the staff that help with breakfast. Most people forget them. Will not return.
We went in January.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

We spent last weekend (March 2014) at the Three Chimneys while my husband worked at the University of New Hampshire. Our room was lovely--great gas fireplace, comfortable bed, and good-size bathroom. The staff was terrific--to name a few: Brenna, our friendly and professional waitress; Laurie at the front desk; Elaine in the Tavern; and several other very helpful people. Everyone was extremely friendly. The breakfasts and dinners were delicious--beautifully prepared salmon and haddock with perfectly cooked vegetables. We can't wait to return. The staff really takes pride in the inn and their work there. Many thanks to everyone.

Room Tip: Any room here would be great.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Niskayuna, New York
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

We live in Upstate New York and our son lives and works in Durham, NH and had suggested we try the Three Chimneys Inn as an alternative to staying in the big box chain hotels in Durham or Dover. Last weekend was our third time we have stayed at the Three Chimneys Inn and we haven’t been disappointed yet. We just love the place. The setting and furnishings are very “New Englandy” and very quirky. Each room has its own uniqueness to it. For our stay last week, we ended up in the Lilac Room #19 on the second floor of the Carriage house. We loved that room. It was spacious and had several chairs and a love seat to sit in along with the comfortable King size poster bed and the Jacuzzi bathtub in the bathroom. From past visits, we have also stayed in Room 17 (the William Randolph Hurst room ) and liked that as well. We weren’t as fond of Room 14 (Innkeeper’s Favorite) however as this was on the bottom level of the carriage house and it seemed kind of dark and small compared to the other rooms we have been in . On our next visit, if we can’t get room #19 again, we are going to try for room #15 (Teddy Roosevelt’s) . We were able to get a sneak peek at that room while they were cleaning it and it looked just as charming as room #19 was. One thing to mention about the rooms however is that if you are looking to spend a lot of time watching TV in your room, you will be disappointed. The rooms we have stayed in so far only have a very small TV hidden in the Wardrobe closet. This didn’t bother us as we never have time to watch TV when we are out there but that could be an issue for some people.
The staff has always treated us well and were always welcoming and attentive to our needs. This last visit, there wasn’t enough people staying at the inn to set-up a buffet, so they allowed us to order anything off the menu and that worked out great because we each got an omelet to our own personal liking. We even had our son join us for breakfast and he enjoyed the meal as well. In prior stays we did have the buffet and one time it was exceptional and the other not so wonderful. However even though they offer the buffet, they will let you choose off the menu if you do not want the buffet, you just have to ask. .
The location of the Inn is great for branching out to other areas of New Hampshire and Maine. Shopping at the Outlets in Kittery Maine is only 20 minutes away, Portsmouth is only 15 minutes and there are a ton of great restaurants and bars located there. The beaches and Hampton are only about 30 minutes away and the White Mountains are only an hour and half away. So no matter what you would like to do, you’re not that far .
So if you are looking for something different to try than the regular chain hotels, try staying at the Three Chimneys hotel. We loved it for all its quirkiness. You have to remember, this place was built back in the 1600 hundreds so the floors creak when you walk on them, the rooms are oddly shaped, there is no elevators to get you to the higher floors, there is no ice machine clanking away down the hall but ice is available if you ask, the décor is mismatched but charming and there even is according to lore a resident ghost haunting the place called Hannah. Everything that makes this place so different is what gives this place its own special charm. When we priced out staying at the Hampton Inn located just a block down the road, it wasn’t a lot more money to stay at the Three Chimneys and it’s was worth it to be able to experience of staying some place that is one of a kind.

Room Tip: Loved Rooms #19, 17 and 15
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

My husband and I stayed for one night very recently. We had room 9 in the Carriage house, which was recommended to us by the Inn staff via our phone conversation when booking. We also paid for the "February" package which included a $75 dinner voucher at their restaurant, full country breakfast, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, a flower arrangement and a later check out of 12:00 instead of 11:00. Over all, it was a very nice stay. Room 9, however, was located right beside their trash area, which although was behind a fence, it was very noisy as people were coming and going often though out our stay. The room is a good size. It has a gas fireplace. The very large, ornate armoir housed a closet, drawers and a very small television. The TV could not be seen from the bed. There were three chairs plus a desk and chair set. The bathroom had an over sized jacuzzi tub. The four poster king sized bed was very comfortable.

We had dinner in the tavern in their lower level. We had eaten here before and we enjoy it very much. Service and food was great, with the exception of the brownie dessert, which was very dry and not at all chocolatey. Breakfast was a buffet, also in the tavern. We were very disappointed in it. Although it we were told it was a "full country breakfast", the food selection was poor. There was a plate of cold, toasted English muffins, but no butter or jelly. We had to ask for it and we were given two pats of hard butter and one grape jelly. The other food choices were bacon, cubes of burnt potatoes, scrambled eggs that had a brownish color (I think it was the overcooked butter they were prepared in), breakfast burritos...although we never saw those because they were gone from the pan and were never replenished, chocolate oatmeal that was dry like cement and finally fruit salad, which again, was just about gone and never replenished while we were there. I asked for hot tea and it was lukewarm at best so I asked for a second cup which was the same. And finally, they only had whole milk, no low fat or skim. And as for the service at breakfast, there was one woman for all the tables, which was not enough. Would have been better to go to the Dunkin Donuts around the corner!

The two women we encountered at the front desk during our stay were very friendly, polite and helpful.

Because it was so cold, snowy and icy, we were not able to explore the grounds but we have dined there in warmer weather and know the grounds are lovely.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Hampshire
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71 reviews
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

We stayed here during the Ralph Page Legacy Weekend at UNH in January. The place wasn't very busy. Our room was on the third floor of the carriage house - be prepared for stairs. The decor is very New England Inn, large 4 poster bed, two big old-fashioned cabinets - on with TV and coffeemaker and the other for clothes. The bathroom was standard - no tub, just shower, one sink, no counter, not well heated. There was a hair dryer and portable lighted makeup mirror but nowhere to plug it in that you could use it. Same with the coffee maker - we put it on the small desk. The lighting was poor and we struggled to find plus for our electronics. The TV in the cabinet was small and at an angle that you couldn't comfortably watch it.We think they should just take it out.
That said the bed was very good, and the heating system was good.
Breakfast the first day was custom and while they had the buffet the second day, they also offered us a custom breakfast, which we took advantage of. We had dinner in the tavern with friends and the food was very good. We wish there was coffee in the lobby.
There is a Holiday Inn Express across the street and few other options so I would recommend this to anyone looking for a non-caning experience in Durham.

Room Tip: The carriage house rooms all appear to be similar - try to get the second floor.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Have know about the Three Chimney's Inn for many years,my relatives live in the area.
Was excited to be staying here for an overnight in early summer,visiting the area for a relatives birthday celebration. We also treated the relative to a nights stay.
Upon arriving at about 830pm that evening we were shown to our room in what you may call the carriage house. Two women were at the front desk that evening and they meet us at the top of the ramp leading down to the rooms{more lightening would be suggested for this area}. We were casually shown the rooms and off the ladies went. About 15 min. later we decided to go to the tavern and have a night cap...all door were locked. Went back to front desk and asked the ladies that checked up in if the tavern was open,they stated no that it was closed already. They then preceded to ask if we were guests of the Inn,at that point we almost fell over with laughter since they just checked us in 15 min before! Rather odd conversion I would say...
The room was less then inviting,our room looked nothing like any picture on the website. Our relatives room looked like the decor they featured online but tired. The TV as mounted to the wall with all the exposed cords/plugs laying on the makeshift mantle,very unsightly! The tile on the floor near fireplace was all chipped...and the jacuzzi in the room was against the wall was so unappealing{looked like something you would use for physical therapy},gross!
There was no closet to hang anything. Installed for your pleasure was a walmart metal over the door hanger to hang a few things{this was on the bathroom door}needless to say the bathroom door would not shut properly because of it.
Figured a nice breakfast would make up for all these little things...think again! Breakfast was nothing but a standard fare served buffet style{Scrambled eggs,sausage,bacon,fruit} and danish that was clearly store bought,absolutely no imagination,one can serve this fare blindfolded.
Took some pictures of some very messy areas that are in plain sight for all the guests to see.
Property could be beautiful but someone needs to address several of these issues that have been clearly overlooked for sometime...
Last thing...invest in an ice machine,a cooler to store ice for guests is unacceptable.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Elmsford, New York
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2013

We lived very near the Three Chimneys Inn for many years and ate in the Tavern several times over the years. We moved away a couple of years ago and returned recently for a local visit. we elected to stay at the TCI for a few reasons, location near family, the very nice country Inn where we could bring our small dog and the restaurant.

the Inn and rooms are very nice. the Inn is in a very old homestead and if you enjoy old architecture, you will love this place. Our room was nice, clean and comfortable. we were in the dog room and did not notice any sign whatsoever of previous animals. The dog was very comfortable there and we were able to leave her in the room while we enjoyed dinner at the Tavern. Dinner was not as great as all the other times we ate there, always felt this was a very nice 4 star restaurant... maybe we hit a bad night. Breakfast, included with the room, was perfect.

The staff was fantastic! Very supportive with everything and very pleasant. i would definitely recommend the Three Chimneys Inn and will be back myself.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Three Chimneys Inn
Address: 17 Newmarket Rd, Durham, NH 03824-2822
Region: United States > New Hampshire > Durham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Durham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Three Chimneys Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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