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Inn by the Bandstand
Ranked #1 of 3 Exeter B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Wrentham, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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“Excellent B and B”
Reviewed 31 January 2014

We had a wonderful experience. The staff could not do enough for us. Room was totally awesome...We were upgraded next to our family on the 3rd floor. We watched the XMAS parade.
Location was down town. We walked to dinner. Breakfast was so good.

Room Tip: I don't remember a pool.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 26 August 2016
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

My husband and 7-month-old daughter stayed here over the weekend and we couldn't be happier. The two innkeepers are super sweet and attentive (without being intrusive - a delicate balance that they executed flawlessly), the inn was beautiful, and the room was immaculate and funky. We stayed in the Somerset Cottage room and enjoyed the working fireplace and cool exposed beams in the ceiling. There was plenty of room for all our luggage and a pack-n-play. In fact, Jaime, one of the innkeepers, said they had a packnplay if we wanted to use it, though I opted to take my own. (Shows their attention to detail though!)

One thing that struck my about this place - besides the amazing costumer service - was the beauty of the renovation that has just been completed. The inn still feels very much like an inn (gilded portraits on the walls, victorian furniture) but they also have added a touch of modernity, rusticism, and coziness to it that make it so much more visually appealing than the run-of-the-mill New England inn. Dark teal walls with beautiful walnut-stained furniture in the dining room, victorian pieces mixed with mid-century sidetables and portraits in the parlor, etc.

Also, the homemade breakfasts in the morning were delicious. Fluffy waffles with fruit, juice, and coffee one morning--frittata with fruit, juice, coffee, and toast the next. They even brought out some Cheerios and sliced bananas for our baby--and didn't mind when they ended up on the floor! :)

I hadn't thought of Exeter as a weekend-getaway destination until I found this inn via a Groupon but I now definitely recommend it. Lots of cute shops, restaurants, and cafes right outside the inn. Spent the afternoon shopping there. (Though bear in mind, most Exeter stores close on Sundays. No worries though - Portsmouth, York, and Newburyport are just a short drive away.)

Looking forward to going back once the weather is warmer and the outdoor garden is open!

Room Tip: Loved the Somerset room, which is in the front of the building (a little noisier than the rooms in t...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 26 August 2016
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Stayed at this beautiful place this past weekend 12/28/13- 12/30/13. I didn't want to leave. Jamie and Kim were so nice. They made us feel so comfortable there. This was our first visit to a B&B. The rooms were absolutely beautiful. We were able to stay in 2 different rooms, the Devonshire suite and the Sommerset cottage. My husband and I loved both rooms. I loved the fireplace in the rooms and it was so nice with the cold nights to have it on. The furnishings in the rooms were beautiful. Thank you to Jamie for letting us stay in two different rooms. Thank you for the cookies that were in the room. The breakfast in the morning was so good. Pancakes one morning and eggs benedict the next. If you stay here you will not be disappointed. When we come back to visit family we will be staying here. My brother in law that owns a company will be recommending this inn for his clients to stay in. (Sorry hit swimming pool by accident at the bottom)

Room Tip: (Sorry It the swimming pool by accident). What ever room you choose will be beautiful and comfortab...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 December 2013 via mobile

There are enough great properties around the New England area. But I am sure few can boast about such hospitality.

We felt totally welcomed by the hosts. They helped us with the luggage, shopping directions for Black Friday etc. The breakfast pancakes were excellent too.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 26 August 2016
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Had to go to Exeter to visit my grandmother, with husband and toddler in tow. I'm typically wary of places that call themselves B&Bs because I like the privacy a hotel affords. But Inn by the Bandstand was a truly lovely experience and I'm eager to visit again. The staff was kind and accommodating but not intrusive. We had a delicious breakfast there; they made a special one for my two year old, while we ate their gourmet offerings. We enjoyed the coffee and tea available 24 hours in the hallway. The design of the place is gorgeous; luxurious New England. Our room with the fireplace was cozy and made us feel like we were a world away. The only thing this place is lacking is a bar. But in the meantime, to make up for it, they offer a beautiful decanter of port wine in the room.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 26 August 2016
Thank you so much for your review. We apologize for not having responded earlier but learning a new business is always a challenge. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Miami Lakes
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

The Inn at the Bandstand is a first rate B&B. The service is fantastic, the staff is wonderful, and the accommodations are just about perfect. Our room was spotless, comfortable, and cozy - the fireplace was a nice touch. Really, the difference between this inn and others is the attention to detail - a ring holder kin the bathroom, ice bucket and cork screw in the room,a decanter of port, robes, bathroom amenities that are plentiful, just the overall neatness of the entire inn. And breakfast - wonderful ans served in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Jaime Lopez and Agostinho Nunes are superb hosts. They are warm, knowledgeable, and charming. They will go lout of their way to find whatever you need, and, on a personal note, they arranged for us to visit a local landmark that is not public. Now that is service !!! We had a great time!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed while up for UNH's Family Weekend. The inn is being lovingly tended by genial, generous keepers Jaime and Agostinho. Lovely decor, comfy beds and bedding, delicious breakfast - couldn't ask for more. We had our two-and-a-half year-old with us, and still could have not felt more welcome ;)

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Inn by the Bandstand
Address: 6 Front St, Exeter, NH 03833-2737
Region: United States > New Hampshire > Exeter
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Exeter
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Inn by the Bandstand 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning Inn by the Bandstand is the premier lodging establishment in Exeter, New Hampshire. This wonderful inn is an 1809 historic home located in the heart of downtown Exeter. Only two blocks from the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, eight miles to the seacoast and beaches, and 20 minutes from Portsmouth, this charming inn offers nine antique furnished guest rooms, all with private baths and a delicious full breakfast. ... more   less 
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