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Inn by the Bandstand
Ranked #1 of 3 Exeter B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Franklin, Massachusetts
1 review
“Perfection!”
Reviewed 26 August 2014

My mom and I go away together regularly and have stayed at many places. The Inn was by far the best! My parents are world travelers and my mom told Jaime and Augustino that the Inn was the best place she has stayed in the world! Perfectly charming with every attention paid to the smallest detail. Certainly the cleanest place we have ever been, with the most personal touch. We stayed in the Williamsburg Suite and it felt like we stepped back in time right into the colonies! Everything was comfortable and homey. Breakfasts were gourmet, delicious, and perfect. We even got to eat out on the BEAUTIFUL new patio with a lovely fence, perfect gate, fountain, flowers...there are not enough words to tell how wonderful the Inn is. From the furnishings to the fresh flowers to the incredible artwork. Everything was perfect! Thank you Jaime, Augustino, and staff for making our trip better than we could have expected!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 28 June 2016
No, these are not family members! What an incredible review! Thank you first of all for taking time to write about your stay with us and then thank you for such an incredible and lovely review! We try our hardest to pay attention to the smallest of details...thanks for noticing. Also, to make your stay even more pleasant the Inn has moved ahead and Otis Restaurant is being built and will open August 2016: this will further enhance your future stays! Best and see you soon.
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Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

My husband and booked an overnight here to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we were so pleased with our accommodations! The room was very clean and we loved the style. It was true to the era when the inn was built yet nothing felt old or dingy. The bed was so comfortable and the location was great being in the center of town. We definitely look forward to coming back again!

Room Tip: Front Rooms have a great view of the city oval but you will hear noise from the street.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Victoria W
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 28 June 2016
Thank you for taking time to write a review about your stay to celebrate your anniversary. We apologize for not having responded earlier. We look forward to celebrating more anniversaries with us: Otis Restaurant will open in the space next door allowing for an even more pleasant stay with us at the Inn. Thanks and see you soon.
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L.I.
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We received a groupon to The Inn by the Bandstand , and all I can say is my title speaks for itself. There wasn't anything left undone by Jamie and Augustino the owners, who have sooo much to be proud of in such a short amount of time that they have owned this inn.....Everthing from the most delicious breakfast that's included in the rate to a codial waiting for us each evening in our beautiful and historical room, the Somerset Cottage.Upon arrival there was tea, coffee wine and Host to greet you, and see to your every need. I simply can't say enough about this Inn in Exeter New Hampshire.....Beaches nearby, history just fills your mind, restaurants right on the same block....Stores, antique shopping outlet shopping .........who could ask for anything more......we will return, we're very big on B & B's It is on the Select Registry!!!!!!

Room Tip: They are all beautiful clean and filled with History...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 28 June 2016
Thank you Melanie! What a lovely review. We can't wait to welcome you back. You will see more changes: we have been working very hard to make it even closer to Heaven!

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Oil City, PA
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

My husband and I stayed at the inn for two nights with my best friend and her husband. My husband and I were in the Somerset Cottage Suite, and it was perfect. Jamie and the staff were wonderful, breakfasts were hearty and delicious (and both husbands got extra shares which pleased them very much). Every detail was carefully attended to, and all guests were treated like they were members of the family. I hope to make another trip to Exeter in the future, and if I do, I fully intend to stay at Inn by the Bandstand for the entire stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 28 June 2016
Thank you for taking time to write us such a lovely review. You must come back and see the changes: we certainly hope you all approve. It is always a pleasure reading such wonderful reviews...it makes what we do so much more of a pleasure knowing we make a difference. Best to all.
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

This inn is very nicely furnished and clean. The suite we stayed in had one of those gas fireplaces with fake wood that seems completely in contrast to the antique furnishings. The fireplace in the back yard has the same fake wood gas fireplace. The problem was the breakfast. We were served a little fresh fruit with eggs Benedict. I was offered no juice and had to ask for water to be served which was tepid. This was not up to the standard that I have experienced in other B&Bs. The food was O.K. but not great overall.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 8 July 2016
Thank you for taking time to write your review. We apologize for just now responding to your review, but we have been playing catch up on the many reviews that have been written by our guests. We took ownership of the Inn three years ago this June. Over the past three years we have been trying to return a home that had been neglected over many years. All 13 fireplaces at the Inn have new GAS fireplace (vent-less): as you can imagine there is absolutely no way we could have real wood in them: the home was built in 1809! As for the outside patio fireplace, we made a conscious decision to also introduce gas: the danger of putting a real fireplace is indeed real with fires being unattended. What is surprising is your comment about our breakfast: we actually take pride in them and if you look through our reviews on Trip Advisor and other social media, almost all of them compliment the Inn on the quality of their breakfast. We apologize that you were not served juice, which again is very unusual!
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Essex, Vermont
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We recently had the pleasure of staying 4 nights in the Kennsington Suite at the Inn by the Bandstand. Our stay exceeded our expectations. The inn is meticulously maintained with all of the historic charm you would expect. The room itself was spacious and beautifully decorated. We enjoyed a different breakfast each morning and each day were impressed by how delicious it was. Jamie and the entire staff went above and beyond to ensure that our stay was personalized and comfortable. We can't say enough positive things about this inn and will definitely be returning for another stay in the future.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 8 July 2016
We apologize for just now responding. Thank you first of all for taking time to review our Inn and thank you for such a wonderful review. Since your visit, we have made more changes and the latest is coming this August with the opening of Otis Restaurant, adding an additional amenity to our guests. We hope to see you soon. Best.
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Jamie and Augustino were so gracious we felt as if we were the only guests at the inn. Every staff person went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. While the inn is well appointed the warm atmosphere is truly unique and sets the inn apart from others. We stayed two nights and wish we could have stayed longer. We hope to return in the near future and we highly recommend this inn. You won't be disappointed. Every detail is well thought out. Check-in is a breeze. The bedding luxurious!!! After a busy day the port left in our room felt so decadent. Thank you one and all. Your friends from Vermont Chip and Kathy.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Thank CRKandKAK
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Agostinho77, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this review, 8 July 2016
We apologize for the late response. Thank you for taking time to write such a wonderful review about your experience at the Inn! You must come back and see all the changes...we hope you like them! And Otis Restaurant will be open in August of this year....our new American style bistro which is accessible from the Inn!!! Best.
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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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