We stayed here as a layover between the White Mountains and Keene, NH. The town is a little more out of the way than I expected, but it may have seemed worse to us because our GPS got us a little lost. I know a lot of people look for small, quiet towns and this would be perfect for that.
The hotel was very cute from the outside. The inside was also very nice and undergoing renovations, but we wouldn't have noticed if they hadn't mentioned it. There were no tools laying around or anything unsightly while we were there.
We stayed in Miss Mary's room on the 3rd floor. The walk up all those stairs is never fun, but the room was very nice. We stayed with our toddler, and had enough room for us in the double bed and for her Kidco Peapod (tent) on the floor in the corner after moving a small chair. They said on the site they don't have cribs so we came prepared. Other than that, there wasn't a ton of room, but it was fine for a place to sleep. In an Inn, I don't expect to spend a lot of time in my room.
The room was very clean. The bathroom had very nice shampoos, lotions, etc. Much nicer than standard hotel ones. Since our daughter goes to sleep so early, that gave us a lot of time to read in the common area and watch TV. The channel selection was more than just basic stations, but a little limited, but I loved that there was a Comcast box which showed you the channel name and the show that was on. That's a nice feature when you don't know the local stations. There was also free wifi that worked really well on the 3rd floor.
It didn't seem there was a way to control the temperature in each individual room (which may be typical, I'm not sure), so it was a little chilly before I went to bed, but thanks to the extra pillows and wonderful extra blanket, I slept really well and the temperature seemed ok as I was getting ready for bed.
We never got to really eat in the restaurant there, but we saw a good amount of people having a good time in the dining room for dinner. For breakfast, I didn't get a good look around (we were checking out early to have breakfast in Keene), but we had some tea and coffee and grabbed some cereal for the road. It was an intimate room that was very cozy.
And best of all, the innkeepers were so kind. Always eager to help us in any way. I feel sorry we weren't spending more time at the Inn to enjoy the company of the other guests and the innkeepers.
If I were ever to come back to the area, I would happily return (maybe to a lower floor next time :> ). I wish the town were bigger, but I'm sure I'm not the norm. This place is great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hancock Inn is a historic property in Hancock, New Hampshire. Built in 1789, it is New Hampshire's oldest continuously operating inn. The inn has 14 rooms for overnight accommodations that are exceptionally well-appointed with period antiques and inclusive of modern amenities, such as in-room chargers, waffle-weave spa robes, flat screen televisions with built-in DVD and wifi throughout the building. Many rooms have gas or electric fireplaces. There are numerous common areas around the inn for the enjoyment of our guests, upstairs and down. The two sitting rooms on the first floor, one with with a Rumford fireplace, are hallmarks of the inn's warmth and hospitality, separating it from the usual of being away, making it feel closer to home. Outside, the inn's 1.5 acres of gardens and field (which includes a professionally maintained croquet pitch in the summer) connect visitors to the Monandock region's preserved landscape and scenery. In the winter, join countless avid snowshoers and cross country skiers and, other times, experience the lakes, rivers and trails that crisscross our corner of the world. The inn's fine dining restaurant, The Fox Tavern, is open seven nights a week. The farm-to-table menu features New England favorites relying on locally raised beef, pork and poultry, plus cheese, fruits and vegetables from area growers, including vegetables from our own gardens. The Tavern's reknowned, cooked-to-order breakfast is served complimentary to house guests. Come to the Hancock Inn and learn why it has been characterized as "the near perfect expression of the New England village inn." ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hancock Hotel Hancock
- Hancock Inn New Hampshire