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The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Jackson
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 August 2014

First, this Inn is lovely. Easy to find, you come up a mountain road and there it is, welcoming, wide porch, nice furniture, just great. And the staff are great. Megan was a great help, showing us around, getting my wireless hooked up. The décor is really quite nice. The bar is full of deep, comfy seating, and the dining room extends out to the lovely porch, which we enjoyed very much during our meals and in between on a lazy afternoon. We even sat out there for breakfast during a soothing summer rain, which was so nice! And, as a bonus, we got to see the bear that day. Yes, kids, there really IS a bear. He’s not small, and quite a handsome devil.
So, let’s talk about the meals, shall we? The food was fine. Not great. If you’re lovers of really good food as we are ( not needing fancy schmancy but well prepared and delicious), this is probably not your food destination. Breakfast was included in the package we purchased, and it was a small but respectable selection, off the menu, not a buffet. The omelet was ok, the special apple pancake super sugary as I expected though fresh apples would have been better than canned, and the Benedict had super runny eggs, but now I’m just being a fussy pants. It was all fine, as I said, but all unimpressive. We asked for a latte drink, which we wanted even after learning it was NOT included in the price (seriously?) and it was delivered only following a long wait, and was as a result, tepid. We asked for a fresh one, and our waitress obliged, which was nice. It was difficult to get a coffee refill, oddly. Not for lack of effort or willingness, but because there were too few waitstaff to manage the volume of guests, since the inn was full. One would think that a manager might have planned for this (call me crazy), after reviewing the reservations, but I guess not. They could have used another set of waitstaff hands, for sure.
In a similar fashion, we came down for the (included) dinner, promptly at 7, as reserved weeks ago. The manager let us know that we would have to wait since too many people came down at once and he couldn’t seat us. Not sure how this was our problem, but there you go. Dinner reservations are often used as a helpful planning tool. Here, not so much, I think. So off we went to a wicker couch on the porch so we could watch our fellow guests order their food and drinks and actually receive them, though our measly cocktails took 30 minutes. Oh goodness, I just don’t know. And be sure to note that the wine is served in a very skimpy pour…. Overall, the food at Dinner was ok, not unlike breakfast. But I’ll warn you – don’t get excited about the risotto; it’s really just Near East pilaf that sat in the pot too long.
And OK, while I’m on a bit of a rant, the hotel manager really is a very lovely European gent, but seemed to be in a bit of a fog sometimes. For example, we noted before arriving that there was a hot tub for our enjoyment. What a lovely after-dinner diversion! We went looking for it, aided by the directions of a couple of helpful staff members. On the deck by that red building, they said. Just a short walk, they said. Right. So we wandered around that red building for a while, fruitless in our search for the tub of hotness, then snagged a staffer who had the ill fortune to walk by in our moment of exasperation. He fled inside to find out what was what and several minutes later, the manager emerged to inform us (at great length, I must add) that the hot tub had been removed, and why. We did not care why. Nope. Not even a little bit. We did ask however, why his staff seemed to believe it still existed, since they had most helpfully provided us with directions. He was confused. He had changed the brochures and website, apparently. I guess the staff was on their own to figure stuff out. Oy vey.
OK, enough ranting. The dining experiences were not great. And there was the hot tub scavenger hunt. But there were many good things about the Inn at Thorn Hill too. The therapists in the little but lovely downstairs spa were excellent – Dawn and Jen gave excellent hot stone massages -- those gals were the real deal. Awesome.
And our room was fan-youknowwhat-tastic. We sprang for the suite upgrade and stayed in the Tuckerman suite. The photos on the site do not do this lovely suite justice. Just lovely. Spacious, beautiful. Bedding was great, nice furniture. Huge tub, big enough for a small elephant to have a soak. Steam shower – how exotic. And spotlessly clean, all of it. Nice little fridge and wet bar, by the way.
So, to summarize, this is a really lovely destination. Fantastic things: location, room, view, porch, comfy bar, staff. Not so fantastic: Food, waitstaff (too few), Klaus the manager, who spent too much time explaining why something was wrong instead of fixing it. (Did I mention there was no house phone in our room? Want to know why? Neither did we…) SO: set your expectations accordingly, find a great place to dine nearby, enjoy the porch and your suite. And the hot tub! Oh, wait….

Room Tip: The suite was totally worth the extra we paid
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thornhillowner, Owner at The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2014

Dear Pamela Helen

Thank you for your very detailed review of your stay at our Inn.
We appreciate very much you pointing out Meghan our Guest Service Director who gave you a detailed tour of the property at your arrival.
We are also very happy to hear how much you enjoyed dining on wrap around porch and the added attraction of "Bob"our bear who indeed is handsome and he knows it. I am reviewing all your comments and suggestions carefully and thank your for mention them.
Your comments about the exceptional cleaneliness and the comfort of our rooms is something we take great pride in it and our housekeeping staff is the best one can have all the credit goes to them.
Our Spa services are the best in the area and thank you for pointing out Dawn and Jen and how as you said it best " " those were the real deal"

Thank you again

Kind Regards

Heidi & Gunther

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We visited the inn for three days. The architecture and landscaping are impressive and the decor of the inn is upscale and elegant, yet comfortable and relaxing. Our room was spacious and beautiful. (We did not have a view of the mountains.) The large bathroom was stylish and impeccably clean.

One thing that impressed us was the concern and attention paid to my food allergies by dining room staff. I had called the inn to discuss this prior to arrival and they took great care to see that I had wonderful dining experiences. We enjoyed a delighful dinner and two very nice breakfasts. We were fortunate to enjoy great weather, and dining on the beautiful wrap-around porch was a treat! We interacted with several staff in the dining room and lounge and want to mention that Carlos was a star! His welcoming approach, great smile and professionalism were top notch.
The Inn host, Klaus, was very attentive to detail and had great rapport with guests.

The two of us enjoyed massages at the spa. The atmosphere was relaxing and we were refreshed and mellow at the end - thank you to the two congenial and skilled spa staff who provided the massages!

One disappointing factor involves the dress code for dinner. We had been told that "business casual" was required. That was fine with us as the inn is elegant and one would expect guests to dress nicely. We were surprised that several guests wore shorts or other very casual clothing. Dining in the lounge would be a good option for those who prefer to be very casual.

Our first (but hopefully not our last!) visit to the inn was overall a wonderful experience. We appreciated the hospitality shown to us and will happily recommend this lovely place to friends.

Room Tip: Ask which rooms have a mountain view . . .
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thornhillowner, Owner at The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2014

Dear Annie_on_the_go
It is a pleasure to read your comments about our Inn and how much you enjoyed you stay.
Klaus indeed is an excellent Innkeeper and his team that supports him deserve the credit for your excellent experience. We also very much appreciate your comments in regards to Carlos as he is one of a kind and very personable.
I am also happy to hear that our staff took care of your request in regards to the food allergies and you enjoyed your dining on our beautiful porch.

Looking forward to host another stay of yours in the near future.

Kind Regards

Heidi & Gunther

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Spent 4 nights in July. On a quiet street (an excellent bypass road around traffic delays). We stayed in a suite on a top floor with a street view - bedroom, living room and a huge bathroom with jacuzzi and steam shower. Suits are $50 more per night, and are worth it. On chilly nights the fireplace (between bedroom and LR) warms the place in 5 mins.
The hotel is one of the nicest in Jackson. We had dinner at two others and Thorn Inn is definitely more classy and sophisticated. Dark wood paneling, nice lounge, library. Lots of space to relax. Huge wrap around porch for dinner / breakfast and lounging. The clientele tends to be older and wealthier.
Breakfast is excellent. Served on the porch. Different homemade muffins every day. Try the Egg Benedict. Yes, its calorific, but you are on vacation. And if you linger long enough in the morning you may see Bob - the patriarch of the local bear family. Bob often comes around - walks up the road, then to the garbage containers (the are locked,but he still tries) and then around the porch to the back. Sometime, Momma Bear with two cubs visits instead.
Dinner is very satisfactory, but will not be as memorable as the hotel itself (or breakfast!)
The hotel is about 25 mins from numerous hiking trails in White Mountains, but to get information and maps you will need to drive to AMC Highland Center and Crawford Notch (most of the trails start around there) - hotels concierge is best for information on non-physical activities. Overall, a very memorable stay

Room Tip: Get a suite in main inn
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thornhillowner, Owner at The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2014

Dear Ella_RM

Thank you for your review and your very nice description of our Inn. We are very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. We try very hard to keep it as you said it best " Classy and rich"
to make it a special place for couples to get away and enjoy a relaxing time. I am happy to hear you also met Bob and some of our other visitors from the woods.

Looking forward to host you again in the future.

Kind Regards

Heidi & Gunther

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

We just returned from our second wonderful visit to The Inn at Thorn Hill. We have been to many beautiful New England inns, and Thorn Hill is most certainly one of the best.

The rooms are spacious and have gas fireplaces and lovely furnishings. Our bathroom was enormous with a walk-in shower and jacuzzi tub. The large wrap-around porch is inviting for reading, chatting or just relaxing. The restaurant serves gourmet dinners, fine wines and unusual, as well as traditional, cocktails. Scamp, the bartender, is fantastic, and noted for her
innovative martinis. The entire staff is warm and welocming.

We plan to return to The Inn at Thorn Hill soon.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thornhillowner, Owner at The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Dear RosemaryK

Thank you for being a loyal guest and and all your kind comments about our Inn.
Scamp indeed is one of the very best especially when it comes to Martini's. You comments about our welcoming staff is very much appreciated as they are the ones who ultimately make the Inn what it is today.
Thank you again
Kindest Regards

Heidi & Gunther Zweimuller

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

We came for our 21st Anniversary. Found this on Travelzoo, and we booked a package that included breakfast, and one dinner. A lovely woman named Nancy called us before our arrival, and made sure we booked a time for our dinner on Saturday.
First the staff....what a fantastic, friendly group they have there. From the moment of our arrival, we were treated very graciously. Everyone from front desk, to the bartender( I sadly cant remember her name, but she makes some mean drinks!!) to the Manager Klaus, who greeted us for every meal, and made sure we were happy, to the waitstaff, to housekeeping were extraordinary.
The room was spectacular. We had the Monroe room, at the end of the hall on the second floor. Great king bed. Really large room with plenty of space to get around in.The bathroom had a large Jacuzzi tub, as well as a steam shower. Both were fabulous.
We had drinks on the porch, overlooking a nice field with a gorgeous view of the mountains.
Dinner was spectacular, and breakfast both days was fantastic.
A warm welcoming inn in the heart of the Mountains, this was exactly what we were looking for, We got a great deal, but even at full price we will come back again.Thanks to everyone there for a spectacular weekend!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Monroe room. I will stay in that room again!
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thornhillowner, Owner at The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Dear James L
We are very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Happy belated Anniversary!
Thank you for mentioning our very friendly staff from Nancy to Klaus and our Bartender who truly makes a mean drink ( her name is Scamp) .
As you know it is the Staff who makes our Inn special and we very much appreciate you saying all this kind words about them.

Thank you again

Kind Regards

Heidi & Gunther

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We had a couple of important criteria in mind when we were looking for a weekend getaway from Boston--1. within a reasonable driving distance 2. outdoor activities nearby (preferably involving water) 3. good food options nearby 4. some degree of luxury. We arrived on staying at one of the cottages at the Inn at Thorn Hill because after scouring our Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Traveller magazines and finding that this hotel often ranked in the top 20 for small hotels in America, and it was relatively affordable, we thought we'd give it a try. We decided to book a cabin because we thought it would be more charming than staying in the main house. After a longer than expected ride from Boston (you have to love summer traffic) we arrived at the Inn. We had booked a package including dinner and we were shown to our cabin so that we could get ready for dinner. The cabin itself was cute on the outside. Nice to have a little bit of space, but still close enough to the main house to not be inconvenient. The room itself was very cozy, although it had the (in my opinion) "dreaded flowery bedspread" that probably doesn't get washed after each guest. At a "luxury" hotel, I'm somewhat surprised that they haven't changed to duvet covers. The bathroom was lovely and spacious, with a very large tub and separate shower. There was even a small back deck which we had all to ourselves. The internet works well, as well. We had a lovely dinner on the porch of the hotel. Our meal the first night was pretty exceptional. We even were able to do a small bit of stargazing from the open field near the cabin. We enjoyed breakfast the next day on the porch. The innkeeper, Klaus, is very welcoming (and has a unique and fun fashion sense as well!). We drove to the Saco river to do some kayaking which was a fun and interesting experience (because it is not so much exercise as it is more like being carried down the river), but it was fun nonetheless. Overall, the setting is beautiful and it is nice to escape the everyday hustle of living in a city, but I wouldn't put it up there quite yet with other luxury getaways I have enjoyed. Some updating in the rooms would help a lot.

Room Tip: we stayed in an inn, which was nice and private. I probably wouldn't stay in the smaller house...
Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thornhillowner, Owner at The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

Dear travelrabbit2003
Thank you for staying with us and writing this kind review about our Inn. Klaus indeed is very welcoming and makes sure that everyones stay is exceptional.
I understand you stayed in one of our Cottages and we already upgraded some of them ( we purchased the Inn 1 year ago) with the most important Items first like Mattresses TV Wifi as you mentioned it works very well but we do fully understand your comments and soon we will have all the Cottages more defined to match the main Inn but still have the rustic flavor.
Thank for mentioning all the other items you so enjoyed and we hope you will return and we can host you again in the near future.

Kindest Regards

Heidi & Gunther

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

We recently had just under two weeks in New England, i found a really good deal on travel zoo for here, and the reviews on trip advisor didn't let me down when i booked, Really fantastic location, friendly staff, and a lovely room, i would love to come here in winter...

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thornhillowner, Owner at The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2014

Dear kenzo1
We are very delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your kind comments in regards to our friendly staff and the accommodations.
Hope to see you in the near future as you mentioned you would love to come back in the Winter and we would love to host your stay again.

Kind Regards

Heidi & Gunther

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Address: 40 Thorn Hill Road, P.O. Box 800, Jackson, NH 03846
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Region: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Jackson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Jackson
Price Range: £95 - £257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"The Perfect Couples Retreat" Discover an award-winning New Hampshire spa resort in the majestic White Mountains. Our elegant AAA 4 Diamond Jackson, NH lodging offers elegant rooms, world-class dining and a luxury day spa. When you are looking for Jackson, NH hotels or a North Conway B&B, the Inn at Thorn Hill will exceed your expectations. Named by the Washington Post as "One of the Ten Most Romantic Inns in North America! ... more   less 
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