My family had the opportunity to stay at Eastern Slope in one of the RCI Timeshare Condo's for a long weekend. We stayed in the building nearest the theater (closed in the winter) just on the other side of the RCI timeshare we used this past summer.
The property is fairly well taken care of in the winter months when the North Conway area is pretty busy with skiers and other winter sports enthusiast. Parking was plentiful and it appeared most people were fairly close to their rentals or the inn itself, depending upon where they were staying (the inn appeared to be much more full than the timeshare area since school vacation only stared for MA & ME kids Friday afternoon and the timeshares run from Sunday to Sunday).
We shared a unit with friends so we had all three floors though it is technically two units and my understanding is they can be rented separately if the owner puts them in the rental pool. Our first reaction was "IT'S HOT IN HERE" which continued the whole time was stayed. We had heat off and windows/doors open and we just couldn't get the temperature right. We found it much easier to maintain a normal temp when we visited another unit in the same building in the summer as the AC worked great. This side of the building, at least the unit we were in, wasn't as nice at the other side of the building in regards to the kitchen. The cabinets were outdated and the cook tops were older. It seemed a bit smaller though there is still a small dishwasher and a very small fridge. The bathrooms in both units were adequate though all vanities need to be replaced as they are showing their age as is the jetted tubs. Everything was very clean - they obviously have a good housekeeping staff since I felt the same way during my the last visit.
Beds were comfortable. Not like home but better than average. The Murphy bed's are fine. The pull out sofa was good for one person but I don't think two adults would be comfortable. Bedding/Linens are in good shape. TV's are newer flat screens and had good picture quality. Lighting in the upper unit was wonky and included 1970's style pot/spot lights which were very harsh and didn't help the overheated feeling.
The pool was nice though the ventilation system seemed "off" and the pool area was very very warm - too warm for my taste. It would have been nice if a skylight was opened to slightly cool things down and remove the very very strong chlorine smell. It was so strong that our group had headaches after using the pool the first afternoon. It didn't appear the chlorine level was too high in the pool but just that ventilation was not up to par. The lobby of the Inn is a nice place to sit and read or people watch. The game room was very very warm which was odd since it's in the basement of the Inn.
If this place could upgrade the fridges in the areas where people stay more than a day or two it would make this a higher rated place. It's located in a great area and is generally quiet. I did witness quite a few children who needed adult supervision but I believe it was part of the influx of children visiting due to school vacation. We tried hard to keep our kids quiet in the evening and early morning but unfortunately not everyone does the same! Eastern Slope is a family place so the noise level wasn't much louder than expected.
Would visit again though I'm not sure I'd be up to visiting during a school winter vacation week!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WHERE GUESTS ARRIVE WITH ENTHUSIASM & RETURN HOME WITH FOND MEMORIES Welcome to the Eastern Slope Inn Resort - an elegant, four-season resort located on the National Register of Historic Places in the center of New Hampshire's North Conway Village. Situated on 40 acres, within walking distance of quaint shops, restaurants, cafes, and popular attractions, the Resort features 250 rooms bridging the charm of yesteryear with modern day comforts and conveniences. The main inn offers a variety of elegantly furnished guest rooms with many units featuring kitchenettes. Guests can choose from a diverse array of accommodations to include studios, townhouses and deluxe suites with gas fireplaces, spa tubs, full kitchens and living rooms. Resort amenities include the Eastern Slope Playhouse, indoor heated pool, indoor and outdoor hot-tubs, clay tennis courts, fitness facility, meeting room and business center, playground, retail shops, walking trails to the Saco River, stocked fishing and ice skating pond, and Flatbread Company restaurant with pub. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eastern Slope Hotel North Conway