From the reviews, I thought this B&B would be a little gem. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Here's the good and the bad:
Location: Unlike many B&Bs in No Conway, this one is actually secluded, which is a big plus. Even some of the most historic inns are located on No Conway's main drag, which is basically a highway. This inn was at the end of a dead end road in the woods. It's very quiet and nice, but there are no views of the mountains.
Decor: While the house is old, the rooms are straight out of the Holiday Inn catalogue. The furnishings are very generic, and there's no original detail in the rooms or fixtures. The common areas are a bit nicer, but nothing special.
Food: Most B&Bs put out some muffins, bagels, or cereal, or at least give you a choice of some basic stuff, like eggs and bacon. Here, you get whatever the innkeepers feel like. Unfortunately, this was always a weird, soggy, tasteless, quiche-like thing. It was a quivering mass that had berries in it one day and spinach or some green thing in it the next. It was awful! It was like something they'd serve to prisoners in Sing-Sing as punishment.
Hospitality: Welcome to Bill and Paula's boot camp. Breakfast is only served between 8:30 and 9:15. Bill is very anal retentive and there are signs all over the place about what you're allowed to do and not allowed to do. Read the inn policies carefully, especially stuff about check in and check out. Bill wasn't very friendly and Paula looked through me like a zombie. Yeah, it's hard to run a B&B, but if you don't like people find another job. When I'm paying a lot of money for a reservation, I don't like being treated like a freeloader who's showed up unexpectedly and disturbed the peace of someone's home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you enjoy nature and the peaceful atmosphere of the mountains and forest, The Buttonwood Inn on Mt. Surprise offers that and more while being close to everything. We are situated on more than five secluded acres of field and forests, two miles from the village of North Conway. Our hiking trails on Bartlett Mountain are accessed out our back door where you can follow the myriad of intersecting trails for hours. Within five minutes, the peacefulness of the mountain trail will envelope you. The Buttonwood Inn has been a Select Registry member since 1999. In 2013, The Buttonwood Inn became a member of the Diamond Collection. The Daily Meal named The Buttonwood Inn as one of "The Top 50 US Bed-and-Breakfasts for Food" in May 2013. The Buttonwood Inn has been awarded the Best of New England 2010-11 and Best Food 2009-10. In October 2010, Travel Channel listed The Buttonwood Inn as one of the "Top 10 New England Bed and Breakfasts." ... more less
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