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Econolodge Inn & Suites
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Tilton
Chester, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Great food, so-so room”
Reviewed 9 August 2012

We spent 5 nights at the Shalimar Resort in New Hampshire in August, 2012. Went for Soulfest, a 4 days concert held at Gunstock Mtn.

First impression of the room was that it was old. It looked like something from the 50's. They may have painted recently, but they painted over the old nicks and bumps in the walls. The bathroom was no better. The edges of the floor and the corners were gross. The window air conditioner was noisy and took a long time to cool the room. The dark bedspread was hiding what? The underside was very dirty so I hate to imagine what was on the top side.

The employees were very helpful, both the house cleaners and the restaurant staff. My only complaint there was that our room was apparently forgotten to have been cleaned one day. All our dirty towels were on the floor in the bathroom where we left them and the bed was not made. Luckily, even though it was evening, one of the house cleaners was down the hall and she was very accommodating in getting us clean towels.

Since this is ski country in the winter, they have a huge indoor pool and spa tub. Very nice after a hot, sticky day outside.

On the positive side, included with our room were dinner coupons for every night of our stay. Granted, they had a special "house guest" menu, but we found the food on that menu to be very good. We did order twin lobsters off the regular menu so we had to pay for that. It was well worth it. Wednesday is all you can eat pasta...that too, was no charge. It was one of the highlights of our trip. The other was the Sunday brunch. Along with the free dinner coupons, we also got a $10.00 off coupon for two Sunday brunches. There was an omlet station as well as various hot foods: eggs benedict, home fries, scrambled eggs, American chop suey, bacon, sausage. All the usual buffet items as well as various fruits and pastries.

They advertise Wi Fi, but it was very spotty, if not non-existant. Don't count on doing any internet work from there.

I would stay there again if the bedspread had been clean. Silly, maybe, but it was gross.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hull, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

Been to Shalimar dozens of times,we have fun every time we go, and everyone else seems to as well. Clean comforatble rooms, comfy bed, (my wife wants to buy the same mattress we slept on last night), mini-fridge and coffe maker in room. This property is well located near shopping and activities and crystal clear Lake Winnisquam and is self contained. Pool, hot tub, gym,spa ,game room restaurant and lounge all under 1 roof. You can stay until you check out and have a great time. The staff is attentive, friendly and has great knowledge of the area. It appears that the 3rd generation of the family has assumed many responsibiliteis in the daily operation of the business. The food is very good and well prepared and the Sunday brunch is a great value.. I would like to see them offer a $10 dollar discount on the main menu instead of a "houseguest menu" part of their meal package but have yet to suggest it yet to management. If they were to do this I would give them an excellent rating instead of very good. We seem to make new friends at the pool on every stay and are looking forward to our next stay at the Shalimar

Room Tip: We like the king size bed room #101 near pool and nice view of the lake
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2012

We spent a few nights at Shalimar Resort recently and overall, it was a great trip. It's easy to find and conveniently located near so many things to do. The room was bigger than most hotel rooms and had a mini-fridge. The kids loved the pool AND the beach. You do have to walk across the road to get to the beach...not a big deal. The beach is clean and roped off if you have little kiddoes, that is helpful. Or, you can swim out a bit and sun yourself or jump off of the floating dock/raft. The staff was superfriendly and the food was pretty good. The place is a bit outdated as far as decor but I would still come back again. One minor thing - we are dinner on the nights we stayed. Dinner was included for the adults - we got to order off of a certain menu. The kids ordered off of the kids menu for ages 10 and under. Why then for Sunday Brunch was the kids cut-off 8 and under? We were traveling with a 10 year old and a 9 year old. We thought this was unfair. The policy should be consistent. Brunch should be 10 and under as well.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Staatsburg, New York
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

Went on a 4 night getaway with friends. Staff were very friendly. The beautiful lake is across the road. As an added bonus, had 2 free dinners. My only concern was the spa. It was highly chlorinated and cloudy. I did not use it. Instead, we went swimming at the lake.

  • Stayed July 2012
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NH
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

My husband and I just returned from a weekend trip to Shalimar. We loved it! The people were all so helpful and friendly. The room was nice and very clean. Great beach and swimming area! We had dinner in the restaurant and it was wonderful. I had the chicken parmesan and my husband had a burger, we were both very pleased!
When we left, we couldn't stop talking about what a nice time we had and how the staff was so nice and so helpful! We will be back for sure!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ashland, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 7 July 2012

We loved the Shalimar Resort. It was an excellent value for the dollar. Not only do you get a continental breakfast. you also get free coupons for dinner at the restaurant. The food was delicious! The resort is family run and the owners were wonderful. Very clean, great location and we would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2012

Went there for special off season rate. HUGE pool and hot tub that are indoors. Huge King room with nice flat screen plenty of extra chairs and entry from hall way and balcony. Free newspapers in morning, free continental breakfast in morning that consisted of hot coffee, 6 different kinds of cereal plus hot oatmeal. Delicious homemade muffins, as well as bagels and english muffins. As part of the special rate, dinner was included both nights for both of us. With many offerings including steak, haddock, hamburger and a beer and spaghetti-among others. Food was very good. Did have a White Russian that was very pricey!! Plan on returning again next year.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Econolodge Inn & Suites
Address: 650 Laconia Rd, Tilton, NH 03276-5322 (Formerly Shalimar Resort)
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Region: United States > New Hampshire > Tilton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Tilton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Econolodge Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 41
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