Omni Mount Washington Resort – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 6 February 2012
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At the turn of the last century, Bretton Woods (before it became known for the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference that took place there in 1944, which led to the creation of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund) was a fashionable mountain resort area with numerous grand hotels.  At its height, more than 50 trains arrived each day bearing guests (and their servants).

The Omni Mount Washington is one of the last surviving hotels in the region, which is surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest.  At 6,288 feet (1,917 meters), Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States.

As we approached, what appeared to be a fairy-tale like castle with a bright red roof appeared in the distance.   As we pulled up, a bellman opened the doors, greeted us heartily, and took care of the luggage.

Once inside, it’s clear that you are entering a relic of a bygone era.  And, as with all relics, there were some pluses, and a few minuses.


The hotel has been painstakingly maintained and updated without losing any of its charm.  Our Deluxe Room had two queen-size beds (one in an alcove), a small sitting area, and great views.  I’ve stayed at numerous Alpine hotels in Europe but this was my first mountain getaway (at least as an adult) and I was impressed.

One problem we immediately noticed with the room was a strange wind noise, which turned out to be a broken screen on one of the windows.  It was fixed almost immediately.  The second problem was a lack of heat, which we realized overnight.  Ironically, one of the bellmen told me that most guests complain about too much heat, but our room was very chilly by morning.  The hotel says it cannot provide space heaters because the wiring won’t support it (apparently the wiring wasn’t renovated with the rest of the hotel) so we switched rooms for the second night.  It was marginally better but at least we didn’t freeze.


The wooden writing desk faced a wall, which was a good thing since the views would have been a definite distraction while trying to use the computer to do work.  The chair was comfortable and the Internet worked well (free for Omni SelectGuest and GHA Discovery members).

If you are thinking about hosting a meeting, why not follow the lead of the planners of the Bretton Woods conference and meet at the Mount Washington?  The Presidential Wing, which opened in 2009, has over 30,000 square feet of meeting space (as well as a 25,000 square-foot salon and spa).  Meeting rooms can handle groups anywhere from 20 to 600 in the grand ballroom.  The rooms are named after the first five presidents (with Ronald Reagan thrown in for good measure).

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