The Mount Washington Hotel
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Mount Washington Hotel Virtual Tour
Your virtual tour guide: Jess Stryker
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Unless noted, photos taken Monday, July 9, 2007. Click on any photo for a larger image.
The Mount Washington Hotel:
The items we will look at on this virtual tour are:
The Hotel Exterior & Grounds:
Welcome to the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire! This virtual tour should give you a good feel for the hotel and it's history. If you like grand old hotels, this is one of the best! You really should visit The Mount Washington in person, but a virtual tour is the next best thing. So let's get started!
The unexpected sight of the white walls and red roof of the hotel from the highway is sure to get your attention!
A winding road lined with white light poles leads through the meadows and golf course to the hotel. This is one of the grandest hotel approaches in the world.
As we wind up the hill to the hotel we get a look back at the well-groomed grounds and golf course. Unfortunately they plan to straighten out the road (and make it boring) as part of the current remodeling. Speaking as a landscape architect, I think this is a huge mistake they will regret.
View of the hotel from the parking lot. The hotel is often billed as "A Grand Masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance Revival Architecture".
You may notice scaffolding and other signs of construction in some of the photos. The Mount Washington was undergoing a $50 million remodeling at the time of our visit. A new spa and meeting facilities are being constructed, along with a new outdoor pool, and refurbishing of the golf course. At the same time repair of major damage caused by a storm on April 17, 2007 is being done. The entry drive for the hotel will be relocated as part of the work.
The road winds up to the porte-cochere where valets and bellhops greet us.
The hotel takes its name from nearby Mount Washington. If you're interested, a historic steam-powered cog railway goes to the summit of Mount Washington.
Before we go inside the hotel lets walk around the outside of the hotel for a better look at the building and grounds.
Here's an aerial photo with items in the pictures below labeled, to help you get your bearings.
This employee dorm is aligned with the hotel, and is located just to the north of it. Despite it's size, it is not very noticeable to guests due to the location.
This is the North End Tower of the hotel. Check out the fancy scroll work.
The Mount Washington Hotel was constructed by railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney (of the Pennsylvania Railroad). Construction started in 1900 and the hotel opened in 1902. Stickney wanted a first-class hotel and brought in 250 Italian artisans to help in the construction. The original cost of the hotel was 1.7 million dollars. The hotel was built for summer operation only. Each year it opened in May, and then was closed up in October.
This is the Front Veranda. The Veranda of the Mount Washington Hotel is an amazing 903 feet long.
At the south end of the hotel the veranda widens into a viewing platform, then continues around to the back of the hotel.
The south end of the veranda offers fine views of the golf course and valley. Flower pots hang from the veranda roof.
The hotel is built into the hill, so the ground level on the rear of the hotel is one floor lower than the front. The patio level can be seen here under the veranda. Note the hanging flower pots on the upper veranda level.
The Mount Washington was never an inexpensive hotel. Joseph Stickney set the price of his rooms at four times the going rate, and his wealthy guests gladly paid the price. Unfortunately Joseph Stickney didn't have much time to enjoy his new hotel, he died on December 21, 1903. The hotel was inherited by his widow, Caroline Foster Stickney, who kept it under her control until her death.
The old outdoor pool. It will be removed and replaced as part of the current remodel and expansion of the property's recreation/spa facilities. This was probably one of the last photos taken of it!
This is the "Stadium Court" a single tennis court with a stage behind it. A large mural depicting Victorian era tennis players serves as a backdrop for the stage. The court sits directly behind the center of the hotel. The lawn between the hotel and the court serves as an informal amphitheater and tennis court can serve as an outdoor (clay) dance floor.
Panoramic view of the back of the hotel from the stage in the photo above. The south wing is to your left. To the right is the north-east wing which angles away from the main hotel body.
South End Tower from the rear of the hotel. You can see the damage from the April 17, 2007 storm that ripped plaster off of the wall.
The Ammonoosuc River flows behind the hotel. This unique foot bridge leading to the golf course and trails.
The Ammonoosuc River, looking south (downstream), from the foot bridge.
Looking north (upstream), from the foot bridge.
This is Mount Washington, viewed from the rear lawn. It's not an impressive mountain to look at, but the gentle appearance should not deceive you. Mount Washington is a mean little mountain that has claimed a lot of lives over the years!
Next, we'll take a look inside the hotel. If you think the outside is impressive, wait until you see it inside!
More... click here for the next page of the tour!
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Unless noted, all photos above were taken on Monday, July 9, 2007. Click on photo for a better quality image. Some photos may have been digitally altered to enhance details and blur faces.
All text and images by Jess Stryker, unless noted. Copyright © Jess Stryker, 2007. All rights reserved.
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