Mount Washington Hotel Virtual Tour
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Stickney Street - the Patio Level
The main elevator still has dial type floor indicators over the doors-- and it is not automated. Friendly elevator operators whisk you from floor to floor, and provide lots of information about the hotel if asked! The elevator was originally water-powered.
The elevator controls. (Don't panic, if the elevator operator is on break, there is also a fully automated elevator right around the corner from this one. But that's not nearly as much fun!)
Here's the floor plan for the Stickney Street level. Floor plan courtesy of Mount Washington Resort.
Stickney Street extends most of the length of the patio level. Historic photos of the hotel line the walls of Stickney Street. There is also a ice cream shop, gift shop, Kid's Camp (day care), and a real estate office down here that I didn't photograph. The gift shop was originally the Ladies Card Room. The bricks are facing only, the actual walls are constructed of granite.
Entrance to The Cave. Why the narrow hallway entry? If you look at the floor plan you will notice that the Cave is tucked out of sight under the front porch of the hotel. It was a "speak-easy" during prohibition, so they didn't want it to be too obvious!
The depression brought hard times for the Mount Washington Hotel. The Mount Washington survived, but suffered and fell into disrepair. Finally in 1942, at the outset of World War II, the hotel was closed. The now closed hotel was sold in 1944 to investors from Boston who remodeled it, with help from the government, so that the Bretton Woods International Monetary Conference could be held at the hotel. The hotel reopened after the war. Since that time the hotel has passed through a series of owners, with both up and down periods.
The Lafayette Room was originally a bowling alley. It now serves as a meeting room.
Stickney's Lounge & Restaurant
This is the bar in Stickney's Lounge & Restaurant. Originally this was the Men's Billiard Room.
The Stickney's Lounge features Stickney's Measuring Stick. The stick is a joke, check your height on it and you will find you have shrunk by a couple of inches! Getting your picture taken with the stick is a tradition.
Fireplace in Stickney's Lounge & Restaurant.
Stickney's features patio dining in summer.
Julie and I having lunch on Stickney's patio.
More food. It tasted good, too!
The Indoor Pool & Spa
At the far south end of Stickney Street is the indoor pool. Originally the pool was longer, it was shortened to make room for a new massage center. Fortunately the hotel logo on the pool bottom was retained.
Another look at the pool.
There is also a spa.
Behind the scenes
The pool equipment room. How exciting!
I'm not encouraging you to sneak around, but if you do, at the north end of Stickney Street you will find a unmarked door that leads to the area under the dining room where some of the hotel's support facilities are located. Just look for a steady stream of employees walking in and out. The hotel has a staff of 300 persons in winter, swelling to 400 in the summer season.
Next, let's head upstairs and look at some of the guest rooms.
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Unless noted, all photos above were taken on approximately Monday, July 9, 2007. Click on photo for a better quality image. 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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