Mount Washington Hotel Virtual Tour

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Guest Rooms

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We're in the Great Hall and this is the main staircase heading up to the guest rooms.

 

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The view out the windows from the main staircase.

 

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This lobby is typical of the small lobbies located on each floor at the main stairs.

 

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It is typical for the secondary staircases to be rather plain, even in the fanciest hotels. Not so here! This is the secondary staircase on the north end of the hotel.

 

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The 4th floor hallway, other floors are similar.

 

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This is a skylight near the north end of the 4th floor hallway.

 

In 1999 the Mount Washington Hotel started operating year-round. Until that time it had closed for the winter months. In 2003 the hotel's interior was remodeled by Interior Designer Carleton Varney. In 2004 the hotel's mechanical system was updated to provide individual room climate control in all the guest rooms. In 2007 a major restoration of the hotel's exterior began and the golf courses were reconstructed. A new spa and 20,000 square foot conference center addition also began construction in 2007, as well as a new outdoor pool, and a new driveway configuration leading up to the hotel. All are expected to be completed in fall 2008.

Basic Guest Room

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Our room (414) was a "Queen Superior" which is the least expensive room designation. No view, no wallpaper. These smaller rooms were originally used as quarters for wealthy guest's personal servants, whom they brought along with them on vacation.

 

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Another look at our room from the other side. Like most historic hotels the rooms are small by today's standards.

 

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The bathroom in our room.

 

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Same bathroom as above. Nice, but not elegant.

 

Vista Guest Rooms

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A nicer "Double Queen Vista" room. This room has wall-paper and a view of Mount Washington.

 

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Same room, different angle.

 

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Here's the view.

 

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I believe this is a "Single King Vista" room.

 

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Same room, different angle.

 

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Upgraded bath in the view rooms.

 

The Princess Suite

The Princess Suite, room 314, was one of Princess Faucigny-Lucinge's rooms at the hotel (she moved around.) The four poster bed in the photos below was her favorite, she would not sleep in other beds. When she changed rooms or moved to one of her other hotels at the end of the season, the bed was disassembled, boxed up, shipped to the new location, and then set up in her new room prior to her arrival.

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The Princess Suite. A new spa tub is on the far right. There is a working gas fireplace in the room.

 

Virtual Reality Panorama of the Princess Suite:


If you have the Quicktime plug-in installed on your computer a photo will appear above. Hold down your left mouse button over the photo and drag it to move around the room in the photo. Note: If no photo appears, you either don't have Quicktime installed or you have ActiveX/Javascript blocked. To get the free Quicktime player plug-in, click here. To allow ActiveX controls click on a yellow bar with a security warning at the top of this webpage.
To see a standard panorama photo of the Princess Suite, click here.

Ghosts

The ghost of Princess Faucigny-Lucinge is said to haunt the Mount Washington Hotel. She isn't known to disturb guests but there are infrequent reports of a woman seen in various locations around the hotel, wearing Victorian clothing and almost always seen combing her hair. In a staff photo taken on the front lawn of the hotel you can see a woman in Victorian dress looking out the window of the Princess Suite. But most of the time her ghost is seen at other locations in the hotel rather than any of the rooms.

A few days prior to our stay a staff member claims they encountered a ghost in one of the stalls of the public women's restroom on the Stickney Street level. The restroom is adjacent The Cave which was formerly a speakeasy and may have seen some unbecoming behavior over the years. Perhaps the ghost in the stall was a former hostess or guest who wandered over from The Cave!

Not the normal brochure photos

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Each guest room door has one or more brass plates with names of past guests, some famous, some not so famous.

 

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Some of the original hotel windows have been recycled as picture frames. Please ignore my reflection in the glass, a real pro would never allow that!

 

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A polished brass fire alarm bell.

 

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I always try to get a photo of something really different, so here's a roof-top view from the hotel looking at the north towers!

 

Special thanks to the media relations office and Adventure Desk staff of the Mount Washington Hotel and especially to Mac McQueeney for showing us around the hotel, providing much of the information presented here, answering our many questions, and putting up with our wandering off from the normal "tour route"!


References and Books:

The Mount Washington, a Century of Grandeur by Ted Landphair & Carol M. High Smith. Coffee table book on the Mount Washington Hotel. Contains a history of the hotel & lots of high quality photos. Out of print, limited availability.


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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.

 

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