The Stonehedge Hotel and Spa
What We Love
- Jetsetter members receive 10 percent off spa treatments (must book appointments in advance)
- Vinotherapy Spa at Stonehedge offers wine barrel soaks and Chardonnay salt glows
- Indoor pool and Jacuzzi are great during the cooler months
- Half of the inn’s rooms have private balconies overlooking gardens and woods
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- 40 miles north of Boston and five miles south of the New Hampshire border
- The spa is open to customers not staying at the inn
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This French country manor is just an hour’s drive north of Boston, in a leafy stretch of the Massachusetts–New Hampshire gateway to the White Mountains. Set between the Merrimack River and a country club, the Stonehedge specializes in wine-soaked relaxation. The on-site restaurant, the Left Bank, serves locavore fare, such as Maine lobster and Massachusetts bay scallops. Vinotherapy treatments in the marble spa use antioxidant- and vitamin-packed wine grapes, and the spa also offers a four-season pool, a steam room, and a private outdoor sundeck. The two-story building has 30 charming guestrooms and suites decked out in French country style that mixes floral patterns and rich wood furnishings with pops of Merlot and gold. Romantic upgrades include gas fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs in select rooms; half of the inn’s rooms have private balconies overlooking gardens and woods.
In the Area
Immerse yourself in nature at Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest. The former site of a Native American village, the 1,140-acre park has hiking and biking trails though woods, and quiet ponds for fishing or kayaking. For farming the way it was meant to be, you can pick your own at nearby Parlee Farms. Strawberry and cherry season starts in June; blueberry season begins in July. August and September are about peaches, apple picking is prime in October, and pumpkins peak in October and November.
How to Get There
I had a business conference at Stonehedge several years ago, and remember cozy rooms, a good restaurant, and a great wine cellar. I was looking forward to returning when another conference was scheduled.
In fairness, signs say the inn is still under renovation, although I didn't see any signs of work in progress.
There were Internet issues which made checking in a challenge. The Inn is in a sketchy cell area, so we were inconvenienced until service was restored several hours later.
My room was nice enough, although the bathroom floor must have been stored in some special freezer prior to my arrivals
The gym consisted of an out of order elliptical, a treadmill, and some rusty free weight s in a closet-sized enclosure.
Dinner was unfortunate. The menu is closer to Olive Garden than gourmet, the wine cellar just a memory. The food had clearly served time in a microwave, possibly a life sentence.
I'm guessing one wouldn't just stop by in Tyngsboro -- it is so far off the beaten path there is barely a path. To go this far out of the way for an experience this...average...well, I'd rather remember how much I enjoyed it years ago.
Maybe just a bad day, but more likely an idea whose time has passed.
As a guest staying in the St. Moritz Suite the 14th-15th, we found the accommodations wonderful and the bar staff attentive and pleasurable. As a local Best Selling Author, I was eager to visit this "resort" whom I believed catered to unique guests. A few serious concerns:
- We do no not take our cell phones as Boutique Hotel Travelers such as the Roosevelt LA, Queen Mary Beach Long Beach and my dear friend’s HH’s iconic Mansion on O Street in DC where my book was carefully placed on the lobby shelf. Hence, all had fully operating room telephones which ours did not. Someone with a chronic illness and or heart condition would not be able to seek assistance which could be a life changing event.
- Your venue and well respected Spa was without a functioning jacuzzi and Steam Room. Really? Seriously?
- We were cordially given a $10.00 off dinner coupon which we neglected to use the first day. It was not honored or even considered to be taken off our invoice prior to departure.
- Lastly, your day Concierge “Elvira” had “zero” personality, negative customer service skills, the attitude of an “hombre” and devil like demeanor.
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Although it's been a few years since I visited the Stonehedge, I was looking forward to a special memorable visit to celebrate the beginning of the new year with my husband, so I booked their Spa Indulgence Package.
I totally agree with Joseph C's review. The elegance of the place has turned into a typical sports-bar theme: loud, obnoxious, college football fans with many "F" bombs dropped.
The dinner: possibly the worst dinner for three out of the four of us, as we were joined by friends of ours. The only saving grace was our bartenders Ben and Jared who were very knowledgeable and personable.
Finally, the spa: I expected it would be on par with the Mirabeau in Plymouth, but it wasn't even in the same league. I've had a better experience in chain-type massage locations. We arrived a bit early to enjoy the Jacuzzi and steam room, only to be greeted with signs apologizing that they were inoperable and they were sorry for the inconvenience. I booked a couple's massage, but apparently, the receptionist didn't understand what that meant as my husband and I were in different rooms. After an "okay" massage, I realized the robe I was handed had yellow stains on the collar and shoulder area, which I didn't notice beforehand. Disgusting. BTW, if you want a spa to be connected to the hotel, this is not for you. There's a short walk to a different building, but on a very cold day, you don't want to be doing that after being in a pool.
Although we were comped for the meals and our drinks, to say we were disappointed is an understatement.
This use to be our Go To for special occasions. Quiet, elegant, amazing and intelligent staff, incredible food, truly an experience.
This place was so good we invited friends, true foodies, to delight with us.
The one quiet bar had become a sports bar with big screen TVs and shouting fans. The incredible meals had become meh!, the staff were in rapid turnover (one told us it was his last night and that several were moving on). The sommelier continually apologized to us (he was made manager when the manager walked). Evidently the whole spa, hotel and restaurant were sold to a some syndicate.
Go somewhere else.
I organized a retreat for a cancer support group here and it was amazing. Six women stayed over two nights (rooms are amazing!) and used two conference rooms for activities. The conference rooms were cozy with a beautiful fireplace. The food was delicious. The location is very pretty and the spa and pool were great. The staff were so nice and accommodating. I would highly recommend it for a group event.