Omni Mount Washington Resort
What We Love
- A four-seasons luxury resort in the White Mountains, with a sprawling spa and excellent skiingFollowing a climb up the indoor wall with a massage at the 25,000-square-foot spa
- Listening to a jazz band at the speakeasy or the orchestra at the AAA Four Diamond restaurant
- Trying the largest downhill ski mountain and longest zip line in the state, or a Golfweek-endorsed course
- Learning about the National Historic Landmark’s enormous role in shaping the post-WWII economy
What To Know
- You can arrange horseback riding, zip-lining, dogsledding and other activities at the reception desk
- Located very close to the Mount Washington Cog Railway
- There's an indoor pool and jacuzzi as well as a smaller outdoor pool
- Learn more about the hotel's history on a guided tour – they run twice daily at 10 am and 3 pm
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Experience the height of hospitality beside the tallest peak in the Northeast. A Historic Hotels of America member, Omni Mount Washington Resort once opened its doors to all 44 Allied nations, as the host of the landmark Bretton Woods Conference on post-war finance, and is still known as a warm and welcoming Granite State retreat. It’s a worldly one, too; the property draws on Chinese, Swedish and Swiss techniques, among others, at its 25,000-square-foot spa, and references the Spanish Renaissance movement in its landmarked 1902 architecture. In an Austrian twist, there’s an orchestra at the AAA Four Diamond restaurant that plays waltzes as you dine.
The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner is proud of its New England setting, and not just at the spa, which also incorporates local nettle and rosemary into its treatments. Although there’s lots to do indoors, with shops, an arcade, a gallery and a climbing wall on offer, the surrounding 800,000-acre forest is the resort’s main attraction. You can enjoy swimming in indoor and outdoor pools all year round and zip-lining on one of the longest canopy tours in the region. In the colder months, you can take a scenic carriage or sleigh ride, and be sure to hit the downhill and cross-country ski trails – Omni describes these as “alpine” and “Nordic,” but they’re also fairly iconic in New Hampshire and among the largest on the East Coast.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $31.61 per room, per night will be added on the payment screen. The resort fee includes valet parking; high-speed Internet access; morning coffee and newspaper; access to the fitness center and pools; local and toll-free calls; resort shuttle service; historic hotel tours; seasonal lectures and entertainment and more.
Make yourself at home in one of Omni’s beautiful, New England-inspired accommodations, where you’ll find luxurious bedding and a flat-screen TV. Décor is elegant and opulent, with polished woods and traditional tartan or floral prints. Traditional Queen rooms measure 200 square feet, while the Deluxe rooms are a roomy 300 square feet and offer your choice of one king or two queen beds.
You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to fine New England dining, with three or four eateries (depending on the season) and a bar at your disposal. The AAA Four Diamond Main Dining Room not only offers panoramic views of the tallest mountain in the Northeast, but hosts a generous breakfast buffet, at times with chef-attended omelette and waffle stations, and an orchestra at dinner. Please note that reservations are recommended for dinner, and that a dress code is politely enforced at all meals.Stickney’s Restaurant is a steakhouse on patio level, with a fireplace and an al-fresco area during the warmer months. Lunch and dinner are served here, with fish and seafood entrées also on the menu. Nearby The Cave serves late-night light bites, in keeping with its Prohibition-speakeasy theme, and Rosebrook Bar offers cocktails and hummus and cheese plates, to yet more mountain views.If you’re thirsting for a cocktail, pick whether you’d like your margarita with or without salt, or your martini shaken or stirred, at Rosebrook Bar; make a selection from the drink menu at The Cave; or stop by the Princess Room. The latter serves afternoon tea, with finger foods and confections, on Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm.
The resort’s 25,000-square-foot spa looks out to some of the 800,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest and is inspired by this landscape and the traditions of China, Sweden and Switzerland. Receive a signature therapy with a Mountain Mist nettle or rosemary product, before treating yourself to a hair or nail service. When feeling more active, swim a few laps in the indoor or year-round outdoor pool, or work off your four-course dining-room dinner at a yoga class or in the fitness center.
Whether you prefer the indoors or the outdoors, and whether you came to keep busy or take it easy, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at Omni Mount Washington Resort. If you come in one of the colder months, you can take on the slopes of the largest ski resort in the state, and SKI magazine’s 2017 best-snow and 2016 best-groomed ski resort on the East Coast, all facing Mount Washington – the tallest mountain in the Northeast. If you prefer cross-country to downhill skiing, there’s the Nordic Ski Center, also one of the largest in the region, which has a cabin and yurt for warming up between runs. Pop by the rental and repair shop for a tune-up, or brush up on your technique at the ski and snowboarding skills. For a different winter adventure, ice skate, snowshoe, tube, take a sleigh ride, or careen across the one of the longest zip lines in New England.Don’t forget to take home a souvenir. You’ll find shops and a gallery on the lower level of the hotel, as well as a U.S. post office, if you want to ship your new purchases. Also indoors are a climbing wall, an arcade with billiards and video games, and plenty of events: perhaps a holiday celebration, big-band event or lively après-ski party. Traveling with minors? Sign them up for age-appropriate programs, whether an arts-and-crafts activity and story hour, a pirate-themed spa treatment, a marshmallow roast by the fire pit or a ski party.
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The Hotel was a beautiful setting. The bar was really expensive and the quality was poor. The restaurants were terrible. They were not clean, the food quality was poor and they really did not seem to care, because it is the only food option in the area. It is too bad, if attention was in food service and quality, the Hotel would be so much nicer.
My husband planned a fall getaway for us to celebrate his retirement and my birthday in October, and we booked a stay at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort on the recommendation of a colleague.
Overall, this hotel has seen better days. It is old, drafty and run down. The room we booked was "standard" because on a vacation we typically do not spend much time in the room and had planned to do a bit of sightseeing. We opened the door to the third floor room and laughed. No wonder they don't post the square footage on the website. It looked as if we had stepped into the servants quarters in Downton Abbey! The room was tiny, with one nightstand, a sloped ceiling making it impossible to sit at the writing desk, and cracks in the window frame so wide we had to stuff a towel in the crack to stop the drafts. The furniture was old and mismatched, looking a lot like flea market finds. The room was dusty, the one armchair had stains on it, and there was a questionable stain on the sheet when the coverlet was pulled down?? (see pictures) Also, forget plugging in a computer because . . . there are no three pronged outlets in the room.
I went to the front desk to (1) see if we could do something about upgrading the room (nope, they were sold out) and (2) to get an adaptor to be able to plug in electronics.
We had added a 4th night shortly after making the reservation and were informed we had been "upgraded" (at our cost) to a "deluxe king" room which had literally a second night stand, room to stand up, and a smaller bathroom. And which cost double the first room at over $650.00 a night, before resort fees.
I'm assuming they can get away with these rates because they are pretty much the only game in town. I would never stay there again. There were plenty of bed and breakfast's and hotels a twenty minute drive away with better values and nicer rooms. I don't mind paying for quality, but this was a total waste of money. (Although we did hit peak leaf season, so at least the scenery was pretty.)
The front desk staff could care less about any complaints, and the first night the concierge directed us to dinner at a diner just off the property that was pretty abysmal.
On a positive note, we enjoyed the cog railroad trip to the top of Mt. Washington, and shopping in the surrounding towns. We had dinner two nights in their mid-priced restaurant, Stickney's. Both dinners were very good with good service. The spa was 5 star, and the indoor pool and work out area were not crowded and pleasantly appointed.
Honestly, I would stay somewhere else. Anywhere else. And drive over for a day to sit on the porch and enjoy a drink and the view. Maybe a spa visit. But I would never stay in these substandard, overpriced rooms again.
Sad hotel, resting on its laurels with memories of better, bygone days. STRONG resemblance to the Overlook Hotel (remember The Shining?).
The overall cleanliness of the hotel was unacceptable. The grand staircase needs a good cleaning and vacuuming as there was dust piled up on the stairs, and banisters. We stayed there for 4 nights, and our room was not dusted once. By the end of our stay, I could write in the dust on the dresser. This is unacceptable for a room we paid $600.00/night for. The restaurants were good and the service in the restaurants was excellent.