Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa New Castle
We just spent 3 days at the Wentworth, to celebrate our 25th anniversary (a fact which we didn't share with management) and what a great decision! We booked an excellent "promo" rate which included a buffet breakfast, each morning. Our visit was during the NH school vacation, a week later than the all the neighboring states. All this may explain our wonderful experience. The hotel was very quiet and calm, almost empty. Breakfast was an excellent selection, including fresh cut fruit; which we always ate leisurely beside the windows.
Evenings, my wife and I enjoyed the indoor pool and hot tub for hours, all alone. We were given a corner room which had Victorian decore and 21th century comfort (radiant heated marble bathroom, down comforters, silent ventilation) and a million dollar view of the harbor and rocky shoreline. The staff were more than helpful and pleasant. We spent our days walking on the shore at Rye and Hampton beaches which are open in the winter (no fees) but no facilaties and touring Cape Ann. We ate a great pizza at the Portsmouth Gas Light, but the other dinners were at the hotel's bar/lounge. The food was very interesting, OK portions, but a little pricey. We will definitely go again (during Feb vacation) before our 30th!
Great relaxing weekend
Looking for a get-away close to the Boston area, we spent two nights at the Wentworth and enjoyed every minute.
Beautifully furnished rooms (I agree with a previous review-get an even number room on the third floor) great view, extremely clean everywhere, great exercise room, top notch spa services available, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, formal dining in the evening etc...and service staff that have been well trained to smile, be helpful, and be courteous.
Compared to Boston prices, our 2 night stay was a steal...book online at the Marriott website for the best deal...there are packages that include spa services and breakfast.
Although we saw families with children, this is a great romantic hotel if you want to be pampered while enjoying the nearby shopping outlets and downtown Portsmouth. However, there is no need to leave the resort if you don't want to. I imagine it is breathtaking in the summer, and with nearby beaches, we plan to return during at that time. You will not be disappointed.
What an amazing place! My boyfriend and I were looking for cozy Inn within a two hour drive of Boston and had read/heard great things about the newly renovated Wentworth. Everything was great...from the spa, to the workout room to the outdoor whirlpool (in late December!) to the oceanview room to the gourmet restaurant. All at a reasonable price, as well. We'll definitely go back! On the way home we did a leisurely drive on 1A along the coast. Very scenic - a great drive.
Great for group gatherings
Visited the Wentworth for three days in late November for a group conference after staying three days in early August. This gathering was for 50 but the Wentworth would be great for large or small groups. The rooms are lovely as always; my roommate and I had more than enough space and a balcony view of the Portsmouth harbor. Service at breakfast on one day was still slow but the buffet was sumptuous. Indoor pool - delightful and the outdoor jacuzzi a treat, despite the cool air when I got out! Hotel personnel made the stay very pleasant. Only disappointment - the waterside restaurant was not open (Lattitudes) although there was no note of that on website. Also note that some guest rooms are near to meeting rooms which could be a problem with late night meetings.
Different in a beautiful sort of way
Arrived late Thursday after Labor Day and were told that we were "upgraded" to a corner room on the 4th floor...pretty good view but not one of the best. Room was decorated beautifully, no less than 5 down pillows! It was unfinished though...unpainted mouldings, bathroom door and door trim were primed but still no finish coat of paint. The Latitudes restaurant was wonderful. Great food and a friendly staff. We enjoyed dinner there twice! Great location for sightseeing N.H. coast and southern Maine coast. Service in the main dining room was so-so at least for breakfast. Other services were great. The hotel has a wonderful indoor pool and spa area, outdoor jacuzzi and also an outdoor pool across the street by the marina. We found it very difficult to find the Hotel at night since we were unfamiliar with the Portsmouth area. Overall, great hotel, great stay, different in style from any Marriott we have stayed in. You will enjoy it there.
Still testing its wings
Just came back from a Labor Day weekend stay-my first stay at this hotel. Did get a good deal through the Marriot website-$179 per night ;per the site, for that rate nonsmoking rooms were not available but when I checked in, the front desk noted my nonsmoking preference as a Marriot Rewards Member & quickly honored it. They very courteous & on top of that got me a third flr room as I requested- it was gorgeous, decorated in a Victorian motif w/ a marble shower ( no tub), carved woods. The space was a little tight for a dble room(for 2) w/limited storage space. It was very clean,though. I got in late & there wasn't any self-parking area avail (wedding that wknd)so they provided complimentary valet parking. When I got to my room I realized I had forgotten to get rid off the styrofoam semi-filled coffee cup in the car but the next day, when I went to pick up my car it was gone-what service! Furthermore the area looked as if the fellow wiped it clean ! Breakfast was not as good as expected- I ordered it via Room Service-it was just not a good value. I chose to eat my other meals out as there are quite a few inexpensive gems in the area-for breakfast The Egg and I is around the corner on Rt 1A. The hotel is comparatively small & they are still under contruction outside. It was not as expansive inside as the old resorts usually are even though from the outside it looks as if it would be. Overall a good experience but I would wait a while before returning just to see what more they accomplish in the renovation. Staff was wonderful. Nice views from the even numbered rooms facing east.
Grand hotel with modern luxury
We spent 4 days at this beautiful hotel and it was an excellent combination of old world luxury with modern conveniences.
Although the property exudes an air of elegance, it was not the least bit formal...typical of all Marriott resorts.
The room was small, but very well-appointed. The heated bathroom floor was a nice touch.
The only negative was the main dining room. While the service was excellent, they ran out of several starters and main courses. Food was well-prepared, but we expected more for the price. You will do better at a number of excellent restaurants in downtown Portsmouth, a short drive from the hotel.
All in all, a beautiful and relaxing vacation.
Charm of the Old, Luxury of the New
With family in the Boston area and an aunt with a house on the beach in
Seabrook, NH, we travelled to this part of the country frequently for
summer vacations. I have strong childhood memories of driving by the
grand old Wentworth-by-the-Sea and hearing stories of the ladies
meeting there for lunch or afternoon tea. It was sad, over the years,
to learn the property had closed and slipped into disrepair.
But now it's time for a big "Congratulations!" to the persevering
lovers of this historic landmark for their patience and ultimate
triumph. The restored hotel is a beauty.
For those who must be directly on the sand to be "at the beach," you'll
have to stay elsewhere. But for the others who find the charm of a
century hotel with water views from every window the ideal retreat,
there's lovely Wentworth-by-the-Sea.
Although the all-white facade appears grand in scale, the inside spaces
are intimate. Your welcome begins at the white-wood-trimmed front-desk
area...with gleaming wood floors, wicker furniture and and a peek
through the dining room to one of the endless water views. Nearby,
there's an appropriately dark and comforting bar. And that small, yet
elegant, main dining room features the original cherub fresco in the
ceiling dome...possibly cleaned but retaining years of original patina.
As you look around the fresh and bright dining room, you can almost see
the ghosts of delicate ladies in white gloves sipping tea and nibbling
Two new wings have been added to the central building. Our room in one
of the new wings wasn't huge but was luxuriously appointed and, through
the expansive sliding glass door to a toe-balcony, offered a 180 degree
view of the nearby river and marshlands (the rear parking area and road
1B between the hotel and the view were a distraction...but, I guess, a
required acceptance of modern motorist convenience added to the area
over the years). The ample marble-clad bathroom wasn't huge but was
perfectly laid out for two to get ready simultaneously. If you prefer a
marina/sea view, ask for a new-wing room that faces the sea instead
(even numbers)...and try to get on the third floor (fourth floor has
smaller windows like those in the original part of the hotel).
Only complaints were these:
* Breakfast service in the main dining room was error-prone and slow...and the food arrived lukewarm (that, and our table-for-two was, situated in the middle of the "traffic lane" so a mellow breakfast was not in the cards; ask for one off to the side). Looking around the room, I think the slow service was due to the particular waitress assigned to our table. Other guests seemed to be well and promptly served.
* Two meals enjoyed in the restaurant near the marina were good...and young bar and service staff very nice. But don't expect gourmet dining or even an extensive seafood menu at the Wentworth (at least, not yet). For menu selections and overall service, the Wentworth may suffer from its ownership by a group that also owns significantly less upscale properties nearby. They may need to get some "luxury" lessons from others who own similar properties. Concierge service was perfunctory (not bad, just there). Doormen were often more interested in talking with each other than opening doors and welcoming guests (although once you got their attention, they did a nice job).
Although parts of the grounds are still under construction (e.g.,
marina-side suites), I would highly recommend Wentworth to many. Those
who enjoyed the old lady when she was originally open. Those who
admired the fading beauty from afar and can now enjoy the fully
restored, antique charm of a seaside classic. And those who just like
staying in a grand resort that offers something for everyone to enjoy
(didn't get a chance to sample the spa).
There's much nearby that will lure you away (beaches, Portsmouth, Maine
coastline, etc.) but take some time to enjoy this classic property and
imagine your grand-parents strolling the grounds dressed in their
Summer finery...enjoying a time of more mellow pursuits and relaxation
on a perfecty picturesque hillside setting by the sea.
My husband and I spent 2 glorious nights in the beautifully restored Wentworth. Although there was still construction going on and the grounds were not quite up to speed, our stay there was just about perfect. Our room was exquisitely decorated with period reproductions and the bed linens were plush and plenty. We had a pleasant view of distant water and boats. The main dining room served an eclectic selection of foods to please almost any palate. Our meals were flawless. We both ordered the surf and turf. A petite filet on a bed of mashed potatoes topped with half a lobster tail and asparagus. The dinners arrived hot and the meats were cooked to perfection. The wait staff was unobtrusive and very pleasant. We also had an inaugural dinner at the new Latitudes bistro across the street from the main hotel. Again our meals were delicious and perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Not bad for opening night. This restaurant is on the Wentworth Marina and was a perfect spot for dinner or just a great place to relax and have a cocktail. We did have one problem with a gift certificate that my in laws had phoned in prior to our arrival to be used for our 20th anniversary dinner. When we received our check the certificate was not deducted. We waited until the morning to check with the front desk about the certificate. Judi looked in various places abut could find no record of my mother in laws call. But she assured us she would look further. We checked again in the afternoon with Stacie who also looked but could find nothing. That evening we spoke with the restaurant manager on duty and he too could find no record of the call.
He too said he would get back to us. He did at 9:30 PM and stated he comes in at 2 PM and perhaps the day manager knew something about it.
Upon checking out the next morning Judi was back on duty and remembered our situation. She told us to have my in laws call the front desk and everything would be taken care of and the amount would be deducted from our total bill. My mother in law called the front desk only to be told they don't accept credit card payment over the phone for a gift certificate. It would have to be faxed. No one in all the times that we had discussed this situation had ever once told us that a credit card could not be called in over the phone. And why when she called the first time on July 17 wasn't she told this. They gladly accepted her account number as payment. She was assured that everything would be all set and that we were sure to enjoy our meal. Not only were my in laws embarrassed by this situation but they were also misled to believe that all was fine upon the initial call. Perhaps communication between staff of each departments can be enhanced upon so other do not have to be embarrassed or waste time out of their vacation trying to rectify a problem that should've never existed in the first place. For this reason only I would rate the Wentworth as above average.
Wow! It is very evident that much money was spent renovating this resort. We went with our 2 children ages 7 and 9. They appreciated the beauty of this place almost as much as we did. Highlights: the indoor pool and outdoor whirlpool were just lovely; the room was gorgeous and my husband said it was the most comfortable bed he has ever slept on; the restaurant was very nice and the food very good; trolley service to Portsmouth and the beach (kids loved this). We appreciated all the luxury of this fine hotel.
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