Mount Washington Hotel expansion

A look down from the observation deck at the rear of the Mount Washington Resort on Sept. 18, 2019, shows much activity as work recently began on a four-story addition to the hotel’s Presidential Wing that is adding 69 rooms and suites.

BRETTON WOODS — Already boasting 200 rooms, the Omni Mount Washington Resort recently broke ground on a 69-room-and-suite addition to its Presidential Wing.

“As grand as the history behind it, the Omni Mount Washington Resort has been a delighting hideaway for over 100 years and we are excited to further refine the beloved property’s ambiance and amenities,” said Josh DeBottis, general manager, in a prepared statement.

“Our goal has always been to engage all the senses of our guests with outstanding views, elegant rooms and suites, thrilling outdoor activities and indulgent dining experiences. We are confident that our guests — both new and returning — will find our new developments memorable and rewarding,” he said.

The addition, which is scheduled for completion in 2021, will preserve the hotel’s historic aesthetics, DeBottis said, while incorporating modern amenities, among them a central concierge lounge featuring morning coffee service and a business center.

The rooms and suites will feature “opulent, top-of-the-line bathrooms,” the statement said, as well as private balconies from which guests can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Washington.

Located on the east side of the current hotel, the addition directly faces Mount Washington, the Cog Railway and Crawford Notch.

Last June, resort officials, including DeBottis, said the addition coincides with improvements at its Bretton Woods ski area, the largest in New Hampshire, which for the 2019-2020 season will operate the state’s only eight-person gondola.

Another ongoing project is the expansion of the mountainside Summit restaurant, which will double in size. Guests will be able to ride the gondola directly into the restaurant from the base lodge, with no exposure to the elements.

The gondola, which is being built by Austrian-Swiss Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, is an amenity to the ski area but more so a tool to help make Bretton Woods a premier wedding/gathering venue, resort officials said. It will run at 1,200 feet per minute and get people up and/or down the mountain in about 5 minutes.

Currently, both Wildcat Mountain and Loon Mountain have four-person gondolas, and Cannon Mountain operates an aerial tramway that has two cars, each capable of holding 80 people.

The addition to the Mount Washington Resort is the third since 1902 and includes the Sun Dining Room in 1906 and the Presidential Wing Spa & Conference Center in 2008.

Omni Hotels has managed the Mount Washington Resort and its related properties since 2009 and purchased all of them in December 2015.

Sunday, October 20, 2019