Fairfield Inn by Marriott, North Conway (New Hampshire) : Very good expérience

First stop on this summer itinerary, with this hotel immersed in the mountains of New Hampshire.

Booking

I booked this property about 2 months before our stay. Traveling with our dog, I booked a suite directly so that we would have enough room. The establishment charges a $50 cleaning fee when traveling with a pet, which is still reasonable compared to other places.

The price isn’t cheap, close to $300 a night, but with a dog and in the middle of summer we don’t have much choice, so off we went for 5 nights.

Arrival

I completed the arrival formalities 2 days before the start of our stay using the Marriott Bonvoy app. I indicated in the app our expected arrival time of around 2.30pm and request a late check-out at 3pm on the day of our departure.

We arrived at the hotel by car in mid-afternoon, and after parking and unloading our cargo, I checked in. These were completed without a hitch, and we were on our way to our room once filled in the necessary form to accommodate our dog.

Room

Our suite was located on the 4th and top floor, at one end of the hotel corridor.

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The entrance leads directly, on the left, to the bathroom, which is fairly basic but has a large shower rather than a bathtub, which I particularly appreciate. On the other hand, the pressure in the shower was very low, which was rather unpleasant.

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There was a king-size bed in the hallway extension, whose bedding was rather uncomfortable. On the other hand, the decoration is quite nice. The bed faces a storage bench and a large TV. However, closet and storage space was limited for a long stay.

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Following on from the sleeping area is the suite’s living room, equipped with a convertible sofa, coffee table and desk, also topped by a TV.

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All in all, the space is very pleasant, and we spent a nice little week here. It’s worth noting, however, that as is the case with most half-service hotels in the USA, the soundproofing was poor and we heard everything from our neighbors.

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To finish, a virtual visit in video:

Hotel facilities

The hotel is equipped with a fitness room and indoor pool, as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi.

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We won’t have the opportunity to use these facilities during our stay, but I did take a few photos.

The fitness room is surprisingly well equipped for such a hotel, and always well maintained with “fresh” towels prepared on each piece of equipment.

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The swimming pool and jacuzzi was alsways occupied by families.

Catering

The hotel’s food and beverage offer is fairly limited, with of course the traditional breakfast offered near the lobby, and a bar open in the evening.

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A flavored water fountain and coffee thermos are available at all times.

Breakfast service

As is customary in most half-service hotels, breakfast is offered at Fairfield hotels.

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Apart from the fact that the crowds are massive whatever the time of day we were there, the quality of the buffet and its general upkeep during breakfast hours leaves much to be desired, with shortages even of utensils ! I will share this feedback in the survey that will be sent to me and the hotel manager will do the follow-up afterwards.

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Dinner service – Lobby bar

On one of the evenings of our stay, we dined at the hotel lobby bar. The waiter is alone to take orders, prepare food and drinks and serve them, so expect a bit of a wait (not catastrophic).

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You have to order your food and drinks at the bar, and they are brought to your table.

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I ordered a chicken pot pie, which was good without being exceptional, and a very good glass of Californian red wine.

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Dessert, a cheesecake that my wife and I will be sharing, will be excellent.

Service

The service in this hotel is really excellent, the staff are always smiling and quick to help.

The housekeepers are pleasant and smiling.

Departure

Check-out formalities were straightforward, carried out without a hitch shortly before my scheduled check-out time.

Bottom line

A very good stay. Despite a few problems with breakfast and shower pressure, I’m very satisfied with this stay and will probably return for another “nature” stay.

Itinerary

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypePost
1DiaryPlanning summer vacation 2023 in the USA
2HotelFairfield Inn by Marriott, North Conway (New-Hampshire)
3HotelAC Hotel by Marriott, Portland (Maine)
4FlightParis-Copenhaguen – SAS – SAS plus
5LoungeSAS Gold Lounge Copenhagen
6FlightCopenhagen-Gothenburg – SAS – SAS Plus
7HotelAvalon Hotel – Gothenburg
8RestaurantCarbon, Gothenburg
9LoungeSAS Lounge – Gothenburg
10FlightGothenburg-Copenhagen – SAS – SAS plus
11LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club lounge, Boston Logan
12FlightBoston – Chicago O’Hare – American Airlines – Domestic First
13LoungeEventyr lounge, Copenhagen
14FlightCopenhagen-Chicago – SAS (operated par Hifly) – Business Class
15HotelThe St. Regis, Chicago
16HotelW Chicago Lakeshore
17RestaurantSignature Room at the John Hancock Center, Chicago
18RestaurantThe Purple Pig, Chicago
19RestaurantObelix, Chicago
20RestaurantCabra, Chicago
21RestaurantMiru, Chicago
22DiaryVisiting Chicago
23LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship Lounge, Chicago O’Hare
24FlightChicago O’Hare – Indianapolis – American Airlines Domestic First
25FlightIndianapolis – Boston – American Airlines Domestic First
26LoungeSAS Lounge – Chicago O’Hare
27FlightChicago O’Hare-Stockholm – SAS – Business Class
28LoungeSAS Gold Lounge, Stockholm
29FlightStockholm-Gothenburg – SAS – SAS Plus
30HotelScandic Rubinen – Gothenburg
31RestaurantProject, Gothenburg
32FlightGothenburg-Copenhagen – SAS – SAS Plus
33FlightCopenhagen-Paris – SAS (Operated by Jet Time) – SAS Plus
34DiaryDebriefing summer vacations in the USA
Today’s itinerary
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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