Address & Contact Info:
Wentworth Road, New Castle, NH 03854, 603-422-7322/866-240-6313
The 18 one- and two-bedroom, bi-level Little Harbor Marina Suites at the Wentworth by the Sea, an 1874 grand hotel that was "reincarnated" in 2003 following extensive renovation, are housed in the "Ship Building"--a recreation of an historic, boat-shaped building located on the waterfront a short walk from the main hotel. These luxurious, spacious oceanfront suites feature a full kitchen, a living/sitting area with fireplace and a private balcony or patio.
As of 2007, prices range from $399-$659 per night for one-bedroom suites and $499-$899 per night for two-bedroom suites. Rates vary by season. Call to inquire about the specific rates available for your stay.
Special Features and Amenities:
Suites feature ocean views, CD clock radios, down pillows and comforters, full eat-in kitchen with dishwasher, washer and dryer, fireplace in living room, private balcony, room service. In the main hotel, you'll find elegant dining, casual pub dining, an indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness room and spa. Guests also have access to the marina and the 18-hole, Donald Ross-designed golf course at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club.
A Look Inside from Your Guide:
I was impressed immediately by the spaciousness of our two-bedroom, bi-level Little Harbor Marina Suite. The Wentworth by the Sea re-opened its doors in May of 2003, but the 18 suites in the separate "Ship Building" weren't completed until late fall, so our visit in December of 2003 provided us with an opportunity to be among the first to stay in these fabulous accommodations. With condominium styling and all of the comforts of a "home away from home," the Little Harbor Marina Suites are an ideal choice for extended stay vacations, whether you need room for a family or a private retreat for a honeymoon or romantic escape.
There's something very soothing about looking out over the water, and even though it was too cold to linger on our balcony in December, the living area's large glass doors framed beautiful views that we enjoyed along with the warmth and flicker of the gas fireplace.
Guests who opt for these suites have the best of all worlds--great views and a degree of privacy, with all of the amenities of the restored grand hotel, including the spa and indoor pool, just a short walk up hill. The hotel's location on New Castle Island near Portsmouth, New Hampshire, makes it an ideal home base from which to make day trips to Maine and Boston and within New Hampshire.
Our suite had two bathrooms including a master bath with a deep tub--no whirlpool jets, unfortunately, but a comfortable place for a hot soak. Like the rooms in the hotel, the beds in the suites are piled high with a down comforter and pillows that are so fluffy and heavenly that I had trouble forcing myself out of this warm nest each morning.
If you're traveling with little ones, my toddler gives the Little Harbor Marina Suites a thumbs up, too. Not only did she relish climbing the flight of stairs, the hotel's location at the corner of New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts meant we picked up three PBS stations. The result was toddler nirvana--all Sesame Street all the time.