Renovations to the North Conway, N.H. property include a redesign of all guest rooms and suites and hallway décor, along with extensive exterior improvements. The owners also plan to add a new wing of 40 additional guest rooms and a new ballroom.
The White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway, N.H. reopened on Memorial Day weekend after undergoing a three-month, $3.5 million upgrade with renovations to all its 80 guest rooms, The Conway Daily Sun reported.
Resort owners Gary and Carol Sullivan and Gary’s son Trevor Sullivan, the resort’s Revenue Managerm, told The Daily Sun the renovation project was a lot of work, with the hotel closing March 1 and reopening May 28, but the results were well worth the effort and expense.
“It was ambitious, but we made it,” said Gary Sullivan, the resort’s founder, owner and General Manager. “Closing the resort for three months allowed us to go all-in to update every aspect of the hotel, inside and out.”
Doing the work was Gary Chicoine Construction of Weare, N.H. with original builder Ed Poliquin of Conway serving as project consultant, The Daily Sun reported.
“Ed loved the original project so much he wanted to be involved,” said Gary.
The upgrades included a redesign of all guest rooms and suites and hallway décor, along with extensive exterior improvements, The Daily Sun reported. Each floor now has a guest pantry for coffee, ice and water.
The Sullivans hired interior design firm Truexcullins based in Burlington, Vt., to do that part of the project, The Daily Sun reported. Truexcullins also did the redesign for the Cliff House in Ogunquit, Maine. And when Gary saw those designs, he knew that was the look he wanted.
Truexcullins Principal Kim Deetjen said the project’s design was inspired by its natural location, The Daily Sun reported. While the spectacular mountain views remain unchanged, the interior now reflects a modern take on the natural beauty that surrounds it.
“The White Mountain Hotel & Resort is located within one of the most unique and diverse landscapes in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire,” Deetjen said. “The natural surroundings offer a broad range of experiences that instill a sense of discovery and inquiry. The hotel interior now has a personal, residential feel, warm and inviting, paying tribute to the local vernacular.”
Guest room entryways now feature hardwood floors. The carpeting is custom-made, The Daily Sun reported. On the walls of the hallways are black-and-white photographs taken by local photographers Chris Lewey, Tim Shellmer and Coleman Scott Moffett, showing local landscapes.
“We love the White Mountains and Mount Washington Valley. It’s a beautiful four-season area that we get to call home, and now the rooms reflect the local landscape because the valley and the mountains are a great place to come and recreate,” said Carol Sullivan, Gary’s wife and the resort’s Marketing Director.
The artwork in the guest rooms also celebrates local beauty, including prints by local artist Grant Hacking and regional bird studies by Vermont watercolorist Nikolas Kotovich, The Daily Sun reported. The renovations of the guest rooms follow upgrades to the lobby, ballroom and restaurant that were done several years ago.
The owners’ original plan to add a new wing of 40 additional guest rooms and a new ballroom was put on hold last year due to the pandemic, The Daily Sun reported. The Sullivans said they flip-flopped the projects by undertaking the guest renovations this year and planning to reschedule addition for a few years down the road.
The resort features a full-service, 120-seat restaurant and tavern, function facilities, an outdoor year-round heated pool and hot tub, game room, gym, Finnish saunas, nine-hole Hale’s Location Golf Course, recreation courts featuring pickleball, shuffleboard, corn hole and basketball, and miles of hiking and biking trails from the property, The Daily Sun reported.