Wentworth By The Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa, is located in New Castle, New Hampshire. It was one of the stops on our New England road trip (in winter!), and a last minute one at that!
After Boston, we were supposed to head to Newport, Rhode Island. However, the night before we were set to leave, we were contacted by our next hotel telling us that the city of Newport was under a state of emergency! A gas leak had caused a heat-less hotel (in January!).
We had 3 days before our next New England destination, and needed an interim place to go! So after Baby A fell asleep, we quickly started researching new destinations.
So the following day, we spent the morning and most of the afternoon in Boston, before heading to New Hampshire. Turned out our close proximity didn’t work out as well as we had hoped. We hit major traffic, and ended up not arriving until very late.
Still, even in the dark, Wentworth By The Sea is a beautiful place.
Wentworth By The Sea dates back to 1874, and is part of the Historic Hotels of America. It’s perched high on a hill overlooking the Atlantic, with spectacular water and marina views.
Cool little fact? In 1905 the hotel hosted the signers of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty, which ended the Russo-Japanese War and garnered President Roosevelt the Nobel Peace Prize. Pretty cool, right? There’s so much history, and historian Stanley Turkel details it all in his book, Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels East Of The Mississippi.
The customer service here was okay, maybe slightly disappointing. Requests seemed like tasks, and no one was particularly wonderful. Maybe that’s because it was off season, but the front desk staff just wasn’t very impressive.
However, the guest rooms were fantastic.
Even the standard rooms are large, comfortable, and spacious. The bed in our king room was one of the most comfortable ever. It takes a lot to wow me bed-wise, and this one did. In fact, the whole guest room was fabulous, from the mini-fridge, sitting area and desk, to the bathroom. It’s beautifully done, clean, and well appointed.
The views are stunning. New Castle is gorgeous, and below are some more shots looking out from our guest room’s windows:
Wentworth By The Sea has four dining options: Room service, SALT Kitchen & Bar, Latitudes Sky Bar, and Latitudes Waterfront.
Latitudes is open seasonally, so it was closed during our stay. The off season options are room service and Salt Kitchen & Bar. We ate breakfast every morning at SALT Kitchen & Bar, and it was excellent. We ordered a la carte (although there is a buffet), and we LOVED the food here. The staff was amazing. They were so kind and sweet, and even offered suggestions on things to do in the area.
Dinner at SALT was the opposite of our daily breakfast experience. The Kitchen side of SALT serves one menu, and the bar another, which is a bit less expensive. The food is OKAY. Breakfast is definitely far better. On a cold winter’s night, when you don’t want to drive into town, your options are limited. Overall, I think the main reason I was so bummed about dinner here was because the breakfast was just SO GOOD, so I expected a little more.
There’s an outdoor (obviously seasonal) pool that’s exclusive to the marina suites, which is a pretty neat feature. The indoor pool though, is open year round, and so spectacular! It makes this hotel the perfect destination for a winter escape.
The indoor pool is large, and the whirlpool is warm. It’s located in a bright, airy and open setting, and a total dream. It’s pretty neat being surrounded by large windows with snow outside, and being so toasty as you splash around!
Wentworth By The Sea’s location in New Castle is a short drive from Portsmouth, which is home to unique shopping, restaurants, and attractions, like the Strawbery Banke Museum and the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion. Also a short drive away is Kittery, Maine (which is home to one of the best restaurants)!
More to come from New Hampshire!