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Inn by the Bandstand
Ranked #1 of 3 Exeter B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

My husband and I stayed at The Inn by the Bandstand and found the experience very pleasing. Our room was the smallest of the bunch (it was a Living Social deal), but it was clean with a comfy bed, nice sheets and a fireplace. I am not a fan of B&B's because a lot of times there is a lot of face-to-face time with strangers and for me, it is a bit much when you are on vacation. The innkeepers Jim and Kate strike a really nice balance -- they are there when you need them or want to chat in a fire-placed living room and they let you have you privacy when you need it. Plus the breakfast is served in a dining room at individual tables seating 2-4 people, so you don't need to chat with strangers unless you want to. Breakfast was your basic hot eggs/bacon/pancakes, but the coffee was nice and strong and the service was great. Lots of little great restaurants in walking distance and most of them give you 15-20% discount if you show them your room key. Nice walking trails all over as well. And don't forget the local vineyards, all within 20-40 min drive. Listen to Kate -- she gave us the best food advise as far as the restaurants go! We will definitely go back!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jim and Kate L, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2011

Thank you SO much. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here at the Inn and got to explore the local area. Your comments regarding b&b's are comments that we hear often. Some folks are more reserved and have a notion that you have to be very social when you stay at a small inn, but as you experienced, that is not always the case. We do try to give both a very intimate experience and a social experience depending on the needs of our individual guests. For the folks that want a even more privacy, we do offer breakfast delivered to your room (for an additional cost). That works well also for folks that do not want to be rushed getting dressed in the AM. We have had GREAT success teaming up with our local vineyards. Each vineyard is small & quaint with distinct wines and atmosphere. We are glad you got to visit some of them. And YES we have GREAT RESTAURANT here in Exeter. I am very lucky to be able to eat well and share my dining experiences with our guests. We look forward to your return visit. ~ Kate

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Reviewed 29 October 2011

We recently stayed at this place. It is situated very nicely and is well appointed. Has most of the charm of a New England Bed and Breakfast but little annoyances took away from the "best" experience. For example, breakfast is served at the "exact" time and if you are not there on time (8:30am), you would get served "warmed over" breakfast. Since we were on vacation, the first night we didn't set alarm clock and had to be rushed. It would be nice, if they can ask the guest for their preference for the breakfast time and plan accordingly. Although, hosts were knowledgeable and helpful about the area, it would be nice to have some printed material including local maps available.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jim and Kate L, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2011

Thank you for sharing your comments. We explain to our guests at check-in, when we do a tour of our inn and show them our dining room, that we are a 200 year old residential building. Unfortunately, we do not have a commercial kitchen and do not have the facilities to keep items hot. Due to this we indicate that breakfast can only be served hot at one seating. We could put out a cold buffet, but our guest seem to prefer a hot, fresh from the oven breakfast.
Oh gosh, I wish you had asked for information and/or maps of the area and of your interests. We have many pamphlets, guide books and maps available right in our entry area. There are a lot of great things to do in Exeter and in the surrounding area. From the Independence Museum and Philips Exeter Academy right here in Exeter, or antique shops & small local vineyards, the ocean and coastal route or the shopping outlets in nearby Maine and quaint shops & restaurants in Portsmouth, NH, there is PLENTY for EVERYONE! We hope you visit us again if your travels bring you back to Southern NH.

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Reviewed 24 September 2011

The room was beautiful. The food was delicious. The Innkeepers were informative and very personable. Would highly recommend this Inn and plan to return in the near future.

Room Tip: All the rooms are equally beautiful.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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ExeterBandstand, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2011

Thank you for your review. We look forward to your return visit. Please check out our facebook page and our website for new specials and packages. ~ Kate

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Reviewed 20 September 2011

Jim and Kate were excellent hosts during our 5 night stay. They helped us plan each day based on our interests, whether it be historical sights, antiquing, shopping, a day at the beach, etc. They will advise you of the best locations and give excellent directions. They also serve an excellent breakfast. My wife and I really enjoyed our stay in their beautiful victorian inn.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Devonshire Room, it was very cozy.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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ExeterBandstand, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2011

You are so kind! We are very pleased that you chose to stay with us here at the Inn by the Bandstand. It was very nice to chat with you each morning about your adventures the day before and to give you tips on were to head on the new days adventures. There is so much to do and see here in this area (Maine / NH / MA), we are glad you got to stay with us for 5 days. You were the 'ideal' guest to our home/inn. We hope that you visit us again. ~ Kate

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Reviewed 9 September 2011

We recently enjoyed a wonderful weekend at this lovely B& B in nearby Exeter,N.H..The innkeepers were friendly and helpful in planning our time.The downtown is full of fun shops and restaurants.We're outdoor enthusiasts and loved that we could kayak the Exeter river from the marina across the street and bike along the riverside.Plus, being only minutes from Hampton we were able to take in a concert at the Casino Ballroom. Our room was over- the- top gorgeous! We had a wonderful night sleep on a huge high bed full of luxurious pillows! Even though we had a rainy morning it was so relaxing to lounge in the sitting area of our room....then down to the cozy dining room for a yummy breakfast served by our gracious hosts. We're N.H. natives and can't believe we missed this place. We'll definitely return.We highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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ExeterBandstand, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2011

Thank you! You are such a wonderful couple! We are so glad you had such a fun visit. We look forward to you return visit. We would love for you to experience our Inn in the winter.......snuggled next to the fire with a glass of port after a day of snowshoeing at one of our local vineyards! ~ Thank you again, Kate

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Additional Information about Inn by the Bandstand

Address: 6 Front St, Exeter, NH 03833-2737
Region: United States > New Hampshire > Exeter
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Exeter
Price Range: $388 - $666 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Inn by the Bandstand 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning Inn by the Bandstand is the premier lodging establishment in Exeter, New Hampshire. This wonderful inn is an 1809 historic home located in the heart of downtown Exeter. Only two blocks from the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, eight miles to the seacoast and beaches, and 20 minutes from Portsmouth, this charming inn offers nine antique furnished guest rooms, all with private baths and a delicious full breakfast. ... more   less 
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