AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch
AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch
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US Route 302
Twin Mountain, NH 03595
Hotel / Motel
AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch Description
The green-designed Highland Center has an unbeatable mountain setting high in Crawford Notch and is a great value for families. The vibe is laid back, the rooms comfortable (though simple), the meals hearty, and there are almost as many trailheads as trees. Outdoor sports novices can get their feet wet with a slew of programs like the Rolling Moose Tour (great for preteens and teens) and the First Tracks Walks (for early birds). Knowledgeable staff will recommend the perfect hikes for your crew.
- Almost like home. Nightly educational movies (like "March of the Penguins"), ping pong in the basement, and a library stocked with puzzles and books round out the extras.
- Dine on site. Rates include a hearty breakfast and a tasty, healthy, family-style dinner (where you'll mingle with interesting folks and hear tales from the trails). For cheaper rates, consider a family AMC membership or stay multiple nights.
- Bathrooms are shared. Rooms with private baths are available, however.
- A room with a view. Request a south-facing room for the best meadow, lake, and mountain views.
- Bonus for hikers. Take advantage of the hiker shuttle between the Highland Center, Joe Dodge Lodge, and many major White Mountain trailheads.
- Brown bag it. Sign up the night before for a generous bag lunch to take on your hike (add your own drink).
- Leave your gear at home. Guests get free use of L.L. Bean equipment, including backpacks, water bottles, jackets, and even base layers and hiking boots (kids' sizes, too).
Just the Facts
Fees: $200 and up/night
Reviews of AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch
By nhcoos November 29, 2008
What we loved:
Food and cleanliness
What we didn't love:
Room temperature at 60 degrees and nothing was done about it.
My husband and I spent 2 nights and 2 days at the AMC Highland House over Thanksgiving in 2008. When we arrived on Thanksgiving at 5 pm, our room #314, on the end of the building was really cold - 60 degrees or less. There were no thermostats in the room, so we assumed that the heat was only turned on once the guests checked in and the room would warm up gradually. By Friday evening, there was no change in the temperature. By this time, my husband had come down with a fever and chills; I was concerned about him sleeping in such a cold room, so I went down to talk to the front desk staff. I was told that the guest rooms were supposed to be between 68 and 72 degrees. When I informed the gentleman that our room was easily in the low 60s and possibly below that, I was met with a blank stare and was told that "its a problem with the building". At no time did he ever come to our room and feel for himself what the temperature was. To me, this indicates that they knew of the problem and had heard about it before from other guests. I told him that my husband was ill, then suggested that the heat might be malfunctioning in our room. He repeated that the cold in that room was "a problem with the heating system" in the building and that there was nothing to be done. But he would get us some extra blankets - which he did. When I checked with him again later, to ask if we could switch rooms or do something to take care of my husband, he told me that he had checked the 1 thermostat in that wing, that it was working properly and therefore no one would come to check on the heating. When I pointed out to him that heat is one of the basics that a paid facility is supposed to supply, he suggested I fill out a response card about the issue. Despite the clean facility and the delicious food, we will never stay there again - how can they put guests in a room that they know doesnt get heat? And ours was not a last-minute reservation either - we booked it in September. Another example of how the AMC has lost its soul in its quest for more money. Read More