The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth to Re-open in June 2012 Following Comprehensive Upgrade
Hanover, New Hampshire (April 23, 2012) – The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth, located in the beautiful New England college town of Hanover, New Hampshire—home to Dartmouth College—will reopen in June.
Overlooking the Dartmouth Green, the Inn’s picturesque location has been home to lodging establishments since 1780. The property closed for transformational renovations in 2011 and will reopen 94 of its 108 rooms in time to welcome guests for Dartmouth Commencement and reunions in June. The phased opening will continue through the summer, building to a grand opening of the full facility in November 2012. The Inn is owned by Dartmouth and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America.
In addition to a complete upgrade of guest rooms and the hotel’s full-service amenities, the renovation addresses a longstanding need for modern, on-campus conference facilities reflecting Dartmouth’s standing as a world-class educational and research institution.
“The Inn is Dartmouth’s ‘front door.’ It is often the first place that prospective faculty, students and parents, and visitors see, and where their first impressions of the College are formed,” says Linda Snyder, vice president of Campus Planning and Facilities. “For alumni and others, the re-envisioned Inn will also continue to be an important destination welcoming them back to Dartmouth.”
Joe Mellia, general manager of the Inn, said, “The service and atmosphere of the new Hanover Inn will embody the sense of community, warmth, and personal attention that defines the Dartmouth experience. We eagerly anticipate welcoming alumni, families, and friends of the College back to the Inn to showcase the improved guest amenities and preview what will be the premiere conference and event destination between Boston and Montreal.”
The Inn’s interior is being transformed so that its facilities will serve the 21st-century needs of the Dartmouth community, conference attendees, and visitors. The facilities, which have undergone significant improvements for sustainability, will reflect the beauty of the Dartmouth campus and surrounding natural environment along the Connecticut River. Features include luxurious amenities, state-of-the-art technology, guest rooms by renowned designer Bill Rooney, and a signature restaurant featuring “farm-to-table” local flavors.
The town of Hanover was recognized by Money Magazine in 2011 as #6 on its “best places to live” list for its “economic, social and cultural advantage rare in towns so far from major urban centers.” The Inn’s Main Street location—adjacent to adjacent to the Hood Museum of Art, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the new Black Family Visual Arts Center (opening in September 2012)—is ideal to access the museums, performances, and cultural assets of Dartmouth. Across the Green is Dartmouth’s historic Baker Library, welcoming study centers, and excellent collections. Outdoor attractions nearby include the Hanover Country Club 18-hole golf course, Appalachian Trail, Ledyard Canoe Club on the Connecticut River, Dartmouth Skiway, Cross Country Ski Center, and a variety of Dartmouth athletic events. The tax-free shopping of downtown Hanover’s boutiques and its highly rated restaurants are just outside the Inn’s doors.
The debut of the reborn Hanover Inn takes place in the following the three stages.
- June 2012: The Inn re-opens with 94 spacious, state-of-the-art guest rooms and four one-bedroom suites overlooking the Dartmouth Green. Wireless and hardwired Dartmouth secure Internet will be available throughout the facility. A new 38-seat restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- August 2012: The Hayward Room, a new addition, opens with 1,761 square feet of space (accommodating 100 to 150 people) and state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment. Four additional executive meeting rooms will be located on a lower level.
- November 2012: The Minary Conference Center opens, encompassing a grand ballroom with 3,933 square feet of meeting and event space capable of accommodating up to 330 people. The area also includes three executive meeting rooms. The November grand opening will introduce a new fitness center for Inn guests, 14 additional guest rooms including an oversized suite overlooking Main Street, for a total of 108 rooms. The Inn’s new signature restaurant, currently being designed by one of New England’s best-known chefs, will open and serve lunch and dinner in a prime location—at the corner of Main and Wheelock Streets. The smaller dining space will transition to serving breakfast only and will be available as additional reception space and for private events following the opening of the larger restaurant.
For information and reservations at the Hanover Inn at Dartmouth, visit www.hanoverinn.com or call (800) 443-7024.
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