A March 2005 trip
to Bethel by Traveler707
Quote: Bethel, Maine, retains the classic New England charm in Maine's mountains.
We stayed at the Bethel Inn and Resort, which I highly recommend. They are DOG FRIENDLY! You can bring along your pet for per dog per night. They didn't have any size restrictions from what I saw. With 40km of trails, you and your pet are sure to have a good time.
Hotel | "Bethel Inn & Country Club"
Our room was truly excellent. We stayed in a deluxe suite in the main portion of the inn. They do have outer buildings and timeshare condos on the fairway of the golf course. Our room was no. 223 and is the one shown on their website (www.bethelinn.com) under deluxe suite. The room had a couch, king-size bed, and gas fireplace that was controlled by thermostat. The bed and pillows were some of the most comfortable I have ever experienced at a hotel (second only to the Westin's heavenly beds). The gas fireplace was set to a thermostat and really gave out heat. This was really excellent, because you didn't have to worry about shutting it off when you went to bed and could watch the fire as you drifted off to sleep. It was also automatically on when we awoke in the morning, which was very romantic.
The pool/health club was also very nice. Heated to 92°F, it was warm enough to be in the snow, but not so hot that you couldn't swim. They also had very good coed saunas.
They are PET FRIENDLY! For $20 each, you can bring along your dog. With 40km of trails, you are sure to keep you and your pooch happy.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2005
Bethel Inn And Country Club
7 BROAD STREET
Bethel, Maine 04217
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2005
Bethel Inn Main Dining Room
I would have given this place a better review if it wasn't for the waitress. There was only the one waitress working the place, and she was also acting as bartender. My husband ordered a 'Spanish coffee' from the drinks menu on the table, and she said 'Oh, I don't know what they put on that thing'.
The thing we really didn't like was that when we got the bill, we found that she had included a 20% tip for herself in the amount due. If we hadn't looked at it carefully, we wouldn't have noticed that she included it in the total. This was BEFORE the charge was rung up on the credit card receipt. When we questioned her about it, she said that 'a lot of people don't know that the tip is supposed to be on the full amount and not on the discounted amount'. We knew that, and we found it really sneaky of her to add it into the amount like that. Also, we didn't feel she deserved 20%, as she wasn't attentive, was surly to us, and we had to chase her down over by the kitchen to get water. We ended up giving her the 20% as she had written it but felt wronged about it afterwards.
This would be a good place for an appetizer and a drink or coffee and dessert, but I wouldn't recommend a meal here.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 31, 2005
Downstairs at Bethel Inn
The menu is geared to refined but hearty skier appetites, with the chef’s focus on fresh cut steaks and homemade pasta. Among the creative appetizers are calamari, exotic mushroom strudel, and a daily risotto, along with the usual but homemade suspects – French onion soup and clam chowder.
The pulled pork sandwich, $9, served with batter-dipped French fries, was truly excellent. The ahi tuna sandwich with salad for $12 was also very good. The food was seasoned deliciously. We were there on a Monday, and they had a beer special of $2.50 for any draft beer. You can't beat $2.50 Red Hooks!
Interestingly, Les Otten (founder of conglomerate American Skiing Company at this Bethel-based ski area) left the ski biz, and then transformed his slope-side home into this upscale restaurant. The staff and service was excellent. The Phoenix rises above standard ski-area sustenance.
The Phoenix House
9 Timberline Rd
Bethel, Maine 04261
Attraction | "Bethel Inn"
Bethel Inn Ski Area
On the Common