Its first new-construction project in more than 100 years, New Hampshire's historic Mount Washington Resort has opened a new wing inside of which are a new 20,000-square-foot conference center, a new 25,000-square-foot spa and a new year-round outdoor swimming pool complex, it announced last week. Known as the Presidential Wing, it's part of a $50 million renovation that has included interior and guest room refurbishment and the restoration of the Mount Washington Golf Course, which was re-opened in August 2008 featuring the original 1915 design.
"As we have done with the interior refurbishment of the Mount Washington Hotel, the new Presidential Wing, including both the conference center and spa, has been designed to celebrate this grand hotel, its grand surroundings and the culture of this region of New Hampshire in every way possible," Mount Washington Resort President and CEO Pat Corso said in a statement. "It is also our goal to continue the hotel's tradition of authenticity and innovation that has been its trademark since Joseph Stickney built it in 1902."
Mount Washington's new Presidential Wing can accommodate meetings for groups of up to 1,000 attendees in six new meeting rooms, each named after former presidents, as well as in several new outdoor spaces. The largest, the Presidential Ballroom—which includes the Monroe, Madison and Adams rooms—totals 3,619 square feet. Combined with the resort's existing meeting facilities, the property now boasts over 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Still, the new facilities can't outshine the hotel's history, according to Corso. In 1944, he pointed out, the Mount Washington Hotel hosted the Bretton Woods International Monetary Conference, which was credited in part for lifting the global economy out of the Great Depression following World War II.
Because the new Presidential Wing was designed with that tradition in mind, the hotel has been asked if it would host a similar conference with which to address modern economic issues.
"We feel this place is a world-class setting," Corso said. "In 1944, there is no doubt this location played a role in inspiring the world economic leaders to collaborate and forge ahead with strength and optimism during uncertain times; and, yes, we would welcome the opportunity to participate in this important process again. The Bretton Woods International Monetary Conference of 1944 is part of the hotel's legacy; and with the new Presidential Wing opening, we would be ready to do it again!"
For more information about Mount Washington Resort and its new Presidential Wing, visit www.MountWashingtonResort.com