High Hampton is not for everyone. The rooms are plain and rustic (though the beds are among the most comfortable I've ever slept in). There are no TV's, except in the back lobby and the Tavern. There are no room phones. Nightly entertainment takes the form of bingo games and horse racing. Those looking for Ritz-Carlton luxury and Vegas nightlife should be forewarned. Unfortunately, not all are: hence the mixed reviews.
I've been coming here for 37 years. By my reckoning, I have just ended my 39th visit. And I'll be back for my 40th. There are many, many people like me who discover the breathtaking beauty of Rock Mountain and Chimney Top (both visible from the main inn building) and the peaceful serenity of the place, and keep coming back. Often you run into folks who began coming here as children, with their parents. And the tradition began with their grandparents, or even great-grandparents.
Unlike a lot of places, High Hampton is children-friendly. During the summer and on holidays, the place is full of them. It is also pet-friendly, with kennels and some rooms where pets are allowed.
If one can fault High Hampton for anything, it is the food. Don't get me wrong: it's mostly good and (since service for all three meals is buffet style) there is plenty of it. But it could be better, especially at dinner where the main courses (which change nightly) are uninspiring. Breakfast is the best meal, although a cooking station at which egg dishes (including scrambled eggs) are prepared to order would be a welcomed addition. At lunch and dinner there is an excellent range of salad fixings, including large and delicious tomatoes. The new chef has introduced theme nights which may not be to everyone's liking. It isn't always to mine.
A very traditional resort, High Hampton is among the last to require jackets and ties for men at dinner (although the dress code is relaxed to business casual on Monday and Thursday nights). And if you don't like weddings (which can get noisy and crowd out other guests), you might consider avoiding weekends and instead plan your visit from Sunday through Thursday where you will best catch the flavor of a one-of-a-kind place where you can rest your body and renew your spirit and want to come back again and again.
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Thirty-nine (39) visits tells our story. We owe you nothing less than to react and respond in every fashion to you because of your loyalty and appreciation of what we are and what we provide. Thank you so very much and we hope that you will continue appreciating us as time goes by as we tastefully improve the High Hampton Inn experience.
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