The Norwich Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The historic Norwich Inn, first built in 1797, and reconstructed after a fire in 1890, has hosted notable guests such as President James Monroe (in 1817) and Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Geisel). It's a quaint, well-maintained inn with just 38 rooms. Rooms have a cozy New England feel, with floral wallpaper, Victorian antiques, and exposed brick, but they also offer modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are divided between the Main House, Ivy House, and Walker House, and vary both in size and decor. While the inn is popular with those visiting nearby Dartmouth College, it also attracts visitors for its on-site brewery, welcoming pub, and dining room.
Castle Hill Resort and Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Castle Hill Resort and Spa, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers-old world charm that is all about the details -- from the historic wood-paneled walls to the library filled with old books. There are just 10 quaint rooms here, offering antique touches like Tiffany lamps, claw foot tubs, and brick fireplaces. While the vibe is definitely historic, there are also modern amenities on offer including free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The outdoor spaces here are equally as special, including lush gardens, ivy-covered stone walls, and a heated pool. The hotel also has an elegant dining room and a top-notch spa.