HANOVER, NH—Founded in 1780, the Hanover Inn at Dartmouth last year completed a comprehensive renovation, which effectively blended its historic roots—which date back to the American Revolution—with 21st-century conveniences and amenities. A major thrust of the $40 million redo was a new collection of bedding and linens that provide modern comfort while paying homage to the hotel’s nostalgic design.
Owned by Dartmouth College and located directly across from the campus, the Hanover Inn, which includes 108 guestrooms and suites, added king-size beds from Sealy’s Collection Seven Plush Hotel King product line after the completed renovation. This collection features the brand’s motion stabilizer foundation and three comfort layers made from Sealy’s Supersoft Sealyfoam, Sealyfoam and Resilium Insulator. Topped with down comforters, the beds include linens from Miami-based T-Y Group, collegiate cable-knit bed throws and Pompanoosuc Mills custom furnishings.
“The bedding is very comfortable,” said Joseph Mellia, general manager of Hanover Inn. “We wanted something that would make the guest feel like they were sleeping at their residence and have a comfortable, enjoyable night’s sleep; that’s why we were so particular to the bedding, linens and pillows. They all became very tangible to the overall experience in the guestroom. The comfort of the sheets and the bedding allows for a peaceful night’s sleep.”
Made from a soft microfiber fabric, the linens feature a checkpoint style designed to offer a residential appearance. What’s more, the sheets are guaranteed to last longer than traditional sheets, according to Mellia. “In our industry, longevity and durability are so important,” he said. “The checkpoint style gives the room a higher class of elegance, and the quality fell in line with our goal to become a four-star, four-diamond hotel.” Last June, the Hanover Inn received the AAA Four Diamond rating system from the Automobile Association of America.
Adding a collegiate flair to the bedroom, the foot of the bed features a white, custom-made bed scarf from New
Zealand-based Maxwell Rodgers Fabric Limited. The scarf offers a vintage style cable knit with two green stripes on both ends. “This is a beautiful piece that our guests have enjoyed,” said Mellia. “The cable knit gives a college feel and almost looks like a letterman sweater. It harkens back to when you were in college and makes a nice accent touch on the bottom of the bed. The bed scarf gives a nice complement and contrast to the checkpoint linens.”
New York-based designer Bill Rooney conceived the concept behind the interior design of the guestrooms and bedding. Attempting to offer a luxurious yet residential aesthetic, Rooney included plaid and gold velvet accent pillows and maple bed frame with a leather headboard, which features the official Dartmouth Green.
“The guestrooms and bed scheme continue a design thread that is present throughout the hotel,” said Rooney. “The idea is represented by using the spirited modern juxtaposed with enduring heritage of the institution. We use bold 18th- and 19th-century patterns in a modern less predictable way.” Also, the green, black and white colors of the bedding and linens are derived from the many birch trees of the region. “The maple sap accent color is a design element as well,” Rooney added. “A final touch that connects us to the Dartmouth context is the cable-knit throw with accent band of Dartmouth Green.”
The bedding and linen was selected to elevate the guest experience while adding an accent of sophistication and warmth to the hotel. “Most of the hotels in the area are not of same luxury as Hanover Inn so we’ve invested more into this type of product,” said Mellia. “It is not a typical, cookie-cutter hotel that has the striped linens on the bed. It doesn’t necessarily look like a hotel room. All of these elements were hand selected to give guests a residential experience.”
Since the hotel reopened last summer, the beds have become so popular that many guests have inquired about purchasing the bed scarfs and pillows. In a few instances, guests have taken the bed scarves, which cost the hotel $220 each. If a scarf were missing from a guestroom, the hotel would then notify the guest to return it or pay a fee of $250. “The majority of our guests have been good but a few want to take home mementos,” said Mellia.
Overall, guests have testified to the comfort and aesthetic of the bedding and linens. “The guests truly enjoyed their experience,” said Mellia. “The hotel has been well received not only by the college but also by the local travelers. They feel it is very comfortable, warm and welcoming.”