Inn by the Bandstand

Select Registry Member Since 2006

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Inn by the Bandstand

Select Registry Member Since 2006

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The Basics

Built as a Federal-style home in 1809, the Inn sits at the heart of downtown Exeter. As one of the premium lodging establishments in New England, we are located two blocks from the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, ten minutes from the beach, and one hour from Boston and Portland. Our English-inspired hotel offers exquisite décor and modern amenities for ultimate comfort. Experience international cuisine and libations at our onsite restaurant, Ambrose.

Things We Love

The on-site restaurant, Ambrose, offers a unique dining experience in our elegant dining room or choose to dine al-fresco on the beautiful patio

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The inn's on-site art gallery boasts a collection of paintings curated by the owners over many years. The collection includes oils from the 1800’s to modern paintings using various techniques

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The inn's location is perfect for exploring the rich history of Exeter, NH

At A Glance

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Electric Vehicle Charger
  • Smoke-Free Property
  • Fireplaces in Some Guestrooms
  • Fireplace or Firepit Onsite
  • Full House Rental Available
  • Weddings & Events Available

Best For

  • Arts & Culture
  • Culinary Experiences/Regional Cuisine
  • Romantic Retreat/Honeymoon Destination

In The Know

Here are a few things you can't miss when you visit...

  • Hike or snowshoe the many trails of Exeter
  • Picnic at Odiorne Point State Park
  • Stop into Whirlygigs Toy Shop and pick out something whimsical
  • Take a walk or jog along Swasey Parkway with peaceful river views
  • Duck in for a treat at the Chocolatier which offers chocolate-covered strawberries, Oreo cookie bark, and more tasty treats


Inn By The Bandstand was built as a grand Federal-style home in 1809 and graces the heart of downtown Exeter, New Hampshire. Our hotel has won several awards and heralds as one of the premium lodging establishments in New England.  We are located two blocks from the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, ten minutes drive from the beach, and one hour north of Boston. Our English-inspired hotel offers exquisite decor and charm. We offer eight guest rooms and suites furnished with antiques and modern amenities for ultimate comfort. All of our accommodations feature private bathrooms, luxurious bathrobes, and fireplaces in seven of the eight guest rooms and suites. Our rates include a culinary-inspired breakfast each morning and freshly brewed coffee.

Reminiscent of the times long ago when life was slower paced and people stopped to chat, you will find that and more in quintessential downtown Exeter. There are rows of charming shops, antique stores, a chocolatier, an upscale toy shop, and a traditional bookstore. There is fine apparel, fine dining, and casual dining options all within walking distance of our hotel. You can walk or ride one of our bikes to the Swasey Parkway and enjoy a picnic next to the river. There is the American Independence Museum, which holds one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary artifacts. Rich in Early American History, our town has much to offer for a romantic getaway or a family vacation.



Inn Amenities: Tesla/Electric Vehicle Charging Station, Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBT Friendly, Green Environmentally Friendly, Limited Spa Service, Restaurant On Site, Wine/Spirits Available, National Historic Registry, Concierge Services

Food & Wine

Consciously adapting our breakfasts using the menus developed by the Culinary Institute of America our historic downtown property serves and caters to your wishes for either lighter fare or a more substantial breakfast.

Start with fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, followed by fresh-ground New Hampshire roasted coffee. Breakfast is always served with fresh fruit and always presented table side. Buffet service is by request and only when guests take over the Inn.

Your Innkeeper/chef’s varied menus are both a celebration of mouthwatering creations as well as masterpieces that resemble paintings by Renoir. With the fusion of his Mexican upbringing, a simple omelet becomes a piece of art. With incredible attention to detail, each frittata is delicately prepared with the best local produce; eggs Benedict either traditional or Florentine, are always a favorite.

Unlike other venues, most guests at the Inn by the Bandstand have individual tables in the Inn’s dining room to savor the food with their respective partners, without having to interact with others at such early hours. The Inn also offers room service where guests may have breakfast in the privacy of their rooms/suites. Weather permitting; the Inn’s lovely outdoor terrace becomes yet another venue for guests to enjoy their breakfast. And for those who wish to mingle with others they, of course, can sit together and share their stories and adventures for the day.

Breakfast during the week is served between 8:30 and 9:30 and on weekends between 9:00 and 10:00. Special breakfast times may be arranged in advance.

For guests with certain food issues, we offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Please notify the Innkeeper when making reservations.

Meals Offered: Breakfast, Dinner

Restaurant on Premises: Open to the public

Special Diets Accommodated: Yes

Breakfast: Available for additional charge

Breakfast Service: Full

Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Beverages, Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Snacks, Complimentary Early Coffee Tea, Room Service

Rooms & Suites

The Inn has eight guest rooms and suites, each decorated in an elegant, individual style with antiques, fine linens and comfortable king-sized, queen-sized and twin-sized beds. All guest rooms and suites have private baths. In the summer, keep cool with air conditioners. During the fall and winter, snuggle by the fireplace.

Accommodations: Efficiency, Suites, Adjoining rooms/Suites

# of Rooms: 8

Beds: Twin, Queen, King

Room Entertainment: iPod Docking Station

Handicap Accessible: Limited

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Alarm Clocks, Antique Furnishing, Bathrobes, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Ironing Boards, Microwaves, Refrigerator, Rollaway Available, Whirlpool or Jacuzzi

For information on ADA accessibility for the facility or its rooms, please contact the property directly.

Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless, Complimentary

Front Desk/Security: OnSite

Corporate Rates: Yes

Inn Amenities: Tesla/Electric Vehicle Charging Station, Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBT Friendly, Green Environmentally Friendly, Limited Spa Service, Restaurant On Site, Wine/Spirits Available, National Historic Registry, Concierge Services


Pet-Friendly: Limited

Smoking Policy: Smoke Free

Family Friendly: Yes

Weddings & Events

Planning a wedding is no easy task. There are many details, hours of shopping, and the stress of pleasing everyone.

Sure, anyone can plan a wedding, but not everyone has the experience or the time to follow through on the never ending list of details and to do it within your time frame and budget. At the Inn by the Bandstand, we believe it is best to leave the planning to a professional for many reasons, but mostly, it allows you to enjoy your wedding, make your family and guests feel at home and focus on the real reason you are there – to marry your soul mate.

With many years of combined event planning experience, we are associated with a full service wedding planning company that takes special pride in developing sophisticated, creative and memorable weddings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions.

Wedding/Events Capacity: 20-49

Events Supported: Private Parties, Ceremony, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Luncheon, Elopement

Wedding Services & Amenities: Wedding Planner, Officiant, Caterer, Florist, Photographer, Decorator

Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor

Reception Seating: 24

Banquet Seating: 24

Max Capacity Outdoor: 50

Business Travel & Events

Imagine your next get-together in our 200 year old inn. The Inn by the Bandstand is your perfect choice for anniversary and birthday celebrations, retirement and graduation parties, holiday gatherings, afternoon tea, and more. Our classic federal style townhouse offers an intimate and serene setting with a touch of modern conveniences.

The Inn by the Bandstand has been a home of memories for nearly 200 years, and we hope that you can be part of the experience and create your memories with us.

We can connect you with fantastic local caterers, vendors, florists, salons, spas, and more, to make your event a success. Whether you're getting ready for your wedding day with your bridesmaids, hosting a business lunch, or planning a family gathering, the Inn is the perfect setting in downtown Exeter.

# of Meeting Rooms: 2

Meeting Types: Business Meeting, Retreats, Social

Meeting Amenities: Onsite Catering

Meeting Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor

Business Travel & Event Max Capacity: 25

Total Rooms Sq Footages: 400

Max Capacity Theater: 15

Max Capacity Boardroom: 15

Max Capacity Classroom: 15

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