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Sky Valley Motel & Cottages
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Bartlett
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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“Just Keeps Getting Better & Better”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

What can I say positive that hasn't already been said? We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation at Sky Valley yet again! We still find it the biggest bang for the buck anywhere in the White Mountains. The addition of the fire pits for the cottages was a fantastic idea and though this year we stayed in the poolside unit (and took advantage of the fireplace with the awesome stone chimney at the front of the property) we heard so many people rave about the fire pit additions when we were sitting by the pool it was obviously a big hit to those in the cottages.

We enjoyed the pool unit and felt it would work great for someone who maybe had walking difficulties since you are right near the breakfast room and the pool and only one small step to get from the driveway to the decking area. We loved the little patio and in the heat it was great to have a place to sit in the shade. Plus what's not to love about being approx. 10 steps their amazing pool?

The king size bed was probably our least favorite thing about the room. It wasn't horrid by any means but it probably is time for an upgrade (or I'm just getting old and picky). Liked having a little area that was dedicated as a kitchen with microwave, coffee maker, and small fridge. Add a counter top and sink and we see the room being a big hit. We made do with washing a few dishes in the sink in the HUGE bathroom but for a longer stay I prefer to be able to cook a bit more which is doable on a grill but washing dishes can be a hassle!

We loved the living room set up and the comfy living room furniture and the AC worked excellent for the few days we needed to run it to sleep. This unit gets sun first thing in the morning and we were very pleased about the quality of the blinds on the windows and the fact they help keep the unit cool.

As other people have stated, if you're looking for 2013 Residence Inn or Holiday Inn this probably isn't the place for you. Not that it's not clean, friendly, and comfortable it's just that Sky Valley's uniqueness is that it's still around 1977 in style with modern amenities like flat screen TV's and WiFi. Think of Sky Valley as a fun and groovy, family road trip in the station wagon kind of a place and you will love it!

We'll keep coming back unless you go all modern and uppity on us!

Room Tip: Cottages each have own firepits
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dave E, Manager at Sky Valley Motel & Cottages, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
Thanks once again for your positive comments and we are glad to still be your best place to stay in Bartlett. Our happy repeat customers are critical to our success.

We have added your suggestions to our list of things to do. We have a couple of units that other folks have commented on the comfort factor of the king size bed. Oddly enough, another unit's king size bed was new in 2012 and it has received several bad comments. Needless to say, it will be replaced in the next upgrading budget cycle.

Happy to see you have already reserved again for later this month ! Thanks and see you soon.

Dave/Maureen
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

I stayed at Skyvally for 2 nights I was with my family and found this site on Storyland Web site, I looked at a few other places but the prices were outrageous. I just wanted a clean place to lay my head after a day of fun with my family and I found exactly what I was looking for at Skyvally.

If you’re a Hotel Snob this may not be the place for you keep in mind this is a family owned place and not a cookie cutter hotel room. So you can’t fairly compare to the chain places.

We stayed in unit 12 and I was pleasantly surprised to have an extra twin bed I did not expect. I had booked a room with a queen and a double and wound up with a room that also had a twin, my kids were delighted ..I’m sure this was an availability thing so it may or may not happen to you but it was a nice jester. Room also had a small refrigerator for my convince and a coffee maker.

I have nothing to complain about it was quiet family and kid friendly the people at the office were nice. Some of the cottages did have fire pits even though the hotel did not. There was a fire place and gas grills available if you so choose.

The only oddity was the bathtub. I thought it was just a shower at first but it was kind of put anywhere it fit…but it was new and clean so it wasn’t a bad thing just a little odd.

Over all I had a good time would stay here again and already have recommended to my friends.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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dave16, Manager at Sky Valley Motel & Cottages, responded to this review, 4 August 2013
Yes, both units 12 and 13 are slightly larger with the extra twin bed in an alcove. And, you are right, the new bathtub in Unit 12 is a little odd, although perfectly functional, nice, new and clean. In the process of renovating that one we got a little ahead of ourselves and ran out of space and time. We plan on expanding that bathroom and Unit 11 during our next renovation cycle which occurs in April and May,

For future reference you will find new expanded bathrooms in units 13, 14, and 16. We also have new showers in unit 15 and Apartment "B" this year.

Loretta is in charge of cleaning all those motel units and she does it with pleasure and pride as if her own family were going to be staying...she doesn't miss much and it's gratifying to hear that you appreciate her efforts to provide you with a clean comfortable unit.

We thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts and we look forward to seeing you again.

Dave and Maureen
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Andover, Massachusetts, Usa
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

My family stayed in Cottage 8 and we had a wonderful time. The staff is very pleasant and the unit was clean. The grounds were nice for walking and the playground far away from the main road. The location is great it is very close to Story Land and shopping in Conway. We will be going back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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dave16, Manager at Sky Valley Motel & Cottages, responded to this review, 4 August 2013
Thank you for your review and we are pleased everything was as expected.

Karen takes great pride in providing you with a clean cottage and she is happy to hear you found it up to snuff.

We wonder about the 3 stars for "sleep quality" and wonder if it was that one bedroom only has a full double size bed (many folks are use to queen and king size beds these days) or if there was some issue with the mattress? Another reviewer commented that the beds were quite comfortable. Next time you are here let us know the specifics and we will see what we can do to change that 3 star to a 5 star.

We look forward to your next visit.

Dave and Maureen
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Methuen, Massachusetts, Usa
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

My daughter and I stayed a couple nights with my three grandchildren and the grandchildren had a blast. The playground area was a great hit with the children. The room was very nice, big wtih plenty of room for the kids to stretch out with a little eaten area which was great for the kids snack time. I will be coming back again real soon it was a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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dave16, Manager at Sky Valley Motel & Cottages, responded to this review, 4 August 2013
How can we respond to five stars? We find it gratifying that you found everything to be perfect and reviews like these make all our efforts seem well worthwhile.

But, even with five stars we are always trying to make things better and maintain all our good qualities. We look forward to your next visit and thank you for taking time to express your opinion, we really do appreciate hearing your thoughts.

Dave/Maureen
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Walpole, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stayed at Sky Valley for the first time and loved it. It was everything we needed it to be. We stayed in Cabin 8 and it was the perfect size for us. The grounds are nice and large and the pool is great. They have lots of play equipment for little ones too! It is not modern or up to date so if your super picky it wouldn't be for you. If you want quant and cozy then this is your place! We instantly decided this would be our yearly vacation place!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Dave E, Manager at Sky Valley Motel & Cottages, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Thank you for taking time to express your opinion.

We always try to convey the fact that we are not a 2013 modern vintage hotel or resort, but rather somewhat of a hint of the 1970's and most of our customers say they like it that way.

We do keep our appliances and furnishings reasonably up to date and we spend lots of time on maintenance, repairs and cleaning; but we agree, if you are "super-picky" and are expecting something like a brand new Residence Inn or Holiday Express you should probably continue along to that venue.

We are very happy to hear that everything was just what you hoped and we look forward to your next trip whenever that may be.

Thanks,

Dave & Maureen
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Danvers, Massachusetts, Usa
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Found this web site surfing for storyland adventure last year
I was so pleased with the accommodations and convenience
We came back this year for another wonderful time the pool
Is Beautiful my children loved our time there.THANK YOU

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Dave E, Manager at Sky Valley Motel & Cottages, responded to this review, 27 July 2013
And yet another family joins our club of regular visitors!

I just took a reservation from another family who has been coming here since 1970 ! We often have 2nd generation famlies who stayed here when they were kids and now come back with their kids. Seems to be a tradition that they never out-grow.

Thank you for taking the time to express your satisfaction with everything...hearing that makes all our efforts worthwhile.

Maureen and Dave
38 years here for Dave, and 16 years for Maureen,
we almost know what we're doing now.
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Lowell, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

love this place, we go every year. it is affordable and close to everything. the staff is amazing and we have nothing but fantastic memories. we go there every year and love,love ,love it!!! we had such a great time and you can walk to the Saco and have a full day.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Dave E, Manager at Sky Valley Motel & Cottages, responded to this review, 27 July 2013
We are glad that you enjoyed everything again this trip. Our little piece of the Saco River can easily fill up an afternoon...

It makes all our hard work worthwhile to know that so many folks absolutely love it here and wouldn't stay anywhere else.

Maureen and I look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Sky Valley.
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Property: Sky Valley Motel & Cottages
Address: SkyWay, 1088 Rte 302, Bartlett, NH 03812
Region: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Bartlett
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bartlett
#3 Family Hotel in Bartlett
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sky Valley Motel & Cottages 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
19 units spaciously situated on 35 acres fields, forest and Saco river frontage. Traditional motel type units, 2 and 3 bedroom cottages and chalets. Perfect family resort with a low-key atmosphere. 5 acre children's playground, huge pool, a/c in all units, all units way off the main highway. Free continental breakfast during in-season, ... more   less 
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